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Deliciously tubular.

With its responsive gain structure and warm/punch double-team of 12AX7 and EL84 tubes, Classic Series guitar amps are revered by gritty blues benders, chicken pickin' country cats and nouveau-Stones rockers alike. The Blue Marvel speakers and knobs are straight out of the rock 'n' roll revolution.

Made in the USA.

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FEATURES
  • 50 watts (RMS) into 16 or 8 ohms
  • Fan cooled
  • Four EL84s and three 12AX7s
  • 2-channel preamp
  • Normal and bright inputs
  • Pre- and post-gain controls on lead channel
  • Active presence control
  • 3-band passive EQ (bass, middle, treble)
  • Master volume control
  • Standby switch
  • Reverb level control
  • Effects loop
  • External speaker capability
  • Footswitch selectable channel switching and reverb
  • Chrome-plated chassis

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PeaveyClassic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp
 
4.9

(based on 48 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Good power output (3)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (3)
  • Performances (3)
  • Professional recording (3)

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(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Classic in Look and Sound.

By Obamistake

from Little Rock, AR.

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Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

If you're going to spend a lot of money on an amp do a little research into what you'll be buying. Tube amps are, and always will be, the best way to go amplifying your guitar (sorry Solid State fans...you'll never convince us otherwise). And each power amp tube has a particular sound associated with it. An EL84 sounds different than an EL34 or 6L6 and so on. If your aim is the death metal style, you probably need to skip this amp unless you already have a pedal or two you use to get there. If, however, you're looking for a great amp for just about every other style, this is the way to go. Plug in a Les Paul and crank up the Lead channel. Sweet, sweet tones coming from the two 12" speakers. Plug in your Fender Strat and play along to some Stevie Ray. Or simply fire up some AC-DC, Faces, Bad Company or any rock band from the 60s and 70s. The Classic 50 can hold its own producing this sound very easily. There's just something about striking a chord on your guitar and hearing it ring out through a real tube amp. But you already knew that.So how does the Clean channel sound? Very nice. Throw in a little reverb and you'll be very satisfied. Try out the neck pickup on a strat and you'll love what you hear. The Clean Channel is bright without being ice pick harsh. The EQ knobs give you a lot of control over your sound. Start with all three at twelve o' clock and dial in your perfect tone from there. Not satisfied with the on board EQ? Throw in an EQ pedal...the MXR 10 band is perfect for this. Adjust the Presence control and the Pre and Post Gain controls for more enhancements.A fan comes on automatically to keep the four EL84s cool. It's a good thing because they do get hot and driving an EL84 hard is one of the paths to audio nirvana. Just be aware of this if you plan to record with the Classic 50. It sounds amazing, but the look is just as good. The tweed covering and controls on top means it has style to spare. The amp is a good size and pretty heavy as well, but then again every two twelve amp is. You'll love the way it looks. It has the more-rectangular-than-square proportions which should be law for a two twelve amp.Feeling adventurous? Get out your screwdriver and soldering iron. Swap out the stock speakers and wire up some Celestion G30 speakers. Experiment with different preamp tubes while you're at it. Swap all three 12AX7s for three 12AX7C or any combination you can think of. Or you could simply leave the Classic 50 as is. You really can't go wrong. To me this amp could quickly and easily become my answer to the question of which amp would I choose if I could only have one. It's versatile and damn does it look good. Even better in person. I don't think I'll ever sell this one. I could part with my other amps if I had to, but not this one. I'm keeping it until it falls apart. But the way I take care of my gear that day may never come. Bottom line, if you're going for the classic rock sound you should definitely put the Classic 50 on your short list of amps to audition. The Classic 50 is a high quality, American made product. Close to $900 is a lot of money to spend, but this one is well worth the price. Buy it...you won't be disappointed.

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Still kicking strong after 20 years!

By FrostBottomBoys

from Knoxville, TN

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Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

This reviews is based on the unit I purchased back around 1991 when these first came out. I've noticed a few reviews that mentioned that tonal quality being somewhat muddy. I was told at the time that the Classic series was Peavey's attempt at replicating a Fender Bassman. Which would explain why the sound of this amp is fairly dark and "full bodied". The Bassman, of course, was originally a bass amp, and thus had a big bottom end to it, and so would replicas if done precisely.I've never modded, cleaned, or upgraded my amp in any way (other than adding casters to help it transport easier) and it's still working like a mofo. After 20 years, it may be getting time to re-cap it, and I imagine that different tubes would change its tonality (smother, brighter, tighter bottom end), but right now I think it sounds just about like it did when I bought it.The bottom line is this is your classic mid-sized, mid-gain, mid-toned tube amp. It's not a bright Blackface, or a mid-heavy 5W single ended Class A, nor is it an over-the-top Marshall or a super scooped Rectifier.It's a standard 50's style blues/rock amp, a gigging workhorse, even if it is a bit heavy. In some respects it's like a Blues Junior all grown up.I admit that when I read reviews of some other Peavey products (the Vypyr series amps specifically), I worry that Peavey's not quite what it used to be in the QA dept, so I really can't speak to the current production run's quality. I DO own most of their TransTube line of amps as well, and those are recent and well built (and a damn good approximation of a tube sound without tubes, IMHO).The desc of the 4x10 model claims the new version of those models "retain their distinctive sound and circuitry but now feature an updated chassis design". That would imply the changes made should be minor, mostly superficial and likely are just look and feel changes. However, sometimes chassic re-design can lead to components needing to move on the circuit board, which can in turn lessen or increase noise. I'm assuming their changes are for the better, but, well...I LOVE *my* Classic 50, which is why I still have it after 20 odd years of rotating through gear. If the new models are as solid as mine, it's sure thing to get one.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I grew up with tube amps

By Guss1231

from Bristol, TN

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Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

Maybe I'm old school, tube amps was the thing because that's mainly what most everybody had at my particular era of growing up and playing guitar. So I consider myself of having a pretty good feel on what I think a tube amp should sound like. I mostly remember my friends and myself playing Marshall, Silvertone, Peavey, Fender, Ampeg, ect. I am biased toward tube amps, except maybe the Line 6 Flextone series amp (those are awesome I must admit) . . . Oh man this Classic 50 Peavey does the trick!! It is JUST exactly what you expect from a tube amp!! If you can't play on this thing then it's time to hang it up bro. You can get Rock, Country, and Blues out of this thing. It's as good as it gets, if I could give it a 10 I would no kidding. Enough said.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Review

By buzzman-qcmyc

from Sheboygan , Wis.

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Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

I've had every kind of amp in 40 years of playing , just sold my Marshall , had to go back to this little monster my third one... the sound is great,portable and lots of guts,got the tweed... with my me-70 and a 10 band mxr eq. I can punch this baby! Peavey did this one right!!!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

HIGHLY Underrated Amplification.

By MDM

from Starkville, MS

Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

I've been playing for about ten years now, and as far as combo amps go, this one is one for the books! I've owned the amp for about a month and a half now, and to be honest, I won't be in the market for another amp for quite some time. I've replaced the speakers with Celestion Vintage 30's which produces some truly amazing tones. The highs are crisp, and the mids and lows are as creamy as anyone could ask for. The Normal channel has plenty of headroom and volume with punch and clarity, while the lead channel can produce anything from a crisp jangly sound right at the edge of breakup to full on searing overdrive. I have no complaint about the single EQ because the amplifier is a single channel amp that kicks on extra 12AX7's when the lead channel is engaged, and a solid state rectifier eliminates voltage sag, while four EL34 power tubes drive this amp to a pinnacle of outstanding guitar amplification. If you're looking for a great tube amp for a steal, this amp is the one for you. Great job, Peavey!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Amp is a Tone Monster.

By Nuge

from Roseau, MN

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Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

For years I have looked for the perfect tube amp to compliment my American Vintage '52 Tele and my Stratocaster. I looked at different Marshal amps and many different Fender amps. I found some that I liked, especially among the Fenders, but cost always became a factor. Then I considered Peavey. This amplifier simply offered everything I want in an amp at a price that is affordable for a poor musician like myself. And oh dear Lord, the tone! Whether I plug directly in or use my Line 6 effects pedal, I get rich, full tone and more volume than I can handle. This amp is the bomb!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Working musician's input

By Marc Brown

from Fairbanks, Alaska

Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

I've already owned the Classic 4 10" combo for years. I've toured all over Alaska with it and won several battle of the bands using the Classic 50. After having it rebuilt a couple of times from doing 150 shows a year for 8 years, I finally decided to get another one. I went with the 2 12" combo and absolutely loved it from day one! I originally used to use Fender Super Reverbs, but I hated having to carry around distortion pedals. I love the built in distortion on these Peavey amps! My Classic 50 2 12" amp and I have played the House Of Blues in Vegas together, opened for ZZ Top, Jethro Tull, Eddie Shaw, Fabulous Thunderbirds, etc.... and I haven't even touched the 4 10" combo in years. I highly recommend this amp.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hey you on the stage

By luke-mK.ya

from wisconsin

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Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

Ive had this amp for 2 months now and i love it!!, it has so much tone and plenty of volume,t he clean channel stays pretty clean too even with loud volumes, the overdrive channel is sweet sounding, keep in mind its not overly distorted, good for some blues, fusion, rock and country, not death metal. however i do feel the amp would be improved with seperate eq for each channel.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really Excellent Amplifier

By Corduroy82

from Everywhere, cause I'm not dead

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Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

The Peavey Classic 50/212 is an outstanding all-tube, 2x12 amplifier. The clean is crisp and rich, the drive channel isn't over the top, but it really pushes out a good rock tone. I love the fact that it is fan-cooled, because tube amps can be dangerous at times. It also works very well with a host of effects pedal, of which I have dozens. Nice EQ, and prescence as well. Only real concerns: Effects loop is in an inconvenient place, no headphone jack, and Peavey has had a run of bad luck that I have first-hand had to deal with as a retailer. I haven't had one problem with this amp, but I am keeping my fingers crossed.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best Rocking Amp.

By Old dude-O16RW

from fairborn, OH

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Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

I've played against the newest and baddest amps out there, and always get compliments on the tone of this amplifier.It loves all pedals and growls with humbuckers, has a decent reverb and the blue marvels are a bit dark, perfect for those moody riffs. An extension cabinet with a couple celestions for contrast, and she sings. Single coils sound gorgeous, too.Best amp at this price level, period. It is so responsive to touch, it will make you a better player, tighten you up. Low noise and classy.If you're playing the oldies on something else, you're missing out.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great amp for the money

By pickerman

from Panama City, Fla.

Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

The Classic 50-212 is a great workhorse amp. It has a straight forward control section with very responsive EQ and presence controls. Two channels let you set a nice chimey clean and, via a footswitch, select the OD channel. While not overpowered, You can gig with comfort. I like to put a mike in front and run it throught the PA. I get lots of compliments on my sound. I play a G&L S-500 with a Visual Sound Route 66 and a Dunlop Cry Baby. I use a volume pedal as well. As far as drawbacks, this amp features a very compressed singing type of overdrive. I have not bee able to get that spanky kind of Fender sound out of it. The clean and the reverb are both outstanding. I recommned this amp to anyone who needs a good solid gigging amp and doesn't want to break the bank.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

versatility is da word!

By Wbbrowntone

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

If youre like me that likes simplicity, guitar cable, amp, and not a whole lot of NASA type space center knobs and switches. Then this is THE AMP! this is great out of the box. excellent clean sound, awesome overdrive/distortion channel, this is the type of overdrive that fender hot rod wish it had! The only improvement I did on mine was replacing the pre amp tubes with 12AX7LPS on all three and it really opened up big! Buy this amp first and do the pre-amp tube upgrades after the break in. Definetly no need for overdrive pedals or distortion pedals. Just working the Guitar volume knobs is true tone! I also wanna give thumbs up for peavey on great packaging, the boxes are heavy duty not sizzy boxes.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

REALLY NICE AMP

By Telecastoff

from Frozen Nort

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

    The Peavey Classic 50 212 is better than 99% of the amps out there and is equal to the other 1%, boutiques included. Mine was built in 1993. Never a problem. Always reliable and can be easily dialed in to play anything.The speakers are stock and are great. It's one of the few amps I have never had a need or a desire to change out the speakers.I grew up on tube amps. Been gigging for 50 years now and know a great tube amp when I hear it and play thru it. It's just a great amp in every respect....It sounds great, it's been totally reliable, it looks really cool and was made in the USA! It may not have a ton of bells and whistles and gadgets, but none of that matters to guys like me (real working musicians) that want and need a great sounding, reliable amp that won't let you down. In my opinion, this is Peavey's finest amp. It's a solidly built, American workhorse. Pay what you want, but you can't get a better amp than this.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A good amp

    By Brett-55ZdL

    from PA

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    Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

    Lots of compression with nice clipping, it does sound a little dark though, I was thinking of putting in new speakers, I like the sound of the EL 84'S, in the newer models, the clean channel is the only channel I use with a Exotic AC booster and RC booster, its a winning combination for edge of overdrive sounds and beyond.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome amp

    By medstudentwhoprocrastinateswithguitar

    from NC

    Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

    I saw there were no comments for this amp, so I thought I'd share my thoughts. I bought this amp around 10 years ago, and it was already several years old. I am really not sure how old mine is, but it is pretty old. My only complaints are that the control knobs can make a little noise when I turn them, but the noise goes away when I stop turning them. As for the tone, I think it is absolutely wonderful. People do not seem to talk much about the Peavey amps like they do the Fender and Marshall amps, but I think this amp sounds better than 99% of amps out there. Before you buy any other big tube amp, crank up the Peavey Classic 50, turn up the gain a little, and feel how responsive and classic the tone really is.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Amp!

    By vintage34

    from Colorado Springs, CO

    Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

    I just bought this amp after playing it a couple of times at a local music store. It was used but in mint condition. I love this amp! It's got a vintage-like sound that I really like. You can definitely find amps with more features and stuff but if you like a few pedals and a simple layout like me you'll love this amp! I used to have a Fender FM212r, a good amp, until my shows got larger and the speakers blew because I like a lot of low ends. I'm hoping this amp will last this time because I love the clean and lead channels!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best 50w twin made

    By pcbrat69

    from Los Angeles

    Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

    None of the other 50w twins on the market can touch this one for tone, power, versatility, and sheer good looks. I'll admit, for the grossest metal type tones, you will need a pedal. For any normal (no offense!) tone get this amp. The clean channel is so sweet it makes a Fender sound brash.(no offense!) I played punk and then blues thru mine with a variety of guitars. Never even hinted at a problem. Unfortunately, a heart attack made a lighter amp necessary. (the twin weighs about 60# or so). So what did I do? I bought the Peavey Classic 30w 1x12 combo! Basically the same chassis, much lighter, and I added a 1x12 cab. Voila! 30w 2-piece PV Twin! These amps are special. The competition makes plenty of good quality amplifiers. But if you want a step up in tone, reliability, and want to have your guitar sound its best buy any of the PV Classic line. I especially recommend the 50w twin, 30w 1x12, and the Blues 1x15. Play on!

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    peavey classic

    By fender fan-DI.Jo

    from pa

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    Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

    look into to ruby tubes if you buy this amp, that with the help of a xotic bootser and a mxr carbon copy, the tone is one of the best i ever heard. The clarity and punch is so responsive it sounds better than my mesa boogie lonestar and carr. Never thought that until i used ruby tubes. The potential of the peavey classic, and how much it cost make it a huge value

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great amp for the bucks!

    By DANGEROUS DAVE

    from Central Illinois

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    Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

    I have owned and tried many amps over 22 years of playing, and I think this is one of the best amps on the market.I just bought one of the new models with the new "face lift".I play southern rock and blues in live bands with this amp.It seems to cover a lot of ground.I think it blows away a lot other amps that are in higher price ranges.My only complaint is that I wish it had a little more bass response.I solved this issue by using a 2-12 extention cab with it.If you get one of these amps-try that.It has to be a 16 ohm cab to match the impedence load.Besides that,kudos to peavey!!!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Tube amp for the money

    By Hecticone

    from Stoughton Wi.

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    Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

    Just purchsaed the new classic 50 212. Had owned an older model before this one.Being that the el84's are being used it has pushed this amp way past the older ones. Clean channel clean as can be. I am running this amp in stereo with a 65 fender twin reverb reissue.Very complimentary tone.The crunch side is very marshally.It would be nice to have an eq for both channels.The old classic would blow your head off no dispersion of the sound.This one fills the room.Effects:Full tone wah,tone pump,mucho boosto,sex drive,h20,with the morley volume pedal.Guitars Lucille and a tricked out Mexican strat.Wonderful amp cudos to Peavey.

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