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    I have the Marshall AVT50 that I just love for my EVH stuff, and for the most part, the clean channel seems to be fine (despite no MID control). But I'm thinking of picking up a Peavey Classic 30 amp for cleaner, bluesy Strat-type stuff. Anyone own both and think it would be a waste of time/$$ or is there quite a bit of difference and worth the tone for cleaner, bluesy stuff (Clapton, SRV, etc.,) to have both amps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nast2112 View Post
    I have the Marshall AVT50 that I just love for my EVH stuff, and for the most part, the clean channel seems to be fine (despite no MID control). But I'm thinking of picking up a Peavey Classic 30 amp for cleaner, bluesy Strat-type stuff. Anyone own both and think it would be a waste of time/$$ or is there quite a bit of difference and worth the tone for cleaner, bluesy stuff (Clapton, SRV, etc.,) to have both amps?

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    Chris, I don't think you can go wrong with a Classic 30. They're great durable amps. I think they sound best pushed hard. Toss a tube screamer in front of amp and it ready to roll. The clean channel is thick and warm. No sterile sounds here. I always prefer the sound of tubes over the solid state amps. As for the AVT 50, personally I think the Peavey Bandit is a better amp. I might get flamed for that, but I think it's better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A&Z Guitar Repair View Post
    Chris, I don't think you can go wrong with a Classic 30. They're great durable amps. I think they sound best pushed hard. Toss a tube screamer in front of amp and it ready to roll. The clean channel is thick and warm. No sterile sounds here. I always prefer the sound of tubes over the solid state amps. As for the AVT 50, personally I think the Peavey Bandit is a better amp. I might get flamed for that, but I think it's better.

    Not sure if I answered your question or caused more thoughts/grief.
    The Classic 30 absolutely kicks ass and is one of the few Peavey amps to hold or even accrue a little in value.

    The Bandit is damn sure more durable than the AVT stuff from Marshall and I agree it sounds at least as good if not better.

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    Thanks, guys. I probably will pick one up.

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    Also check out the Peavey Delta Blues. Big ol' 15" speaker, tons of great blues and classic rock vibe. I have never played a Peavey classic, but from reviews I have read, they are very similar. I have one and love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by againstthewind View Post
    Also check out the Peavey Delta Blues. Big ol' 15" speaker, tons of great blues and classic rock vibe. I have never played a Peavey classic, but from reviews I have read, they are very similar. I have one and love it.
    Thanks fellow Michiganiac! Thought about that one, too, especially with the built in tremolo (like a Vibrolux?). I understand it's larger/heavier and with the 15" speaker get a little muddy with humbucker type guitars?

    There's a new review in the GuitarOne on the Bandit 112. Does it have a tube in it somewhere (Trans-Tube technology?)? My Marshall AVT50 has a tube preamp. My buddy has a Marshall that is solid state and it sounds terrible compared to my AVT50. Mine is warm and awesome (crunch/overdrive channel). The clean channel is OK at bedroom levels, but when pushed louder it definitely distorts (like the old Marshall that Hendrix used, I supposed). That's why I was thinking about a clean/bluesy amp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nast2112 View Post
    Thanks fellow Michiganiac! Thought about that one, too, especially with the built in tremolo (like a Vibrolux?). I understand it's larger/heavier and with the 15" speaker get a little muddy with humbucker type guitars?

    There's a new review in the GuitarOne on the Bandit 112. Does it have a tube in it somewhere (Trans-Tube technology?)? My Marshall AVT50 has a tube preamp. My buddy has a Marshall that is solid state and it sounds terrible compared to my AVT50. Mine is warm and awesome (crunch/overdrive channel). The clean channel is OK at bedroom levels, but when pushed louder it definitely distorts (like the old Marshall that Hendrix used, I supposed). That's why I was thinking about a clean/bluesy amp.

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    I will keep you updated.

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    Chris, I am not familiar with the Bandit, or the other amps you have mentioned. I will just say that if you haven't played a real tube amp, do yourself a favor and check one out, there is a huge diff from solid state, and yes the avt you are playing now. The Delta blues amp, needs to be pushed too, depending on what type of sound you are looking for. It has a wonderfull clean sound....great. It has a great distorted sound, but it isn't heavy metal, but you can get a pretty solid ac/dc sound out of it with no help from a pedal....I've personally gotten into rockabilly lately, and it suites that quite well. Go to guitar center and check em' all out....crank them up....hell that's why they are there. Ask a lot of questions, take YOUR guitar there, so you will know exactly how it will sound with that amp, then when you get home, there won't be any issues. Good luck man.

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    Just thought you might want to check out a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe in place of the Peavey Classic 30.........

 

 

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