PEAVEY > Peavey Classic 50 410

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The Peavey Classic 50 has gained the respect of rock and blues guitarists since 1991. This 50 watt tube amplifier has four ten-inch speakers and two channels, normal and lead. It came in a nice tweed look with cool chicken head knobs on the chrome top. LIST PRICE: $1149.99
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The Peavey Classic 50 has gained the respect of rock and blues guitarists since 1991. This 50 watt tube amplifier has four ten-inch speakers and two channels, normal and lead. It came in a nice tweed look with cool chicken head knobs on the chrome top. Some notable features include reverb control, normal and bright inputs, passive EQ section and a foot switch that goes between normal and lead or can control an effects loop. I

I immediately liked the clean, or “normal” setting with the bright input. Vintage blues sound is easy to find here. If you crank it up you can also get a slightly dirtier tone by overdriving the tubes, which are four EL84s and three 12ax7s. The lead switch brings far more distortion into the picture and unlike lead channels of similar amps I’ve used, this one has enough treble to cut through a club nicely. Not for metal heads but nasty enough for rock and roll. So far an impressive sounding amp. One thing I didn’t like about the Classic 50 though was the spring reverb. It just didn’t knock me over. Even with the reverb knob turned all the way up, there is not a very long decay. With old school cosmic country music or steel guitar I wouldn’t recommend this amp for this reason alone unless you have a stand alone spring reverb unit. With classic guitar use though, this is not as big an issue. Most clubs have enough natural reverbs in them anyway so a huge wet verb is just going to get lost in the mix. I didn’t use the effects loop as I don’t generally use many effects and find loops a pain but this feature would no doubt be a plus for effect nuts. What can I say? I enjoy the simple things in life.

Overall the Classic 50 410 is an excellent sounding amplifier for what I and most other rock/blues guitar players need. It is super-easy to dial in a sweet tone and the lead switch is an added bonus. Be warned about the reverb, otherwise with a Peavey Classic 50 410 you can’t go wrong.

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