Peavey Classic 50/410 Reviews4.6/5.0 based on 7 customer reviews
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November 14, 2011
Blows away most boutique amps that cost 3x as muchSnobby boutique amp owners listen up. This amp is simply amazing. For the price you will not find a better sounding, better built, more versatile amp than this one. The clean channel on this amp is warm, round and punchy and the reverb is rich and lush. The overdrive channel can get you that classic Marshall sound and with a high output humbucker and the gain turned up you can get some pretty thick, beefy distortion. This amp is so responsive as well. It is built like a tank and is built in the USA. Look all around and you will not find one negative thing said about this amp. The only thing to remember is this amp weighs a lot (62 pounds) so if you get it you might want to consider putting wheels on it or getting a foldable cart to lug it around.
from Ft Lauderdale, FL.
May 27, 2009Music Background:
Semi Pro Musician
The amp I use to judge all othersI have been playing for almost 51 years. My second amp, bought new in 1965, was a Fender Deluxe-Reverb(original, not the re-issue). I soon replaced the 12" Jensen Special design with a D-120 JBL. That was my amp—I it used to judge all others. I'd owned several amps including many Peavey's but held on to that little amp, and re-tubed it so many times. In the early 80's I started using Peavey guitars and amps—even visited the factory many times. In 1991, I was earnestly waiting for the first Classic 50/410 to hit South Florida. I bought it on the spot. I took it home and, believe it or not, sold the DR. I haven't regretted that decision at all. I have seven Peavey amps and almost twenty Peavey guitars—as 'I only play Peavey or I don't play' is absolutely true. My now 18-year old Classic 50 is still my first choice. It has not once been in a repair shop, nor has it ever failed me. It is the amp I now judge all others with."
from CA, USA
March 14, 2009Music Background:
Pro Player, Singer and Recording Engineer
Blow Down the Doors!!I have been a customer of Peavey Amps since the '70s. I play rock/Pop and fusion music. I started off with a 4x12 "Musician" in 72. I now own a late 90's 4x10 Classic 50, and it's the best and most versatile amp (without spending thousands) I have ever owned!! Period!! Out of all the Twins, Deluxe's, Marshalls.....I could go on. Just buy this amp!! I played it in the store with the same great tones at the same volumes! Killer Diller tone!! The 4x10's give it a tight, fat tone that delights the ear with sweet tube saturation. Rock on Peavey!!
March 10, 2009Music Background:
awesome ampI have to say Ive tried marshall, mesa, vox.etc. these are good amps, but i was blown away at how the peavey sounded better than amps twice its price. i will be buying this amp in a couple of days from jeff law. ask for him ,he knows his stuff.
from Charleston, SC
February 9, 2010Music Background:
Former session musician
Fat or Thin dial it inI have been playing guitar since the early 60's and have had more amps than I can remember. My first a Gretsch, then Fender, Vox, Marshall, Johnson and so on.
In 93 I borrowed a Classic 50/410 to sub for a night and went out and bought my own the next day. This amp will give you just about any tone and rivals any 65 Deluxe or Twin I have ever played. Takes a little tweaking but you can crank it up and chill an obnoxious drummer in a heartbeat, the capability is there. I now have 2 1992 Classic 50/410's and as with previous reviewers, have never had either one in the shop, not once. Any performing artist will tell you that's money in the bank.
January 11, 2012Music Background:
pro musician, songwriter, engineer, producer
covers a lot of territoryFrom the looks and the configuration, one might expect a "vintage Fender Bassman" sound, and yes, it's possible to get it from this amp. There's some clean, sweet tones to be had, and a lot of guitars (single coil or humbuckers) will benefit from the full response this amp has to offer.
But don't sell it short -- the Classic 50/410 can hold its' own whether you're doing jazz, rock, blues, Top 40/covers or country. This will handle almost everything except hard core metal. Even then, it's LOUD! It gets louder still with the extra speaker out jack.
Invest in a good set of casters, or get a hand truck; it's a heavy beast. Other than that, I've got nothing against it.
from Monroe, Ga
September 25, 2007Music Background:
classic 50 410 combothis amp is hands down, the best bang for the buck. From small dives to big venues, this amps gets the job done. With advancements in guitar effects, the built in loop well help you dial in your tone that well match up against any boutique amp. love it love it loveit
When I first heard one of Peavey's Classic series amps, I was blown away. I was at an old friend's house and he had just gotten two new guitars and wanted to show them off. I hadn't seen him in a while, so I had no idea what the knee-high tweed amp was in the corner. The guitars were both pretty cool, but the amp blew my hat right off! As it turned out, it was a Classic 50 2x12". It must have been fate that I kept seeing various members of the Classic series around after that - at other friends' houses and being used by a handful of touring bands I saw - because I fell in love.
After doing some research I finally bought the Classic 50 4x10". Now, I am a hard man to please when it comes to amps. I like to play a variety of different styles, so finding one amp to suit all of my needs was something I had given up on. I was amazed that the Classic 50 could pull off detuned metal riffs with my Jackson just as well as it could pull off a drop-dead Byrds imitation with my 12-string electric. All of the controls on this amp are pretty standard among it's competitors, but in name alone. The bass, mid, and high tone controls command just the right frequencies, and never make anything too harsh on the top end or too muddy on the bottom end. And the Presence knob has range of good things to add to your tone - more functional than most amps I have used. The reverb is warm, lush, and springy. In this day and age of incredible digital reverbs, I think people tend to forget that springs can sound nice in the right setting.
In addition to the tone controls, I found the sound of the normal channel played cleanly is pretty transparent. I don't mean that quite in the recording sense; I mean that it shows off whatever guitar you are playing in front of it. It has a nice breakup as you turn it up. And then you can switch to... the LEAD channel! It was nice to find a set of pre and post gain controls, usually found in high-gain amp heads. That's a nice feature to include in an open-backed combo amp; well done Peavey. So, what can I say about the lead channel? It can pull off anything from classic-rock creamy to crunchy riffing, with none of the harshness that made me sell the last few amps I've owned. Just by randomly tweaking both knobs back and forth for about 5 minutes, you can hone in on several different sounds you like.
This guitar amp would find a great home in somebody's bedroom (like mine). I almost forgot to mention the Master Volume switch - that comes in real handy when your newborn has just gone to sleep for the night. I have seen the Classic 30, the Classic 50 2x12", and the Classic 50 4x10" all played live before, and they sound phenomenal. In addition to that, I have found that depending on the material, the Classic 50 4x10" records well, too. One caveat to recording is that both Classic 50 models have a cooling fan that is always on. It it is surprisingly quiet, but could probably be heard on quieter tracks or when using a condenser mic. The fan is really the only drawback to this amp that I can find, though that's only about half of the time. The other half of the time it keeps the three 12AX7 and four EL84 tubes under the hood from getting too hot.
All told, the entire Peavey Classic series is superb, no matter what style of music you play. I happen to prefer the 4x10" arrangement, and it has treated me well.