Originally launched in 1991, these versatile all-tube amps retain their distinctive sound and circuitry but now feature an updated chassis design. With three 12AX7s up front and four EL84 power amp tu... Read More
Originally launched in 1991, these versatile all-tube amps retain their distinctive sound and circuitry but now feature an updated chassis design. With three 12AX7s up front and four EL84 power amp tubes plus normal and bright inputs, 3-band passive EQ, and presence control, it's all the classic tone you seek and all the gigging versatility you need.
Made in the USA.
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Bought it new in 1991 and it hasn't been used in almost 25 years. Showroom condition. Can peel the paint off the walls when cranked up.
Let me say a few things in reference to the Deville vs Classic 50 argument. First off, the tonal qualities and price tag on the Deville and the Classic 50 are very similar which is why so many people tend to compare them. I one time, I owned both of these amps simultaneously...I now own one: The Peavey Classic 50 410. Here's why... You'll never hear me say that Peavey is a better amp manufacturer than Fender because that's an absolute falsity. Fender has been manufacturing top grade tube amplifiers in all shapes, sizes, and wattages for many, many years in which their expertise and craftsmanship coupled with the (many times) unmatched tonal qualities could be called nothing short of excellence in an industry. That being said, the Fender Deville is a Fender amp that falls short of this excellence. In a similarly contrasting way, the Peavey Classic 50 is a Peavey amp that takes everything you ever though you knew about Peavey amplification, and chunks it out the window. In short, Peavey hit this one out of the park and has yet to do it since. Let me start with a quick rundown of the Fender Deville. So the most obvious difference between the two amps is that the Deville is a 60 watt amp to the Classic 50...a 50 watt amp, obviously. This 60 watt feature is what many people use as a positive against the Classic 50. The truth is that this amp is so loud that it's borderline offensive to turn the volume level up past 3. Now it's always nice to have the horsepower if needed, but typical tube amps are such that they sound good at a low volume and best when cranked. There is no happy medium with this amp. The idea is to get the tubes to heat up significantly enough to perform at their peak performance level. When the volume threshold limits you from that, you might as well be using a solid state amp because the tubes aren't being utilized properly. With the Classic 50 sounds great when practicing and amazing when it's cranked half way or more. Half way is loud as heck but still bearable in a live, full band setting. Tonally speaking, the Classic 50 trumps the Deville on a comprehensive level. The Deville is probably the better of the two in the blues setting. But if you're like me and tend to play a number of different genres, definitely go with the Peavey. I've played for years next to a guy who has a Deville and, between the two of us, it has been a constant struggle to get it tamed and dialed in. As for the maintenance, the Classic 50 is pre-biased, which simply defined means that you can change the tubes yourself without having to adjust and match the power tube temperatures in the 6L6 tubes used by the Deville...or pay someone to do it. The EL84s used by the Classic will burn uniform to each other as soon as you plug them in. Issues...in 17 years, my Classic 50 has never been to the shop. My Deville was constantly in and out with biasing, burnt circuit boards do to a very flawed interior design, and a few other issues as well. I have replaced tubes and speakers in my Classic 50 and the only breakdown I've had thus far was having to replace the reverb tank... Very long story, short...go with the Classic 50. It's the best choice for longevity and versatility. Peace
What a great American made piece of equipment. A rock solid workhorse. The tone/control quality for all types of music is second to none. I play a telecaster-stratocaster- Ibanez semi hollow through this thing and man it rips. The best longterm investment you can make for the cost. There hasn't been a tube amp made with so many features,quality hardware, and great looks in a long time. The circulating fan and stanby switch will add life to the tubes and electronics. The Classic Series from Peavey is worth a look. They are built to sound and look great for years to come. Thanks Peavey
I own a early 90's classic 50/410 and it is the best amp I have ever played through. The only problem I have had with this amp was the tweed cover needed replaced. I love this amp. I use it at home and on the road and it has always sounded great and never let me down. Well worth the investment...
Great Overall amp. Two inputs, normal and bright. Good Reverb, not overkill even turned all the way up. Normal channel can go from twang to Hendrix with a minimal tweak. Lead channel is warm and tubes break up well at just three on the volume dial. Can easily drown out drums, or purr like a kitten in a small room. The amp still sounds good at low volume levels. With OD or distortion pedals this amp sounds better than any mondo expensive amp out there and has twice the tonal diversity to boot. Great classic looks and built like a tank. The tubes are protected and the amp is fan cooled. It is very quiet with little hum from the tubes. By far the best Amp in its class and better than most amps three times the price. Before you go and drop $1500-$3000 on a "fashionably" named brand, try the Classic 50.
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