Classic 50/410 Tube Combo Amp  

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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Features
  • 50 watts (rms) into 16 or 8 ohms
  • Four EL84s and three 12AX7s
  • Normal and bright inputs
  • 3-band passive EQ
  • Presence control
  • Normal and lead volume
  • Lead pre- and post-gain
  • Master volume
  • Reverb control
  • Effects loop
  • Fan cooled
  • Chrome-plated chassis
  • Black Vinyl covering
  • Four 10" Blue Marvel speakers
  • 24.38"W x 24"H x 11.25"D
  • Weight: 63 lbs.
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4.9

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (7)
  • Good power output (7)
  • Warm / comfy (6)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Home studio (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

Reviewed by 35 customers

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5.0

I have an original 1991 tweed Classic 50 4x10

By Blind Lemon Pledge

from Nashville, TN

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Performances

    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.

     
    5.0

    Great amp for a great price....

    By joeyultra

    from jackson, nj

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Accepts Pedals
    • Efx Loop Is A Plus
    • Excellent Sound
    • Master Volume Switch
    • Powerful
    • Unlimited Tones

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Practicing
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Recently ordered this as a condition 4 (needs repair)for my son. When it arrived one EL84 power tube was flashed and the ground switch was set incorrectly.
      Replaced all power tubes with an extra set I had lying around and set the ground switch to "0"....Voila, this amp is amazing. Crank the master and adjust the clean volume or the pre and posts to your taste. Was able to nail almost any artist. It won't do metal but that's why I got the 6505+combo. The 4x10's add to the weight but the sound of the stock speakers is actually quite good. If I could locate a older 115e cabinet, that would round out the sound not to mention make one hell of a stack. I have the Classic 30 also but without a master volume it needs a little more oomph to get the sounds you get out of the Classic 50. Like the look of the older ones more but you won't hear me complain.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This thing is a keeper

      By dmarkj

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Great Value
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        This amp is simply amazing. For the price you will not find a better sounding more versatile amp than this. I have heard boutique amps that cost 3x as much as the Peavey Classic 50 410 that don't sound nearly as good. The sound it produces impresses me more and more each time I use it. The clean sound is warm, round and punchy. It is not a Fender sound for sure but it sounds very very nice. The overdrive if dialed in correctly sounds very warm, rich and full of sustain.

        The 410 speaker configuration give the amp a big, full sound that can fill a room with ease. The amp is made in America and is powered by good ol' fashioned tubes which explains why the amp sounds so good and is so reliable. This thing is built like a tank and rarely breaks down. Read the reviews yourself and you will find that people who own it rarely have reliability issues.

        Some have complained that the amp is too heavy (63 pounds) but I found a solution to that problem and simply bought a portable cart to lug it around and it works perfectly. In my opinion the small inconvenience of lugging a heavy amp around is worth getting a great sound and reliability from this amp.

        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Workhorse

        By guitarman160

        from Memphis

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Back Breaker

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        I've had mine for 18 years and will never sell it. It is the best sounding amp I have owned. I keep two guitar amps, the Classic 50 and a solid state Tech 21 Trademark 60 which has almost as good a sound at half the weight. Love both of them and would highly recommend both. Clean classic tube sound from both, even though the Tech 21 is solid state. If you can afford two amps, go with these two.

        (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This thing has big tone when cranked

        By patrick

        from orlando

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          after playing with a modded 212 version of this at a local juke joint i was blown away and was sold. i picked the 410 version as many reviews said it punched through the mix better than the 212 version. after really playing with it for just about a week i'm a happy camper, the more you turn if it up, the better it sounds. i haven't gotten the master volume much past 5 as that is PLENTY loud for just noodling around the house.

          clean channel is loud and clear. i didnt want a fender clean sound that is chimey to me. its just a well balanced warm and full sound. it can get punchy with the pots dimed so i roll the guitar controls back to dial it in. the presence adds a little more treble to my epiphone les paul and my strat sounds like a strat ought to.

          the lead channel has anything from just a little break up to an overdrive that you could use for hard rock. its defintely not a high gain amp but like others have mentioned, unless you play metal, you'll probably be ok. if you play metal, throw a stomp box into your signal chain. has a great bluesy lead tone.

          i'm coming from a marshall 8240 and while that amp has chorus and EQ for each channel, this amp is twice as loud with tons more tone. i dont find myself needing to dial each channel as i can just set my tone on my guitars - it sounds great as is. my guitars are an epiphone les paul with slash seymour duncans and my strat is a stock mexican fat strat. both sound great through this amp and has me finding new characteristics with tone and sound that i didnt think i could pull out of these guitars...

          highly recommended, with the price tag its a steal. if you just play in your bedroom, you might think about the 30 watt version. at low volumes you dont benefit from what this amp can do. if you gig often, this amp will serve you well when cranked. looks to be built tough and happy that its made here in USA.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Classic 4x10

          By Downtown Riot

          from Canada, Igloo

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            This amp Does rival the full half stack of any breed. If you want to make this sing, put it on top of a 4 x 12 cab and run both the 4 10s and the cab .... very well balanced to do this. Run a MXR phase and delay through the effects loop and the overdrives and compression in the front. This amp LOVES pedals.

            It has so much power and thump, I just love it. It is heavy and does heavy rock well. I run in stereo and use an orange Dark terror on the other end with a closed 4 x 10 cab the Peavey did it all but I wanted a different tone on side B.

            I have the old tweed version that looks like a Bassman from the front, I even took the Peavey sign off and put the Bassman tag I found at rehearsal.... This amp kicks bum. I have owned them all and this has all that you need. Get a used one and make sure you have good tubes, set the pre and post 8-10 for your heavy tones and I like the bass in that range also, to show the balls this amp has.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love this amp!

            By Big Rand

            from Traverse City Michigan

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • A tad heavy

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            I bought this as a level 2 used. only thing worng with it was the reverb tank bag had come loose. I just re-installed the screws and I was in business. This amp makes any guitar you play through it, sound great! LOTS of Volume, great tone and Peavey quality. This amp will rival a marshall half stack. It is a tad heavy, but that is the price you pay for quality and tone. I was VERY suprised at the amount of bass and bottom end this am has for being a 4x10 This one is a keeper.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best in it's class

            By Benjamin Irons

            from Spokane, WA

            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

            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            My Favorite

            By Martinman

            from In the snow belt

            I am sold on the tone. This is my favorite amp. It does have a lot of dials to fiddle with, but the sound is killer, both clean and overdriven. The four 10" speakers are the key to this amp. OK, now the bad news. If you want to transport this amp, you had better be a weightlifter with a good back and under 30 years old. When I bought it, the young fellow who worked at the music store lugged it about five feet, put it down, and went for a dolly. I picked it up and wrestled it out to the car. My son offered to help, but I was too proud and happy. It is heavy, and it needs more than a suitcase handle on top. I guess Peavey figured that no one would want to ever load in into a vehicle or carry it up stairs. But it's no worse to lug than a Fender Twin Reverb...
            This amp is packed with features. The tank reverb is wonderful.
            I have an older model which was used when I bought it. It appears to be bulletproof.
            You will probably lose about half your money if you buy it new and sell it later. But when you compair prices on other amps in its class, this is a good buy. Buy a good used one, if you can find one.

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome

            By Sloan Connerly

            from Undisclosed

            I bought an older one of these used, and was very impressed. The clean channel on this amp is better than I've heard out of some amps that cost three times more. It's incredibly rich, and warm. You can hook up cheap pick ups to it, and it sounds incredible. The tubes were old when I got it, but I've been cranking the amp and had it in all conditions over three years, and they're still running strong. This amp is an excellent purchase for anyone. It's as loud as you'll ever want to be, it has great tone, and you can do anything with it. The price tag is incredible. Peavey has rolled out some crap for sure, but this, is hands down the best tube amp in the price range. My only complaint to Peavey is that the amp doesn't look near as sick as the older models. But that aside, trust me BUY IT NOW. You won't be dissapointed. If you're ready to upgrade the old solid state, without going broke, this is your amp.

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