Peavey Classic 50 - old vs new

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  1. sgguitarzz

    sgguitarzz Supporting Member

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    I played one of these in a studio we rehearsed in a week ago. It was one of the old tweed style models w/2x12" speakers. It was totally beat to hell and in horrible shape but it sounded great. Nice clean sound, great midrange, no spikey highs with decent reverb and a great pedal platform. Definitely a nice EL84 sound. I see the new models look much different. If this difference only cosmetic or have they changed the quality/sound any?
     
  2. JAP09

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    I have one of the older classic 50 2x12 just like you were describing. My friend has a newer one that's a 4x10 combo. I'm not sure if there's a difference in the circuitry, but I can't hear much difference in the sound at all. The only slight difference is that mine has a little more bass and his is slightly more punchy, but I've always attributed that to the 2x12 vs 4x10. Same exact tone quality, sound, etc. just a slightly different frequency response from the different speaker size.
     
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    Thanks. I would tend to agree that the difference you are hearing is more due to the different speaker config than any circuitry affecting tone and frequency response. The one I played really sounded so nice and looked so bad lol. I think people were mistaking it for an ashtray. It is amazing how people will mistreat equipment that doesn't belong to them.
     
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    The circuit hasn't changed. The very first year of production (1991, I think) did not feature an effects loop. The only changes have been cosmetic.
     
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    If memory serves there were some solid state components in the earliest Peavey Classics. Don't quite remember where in the signal path though.
     
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    Thanks guys that is good to know. They have actually gotten a little more pricey new. You can get them for about half price buying used ($300-400 or so).
     
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    Nope. The same.

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