Peavey Classic 50 question

joel98z

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Maybe a dumb question but when using the drive chanel, is it using tubes in both V1 and V2, or just V2?
 

alivegy

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both, cascading gain stages. There is a cap on v2 that bleeds most of the lowend out so I don't end up using that channel at all.
 

joel98z

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both, cascading gain stages. There is a cap on v2 that bleeds most of the lowend out so I don't end up using that channel at all.

OK that makes sense.. My drive channel sounds really bad so I tried to swap tubes in V2, and it sounded the same. I guessing that swapping the tube in V1 will help as well..
 

joel98z

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OMG... My Stock Peavey Classic Drive channels all sound excellent...
Great chewy, fluid sound (just put a nice compressor in front of it) ..

See what ya think ... check it out here:

Norwegian Wood (Got YouTubed) - The Gear Page
That sounds good.. Mine does not sound that nice..

There is something wrong with mine, if I turn the pre gain up past 5-6 it sounds real raspy and harsh.. No definition in highs, lows are real muddy.. It did not use to sound like that..

How was you amp set in that video?
 

gkoelling

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That sounds good.. Mine does not sound that nice..

There is something wrong with mine, if I turn the pre gain up past 5-6 it sounds real raspy and harsh.. No definition in highs, lows are real muddy.. It did not use to sound like that..

How was you amp set in that video?

How old are your tubes? Maybe you need a fresh set.
 

buddaman71

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I have a 10 year-old dead stock Classic 50 and I LOVE the drive channel.

Also, FWIW, I can really get a good Keith Urban tone with my EMG-loaded Yamaha tele copy through the C50 as well.
 

recto-robbie

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I love the drive channel on mine also,,, ive also got a fresh set of power tubes coming from eurotubes as we speak. I bet that your problem with the sound.

Ive never really messed with the tubes in any of the classic 50's ive owned, havent needed to,, so this will sound like a stupid question;;;

which preamp tube is v1??? looking at the back of the amp,, is it the preamp tube farthest to the right??? closest to the guitar input???
 

joel98z

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I love the drive channel on mine also,,, ive also got a fresh set of power tubes coming from eurotubes as we speak. I bet that your problem with the sound.

Ive never really messed with the tubes in any of the classic 50's ive owned, havent needed to,, so this will sound like a stupid question;;;

which preamp tube is v1??? looking at the back of the amp,, is it the preamp tube farthest to the right??? closest to the guitar input???
Yep, V1 is on the far right when looking at the back.. V3 is closet to the power tubes.
 

Lucidology

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That sounds good.. Mine does not sound that nice..

There is something wrong with mine, if I turn the pre gain up past 5-6 it sounds real raspy and harsh.. No definition in highs, lows are real muddy.. It did not use to sound like that..

How was you amp set in that video?

Thanks Joel ...

In that youtube I'm using a Boss DD-3 in the loop
& a compressor (Maxon CP101) in front ...

Bass at 3, Treble at 3, Mid's at 1, Presence at 1 ..
The compressor really smooths out the OD channel
(I don't know know if you've tried that yet) ..
But as you can see, my settings are pretty conservative ...
 

teefus

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there are some mods listed on the blueguitar.org site that were derived from the c30 mods. they make a world of difference although the c50 chassis is a little more difficult to get into.
 

recto-robbie

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How hard is it to swap speakers in the classic 50???? I assume you would need to take out the head regardless,, correct????
 

southpawmax

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both, cascading gain stages. There is a cap on v2 that bleeds most of the lowend out so I don't end up using that channel at all.
Could I hear more about that? Have you experimented with changing the value of that cap and do you know what works best?
 

Marshall Man

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I have Classic 50 combo as well. I was on the verge of dumping it, but then I plugged it into my Avatar cab and it sounds pretty damn good now. Mine is all stock bought new a year ago. I do use a TS-9 in front for some extra drive when needed.
 

joel98z

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I have Classic 50 combo as well. I was on the verge of dumping it, but then I plugged it into my Avatar cab and it sounds pretty damn good now. Mine is all stock bought new a year ago. I do use a TS-9 in front for some extra drive when needed.
What speakers are in your cab, and were you running the stock speakers as well?
 




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