Peavey Classic 50 212 II Tube Combo Guitar Amp 50W 2x12 (Discontinued)

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96 out of 100. Incorporating 30+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$900
Peavey Classic 50 212 II Tube Combo Guitar Amp 50W 2x12

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 96/100 is based on analysis of 30+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

The first Classic 50 was released in the early 1990s as a foil to the popular rackmount setups of the time, effectively bringing back interest in vintage style amplifier circuitry.

Though resembling a vintage F-style guitar amp, the Classic 50 has a sound of its own thanks to 3 12ax7 preamps and 4 EL84 Power amps driving a 2 x 12" Celestion setup.

The result is a versatile sound whether you're using pedals or cranking the amp on its own.

Specifications:

  • Power Rating: 50W
  • Preamp Tube: 3 x 12AX7
  • Poweramp Tube: 4 x EL84
  • Speaker: 2 x 12" Celestion
  • Input: 1 x 1/4" (instrument)
  • Output: 2 x 1/4" (8/16 Ohm Speaker),
  • Cabinet: Open Back
  • Control Knobs: Pre- and post-gain, Active presence control, 3-band passive EQ (bass, middle, treble), Master volume control, Standby switch, Reverb level control
  • Weight: 59.60 lb

Pros
Many reviews state that the Classic 50 has achieved iconic status as a great, gritty pedal platform with a lot of headroom and reliable service life. It brings classic Fender and Marshall tones into a happy medium that works for a variety of musical styles and genres.

Cons
Shared EQ put some off from the amp as they'd have preferred a separate eq for clean and drive channels. The amp is also heavy at almost 60lbs.

Overall
If you're looking for a loud, high headroom amp with a good amount of grit (if you wish), the Classic 50 212 II is a great pick that punches above its indicated price range.

Unfortunately this is no longer available new in most stores, however you can see the best alternatives in our guide to The Highest Rated Tube Amps up to $1000.

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