History of the Peavey Bandit 112 Amp

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***History and Timeline of the Peavey Bandit***

The Bandit

(1980) The very first Bandit was only made for one year. As subsequent versions became available, the original Bandit came to be known as the “Gunsmoke Bandit” because the font used to silkscreen the logo on the front of the amp resembled the font used in the opening credits of the popular 60’s television show, Gunsmoke. The Gunsmoke Bandit was made in Meridian Mississippi USA and had a power rating of 50 watts RMS. It came equipped from the factory with a 12″ guitar speaker made for Peavey by Eminence.


Solo Series Bandit

(1981-1983) The Solo Series Bandit soon followed the Gunsmoke Bandit and incorporated a variety of improvements, most notably a much improved sound. The Solo Series Bandit was made in Meridian MS USA and came equipped with Peavey’s proprietary guitar speaker, the Scorpion.

Peavey Sliver Stripe Sheffield Bandit

Solo Series Bandit 65

(1983-1987) With the Solo Series Bandit 65, large improvements in tone compared to the previous version were again realized and the power rating was increased to 65 watts RMS. The Bandit 65 was made in Meridian MS USA and came equipped with Peavey’s proprietary guitar speaker, the Scorpion.

Solo Series Bandit 75

(1987-1989) The Solo Series Bandit 75 saw the power increase by 10 watts to 75 watts RMS and a Bright Switch was added. The Bandit 75 was made in Meridian MS USA and came equipped with Peavey’s proprietary guitar speaker, the Scorpion.

Solo Series Bandit 112

(1989-1995) The Solo Series Bandit 112 introduced many new features, the most notable being an increase in power to 80 watts RMS and a choice between Peavey’s Scorpion speaker and Peavey’s newly introduced Sheffield speaker. Many of the innovations that would later be branded as “Transtube” were included in the Solo Series Bandit 112, but the name “Transtube” had not been adopted yet. There have been several different versions of the Solo Series Bandit 112 but they all share the same manual and the same control layout. One of the more popular variations is known as the “Teal Stripe” or “Blue Stripe” Bandit due to a blue horizontal stripe below the control panel. The Solo Series Bandit 112 was made in Meridian MS USA.

Transtube Series Bandit 112


(1995-1999) The Transtube Series Bandit 112 formally introduced Peavey’s proprietary “Transtube” technology that allows a solid state amplifier to perform more like a vacuum tube amplifier. Central to the Transtube concept is a patented “power brake” that allows the user to control the amount of power required for dynamic range compression from the power amp, from 100% all the way down to 10%, thus enabling the amplifier to acheive power amp compression without running at full volume. The Transtube Series Bandit 112 was made in Meridian MS USA and came stock with the Sheffield 1230 speaker. Notably, it was also the first Bandit to have an external speaker jack, allowing external speakers to be run instead of or in parallel with the internal speaker. Running into 8 ohms, power is still 80 watts RMS, but running into 4 ohms (the equivalent of using the internal 8 ohm speaker together with an 8 ohm extension speaker) the power is increased to 100 watts RMS. Due to the horizontal strip of chrome underneath the controls, this version is commonly referred to as the “Silver Stripe” Bandit, but due to the black color and square shape, it is sometimes called the “Blackbox” Bandit (not to be confused with “Blackface”, which refers to F*nder products and/or performances in the style of Al Jolson…)

Transtube Series II Bandit 112 Made in USA

(2000-2004) With the Transtube Series II, the metal corners and input jacks that had been standard on all Peavey Bandits up until this time were replaced by plastic corners and plastic jacks. Due to a color scheme incorporating a red stripe across the front of the amplifier, many people refer to the Transtube Series II Bandit as the “Redstripe Bandit”. During this time Peavey attempted to adopt a new company logo, and moved away from their traditional “pointy” logo. The new logo came to be known as the “Block Logo”. The Block Logo was only used for a limited period of time, and the Block Logo Redstripe Bandits represent the last Peavey Bandits to be made in the USA.

Transtube Series II Bandit 112 Made in China

(2004-2005) This amp is cosmetically nearly identical to the USA version, so it is also referred to as “Redstripe Bandit”, but there are several differences between the US built Redstripes and the Chinese ones. First, the Chinese version says, “Designed in the USA” on the front, while the actual USA version says “Designed and Made in the USA”. Second, the speaker in the Chinese version is either unlabelled, or is labelled “Blue Marvel”, a Peavey code for speakers made outside of Peavey and then rebranded as Peavey. All of the USA Redstripe Bandits shipped from the factory with US made Sheffield 1230 speakers. Another obvious difference is that all Chinese Redstripe Bandits have the “pointy logo”, while most – but not all – of the USA Redstripe Bandits shipped with Block Logos.

Peavey Bandit with Transtube Technology

(2006-current) The current version of the Bandit is made in China.  It is the first Bandit to incorporate a “simulated output” for recording purposes. This simulated output runs independently of the amp’s internal speaker, allowing silent recording. The simulated output can also be used instead of or in addition to a traditional microphone.  In this version the spring reverb has been replaced by a digital reverb circuit, and the 10% to 100% T. Dynamics knob is replaced by a 3-way switch, allowing operation at 25%, 50%, and 100% power.  Metal corners are reintroduced, but the footswitch is no longer included with the amp and must be purchased separately.

from Wikipedia:


Bandit series guitar amplifiers

The Bandit amp series are solid-state combo guitar amplifier. The Bandit amplifiers were introduced in 1980 and remain in production today (2011).

The earliest model Bandits had a power rating of 50 watts RMS into an 8 ohm speaker. The power rating has gradually increased over time, and current model Bandits are rated at 80 watts RMS into 8 ohms, and 100 watts RMS into 4 ohms. In the mid-nineties, the Bandit was used to introduce Peavey’s proprietary TransTube circuitry, a solid-state technology aimed at emulating the sound of tube amplifiers.[3]

Bandit Models

  • Bandit (1980)
  • Solo Series Bandit (1981-1983)
  • Solo Series Bandit 65 (1983-1986)
  • Solo Series Bandit 75 (1987-1988)
  • Solo Series Bandit 112 (1988-1995)
  • TransTube Series Bandit 112 (1996-1999)
  • TransTube Series II Bandit 112 Made in USA (2000-2004)
  • TransTube Series II Bandit 112 Made in China (2004-2007)
  • Peavey Bandit with Transtube Technology Made in China (2008-current)

PEAVEY BANDIT (GUNSMOKE BANDIT) OWNER’S MANUAL:  http://urlet.com/xoom.gibraltar

PEAVEY BANDIT 65 OWNER’S MANUAL:  http://urlet.com/aa.stems

PEAVEY BANDIT 75 OWNER’S MANUAL:  http://urlet.com/comments.experiment

PEAVEY BANDIT 112 OWNER”S MANUAL:  http://urlet.com/action.presumed

PEAVEY BANDIT 112 TRANSTUBE OWNER”S MANUAL:  http://urlet.com/planned.pick

PEAVEY SPECIAL 112 (1988) OWNER’S MANUAL: http://assets.peavey.com/literature/manuals/80300957.pdf

PEAVEY SPECIAL 112 (SOLO SERIES 1994) OWNER’S MANUAL: http://assets.peavey.com/literature/manuals/80301118.pdf

A few serial number tips that will help:
If the number has a two digit prefix, it may give a clue as to the date for some products.
For example, a two digit prefix such as 6A followed by five or six numerals would indicate a 70’s product (“A” is for amp, “E” is for enclosure), and the prefix indicates the year. If the prefix is followed by 8 numerals, you have a 80’s product and again, the prefix indicates the year.
5A-12345 would indicate 1975 7A-123456 would indicate 1977
6A-12345678 would indicate 1986
After 1989, this system is no longer used, 00-12345678 means 1990 or later.
Troubleshooting the Bandit/Solo :   http://urlet.com/pretend.betty
The Bandit Club:  http://www.tdpri.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-197724.html
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