#1
Hey,

I have been playing guitar for almost five years now, and I play a variety of styles. I mainly play jazz (big band and small combo at school), but when I'm on my own, I play a lot of metal (in flames, children of bodom to name a few) and some rock. I had been playing out of a tiny, crappy transistor amp, so I was in desperate need of a new one. I decided I could only afford another solid-state amp, but I did need something louder with better tone.

My teacher recommended a Peavey Bandit 112, so I set off to the store to check it out and possibly other amps of the same kind, in the same price range. I didn't really need too many features on the amp itself, as I do use a multi-effects pedal (Digitech RP-80, hope to upgrade that soon as well...). I found that they had the amp for $329.99, and it was normally $379.99. Pretty good deal, I thought. I played the amp and really liked the distortion, and the clean was pretty good as well. I was pretty well sold on it until the dude in the shop showed me a Fender Frontman 212R for $299.99 (regularly a lot more I think, don't remember the exact price). It was 100W to the Bandit's 80W, and included a footswitch (the Bandit footswitch cost $37). It had a great clean sound, but ultimately I didn't like the distortion as much, I thought it wasn't as heavy.

So I decided to go with the Bandit, despite the bargain price of the Fender. I still haven't played through the Bandit outside of the store (gotta wait till my birthday... lame), but I have the sinking feeling that I should've picked the Fender amp. I feel like $300.00 plus tax for a 2-12, 100W amp (pretty powerful for what I am doing right now) with great clean and decent distortion was the better option than an amp that was something like $360 plus tax with the footswitch. Can anyone who knows a bit about amps or has possibly played through one (or both...?) of these amps in the past let me know if I made the right decision? I know this seems stupid but it has really been bugging me! Any advice would be great.

Returning the Peavey is not an option at this point, by the way.

Thanks a lot everyone!
#3
nah the bandit is a better amp than the frontman.
i'd say you made the better choice
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#4
At that price point, I can only recommend the Epi Valve Junior, the Crate Palomino, the Fender Blues Junior, or a Blackheart amp.

For your purposes, a tube amp would have been the better choice for performance.
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#5
shoulda gone with the fender or a crate gt1200h w/cab you can get em used for about 330
#6
Ive played both (owned the fender 212). My guitar teacher plays out of the bandit in his lesson room. The bandit is so much nicer and is able to get a great tone while the fender is lacking in the distortion and somewhat in the clean(its very transparent on both, in the bad way). Though i now own a Fender "the Twin" i suffered through the 212 for a long time
#7
i hav that fender amp and my friend has a peavey 80w...u made the good choice
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#8
bandits prob the better choice...i owned a 212r once and really 100watts isnt much on that amp, and the 300$ tag is the normal price for it, everything is always much lower than retail price. if your gonna go fender, then go tube, no question.
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#9
I have a FM212 (luckily I have a better amp now) and yeah you aren't missing out on much. The cleans are OK, and it's loud, but the distortion is horrible. You probably made the better choice tbh.
#11
You could have gotten a much better amp for the price, but you made the right choice getting the Bandit.
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#12
The Bandit may be the best choice for your styles in your price range. Much better than the oversized Frontman. Don't sweat it, you did good.
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#13
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The Bandit may be the best choice for your styles in your price range. Much better than the oversized Frontman. Don't sweat it, you did good.

+1
#14
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The Bandit may be the best choice for your styles in your price range. Much better than the oversized Frontman. Don't sweat it, you did good.


Yep.

I can't believe people here actually recommend valve jrs and blackhearts for someone who wants to play jazz and metal
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#17
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Yep.

I can't believe people here actually recommend valve jrs and blackhearts for someone who wants to play jazz and metal


Didn't he play jazz in a loud situation and metal at home?
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#19
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Maybe, but that would mean he would not want a 5 watt tube amp that breaks up at high volumes.


Oh damn why'd I recommend the VJ. Foolish of me.

I still stand by getting one of the Palominos, but the Bandit is alright at that price point, and it can double as a low volume practice amp.
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