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Karl Paulsen

 

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Post  Posted 24 Nov 2021 6:27 am    
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Just a hypothetical for you folks.
What amp for a new player whose spent almost all their cash on a pedal steel and now needs an amp but also knows they are going to be playing out soon.

It's a known and wonderful thing that we can pickup a whole range of great classic Peavey Steel amps for less than 400 bucks. I've got a couple in my practice spaces and love them. But darn they are heavy.

Likely this player is in the used market so if they've only got around 3 bills what do you tell them?
-Buy a Peavey _____ 400 and grow some muscles you weakling!
-Pickup a 100 watt cheap Fender/Crate/whatever SS guitar Amp.
-Buy a lightweight bass amp like a Fender Rumble 100 or Ampeg Rocketbass.

Something else?
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Dave Mudgett


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Post  Posted 24 Nov 2021 6:46 am    
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I have a Session 400 that the previous owner cut down vertically 3" and put in a 12" neo speaker. It weighs 47 pounds, about the same as my Deluxe Reverb, and cost either $300 or $350. Not featherweight, but not heavy either, and it'll do the job.

If I don't need mondo steel volume/headroom, a Peavey Bandit 65 or Studio Pro 40/50 work fine for me for both guitar and steel. I specifically like the Bandit 65 and Studio Pro 40/50. I see Bandits in the $100 range periodically, and I got my Studio Pro 40/50s for $35 and $45 respectively off Craigslist. I bought the 40 specifically for the early 60s Jensen the guy put in it that I took out and used for an old tube amp. I was just gonna dump the amp. But I put in a $50 70-watt MOD speaker in it, sounds great. The 50 has the original Eminence (circa 1987) 20-oz magnet speaker in it. It also sounds great. These are shockingly good with a Telecaster or archtop too.

I also have a pretty cool little Quilter Tone Block 201 that I got brand new from a big-box store for $250. OK, it'll be more than $300 with a small speaker cab, but I see decent small loaded cabs on the forum for $150-250 pretty routinely. Not a ton of money and light a a feather - the amp fits in my bag of stuff that I always drag to gigs.

I'm sure there are many other options. I have to be patient to find the deals, but they're out there if you look and are willing to wait till the right deal shows up.
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Charley Paul


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Post  Posted 24 Nov 2021 2:40 pm    
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I would look for a used Tone Block or Pro Block from Quilter.
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Bob Watson


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Champaign, Illinois, U.S.
Post  Posted 25 Nov 2021 2:14 am    
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I've been playing pedal steel through a Gallien Krueger MB200 bass amp lately and it sounds great. The Fender Rumble's are fairly similar and also make good steel amps. I bet you could find a used one pretty cheap. A rumble 100 would be able to handle a small room, but the Rumble 200 with the 15" speaker would probably be loud enough for any situation you might find yourself in. You would need to buy a reverb pedal too. I hear good things about the Katana 100's too. Also, a Roland Cube 60 or a Cube 80 are both good steel amps that are light. Roland has made a lot of different models of Cubes through the years, you would want the ones that are modeling amps. I would also bet that a Mustang 100 would sound good with a pedal steel.
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Chris Brooks

 

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Providence, Rhode Island
Post  Posted 25 Nov 2021 5:42 am    
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Peavey Bandit: +/- $200

Roland Cube 60 or 80 + / - $300

Both are strong, reliable, and giggable.

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Patrick Huey


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Nacogdoches, Texas, USA
Post  Posted 25 Nov 2021 5:47 am    
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you can regularly find Peavey Nashville 400's on here for close to that. One of the best steel amps made, IMHO.
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Jack Hanson


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San Luis Valley, USA
Post  Posted 25 Nov 2021 8:17 am     Re: New PSG player. $300 bucks. Which Amp for gigging?
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Karl Paulsen wrote:

-Buy a Peavey _____ 400...

Fill in the blank with Session or LTD, and... Bingo!
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Jim Kennedy

 

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Brentwood California, USA
Post  Posted 25 Nov 2021 8:52 am    
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The Boss Katana modeling amp can be found on Reverb in the 275 to 500 dollar range, depending upon the configuration. When the 100 watt combos show up on Craig's list in northern CA they are usually in the 300 to 350 dollar range. I have a friend who bought one new for 600 dollars, and has one he bought used that he may be sellling. He is a forum member if you are intrested. Check out the posts here on the forum. Many like them. I use a Fender Musang for my Tele. IMHO, the newst version Katana is a better sounding amp.
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John Talbott


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Castle Rock, Colorado, USA
Post  Posted 25 Nov 2021 12:53 pm    
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You may want to look at the Peavey Special 130.
Weighs approx 47lbs.
It has 130 watts and a shiftable mid.
There are more than a few postings about suitability for steel guitar.
Link for specs -
https://peavey.com/manuals/80343010.pdf
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Tony Prior


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Charlotte NC
Post  Posted 26 Nov 2021 1:25 am    
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John Talbott wrote:
You may want to look at the Peavey Special 130.
Weighs approx 47lbs.
It has 130 watts and a shiftable mid.
There are more than a few postings about suitability for steel guitar.
Link for specs -
https://peavey.com/manuals/80343010.pdf


I would agree with John, the Special 130 is the UPGRADED version of the original issue Bandit 65 ( with the aluminum strips down the sides)

IF can find one , that would be a good day ! As stated, these amps have the MID shift which in my mind is necessary. These amps, Steel-wise, sound like a PV Session 400 .
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K Maul


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Hadley, NY/Hobe Sound, FL
Post  Posted 26 Nov 2021 6:51 am    
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Here’s a 130 for sale right here
https://bb.steelguitarforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=375782&highlight=
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Bob Hoffnar


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Austin, Tx
Post  Posted 26 Nov 2021 9:06 am    
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Keep in mind that a Nashville 400 will be about 40 years old by now. Those circuit boards don’t last forever. If I just had $300 I would get some new mass production amp that will work and put money away for a more ultimate amp down the road.
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