How to make a Peavey Bandit sound good?

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  1. gnoll

    gnoll SS.org Regular

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    My band started practising at a place where they have Peavey Bandits for guitar amps, and I'm not crazy about the sound. It seems to sound pretty shrill and weak. Anyway I don't really have time to sit a long time and try to dial something in properly, so I was wondering if any of you guys have experience with this amp and know how to get a good metal tone? It's the version with the white stripes at the sides.
     
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    A good overdrive or distortion out front will make all the difference. You don't have to spend a fortune either. A used Boss or Digitech will get the job done.
     
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    Turn up the bassist.
     
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    you plug a cranked HM2 in it
     
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    Hmmm I could try bringing an od808 next time...!
     
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    Wouldn't be a bad idea. You could also run a pedal like an AMT between the OD808 and amp.
     
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    This. It worked on In Flames' The Jester Race and Whoracle. Some of the best album tones of all time, IMO. I think they blended a Boss Metalzone with the HM-2 as well though. Experiment.
     
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    HM-2 is way too much old school dm for me. I mean it's cool for what it is but I'd like a more modern tight metal sound. Besides I don't have one so... :p
     
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    I have used Bandits before. Pre amp in the effects loop made all the difference for me. If you want to do pedals in front, the Bandit takes pedals very well.
     
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    Also early Entombed, Dismember and at least half of what was recorded at sunlight studios was HM2 into Bandits (sometimes blended with an MT2 like on Slaughter Of The Souls, didn't know about in Flames)
     
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    I boost the front end of mine with either a Boss Sd1 or a TS9. I have MS70CDR in the loop that I use as an eq primarily.

    For a practice rig this thing sounds amazing, I wouldn't feel lacking playing with most drummers, all except the absolute loudest.
     
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    Interesting! I do this with my 5150 (actually a behringer hm300), why the fuck not my bandit too at home!
    I probably should have known about this already, but hey you learn something new every day.

     
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    Why don't you have the time to dial it in...?
     
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    Cause we only rehearse a few hours a week and I wanna play music. Not that it seems like a very complicated amp but I don't wanna spend rehearsal time fiddling and fretting over tone.
     
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    Then just ignore how it sounds and play, no need for the thread :lol:. Show up early to dial it in, maybe stay late - if you know it's going to take 15 minutes then plan for it?

    Either you put in some time to get it where you want, bring in another amp or ignore the subject of tone entirely while at practice. I drive 4 or 5 hours for every practice, twice a week, I understand wanting to play more and messing around less. But dial it in once and you're set (in theory).
     
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    Holy fack! -- you are dedicated to your band. :cheers:
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    Get a good external closed-back cab. The Bandit shines with a good closed-back. The open back design weakens it, IMO. If we're dealing with the teal/blue stripe, silver stripe, or red stripe, I find they have a good dirt tone on their own. Just need to run it into a better cabinet and possibly hit the front end with a boost. Needs something like an OD808X.

    Otherwise, running a really good dirt pedal like the AMT distortion boxes is a good idea. I found the Bandits had great clean channels.
     
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    Yup!
     
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    Maybe try a speaker swap? Don’t stock Peavey Bandit combos come with crap speakers?
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    They tend to. The Sheffields sound pretty flat, IMO. Not sure how good the Black Widows are.

    Also as I said; not a fan of the open-back design.
     

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