Saturday, June 4, 2016

Vintage Peavey Standard PA amp kicks ass!

Ever hear of Greg Ginn of Black Flag?  How about Randy Rhoads of Ozzy and Quiet Riot?  If so what do they have in common?  The Slid State Peavey Standard PA Series 260 guitar/bass/PA amp from the 70's.  Who knew? 

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Apparently, Both Greg and Randy (along with a slew of others) have used this model amp since day one.   It is Solid State and loud as heck.  Very versatile and can mold itself to pretty much any occasion.


Greg Ginn used a Standard in Black Flag.  He is famous for the mid tones. No effects just cracking it up to 10. He is also used an Ibanez Roadstar at some point (very cool).

Randy Rhoads with a Peavet Standard PA Head and 2 Sunn Cabs.

Randy Rhoads was rumored to use the Standard in the wee early days.  Like the days even before Quiet Riot on the Sunset Strip with his band Little Women.  From there he evolved to the modified white Marshall we all know and love.  The rest was history....

Anyways, back to the Standard: The theory was that one Standard head can power the whole band. Just plug in the guitar, bass, keys, and mics to the multiple input jacks. You'll be ready to rock in no time with the quick and easy set up.  

That's the way Peavey intended it to be anyways.  Jump forward 40 some odd years and user reality has simmered the pot.  It looks like most favor the Standard for bass.  However, guitar is very popular too.  Not everyone is going for the mid-ranged punk tone like Greg.  So the bass probably wins the prize for most suitable instrument.  

Prices on these guys are usually pretty low. In the $200-$300 range. They were Peavey's first and most relevant early sale.  So they were made a-plenty.  That is to say there are many out there.  Popularity took a plunge during the transistor amp craze of the 80's and 90's.  However, out in the pasture it looks like they might gain some cred in the Doom Metal scene.

Doom Metal is known for very loud and old amplification.  Think vintage Sunn, Orange, and Sound City amps stacked on top of each other playing Sabbath type riffs very loudly.  Two of which were considered second-tier collector amps years ago.  All of which get pretty expensive once a scene gets going.  Thanks to Doom Metal most of these amps are getting untouchable in price. Then again, that is what creates the second and third-tier markets for gear. 

This is where the Peavey Musician heads and the Standard Heads fall into place.  The next waves will most likely see a lot of early Solid State technology.  Since they are still affordable, built like tanks, road worthy, and very loud.  They look very cool and vintage in a Millennial's eye.  

The Solid State tag may also lend itself to the situation.  Since Dime Bag Darrell himself was a connoisseur of Solid State Randall amps. That might actually help sell a few in a new (vintage) craze.  After all, didn't he help start the phrase "Not All Solid State Amps Suck"?

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