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Peavey basic 60 specs

Updated February 21, 2017

The Peavey Basic bass amplifier line included the Basic 40, Basic 50, Basic 60 and Basic 112 models. The Basic model solid-state bass amps were produced from the early '80s throughout the '90s, and, like all Peavey amplifiers, their durability is highly touted. The Peavey Basic 60 is one of the final models of the Peavey Basic amplifier line to be produced.

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Power Amplifier Section

The Peavey Basic 60 is a 50 watt RMS amplifier into an 8 ohm load. The power at clipping is 57 watts into an 8 ohm load. The Basic 60 has less than .2 per cent total harmonic distortion. The dynamic range of the power amp section is greater than 16 decibels, and the hum and noise is greater than 90 decibels below rated power. The overall domestic power consumption of the Peavey Basic 60 is 150 watts, 50/60 hertz, 120 VAC.

Preamp Section

At optimal settings, the Peavey basic 60s preamp section has a high gain input with a high Z impedance at 220K ohms. It has a nominal input level of -24 dBV, 60 MV RMS; a minimum input level of -46 dBV, 5 MV RMS; and a maximum input level of 6 dBV, 2V RMS. The preamp low gain input has a high Z impedance at 44K ohms. The nominal input level of the preamp section is -18 dBV, 120 MV RMS. The minimum input level is -40 dBV, 10 MV RMS and the maximum is 12 dBV, 4 V RMS.


The Peavey Basic 60 has a pair of inputs on the left side of its front panel: a low gain input and a high gain input. To the right of that is a pair of knobs, pre and post gain, controlling the amp's gain stage, as well as a "bright" switch that changes the sonic character of the amp. To the right of the gain section is the equalisation section, with low, mid, high and presence controls. Beside the equalisation section are two more jacks, a pre out and a power in, and next to these is a headphones jack. To the far right of the front face of the amplifier is an on switch and an LED light signifying if the amp is on.

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About the Author

Michael Black

Michael Black has been a freelance writer based in South Central Pennsylvania since 2010. He graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in professional writing. He has written music- and writing-related articles for various websites.

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