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The Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head is great for hardcore or metal players. 6 - 12AX7s in the preamp add up to even more terrifying punch and mind-rattling gain. Includes footswitchable lead/rhythm ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head is great for hardcore or metal players. 6 - 12AX7s in the preamp add up to even more terrifying punch and mind-rattling gain. Includes footswitchable lead/rhythm channel select, effects loop, 3-band EQ, plus resonance and presence controls on each channel. Rhythm channel includes pre/post gain and bright/crunch switches. Lead channel includes pre/post gain controls only. Preamp output. Footswitch included. 4, 8, or 16 ohms.

The 6505 Series guitar amplifiers are named in celebration of Peavey's first 40 years, (1965-2005.) While known as the 5150 Series, these amps became the undisputed go-to guitar amps for scores of rock, hardcore, and metal bands because of their raw tone, relentless power, and roadproven reliability.

Features
  • 120W
  • Preamp: 6 - 12AX7s
  • Power amp: 4 - 6L6s
  • Footswitchable lead/rhythm channels
  • Effects loop
  • 3-band EQ
  • Resonance control
  • Presence control
  • 4, 8, or 16 ohms
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Peavey6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head
 
4.8

(based on 197 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (172)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (15)
  • Excellent sound (14)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Warm / comfy (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Outdoor events / games (14)
  • Performances (14)
  • Professional recording (14)
  • Home studio (10)
  • Amateur recording (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great amp if you know how to use it

Ok so before buying this amp there is a central theme which haunts these amps, and now spending about 3 years with the amp and speaking to a lot of 6505/6505+ owners this...Read complete review

Ok so before buying this amp there is a central theme which haunts these amps, and now spending about 3 years with the amp and speaking to a lot of 6505/6505+ owners this is the main "problems"

1. The lead channel gets fizzy when not playing in a band context. (drums to drown out the hiss)

2. It is too loud for bedroom use (and so it should be)

3. Owners don't like the overall voicing and wish it was more like the old 5150 amps. (the mid fq of the 6505 and 6505+ is a bit higher than the old counterparts)

A lot of guys will say you need a eq pedal in the loop to "gate" the high fq and a noise gate, plus a od for boost purposes to tighten up the sound etc. I found myself wondering why would i purchase all of these pedals, the amp should be able to give me a good sound without these extra eq-ing pre and post the amp. It seems everything comes down to people wanting the maximum gain/punch yet retain clarity with minimum fizzy highs. So people try and achieve this by adding way too much gear to the natural sound, making it sound even more compressed, less warm and not musical at all.

People seem to chase the tone they hear on recordings - yet seem to forget that guitars get recorded in dual or even 3 overlaying tracks, different mic positions in the room and different balancing of those in the mix to give you the tone you hear....so no wonder people add too much especially when upgrading from digital modeling pedals (which is over compressed to sound good in a stand alone context) or solid state amps. Dynamics play a big part in the sound, and even more so the thickness of the pick you use and angle of attack (basically playing ability) thick pick gives more pronounced and defined tone, and requires more skill than softer pick which will give you less fizz but lacks the instant attack of a thicker one. Angle aswell, more linear to string less scratch and with a angle more scratch. Volume is actually given by the amount of pick hitting the strings and not strumming more intensely.

Nways enough of the lecture on that.....the solution to the problems associated in my quest for tonal nirvana is as follows:

1. To reduce the fizz all you need to do is replace all pre amp and power amp tubes - it is a MUST, can't believe Peavey sells it with stock ruby tubes. You can either opt for all JJ EC83S 12AX7's or Tung Sol 12AX7's (market currently sells reissues for those who think reliability could be a problem) both sound great, or you can mix 12AX7's and JJ ECC832's (which is half 12AX7 half 12DW7, think the gain structure is 80/20) this in the correct positions with normal 12AX7's will reduce the gain but take away 98% of the fizzy dist.The amp has too much gain for my taste with all 12AX7's

Secondly the settings...there is a lot of variables that impacts heavily on tone, guitar (wood including active or passive pickups) cables and pick as mentioned. A lot think in order to "crank" the amp you need the lead channel pre gain on 7 volume 3/4 ish...with stock tubes ull only hear fizz with that. You really don't need more than pre gain on 3, 3.5 or 4 wich would be max on the lead ch. green ch would probably be pre gain 6 or 7 post on 3 or 4. Presence...just because there is a knob for it doesn't mean you need to max it out, higher treble 5 or 6 with presence set to 0.5 or 0 is plenty, the louder you go the less bass mid and treble you need (some volume curve theory on perceiving sound and the way the sound curve expands as volume increases) Also important is the volume and tone knobs on your guitar....does'nt need to be full.

Bedroom volumes you are better off buying a attenuation module like the hotplate that can handle 120watts. or remove the two outside powertubes to get 60watts. If the fizz still bothers you you can do a mod on the mid pot on the lead channel, very easy to replace it with a 22.5k one instead of the 55k (i think) in place. This will give the amp more "balls" and growl like the older 5150 versions. Or you can make the mid control sweepable. It really aint a must to get a eq, noise gate etc etc to change the voicing, you might want a od pedal to boost the green channel but that would be that. I currently run a mxr zakk od pedal infront of the amp on green channel, and carbon copy delay in loop - and i really couldn't be happier with the amp's tone.

If you replace the tubes as stated and bias the amp hotter to between 32mA - 40mA by itself will change the amp completely to what it should sound like. Highly recommend retube and hotter bias.

This is truly one of the best sounding amps ever made, it has a unique voicing that i love - i will def recommend this amp only with retube done. Peavey should seriously reconsider the ruby tubes and opt for better quality tubes if you are paying retail prices.

Just a last note, the cleans are usable with volume rolled back, but not the greatest.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fair Amp

I bought this amp because I wanted really heavy distortion, I heard InFlames uses these amps and while I'm not the biggest fan of their music, I love the sound of their guitars....Read complete review

I bought this amp because I wanted really heavy distortion, I heard InFlames uses these amps and while I'm not the biggest fan of their music, I love the sound of their guitars. This amp does not sound like that. It is fair sounding amp. The Distortion gets a 3 out of 5 stars. It's not very forgiving and a there isn't a lot of low end, it sounds a lot like early van halen type stuff but a little dryer and with a tad more hiss. Good for classic rock, not metal type stuff. The clean channel gets over modulated really easilly so you hear progressively more high end distortion as you turn the volume up. The good thing is, it is REALLY loud, it seems to be as loud or just louder than a Mesa Dual Recotfier. It looks good, is made solid, fair distortion, bad clean, great volume, minor adjustability. All in all 3 out of 5.

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5.0

Waited a long time to buy this should have bought it first!

By farganb

from Houston

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • loud and heavy rockmetal/sound!
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

    I'm kind of an amp snob bought quite a few amps searching for my heavy sound Tried Koch Powertone II Mesa"s engl ect. Those are nice amps that do allot well but this amp is brutal should have tried this first and saved allot of money. Best out of the box hard rock metal amp so far. Also loud as hell! You'll need a gate in the loop to be quiet between playing but no more background noise than any other hi gain amp.

     
    5.0

    Holy cow what a loud amp!

    By Joe from Johnstown

    from Johnstown PA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

      I play in two local bands and like to experiment with different equipment. I picked up this amp after owning and frequently playing my Peavey JSX and a Peavey XXX. I love both of those amps for their fluid tone and thought the 6505 plus would be a great addition to the family. I also have owned and still own Marshall amps, but their tone is more 'friendly' than the Peaveys. The 6505 plus is totally different than the JSX or XXX and nothing like the Marshalls. Running all three of these Peavey's through the same Marshall cabinet, I find the 6505 plus to have more bass, chunk, and power than the other two. The JSX and XXX are more able to be tamed via volume knobs but the 6505 plus seems to kick in around one and be almost too loud to use at nighttime in your home. I really cranked it a few times and it scared me how loud it could actually get. I think the distortion has clear note definition and clarity. Easing up on the gain promotes crunchy tones but do NOT resemble Marshall-type tones--they still sound more modern in nature--even for classic rock. This amp sounds more suited for metal and classic rock that is played aggressively in style. I am not sure this is an amp head best suited for someone who can't frequently crank it up--it is just too powerful to enjoy at low volumes. For a modern Marshall type sound from the 6505 plus style, I will be trying out the 6534 plus as a compliment for this amp soon.

       
      5.0

      Great amp

      By carlos

      from Tecate

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

        Great amp for high gain tones

         
        5.0

        The definition of metal.

        By James

        from Glenolden, Pennsylvania

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Clean channel is nothing to write home about
        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

        I bought this amp after years of putting it off because I didn't need so much power, but there is almost nothing that can beat the sound of this amp. Realistically at home or rehearsals you're never going to get past 1.5-2 on the volume but it still sounds crisp and defined. Cleans are bright and bitey, may not be for everyone but will still do the job, especially with use of effect pedals. The thing weighs a ton and I've seen sporadic reports of reliability being an issue, but in careful hands, you won't see a problem with this amp.

        If you play metal, you NEED this amplifier. And if you're stuck between the 6505+ or the 6534+, the 34 is going to sound like a Marshall, if you want the iconic 6505 tone but are unsure which ones better, this is the one to get.

         
        5.0

        Amazing for Metal

        By B-ryan95

        from Brownstown, Mi

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Duel Channel
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Background Noise
        • Heavy
        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

        This amp gives great distorted tones while being able to keep the note definition! But when you turn the gain up you start to get some background noise so it is a good idea to run a noise gate.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        RE: MOST LIKED NEGATIVE

        By MATALMAN !

        from EARTH

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Great Lead
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording
        • Stage Use

        Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

        THE GUY ABOVE CALLED MOST LIKED NEGATIVE. IS CRAZY! AND IS A SLOPPY PLAYER! THATS WHY HE THINKS THE 6505 ISNT A GREAT AMP! ITS LEAD IS TIGHT! AND THICK! GREAT DISTORTION FOR METAL ! ONE OF THE BEST OUT THERE AT ANY PRICE. I HAVE OWNED OVER 100 TUBE HEADS. AND THIS AMP IS IN THE TOP THREE!

         
        4.0

        6505+

        By John

        from Harrisburg, PA

        Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

        On it's own, the Peavey 6505+ is a pretty one dimensional amp, but what it does well it does better than just about any other head on the market. I have only owned mine for a couple of weeks, but have been playing through borrowed 6505+ or 6505's since as long as Ive been playing live in hardcore and punk bands. I have never gotten a more evil sounding distorted tone from any other amp like I have with the lead channel of the 6505+. It's actually almost unnecessary the amount of gain this thing packs. Playing through EMGs or humbuckers with this amp brings out the best combination of dense and crisp crunch that retains its shape, even in dropped tunings (I typically play in half step or drop C#). I also like to put a TS9-DX in front of it when playing live to add an extra punch that really cuts through a mix. The clean channel on its own leaves something to be desired. It sounds fairly flat and lifeless, but pedals exist for a reason and can turn the clean tone into something great. Some chorus and delay give the channel the brightness it so desperately lacks and cranking the lows on the eq adds quite a bit of depth to the tone. I've also found you can get a decent Fender-like distorted tone by running a fuzz with chorus and delay on the clean channel. Overall, this is a great amp. The seperate eq's for the rhythm and lead channels are enough of a reason to buy this over the standard 6505. It's built like a brick but isn't noticeably more heavy or unwieldy than any amp outside of a Tiny Terror. I also love the simple but mean look the amp has going for it. I give the lead channel a 5, clean gets a 2 (but can be bumped up to a 4 with the right pedals), and looks and durability get a 5, with leaves it with an average of 4/5.

         
        5.0

        Great amp

        By mehrdad soodmand

        from Leesburg, VA

        Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

        I received this amp with bad and mixed brand preamp tubes. The clean channel was too low and crunch bottom was ineffective. But after I changed the tubes with six of JJ tubes that I had in my storage, everything become normal with this amp. Now it sounds great in all channels and modes. This is a wonderful amp. It has my favorite metal tone without any pedal. The clean channel is acceptable and I think it can be better with some pedals. No need for pedal in crunch mode or lead channel, at least for me.

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Eats every other amp for breakfast!

        By Alextr24

        from Rhinelander, WI

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Extremely Durable
        • Good Warmth
        • Handles Pedals
        • Loud
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Hard Rock
        • Metal
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

        Read the title! This amp eats every other amp for breakfast! I don't even know where to start. Well the first thing I noticed right out of the box, it's extremely durable and built like a tank. Plugged it, and it did take me a little while to get familiar with the controls and find the right sound for me, but I absolutely love this thing now. Everybody says the clean sucks, I didn't experience this problem, I think it sounds awesome. The high-gain distortion is there, but I use my MT2 with it on the rhythm channel instead, just a matter of preference, though if my pedal went out or something at a gig, I wouldn't hesitate to use the amp distortion. And this thing is LOUD LOUD LOUD! And that is an understatement, I can only have it on 1 and 2 is pushing it. I haven't used it live yet, but I would in a heartbeat. I'm extremely picky about my tone, and the 6505 gets the job done and then some. LOVE IT!

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Rock solid tone

        By junction

        from Michigan

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

          Great hard rock tone. Built like a tank.

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