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Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head

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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.

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  • 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 24 reviews)

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(14 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By Brandon

from TN

Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

I tried this out the other day after getting out of church. I played every amp under the sun on top of this one. I tried Diezel, the EVH 5150 reissue, Marshalls, Mesa Boogies, and even more peaveys XXXs and stuff. If you want an amp with really deep bottom end this is not the amp for you get a Mesa Boogie. If you want an amp that is great for leads without any effects this is what you want. My biggest plus about this amp is that not only does the lead channel sound amazing but the clean channel sounds really good as well. I WILL be buying one of these within the next month or so.

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMERICAN MADE BLACK METAL MACHINE

By Eric Christian

from Lake Oswego, Oregon

Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

If you play Black, Death, Nu or Speed Metal this amp is a no-brainer for the price. You could play a show right out of the box with this monster. I've always had Marshall JCM800's and also had a VHT head but this amp sounds way better for my style of music. My Marshalls always sounded so boomy, thin and flabby and always needed a whole chain of stompboxes to get the right tone. Not with the 6505+. Its plug and play right out of the box. You might want add a noise gate of some sort and possibly a digital delay or reverb to the effects loop but thats about it because all your tone and distortion will come from this amp. The only thing that sounds as dark and crunchy as this amp is a Krankenstein + but its another $700-800 plus their customer service is dismal to say the least or perhaps a Bogner for triple the price. Customer service with Peavey is awesome too. You can speak to a real person right here in the USA in less than a minute after calling and it comes with a 5 year warranty as well. There is a reason why Guitar Center stocks this amp and sells so many. Any questions, talk to my buddy Hawkey at the Beaverton Oregon store and he will tell why this head is pretty much the best you can buy for the money.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pure Metal Tone

By Matt Smith

from wallhalla, SC

Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

I just recently got this amp and cannot stop playing it. When i first got the amp i cranked the gain (Pre and Post Stages) and was amazed at how much i got out of the amp. You can get even more if you mess with the prescene (low end) and resonence (high end) knobs. I also run a Tube screamer through and the sound is pure metal. I higly suggest gettin a noise suppresor though if you plan on having the amp above 3 but it is still a monster of an amp and virtually indestructible.

(8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

10 STARS!

By shredman_127

from Denver, CO

Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

Bought this amp from the city GC back in june (about 6 months ago) PERFECT! NO PROBLEMS! After trying out my top choices Mesa, Marshall, and Peavey, it came down to Mesa and Peavey. (Marshall had seemed a bit overrated and cliche) The Mesa tripple rectifier and the Peavey played the same, however the Peavey is cheaper and I liked that it gave me more control with my effects and gain! Crapload of gain, great overdrive, and this thing will CRANK! I only turn it up to 3 when im with the band and it is STILL overpowering everything else and even the symbols! I have it runnning 3+ hours every day and it still is strong as NEW! great for ALL styles of music, and built very strong and road ready, this amp is worthy of its name and worthy of its money! i would pay 500 more dollars for this amp if i had to! Overall, great sound, great price, great structure, great amp. Peavey really knows what theyre doing!

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Head Is Simply AMAZING

By guitarfreak

from Montreal, MO

Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

I just got this head recently and it is absolutely wonderful. The clarity of every note that comes out of it is just wonderful I may only play in drop D but some of my friends who play in drop b try it out and there astounded by the clarity of there notes in it. My friends have the crate bv120 head and they are going to return theres asap to get the same one as mine. If your into heavy chugs clean sounds and an amp full of loud and reliablility go no further

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

POWER

By JASON

from Syracuse, NY

Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

I fall in love with this amp all over again everyday and each time I add something to my pedal board the crushing sound just gets better. When I first bought this amp it was a bit out of my league as a player. I just plugged my guitar straight into it and it was too much. You really need a few items. I almost sold it. WOW explosive! You need a noise suppressor, they should sell them stock with the amp. You should also try a sonic optimizer (BBE) and run it through the effects loop. You don't need a distortion pedal throw them out! A boost, or overdrive will work. If these things don't help, then buy a piece of land in the desert and a generator. THE AMP IS LOUD!! But it has sick tone and crushing distortion/gain.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

rip your face off

By Jojo

from corona ,CA

Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

bought this amp to replace my jcm 2000 dsl 100,I loved my marshall but it did not have the gain i was looking for. so after reaserching different tube heads and trying a few out i picked this amp. take 5 min. to dial in your tone (if you know what you are doing)and the sound will rip your face off. this amp has tons of gain so you need a noise gate for sure.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SO GOOOD

By Adam

from Ft. Myers, Florida

Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

This has to be the greatest amp I've played through. I play a Gibson SG standard through my noise suppressor(much needed if turned up too loud!), digital delay, and Mesa cab. This amp beats anything and you should deffinately get it. I can play blues, rock, metal, even jazz with the right settings. SO GO GET ONE!

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

An excellent head.

By ESPKannon

from Connecticut

Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

There are few amps as heralded as the 6505/6505+ line, and for good reasons. I've owned many amps (Mesa, Splawn, Orange, Diezel, etc) and while this isn't in the same build quality as a handmade Diezel or Splawn, it hangs tough with any of these tonewise. If you use your ears, you can get decent cleans, excellent crunch/midrange heavy rock tones, and tight, aggressive, thrashy madness. Its cleans are unremarkable, but for heavy, focused attack and really big rhythm and lead sounds, this amp does it in spades. Be sure to pair it with some decent speakers though, like any good amp. For $1200, there's virtually nothing out there new that can touch the 6505+. This is not a blues amp. This is not a funk amp. This is a rock/metal amp. Keep that in mind and you'll be fine.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I Tip my hat to Peavey 6505+

By Ty Schultz _

from Findlay,Ohio

Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

Seeing I bought my 2nd 6505+ at GC I thought I would drop my 2 cents on this head ~ (Full discloser I still have my 1st head I ever bought the 6505+ For the sale price I couldnt pass up getting a second one) Even off Sale this is the one your looking for to buy. For 3 years of bouncing around in the back of a Box Truck from here & there & I have had NO issues at all with my 1st head,This things a TANK & Looks like a just bought it the other day ,When I show up for sound check or the Practice~Hall its like greating a old friend = ) Now as far as this being a metal only head,I would like to disagree a bit on this part....Your looking for a tube head so I'm betting you have the pedals to go with it = ) I can Dial in a Albert King,SRV,Stone's,Beatles,Chuck Berry Tone in a Blink of a eye not a problem. Now as far as Playing Metal ~ YEA this is it !!! Stop looking The versitility of this head is is amazing I can do the 5FDP,Trivium,Slayer,Megadeth tones & drop to a Alice Cooper/AC}DC Tone at a drop of a hat. I do recommend you also get a Sonic Stomp ,Sonic Maximizer by BBE (IT IS NOT A EQ,READ ABOUT IT) as you should have with any tube amp & Monster Cables (They DO MAKE A DIFFERNCE) (Just my thoughts here)I have been through so many Cable's & Pedal's over the years & I ALWAYS come back to these Brands to work best with my Peavey no matter what type of music I play Slow & Steady Wins as long as it's LOUD =)

(2 of 85 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Discusted, not impressed

By Jackson slayer

from Atlanta, Ga

Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

I had to use this amp as a backline at a show on a freakin' tour. It was horrible. The gain was very dry with no distortion at all. I had the gain up to about 6.5/7 and it sucked. The tone was absolutely horrible. It was either really muddy or way to trebly. I was also playing through a Mesa recto. cabinet. I thought my EMG's were running out of battery the sound sucked so bad. The sound of this amp really made my band get frowned upon by the audience after the show. It was the worst experience of my life. Do not get this. Please spare yourself the humility.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wowww!

By ZachL

from CT

Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

This amp blew me away when I played it at Guitar Center. It is by far the best amp I've played through or heard (and that's a lot of mesas and marshalls). This thing put them to shame. It has smooth but heavy distortion, an awesome crunch sound and a clear clean tone, not to mention its LOUD!!! Sounds almost exactly like a dual recto in my oppinion but for half the price of one (the half stack is a few hundred $$ less than just the dual recto head). Totaly worth it and will definatly be my next amp! Oh and did I mention that its versitile? It can put out most any tone you want and sound amazing doing it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

RAWRRRRRRRRRRRR!!

By mike

from brentwood, ca

Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

this is great amp if you know what you are doing. the plus is a good choice mainly for the separate eq's for each channels. this is an amp, thoug, that needs to be cranked, more than most other amps. but if you are looking for that awesome metal tone, this amp is a bang. and its price is pretty low to, so thats another plus. the only thing i dont like is the fact that the preamp tubes are hidden inside the chassis. they require a bit more work to get to, but this also protects them, so this is something i can ignore

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Metal God - But So Much More!

By A. Grubb

from Chicago, IL.

Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

This amp is a complete metal juggernaut! I've had the pleasure of playing one multiple times, both live and in a personal setting, and while I don't own one, I can assure you I will the second I have the money. Of course, it's really freaking loud, and really comes to life when you crank it, but it still retains great tone at "bedroom" volumes. I've played it on top of a Mesa/Boogie 4x12 Rectifier cab and then a B-52 4x12, and both times, it just screamed! But, what came as a huge surprise was how good the clean channel sounded. It had really warm, buttery tone, and also got really bright and really "sparkled." Just a completely amazing amp. Don't listen to anyone who says that Peavey is a ghetto version of Mesa/Boogie amps (I have heard people say that before)! My perfect amp...only complaint, no reverb, but that can be dealt with, and is definitely not a down side, just a minor set back. BUY THIS AMP.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Tone at an Amazing Price

By hardrocker9000

from Plainview,NY

Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

Ive had this amp for 2 1/2 months now and i absolutley love it! i got it as a christmas present and was extremely thrilled. im gonna tell you straight up that the people that say that this amp is only for death metal are most likely deaf. i get tones out of this this that range from Zeppelin to KISS to Iron Maiden to Metalllica and Megadeth without turining the gain up past 6. this amp does have the most gain you will ever get from an amp but remember people that dosent mean that you have to turn the gain knob up to 10! my gain settings are usually between 4 and 6 and i get a wide variety of jucy thick tones. now i dont play death metal so i cant give my opinion for that but this amp is neck and neck with marshall for playing hard rock and heavy metal if you dial in your settings right. the clean/rythym channel is decent but that probably isnt why your buying this amp. but it is extremely frustrating to dial in the right sound so dont give up. you need to give it some time. it took me the whole 2 and a half months that ive owned it to find my sound but now that i have it nothing beats it. if you are thinking about buying this amp dont hesitate.GO BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A beast of a machine

By Travis

from Victorville, CA

Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

I bought this amp less than a week ago, and I'm running it through a Mesa Rectifier 4x12 cabinet; the two combined are flatout amazing! I know a lot of people are complaining about the clean channel not being so clean, but once you have it dialed in just right, it is nice and crisp with a hint of sexy bite. And let's be honest, if you're buying this amp for the shear beefy-brutalness of the distortion (which it TOTALLY is), then you won't need a whole heck of a lot of super-cleans anyway. This amp is loud, and sounds amazing! I would recommend this to any serious guitar player. Best I've played on in 15 years.

 
5.0

Great amp

By carlos

from Tecate

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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

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    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

    6505+

    By Joseph

    from fayetteville Georgia

    Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

    All i can say is WOWWW. this amp is everything i hoped it to be and more. It has the best overdrive i think i have herd on an amp.This amp is the Loudest amp i have ever played. I use a Maxon od808 in the front to boot it a bit. I would highly recomend A ISP Noise dsecimator in the front end and a Boss Ns2 in the effects loop. If you play metal or hard rock and you are looking for an amp where you dont have to use hundreds of pedals to get the sound you like. This is the one to buy!

     
    5.0

    Great Amp!

    By Ryan

    from DSM IA

    Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

    I picked this bad boy up for a good price brand new. I love the tone and quality peavey bring with this amp. I am however going to get a tube upgrade. im not a fan of the rubys. i like my JJs. but other then that its a beast. If you play metal this is the head you want. hgreat price great tone. and duh its a peavey!

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