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Peavey 6505+ 112 60W 1x12" Tube Combo Guitar Amp Black 

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  • 60 watts (RMS)
  • 16, 8, or 4 ohms (switchable)
  • 5 - 12AX7 preamp tubes
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A Peavey combo that carries on the tone legacy of the famed 5150.

The Peavey 6505+ 112 is the combo version of the acclaimed 6505+ amplifier. This portable powerhouse features five 12AX7 preamp tubes and 2 - 6L6GC power amp tubes, with presence and resonance controls and 3-band EQ for taming their notorious tone. It also includes 3-spring Accutronix reverb and the Microphone Simulated Direct Interface (MSDI), which delivers the sound of a miked guitar cabinet in live performance and studio recording applications.

The 6505 Series of guitar amplifiers celebrates of Peavey's first 40 years, 1965 to 2005. The 6505 amp is also the relaunch of the 5150 Series, the immensely popular amplifiers Peavey designed with Edward Van Halen.

Features

  • 60 watts (RMS)
  • 16, 8, or 4 ohms (switchable)
  • 5 - 12AX7 preamp tubes
  • 2 - 6L6GC power amp tubes
  • Footswitchable lead/rhythm channel select
  • Effects loop
  • Separate 3-band EQ on each channel
  • Separate Resonance and Presence controls for each channel
  • Rhythm channel: pre-/post-gain, footswitchable Crunch boost
  • Lead channel: pre-/post-gain controls
  • Genuine Accutronics 3-spring reverb
  • Integrated MSDI microphone-simulated XLR direct interface
  • One 12" Sheffield speaker
  • Top handle

Get the tone you've always wanted in a portable size.

 
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Peavey6505+ 112 60W 1x12" Tube Combo Guitar Amp
 
4.3

(based on 63 reviews)

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    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

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    (2)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (9)
  • Excellent sound (7)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Performances (6)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Professional recording (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for metal, classic rock, and blues

This amp is a great amp! Probably the best metal amp for the price.

When I bought this amp, I figured it would be a 1 trick pony...Read complete review

This amp is a great amp! Probably the best metal amp for the price.

When I bought this amp, I figured it would be a 1 trick pony (METAL \m/), and I was a little worried it would be too loud. Let me tell you, I was wrong on both points! I play a lot of genres - from blues, to classic rock (zeppelin, acdc, and stuff like cream & allman brothers) and this handles all those genres well. It is also perfect in loudness for bedroom practicing - my fiance does say its pretty loud, but no complaints from the neighbors yet!

The cool thing about this amp, is that it sounds great at lower volumes as well. Anything under 3 sounds a little muffled, but I was playing it at 2 for a while and it sounded fine.

This amp really shines in the high gain, metal and hard rock territory. I play van halen type stuff, and metal from SLAYER to Metallica and it handles all those styles well! I'm confident it would handle high gain death metal tones, maybe with a boost pedal, but I don't even use a boost pedal on this thing and it still sounds great for any thrash & heavy metal.

Once on the rhythm channel, you can really dial in a great classic rock crunch. You have to really tweak the knobs to get it right, but it works great once its dialed in! Stuff like, ACDC, Scorpions, etc. sound perfect. And it also gets a great light crunch - think like Allman Brothers, ZZ top, etc. Wonderful for Led Zeppelin, which I love playing. I also love playing ACDC on this, because you can play the rhythm on the crunch channel, then switch to lead for the solos and it sounds wonderful!

The clean tone also is much better than I thought. At first, I hated it, but you can really warm it up by turning up the reverb (which is also decent, not fender reverb but decent) and tweaking of the tone knobs. Something I didn't realize at first is that you don't need a lot of tweaking to get this amp to sound great - usually my eq settings on each band is set at 12 o'clock, then I plus or minus 1/2 depending on the tones I'm looking for.

I can get a pretty decent blues tone as well - if your looking for a blues amp, get a fender/marshall, but it still sounds great once you dial in that clean tone.

This amp has a LOT of bass - I usually set that no higher than 4/5. I had it set at 7 for a while (because I'm used to other amps), and I noticed the walls were shaking while I was chugging away. And not just a little LOL, like an earthquake. So, I turned it down a little ;)

Anyway, if you buy this, and you love any of the genres I highlighted above I highly recommend.

EDIT: Also, if you can't dial in a tone on this amp, start everything at 12'oclock and add/take away where needed. It doesn't need a lot of tweaking! And don't forget presence & resonance, those are very important. And don't scoop the mids, hopefully if your buying an amp this expensive you understand that...

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The caps blew after 2 years

Let me start this off by saying this is a great amp, an almost perfect one. I went through it and played it straight for a good part of 2-3 years, Good...Read complete review

Let me start this off by saying this is a great amp, an almost perfect one. I went through it and played it straight for a good part of 2-3 years, Good sound, Thick and rich, as well as very chunky.

The good part is the sound, then the weight is largely hard to manage just because it's a good 70-80 pounds.

Otherwise in those respects, sound and playability the amp excels, and i loved it while it worked.

However, that all changed when the fire nation attacked. Yesterday, i was playing my amp when the volume went down really low. I didn't know the reason so i turned it back up, thinking my shirt must of snagged on the knob. A loud bang as well as a few minutes of smokey madness later, and i had a fried amp.

I opened it up (I am an electrical engineer) And found that the 2 550 v caps, as well as three of the 450v ones and one of the 16v blew. as a repair cost, it will cost me 40-60$ whether i can get the right caps or not. The parts are very hard to find really. So from a tech standpoint, it has bad caps. I do believe it's due to the power input to the caps, though. They're rated at a 550v but should really use 600v as not to be so easily worn down. I ordered all the parts including the diodes, and scraped off all the cap oil, and rewired the board with just wiring.

As of now, however, i would recommend this amp, since as far as i know, there were only two to three cases i'm aware of this happening in, Just giving you my experience with the amp.

The tubes, however are stock. it is very chunky and if you're looking for a good metal amp (djent is not a factor for this)get it. the failure rate is low, and you can always pay a tech to fix it if you have any real problems. Tell them to replace all the caps if you do. it most likely won't cost too much north of 100$, it costs 35$ for the parts of mine, and i'm going to replace them, since i am certified with a soldering iron.

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(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

One word. JUNK!

By Depressed Rocker

from Willow Wood, OH

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    Cons

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        Comments about Peavey 6505+ 112 60W 1x12" Tube Combo Guitar Amp:

        I bought this amp new about a year ago and thought "wow, this is gonna be awesome" a tube amp that should scream heavy metal and rock. Sure it screams heavy metal and rock if it works. I've been able to use it about 10 times when all the sudden the volume would start dying out or the amp would cut out. This started about the 10th time I played it. About one month after I bought it. I called Peavey and they sent me to get it repaired. Dude said he couldn't find anything wrong and sent me home with it. I plugged it back in and it worked for about 10 seconds and started doing it again. So, I just used it as an external speaker cabinet, very infrequently as it weighs a ton and dragging to the local repair shop to get fixed once a week isn't my cup of tea. Today I was using it as an external speaker cabinet and it just totally died for good I'm afraid. Don't waste your money. P.S. The clean channel is as horrible as it gets.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Does everything

        By Misticmyst73

        from Kansas City MO

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Great Clean Channel
        • Great Lead Channel
        • Great Rythem Channel
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Nothing

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Peavey 6505+ 112 60W 1x12" Tube Combo Guitar Amp:

        Let me start by saying that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the clean channel and those who think that it has no clean channel might not know how to use it or don't really even have the amp to begin with.. You can get everything from Jazz, Blues, Rock, Metal. There is nothing this little brute can't do. It has Glassy cleans to tight chunky power chords and everything in between. It handles Pedals greatly, I use a Boss SD 1 and a BBE Sonic stomp with a EQ and Morley Wah and they all sound great through this. I use a Processor in the back end for Chorus and Delays and that sounds great as well also.I used the Mic simulator in the back to my Focusrite Interface and to my surprise it sounded great. I've had yet to try recording through my Shure 57 but I'm sure that sounds great as well. The controls are not complicated and very easy to use. The amp is pretty heavy at almost 70lbs but it's also well built and sturdy. If you want a great sounding amp that sounds like a something that should be twice as much then you will want this Amp..

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        5.0

        mean machine

        By Bobby guitar

        from Charlotte North Carolina

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Powerful
        • Thunderous Power

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Peavey 6505+ 112 60W 1x12" Tube Combo Guitar Amp:

          a really great amp I can get that great
          Brown sound and any real heavy sound most people do not like to clean but I do so buy it you will not be disappointed

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Needs tweaking, but then it rocks!

          By Snake Convert

          from Fond du Lac, WI

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Needs Help Out Of The Box

          Best Uses

            Comments about Peavey 6505+ 112 60W 1x12" Tube Combo Guitar Amp:

            First of all, kudos to the review by SQK3213. When I got this amp, the "fizziness" described by many reviewers seemed much worse than a little fizzing. With almost any gain at all, there was serious buzzing, to the point where we wondered if the amp was defective.

            But I followed the tube replacement tips in SQK3213's review, and the buzzing basically disappeared. It was a fairly jaw-dropping difference. And thanks to the design of the amp, the tubes were easy to access and replace.

            Note that SQK3213's review tells you which tubes to put where, in left-to-right order, but since one of the preamp tubes is not in line with the others, it was a little confusing at first glance. But SQK3213 does identify the tube sockets (V1 through V5 for the preamp tubes), and a schematic is available here (see page 3) that identifies those socket IDs.

            http://www.prowessamplifiers.com/schematics/images/6505112.pdf

            Finally, based on a consensus in other reviews, I replaced the rather unimpressive stock speaker with an Eminence Governor.

            Final result: A much "quieter" amp that really cranks when you want it to!

            And if you're willing to back off the volume on your guitar a bit, you can get pretty nice clean tones out of the rhythm channel.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            This thing rocks!

            By Louder1978

            from wv

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Cheap Plastic Pots
            • Efx Loop Worthless

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Peavey 6505+ 112 60W 1x12" Tube Combo Guitar Amp:

            Massive amount of gain with active pups. Cleans are non existing,but you can achieve a wide range of dirty tones. I swapped the stock speaker for a gt75 and replaced the ruby tubes with a mix matched set to fit my taste. At 70lbs its boarder line on portability. Plenty of power for a live setting. D.I. out with cab simulation is nice too. One big complaint is the effects loop. When in use it sounds like a cheap S.S. amp. It doesn't matter what brand of pedals you throw in it, it even sound bad with just a patch cable. If you plan on using pedals in the effects loop your going to be dissapointed. If your a metal player who wants to plugin and play you'll will find this amp very useable.

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            5.0

            Peavy 6505 combo

            By Lord of the strings 11

            from Wooster Ohio

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Great Heavy Tone
            • Incredible Reverb Effect
            • Versitile
            • Warm

            Cons

            • Heavy to carry

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Peavey 6505+ 112 60W 1x12" Tube Combo Guitar Amp:

            Great amp! Extremely warm rich tone. Amazing distortion and reverb. The only thing about the tone i didn't care for is the mid range is a bit overpowering even when set low. Very versatile. Could handle any kind of music no problem. Nearly perfect for a combo!

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            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            The caps blew after 2 years

            By Ryan Rus

            from Banning Ca.

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            Pros

            • At Least It Lasted A Whil
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Bad Caps
            • Cant Find Replacemet Part
            • Smoke And Flames

            Best Uses

            • Metal
            • Punk

            Comments about Peavey 6505+ 112 60W 1x12" Tube Combo Guitar Amp:

            Let me start this off by saying this is a great amp, an almost perfect one. I went through it and played it straight for a good part of 2-3 years, Good sound, Thick and rich, as well as very chunky.

            The good part is the sound, then the weight is largely hard to manage just because it's a good 70-80 pounds.

            Otherwise in those respects, sound and playability the amp excels, and i loved it while it worked.

            However, that all changed when the fire nation attacked. Yesterday, i was playing my amp when the volume went down really low. I didn't know the reason so i turned it back up, thinking my shirt must of snagged on the knob. A loud bang as well as a few minutes of smokey madness later, and i had a fried amp.

            I opened it up (I am an electrical engineer) And found that the 2 550 v caps, as well as three of the 450v ones and one of the 16v blew. as a repair cost, it will cost me 40-60$ whether i can get the right caps or not. The parts are very hard to find really. So from a tech standpoint, it has bad caps. I do believe it's due to the power input to the caps, though. They're rated at a 550v but should really use 600v as not to be so easily worn down. I ordered all the parts including the diodes, and scraped off all the cap oil, and rewired the board with just wiring.

            As of now, however, i would recommend this amp, since as far as i know, there were only two to three cases i'm aware of this happening in, Just giving you my experience with the amp.

            The tubes, however are stock. it is very chunky and if you're looking for a good metal amp (djent is not a factor for this)get it. the failure rate is low, and you can always pay a tech to fix it if you have any real problems. Tell them to replace all the caps if you do. it most likely won't cost too much north of 100$, it costs 35$ for the parts of mine, and i'm going to replace them, since i am certified with a soldering iron.

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            (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            No Hiss IF you follow these steps

            By SQK3213

            from Cape Town SA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use

            Best Uses

              Comments about Peavey 6505+ 112 60W 1x12" Tube Combo Guitar Amp:

              So i posted a review on the head version, but feel this version should get some useful info as well:

              The worst thing about this amp is when its stock is sounds awful.. and if you dont have a 2x12 or 4x12 cab it sounds even wore through the 1x12 mdf board combo. So first thing you can either save and buy a 2x12 cab, i prefer the 2x12 ppc orange cab. Or you can get the dimensions of the ppc cab or any other cab you like and DIY it, it is very easy to do, you will finish it in a evening. Important is to use 18mm birch ply or 18mm marine ply if birch is difficult to source. Everyone moans about the amp but it is the poor quality cab with only one sheffield speaker. Btw the sheffield comes pretty close to a v30, the sheffield gives a high fq fizz though, but if you build a 2x12 you and want to save some cash you can use the sheffield speaker, it is a 16ohm so you should get a 16omh v30 or something you like and wire so that it`s 8ohm....

              Next thing you really need to do is take all the tubes in the pre and power section, take them out and store them as far away from the amp as possible. The amp has a fixed bias which peavey claims to be 30mA per plate, i highly doubt this statement when you get them stock. Next you want to put either tung sol or JJ preamp 12AX7's AND JJ ECC832's (which is half 12AX7 half 12DW7, this lowers the gain structure to get rid of 98% fizz without losing any 6505+ tonal character) in the following positions. Starting from left if you have the amp infront of you:
              V1-12AX7 (JJ or TS)
              V2-12DW7 (JJ)
              V3-12DW7 (JJ)
              V4-12AX7 (JJ or TS)
              V5-12AX7 (JJ or TS) you don't need a balanced tube here, although it is the phase inverter slot because the actual phase inverter circuit only uses 1/2 of V5 (split-load inverter)

              and for the power tube section JJ 6L6GC's (matched pair)

              This clears up 98% of the fizz, just to give you an idea stock it gives fizz on the lead channel with pre gain at anything higher than 3 post at 3 and higher. With the re tubed you can put the pre gain at 6 or just over it to give you clear, heavy full tube dist.

              If your ears can still pick up the 2% fizz you can do a real easy mod to lower the mid freq pot on the lead channel, simply replace the pot with a 22.5k one, or you can make the mid sweepable which is a bit more advanced.

              Futher use your volume and tone knobs on your guitar to balance it out, and focus on attack with your pick....dynamics play a huge role in the sound that comes out of the speaker, also the actual pick you use and the angle you hit the strings. You get volume with the amount of pick that hits the string, so you really don't need to hit it harder with a more aggressive motion with your whole arm, you control dynamics with your arm fixed to the body of the guitar, your wrist does all or most of the work to limit or add pick depth for dynamics.

              Difficult amp to play because it is so sensitive, which translates to "if you play sloppy you will get bad sound...." Modeling pedals and solid state amps (most of them) are over compressed with way too much gain to make it sound good when you try it out in shops in a stand alone setting.

              I promise that if you re tube it, and run it through either a 2x12 or 4x12 its a different puppy - guys who sold it before you could try it, joke is probably on you then.....this is one of the best amps i hav played on in a while. I'll buy one over any dual rec anyday.

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              (4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Noisy Amp!!

              By shreds&levitations

              from Waco, TX

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Poor Sound Quality

              Best Uses

                Comments about Peavey 6505+ 112 60W 1x12" Tube Combo Guitar Amp:

                Not impressed. I have owned other great Peavey products, including a Wolfgang and a XXX combo... both of which were great. This amp however did not deliver. The clean channel gave a harsh and abrasive tone even a low levels. I tried everything to smooth the sound out but it just would not clean up sufficiently. Im not some beginner either...been playing 12+ years and have owned and sold alot of great gear, even managed a privatly owned music shop and have personally auditioned a ton of amps. I know good tone when i hear it. I checked the tubes and connections and even swapped cables...still hissy and noisey tone. The gain channel was just the same only louder. I will give the amp this...it is LOUD!! At any rate, I sent it back. I need a good clean channel to run my effects through and if you do the same, I suggest you look elsewhere.

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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                wow

                By wasted-years

                from fort leonard wood

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                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Peavey 6505+ 112 60W 1x12" Tube Combo Guitar Amp:

                  well what can i say about this amp ...... i got it as a practice amp for the house ........ i have always been a marshal man personaly and got this amp on a wim mainly because so many of my favorite bands use the 6505 stack. well this "lil" 112 is a powerful mother....... when it was at the house it stayed on 1 or 2 i took it to jam with a drummer and only had to crank it to 6 to compete with a drummer and a bassist with 4 12s and a 15 ...... this amp is awesome, its loud and clear, just remember that its made for metal so sont scoop out all the mids and turn the dirt up i keep my dirt half way and the eq at 666 ....... i have had other tube stacks and this "lil" combo kicks their butt even my jc800 with 4 12s ....... all in all if you want a good amp take it from someone who has been looking for years this is it ...... i play in a contry/wedding band and a personal (i.e lamb of god,slayer esk) originals band this amp will be if not the 6505 plus head taking over for my mesa trip rec

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