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

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The Peavey 6505+ 112 is the combo version of the acclaimed 6505+ amplifier. This portable powerhouse features five 12AX7 preamp tubes and 2 - 6L6GC p...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
 
4.4

(based on 74 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (17)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Excellent sound (13)
  • Warm / comfy (8)
  • Portable (5)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (13)
  • Home studio (11)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
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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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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5.0

Perfect.

By Meko

from Mesa AZ.

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      I didn't buy it for the clean chanel, now did I?
      Changed the speaker, (eminence red coat).
      Put some casters on it. I'm all set.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Seems OK, but honestly, not a huge fan

      By Wildnorth

      from Kentucky

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Poor clean channel
      • Sounds like a swarm of bees

      Best Uses

      • Performances

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

      I've owned many amps over the years including several other Peavey amps (Valveking, Triple XXX head with Mesa 4x12 Cab, Triple XXX 1X12, Sterero Chorus, US Bandit, Chinese Bandit), 3 Mesa's (dual recto head, .50 cal, and Mark III combo) , several Marshal's (DSL 40, DSL 100, and a couple of Valvestates) and a BlackStar HT-60......among others too numerous to list. My point: I've owned bad amps, average amps, and amazingly good amps. I heard good things about this amp, and after getting back into playing after a 10 year hiatus, I was hoping this would sound and perform similar to it's cousin, my old Peavey Triple XXX. Not so. The XXX had a stellar clean channel, with lots of Fender Chime. The clean channel on the 6505+ 112 is brittle and never completely cleans up unless you roll back the volume on your guitar. Even then, it's not wonderful. The crunch switch adds some decent crunchy tones good for old school rock. No complaints here, other than it obviously shares the eq with the clean channel..... so compromises will need to be made on tonality between the two. The heavy channel sounds just OK. My biggest disappointment is that this amp does not have the chest thumping low end that my XXX had (also a 1x12). Also, there is a high end "swarm of bees" buzziness emanating from the amp that you just can't dial out. Even reducing the pre-amp down below 2 and increasing the post to ear splitting levels doesn't solve this issue. I'm going to throw a Celestion GT-70 in tonight to see if it performs better than the Sheffield. Tubes will be next, but this doesn't sound like a tube issue, and other players are complaining about the buzzy tone all over the Internet. This amp just isn't the fire breathing monster it's cousin the XXX is. Seriously, I just don't understand why this amp is so highly rated.

       
      5.0

      This amp rocks!

      By Turf Tamer

      from Waxhaw N.C.

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      Pros

      • Best amp I've ever owned! This thing rocks!
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        I play through a Boss GT6 into a 160 watt Create stack,(solid state). I've been playing for 32 years and I've wanted a tube amp for a long time. I finally bit the bullet and got one. Could'nt be happier. Plugged strait in or with my chain of effects, this thing is awesome! I needed to make a few adjustments to my processor, mainly pre amp and distortion patches, since the tubes driven, sounds way better than the solid state pedal. Again, this thing rocks. Best sounding amp I've ever owned! T.T./D.O.C.

         
        5.0

        Aweaome!

        By Adam

        from MD

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          Awesome tone and incredibly loud!

           
          5.0

          Metal Brah

          By J Bohn

          from Hawaii

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

          This amp is awesome! I bought this amp strictly for metal guitar. It's just what I wanted.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great rock/metal amp.

          By John

          from NH

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          This is a great amp for what people buy them for. Both channels are fantastic drive channels. It get really noisy at high gain without a noise gate/suppressor.I didn't love the stock speaker so I installed a retro 30 which is better but still not ideal. I know people try to defend the clean channel. It's not a good clean channel. It's just not. It's a good less gain channel but not clean. Every amp I've ever owned has a better clean sound than this. If they put a better voiced clean channel in these they'd be very versatile. The reverb is a bit of a waste with it's lack of a clean channel. lack of versatility aside I still really like and will keep it.

           
          5.0

          Heavy

          By Lava

          from Stow

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          Pros

          • Heavy (Sound!)

          Cons

          • Heavy (weight!)

          Best Uses

          • Heavy (?!)

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

          This amp is heavy. I should know because I own it. Buy it. You wont regret it.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Perfect amp for me

          By Delatmic

          from Fort Carson, co

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • heavy

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          I had ordered a replacement speaker for thisg even before I got the actual amp. With that being said, the amp is perfect for me. I play a lot of everything. Metalcore, thrash, classic rock, reggae and jazz. And this amp does it all for me.. The cleans are perfect for my music style. I like a warm thick clean for a piano like sound for improv in jazz. Same with reggae. And being able to use your guitars vol and tone nobs help to achieve this. The gain on this thing is amazing.. Very tight and punchy especially with a tube screamer in front of it. The replacement speaker was key. I replace that stock Sheffield with a wigs retro 30 and it woke this thing up..absolutely love it and I've had so many amps over the years and his one is it for me.

           
          5.0

          its popular for a reason!

          By friarbolton26

          from calais, me

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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+ 112 60W 1x12" Tube Combo Guitar Amp:

            This is my first tube amp and I could not be happier with my choice. I recently decided to get rid of the couple half stacks that I had and go with combo amps because they take up a lot less room. I purchased a fender mustang iv last year because I wanted a combo that was programmable and loud. It is ok but I just couldn't dial in that one killer sound or even find that one killer preset. I decided I wanted to test the waters and get a tube amp so I started doing research and all avenues led me to this amp. And for good reason, this amp is a beast!! I was able to dial in a killer tone within less than a minute. It is extremely powerful for a 1x12 as well and it projects better than you would expect. I only have two complaints: for only having one speaker, it still weighs 70 plus pounds! The other complaint is that you have to get the footswitch separately. These are very minor complaints and would not change my mind whatsoever about getting another one.

            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            6505+combo positives and negatives

            By Peter Lucibelli

            from New Haven CT.

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Powerful
            • Scorching Distortion

            Cons

            • Heavy For 1 12 Inch Speak
            • Noisy

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Performances

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

            Let me start by saying I am NOT a new metal player so maybe I should have not bought this amp to begin with. That said I did love the massive overdrive and thought (like any other amp) I could always dial the gain back. The lead channel screams but I cannot put the gain past 5 with out super noise. The post channel even on 1, there is noise until you start playing. The crunch channel is really fantastic and that is may what have sold me. The clean channel in my opinion does not clean up at all. If you hit the strings hard, it will break up (distort) and it does sound okay but if you want the channel clean then you might not want it crunching up so easy.
            This amp is a metal beast. Some here say they tame it and get glassy cleans, country sounds etc. I do not see how that is possible but this amp really is for a metal player. Now what did help was that I replaced all tubes with a bit of lower gain tubes and changed the speaker to a cream back Celestion and this greatly helped tame the sound BUT the most annoying thing about this amp is the level of noise coming from it. It really is the most noisy amp I have owned and I like Peavey's stuff. I own 5 of their amps, also Marshall, Blackstar and a Line 6. This particular Peavey is over the top noisy. If I can get this to be quiter then this amp would be a total winner, even with the slightly dirty clean channel. I am not saying all should switch the tubes, most would be fine with the super over driven tubes, but you may want to swap out the speaker. The noise is the reason for the 3 star review. If Peavey can offer me advice to fix it and it works, I will give this amp maybe 4 to 4 1/2 stars and reccommend it. At this point I owned the amp 3 weeks and waited to work with it, replaced things and wrote to Peavey's forum and await their return. We will see.

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