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An extra preamp tube makes it a 'plus.'

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
 
4.7

(based on 134 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (116)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (3)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (10)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Excellent sound (9)
  • Warm / comfy (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Performances (9)
  • Professional recording (9)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Amateur recording (4)
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    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (5)

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

Verified Reviewer

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

      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!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      just read the review

      By voodoowitchcraft

      from central pa

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events

        Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

        I started off in life a die hard Marshall fan. But it seems like all you pay for when buying one these days is the name. My friend has a Kerry King 800 I have used and I missed my 6505 every time. Its a great amp, no doubt about it. If you are into gain and tone shaping this amp is surprisingly versatile. I have always wanted an amp that was one channel and sounded exactly how I wanted.. you can create whatever you want from this head if you know what you are doing. Obviously its not a one channel monster that i would prefer, but in reality that would only be for aesthetics. But i can get the tones i would want from a one channel monster of my design thanks to the resonance and presence knobs that eddie thought up in the 80s. Great amp, I have a first gen 6506+ (from right after the badging was changed from a 5150 II). It has had its faults, changing capacitors/tubes.. but over all it has been my favorite amp I have owned.

        (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Good for the money, but not the best

        By JoseCanseco-Vk23W

        from Maryland

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

            Peavey 6505 is the best 100 watt tube amp for the price. However, it is not the best 100 watt head.

            I've used the 6505 with the matching cabinet and with an EVH 412 cab. The clean is ok, but not great. The high-gain is good but not great.

            If your budget allows, look into the EVH 5150. It's a better amp in every possible way (better cleans, better crunch, better metal, better leads).

            If you do buy the Peavey 6505, I recommend getting an MXR 10 Band EQ and placing it in the loop for additional fine tuning.

            In closing, great amp for the price. But I recommend spending a bit more and buying EVH 5150 or a used Diezel VH4 instead.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Better Than Mesa

            By RAZEREYE

            from Cleveland Ohio

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Indestructable
            • Loud
            • Powerful
            • Versitile

            Cons

            • heavy

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording
            • Shattering Windows
            • Touring
            • Waking The Neighbors

            Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

            It's louder than a dual or triple rectifier, costs less than both, and sounds better. What more could a guitarist ask for? I run this amp with a giggity and swollen pickle in the loop. I get everything from AC30, supersonic and JVM sounds to rectifier, 5150 and everything in between. Perfect match for any Ibanez and most Gibsons with humbuckers. I run an Audio Technica wireless and never have problems with feedback even with high gain raw relentless rock. Be aware of the limitations of your cabinet. The best decision is to run the matching 6505 4X12. Do not run this thing at high volume through a cheap cabinet, it will turn an MG or Spider into a pile of fire wood. I also recommend mesa SPAX7 and 6L6GC tubes, the factory tubes don't last very long.

             
            5.0

            Outstanding amp

            By Carl H

            from Saint Helen, Michigan

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            Pros

            • Amazing distortion
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful
            • Very Loud

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

              This is the best amp I've ever played. It is simply amazing. I honestly believe I have found my perfect tone. This amp is one of the best out there for metal, which is pretty much all I play. The only down side to it is that it needs to be very loud to get the full effect of the amazing tone. Even if you have the volume on 1 you can still hear it over headphones, which I personally don't care about, but to others living in apartments that might be an issue.

              (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great amp if you know how to use it

              By SQK3213

              from Cape Town SA

              About Me Professional Musician

              See all my reviews

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              Pros

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

                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.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                great amp

                By ----

                from -----

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                Comments about Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head:

                i gave it a 5 star because it does what it does perfectly. if you want fender cleans it's not a 5 star amp at all, if you're just into dual rectifier distortion this will not be a 5 star amp for you. this amp has a unique voice, despite being one of the more widely used metal amps. it has kind of a grainy texture in the midrage that i absolutly love. if you like that sound get this, if not then get something else. maybe a peavey 3120. the rhythm channel is great for a rock sound with less gain. i think there is that "brown sound" to be had with some marshall amps and such. this amps rhythm has a "gold sound" as i would put it. this is with the crunch engaged. without the crunch in, it can get a good somewhat broken up bluesy sound to my ear, though i don't play much blues... many others may dissagree, not sure. i keep my pre gain at 5 or 6 on the rhythem channel. if you turn the pre gain down to try to get a good clean sound it sucks all the life out of your tone. you can get good broken up cleans with the pre gain up, the amp is just bland without much pre gain. at first i though "hey these cleans aren't that bad" then i plugged in my old line 6 to the cabinet to compare them and the line 6 cleans were way way better. for clean sounds i'd recommend running a line 6 pod through the effects loop. the lead channel is great for me. i love the rough texture so i love this amp. it gets pretty fizzy if you use to much gain, but i only keep my gain at 3 and a half. the resonance and presence is nice. turning down the resonance gives extra room to the bass guitar without loosing all your bass. the amp cuts through a mix well. it seems durable. as far as features go... it's really simple but it has an effects loop so you can expand it however you want. it's loud. very loud. it's not much of a bedroom amp. i have to do small taps to the post gain on the lead channel to turn it up if i am playing at bedroom volume. if i don't do small taps to move it i may move it an entire milimeter and wake up everybody in my house. maybe a bit exaggerated but it is extreemly sensative, be carefull. the sound is good when it's quiet. much better then my old line 6. but don't judge it when it is quiet. it sounds much different louder. it's like a different amp when loud vs quiet.

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