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Peavey 6505 120W Guitar Amp Head   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

A classic voice in American rock.

The Peavey 6505 120W Guitar Amp Head serves up 120W of pile-driving power for muscular crunch and soaring sustain. Equipped with 5 - 12AX7s in the preamp and 4 - 6L6s in the power amp. 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 controls 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 road-proven reliability.

Made in the USA.

FEATURES
  • 120W
  • Preamp: 5 - 12AX7s
  • Power amp: 4 - 6L6s
  • Footswitchable lead/rhythm channels
  • Effects loop
  • 3-band EQ
  • Resonance and presence controls
  • 4, 8, or 16 ohms

It's the super-rock amp head with the goods to deliver for any style or sound. Order today.

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Peavey6505 120W Guitar Amp Head
 
4.8

(based on 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Good power output (3)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Performances (3)
    • Professional recording (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A BOX full of Muscle!!!

    I have had a few amps....Marshall JCM800, Krank - Krankenstein, Carvin V3, MTS, played through so many more. I always keep coming back to the 6505/5150. Such a...Read complete review

    I have had a few amps....Marshall JCM800, Krank - Krankenstein, Carvin V3, MTS, played through so many more. I always keep coming back to the 6505/5150. Such a classic no BS amp. I am not a fan of Eddie but I like his gear. Trust me you won't sound like Eddie playing this thing but you will sound massive! It's a real amp and even when it is idling it lets you know that it is ready for your next ruthless attack on the strings. If you need it to shut up get a Boss NS-2 and wire it like this: Guitar ?> Overdrive Pedal (I use the Boss SD-1) ?> NS-2 Input ?> NS-2 SEND ?> Amp InputNext:Amp FX Loop Send ?> NS-2 RETURN ?> NS-2 OUTPUT ?> Amp FX Loop ReturnI set the NS-2 with a decay of MIN and Threshold of MAX or just below max depending on how loud I am running my 5150.This in a nut shell shuts the WHOLE amp up and makes for almost dead quite operation.METAL!!!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    6505 reasons to think first...

    This amp does one thing well: it's loud.The lauded distortion/gain/overdrive this amp churns out is difficult to manage, fizzy, and overkill. It's worth noting, I OWN the Music Man Axis,...Read complete review

    This amp does one thing well: it's loud.The lauded distortion/gain/overdrive this amp churns out is difficult to manage, fizzy, and overkill. It's worth noting, I OWN the Music Man Axis, the supposed compatriot to this EVH designed relaunch. Even still, it's a testament to this amps reputation that it's somehow adored by deathmetaL musicians everywhere.That's because the tones this amp puts out are FAR from musical, or useable in any practical melodic application without some outboard processing.Because of this amp's severely horrible tracking capabilities, shredders need not apply. Each note slaps you back in the face with a punchy, nondescript THUD.All this said, if you wanna play percussion on your strings instead of actual, musical notes, by all means, buy it. You'll be in death metal heaven.But I've already found musical bliss with my Mesa Triple Recto.And for those that think this amp has a somehow *ahem*, more MODERN tone than the classic stalwarts (Marshall, Mesa, Soldano, etc...), you might be kidding yourself to save some money.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Eats every other amp for breakfast!

    By Alextr24

    from Rhinelander, WI

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    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!

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Rock solid tone

    By junction

    from Michigan

    About Me Professional Musician

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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 hard rock tone. Built like a tank.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      About the Beast Out There

      By joseph alexander

      from Okrahoma

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Great Sound All Around
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • None If You Add Effects

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Lead Guitar Rythm Guitar
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Peavey 6505 120W Guitar Amp Head:

      From a light bluesy warm creamy sound, to a rock, to hard rock sound. Then a step further to metal and then heavy metal. As long as you can take the insanity. Thats what the 5150/6505 is all about. On the rythm channel you can have a bluesy clean to bluesy dirty, add crunch and you got an even better sound. So 2 down and one more to go. The lead channel is next which has that extra distortion push. This gives you as much as a real tube amp should sound. This gives you almost three distinct sounds of distortion, which can be altered in each, by adjusting the pre and post gains. Not to mention the prescence and resonance controls. This amp is known for its mids and lows but you can make it sound sharp and chisled with the bright switch and your high knob adjustment. By the way I love this amp.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My 5150 (6505 15 years ago)

      By Adam Curtis

      from CHICAGO!

      Comments about Peavey 6505 120W Guitar Amp Head:

      I just bought a used 5150 for $500 today and I forgot how much I love the original. I've kicked around the idea of buying a 5150II/6505+ for a while now and LOVE playing through them, but I wanted an original so I had to snap this up when I saw it.I play a stock Highway One maple board Strat straight through this into a Genz Benz G-Flex 212 and it's killer...f'in killer. I just play through the Rhythm Channel, Crunch mode, gain/bass/mids @ 10, treble @ 7.5 and it's perfect.Lead is over the top! Amp has plenty of low/mids, cuts through flawlessly, and just sound angry. And for as much as people get down on these amps for the clean channel, if you know what you're doing or are patient, you can get some nice clean sounds, and slightly dirty jangle - yes, jangle!I'm in love.

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      (1 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Wrong Place..Wrong Time

      Comments about Peavey 6505 120W Guitar Amp Head:

      I'd give this a 4/10. Amp just didn't get my knickers knockin. I got stuck using it as backline gear at a gig. They had a fit because our gear wasn't LOUD enough. When you mic everything how loud does it have to be honestly? After you get past 50 watts you lose tone and just get volume.<Tone&gt;Volume ALWAYSLots of KnobsThe EQ really wouldn't give me much flexibility.Aesthtically kind of boring.No tone to be found just loud. That's honestly all this amp has going for it LOUDIt made all of my guitars sound bland and faceless. Of course you could hear them in the bordering state.Looks like a rock solid amp as far as build quality goes. The cage would protect the tubes.Thats a lot of moeny for volume.Thank god it was just backline gear for me

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A BOX full of Muscle!!!

      By GrimWolf

      from Crestline, CA

      Comments about Peavey 6505 120W Guitar Amp Head:

      I have had a few amps....Marshall JCM800, Krank - Krankenstein, Carvin V3, MTS, played through so many more. I always keep coming back to the 6505/5150. Such a classic no BS amp. I am not a fan of Eddie but I like his gear. Trust me you won't sound like Eddie playing this thing but you will sound massive! It's a real amp and even when it is idling it lets you know that it is ready for your next ruthless attack on the strings. If you need it to shut up get a Boss NS-2 and wire it like this: Guitar ?> Overdrive Pedal (I use the Boss SD-1) ?> NS-2 Input ?> NS-2 SEND ?> Amp InputNext:Amp FX Loop Send ?> NS-2 RETURN ?> NS-2 OUTPUT ?> Amp FX Loop ReturnI set the NS-2 with a decay of MIN and Threshold of MAX or just below max depending on how loud I am running my 5150.This in a nut shell shuts the WHOLE amp up and makes for almost dead quite operation.METAL!!!

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      5.0

      OH CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      By MarchingDawgs

      from Nampa, Id

      Comments about Peavey 6505 120W Guitar Amp Head:

      well... i bought this amp about... a year ago. and i do not regret it one bit. i love the sound i get when i hit just power chord! it sounds so beefy, yet crisp and clear. its like... it knows when to tame itself. of course, not on its own, as i run a boss ns-2 to keep the hiss down. the only problem i have with it is that there is no clean channel. but hey, its a one trick pony, its pretty good at that trick, so why else would you buy it if you didnt want superior metal tone??? Besides, an ABY pedal and a little combo fixes your clean channel problem anyways.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This amp is amazing

      By Mike-27GQL

      from Georgetown DE

      Comments about Peavey 6505 120W Guitar Amp Head:

      I have the 5150 version of this amp (same exact circuitry) and might i say its just more than enough for any genre of heavy music. From scooped mids for Death metal, heavy low end for Post-Hardcore,and tight mids for that EVH sound everyone is sought after. Loud , and enough aggressive gain for any guitar player out there. ---note , i put 4.5 in quality mainly because i run a sonic maximizer, 266xl compressor gate, and a peavey 15 band eq in the FX loop. This amp can hiss alot.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Holy Grail

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Peavey 6505 120W Guitar Amp Head:

      The title says it all: to me, its the holy grail of tone and does everything i want it to. im still running the 5150 model just because it hasn't died yet! i bought mine on ebay, yes, used, about 6 years ago and the only thing that i have had done was some wiring getting touched up a few years back. thats it. completely metal amp. i run the following in my efx chain: 5150 to Boss NS-2 Out, In to guitar, then run from the RETURN of the NS2 i run a Boss CH-1, Boss SD-1, Dunlop Rotovibe and Dunlop ZW Wah, then from the IN of the wah, just send that sucker to the SEND of the NS2. This is the greatest tone for my taste, plenty of gain, while the NS-2 keeps it tamed. I plan on getting the 6505 very soon just so i can run 2 of these bad boys at once! take it from someone who has been giggin hard for the past 4 yrs on the road, this thing is a tank! so stop reading about it and buy it already!!!

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      #1 amp!!

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Peavey 6505 120W Guitar Amp Head:

      Well, in all of the music genres, there's only a few amps that impress me. Most boutique amps are very nice sounding, but they are also very expensive. If you can afford them, great!! Problem is, most people can't. (especially nowadays.) Now Peavey has been around for a long time, so they very much know what "works" and what doesn't. My biggest complaint; with tube amps especially is they need maintenance. This also costs money. So you see where this is going?? Yup, bang for the buck, Nobody beats Peavey!! This 6505 is no exception, it's been proven roadworthy to me, and also the 6505 cabinets too. Oh yea, and they are made in the USA!! THese are sort of known for their "heavy metal" sounds, but when you start to experiment with it, there's great blues/rock tones, jazz tones, whatever..and their customer support is excellent.

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