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Peavey 6505 212 Combo 2x12 Guitar Amp

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A lean tone machine.

The 2x12 Peavey 6505 212 Combo Guitar Amp pours out a punishing 60W through 2 Sheffield 1200 speakers in a closed-back cabinet for aggressive tone with plenty of low end. The Peavey 6505 Amp features a footswitchable lead/rhythm channel select and reverb defeat. Master controls include 3-band EQ, resonance, and presence. Rhythm channel uses pre/post gain controls and bright/crunch switches. Lead channel has pre/post gain controls only. Footswitch included.

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
  • 60W
  • Closed-back cabinet
  • 2 - 12" Sheffield 1200 speakers
  • 2 footswitchable channels
  • Reverb
  • 3-band EQ
  • Resonance
  • Presence
  • 5 - 12AX7 preamp tubes
  • 2 - 6l6 power amp tubes
  • Made in the USA
SPECIFICATIONS
  • 30-1/4"W x 24-1/4"H x 12"D
  • 84.5 lb.
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Peavey6505 212 Combo 2x12 Guitar Amp
 
4.5

(based on 25 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome metal amp, and then some

I love this amp. I've been playing for 20+ years and this is probably the best bang per buck. Easy to service, find parts, everyone has one to borrow/rent, and simple...Read complete review

I love this amp. I've been playing for 20+ years and this is probably the best bang per buck. Easy to service, find parts, everyone has one to borrow/rent, and simple to get a good sound out of it. 6L6GC and 12AX7 tubes are plentiful in different flavors, it's easy to try out different brands. There are tons of mods for these, and decent following online. I know people who dont even play anything heavy and they like this amp.
I use mine as my main practice amp in the bedroom. 60Watts is plenty and it's the first amp I ever had to dial the gain down. I plug just right in, no effects needed. No, there isn't really a clean channel but it does clean up ok. Just don't expect it to sound like a Fender or JC-120 clean.

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Pretty good with changes

Built to Eddie's exact specs? Not quite. The specs are the same, but to save on manufacturing the materials and "innards" are definitely not!

I had the original...Read complete review

Built to Eddie's exact specs? Not quite. The specs are the same, but to save on manufacturing the materials and "innards" are definitely not!

I had the original block letter 5150 head, and the 5150 combo. The Sheffield speakers in here are NOT the Sheffield speakers from the original 5150. I replaced them with Celestian Vintage 30s. If you want what Eddie spec'd then get Greenbacks or his new EVH speaker. It's what the 1st year Sheffields actually sound like before Peavey made the change in materials.

The tubes are the worst. I put in JJ's in the preamp and Groove Tubes in the power amp. Now the amp performs as it was intended by the designer.

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Peavey 5150/6505

By Ducels

from Valley Forge, PA

Comments about Peavey 6505 212 Combo 2x12 Guitar Amp:

I own the 5150, but they are the same thing. I purchased mine for $500 used. The amp does a flawless job of playing distorted sounds. Pushing the gain past about 6.5 does not sound very good, but I have never had to go past 5. Clean tones are good enough, but that's not why I bought the amp. It is VERY loud. With the Pre-Gain on 5, you only have to put Post-Gain on 2 or 3 to be heard over a drummer. I leave it on 1 when playing at home.My only complaint with the amp is not necessarily the weight of it, which is understandable, but rather the lack of useful handles. The handles on the top of it are pretty awful.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Peavey 6505 vs 5150

By AngolaJonno

from Indiana

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Comments about Peavey 6505 212 Combo 2x12 Guitar Amp:

I own an original first generation 5150 2-12 combo. On paper, the 6505 is the same exact amp as the 5150. I have compared them side by side. They sound very very similar. However. There is a "life" to the 5150 that the 6505 does not have. It could be that my 5150 is almost 20 years old and well broken in, but the 5150 just has a sound quality that the 6505 lacks. And also the Build quality on the 5150 is MUCH better. Dont get me wrong, the 6505 is a great amp, and worth the money. Its got crazy gain (Black Stone Cherry uses it for recording and live tours), and you can tweek the tone to fit any style. But if you can find one, I would get another used original 5150 over a new 6505 any day. Happy hunting!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome metal amp, and then some

By Ralphnaderchop

from Chicago Area

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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 212 Combo 2x12 Guitar Amp:

    I love this amp. I've been playing for 20+ years and this is probably the best bang per buck. Easy to service, find parts, everyone has one to borrow/rent, and simple to get a good sound out of it. 6L6GC and 12AX7 tubes are plentiful in different flavors, it's easy to try out different brands. There are tons of mods for these, and decent following online. I know people who dont even play anything heavy and they like this amp.
    I use mine as my main practice amp in the bedroom. 60Watts is plenty and it's the first amp I ever had to dial the gain down. I plug just right in, no effects needed. No, there isn't really a clean channel but it does clean up ok. Just don't expect it to sound like a Fender or JC-120 clean.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    the hulk in a amp.!!

    By ROCKSTAR.610

    from brookhaven pa.-philly

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    Comments about Peavey 6505 212 Combo 2x12 Guitar Amp:

    built like a tank, very good natural distortation, spring reverb, nice cleans on rythen channel-no onboard effects except reverb; the way it should be. it is hissy due to such high gain-note; swapping tubes will not cure this-its just in the circutery. very heavy for a combo, due to its heavy duty construction-overall very good amp.-also fair price for such quality construction & sound!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very restricted amp.

    By Mike L.-N-W6-

    from Florida

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    Comments about Peavey 6505 212 Combo 2x12 Guitar Amp:

    Great amp, fun while i wanted it.
    This is a hard rock/metal amp. There is no CLEAN channel, because it doesnt really even clean up. You can get a good blues tone but nothing really clean. The overdrive is GREAT. Awesome rhythm and lead tones through this amp from when i was into the heavier styles. Lately ive been drifting from that and ive founf this amp isnt voiced to the styles that im interested in. Its got a very "sharp" biting tone to it, that makes certain styles of lead/soloing hard to play. I am personally a fan of Steve Vai and John Petruccie. Both of these have a sort of "smooth singing" lead tone and this amp is not voiced to do this. It can really nail Van Halen and George Lynch tones though.

    So be aware that this is a rather limited amp and you have to be sure its what you really want.

    Having said that, I am trying to sell mine at the moment.

    It was fun while it lasted...
    Great, no problems whatsoever with this amp. Stayed true to what its made for.
    Its worth it, but i still feel its overpriced because its associated with the 5150 series, which is associated with EVH. Just his name brings in money...

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Why did Eddie ever leave?!

    By Crash

    from Bay Area, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Peavey 6505 212 Combo 2x12 Guitar Amp:

        This amp is a beast in every sense of the word. Sure it's heavy, but its built like a tank and the speaker section is fully enclosed and isolated from the rest of the amp (something I've never seen before on any other combo) gives it unbelievable thump and concentrated low end. I used to play peavey amps quite exclusively and like every other guitar player I was always on the search for that perfect tone. In that process I sold my old 5150 halfstack and combo and moved through just about every other model from almost every company from fender to orange to mesa to marshall etc. Now I'm not dogging those other manufacturers, they all brought something special and spectacular in their own right to the plate, but I had this sound I was longing for but couldn't find anywhere after the 5150. The only reason I got rid of my older pv 5150's in the first place was because i was touring with a country band at the time and I thought I needed more clean headroom, and for my style that sacrifice wasn't worth it. The 5150/6505 basic setup can deliver a very pleasing and unique almost clean sound (I mean when I say almost clean, if you push it grows some hair) that has tons of depth and dimension. If you run a compressor on the front end you can get awesome country twang sounds all day, but that isn't what this amp was built for So let's stop messing around.
        This amp was built for earth shattering drive and distortion tones and it has plenty of that to go around. The 6505 212 combo is so unbelievably loud and powerful it makes me wonder who needs 412 cabs and 100 watts! I have never been in a situation where this amp wasn't loud enough! It goes from Zeppelin to Killswitch with the twist of a couple knobs And still has plenty of gain left to spare. Ive used these amps for everything from Brad Paisley to John Pettrucci and it has yet to let me down.
        Built like a tank, sounds like Heaven and Hell all at once. Thank you Peavey for building the sounds in my head!

        (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Pretty good with changes

        By Fred Johnson

        from California

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        Comments about Peavey 6505 212 Combo 2x12 Guitar Amp:

        Built to Eddie's exact specs? Not quite. The specs are the same, but to save on manufacturing the materials and "innards" are definitely not!

        I had the original block letter 5150 head, and the 5150 combo. The Sheffield speakers in here are NOT the Sheffield speakers from the original 5150. I replaced them with Celestian Vintage 30s. If you want what Eddie spec'd then get Greenbacks or his new EVH speaker. It's what the 1st year Sheffields actually sound like before Peavey made the change in materials.

        The tubes are the worst. I put in JJ's in the preamp and Groove Tubes in the power amp. Now the amp performs as it was intended by the designer.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Peavey 6505

        By Sirlimecat@yahoo.com

        from Philly

        Comments about Peavey 6505 212 Combo 2x12 Guitar Amp:

        This amp can do lighter tones though, not great but do-ableMost people do not buy this amp for clean tones. It isn't a jack of all trades amp, but it does do one thing near perfect. High gain tones from this amp are just liquidy and smooth, you can feel the low end in your chest while palm mutting, if you play a lighter style of music this amp is not for you, but if you play anything ranging from Classic Rock to Modern Metal, it gets the job done by far.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Play one before you buy it!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Peavey 6505 212 Combo 2x12 Guitar Amp:

        Too many people buy this amp thinking "its loud, lots of gain, and loud! Ill shred on it!" its not an amp for everyone. If you have sloppy technique, this amp will make you sound worse. Its a very articulate and precise amp, with godly amounts of gain. You can get plenty of different tones out of it so its quite versatile but if you plan on getting some really clean sounds this isnt for you. Ive played van halen, pink floyd, led zeppelin, and some metallica on it and they all sound great, but youve gotta know what your doing when it comes to setting it up. As many others have said, it is a MONSTER to carry, so i slapped some wheels on the bottom and its helped soo much. its still a pain to load into the car but once ive got it on the ground i just roll it around. Be aware that with this rediculous amont of gain and the way the amp is designed there is a "waterfall" like hiss that will always be heard. This is partially due to the fact that peavey biases all their tubes cold. To fix this you should do the bias mod. Inexpensive and brings this amp to life!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Bismuth

        By Boston

        from Kalamazoo, MI

        Comments about Peavey 6505 212 Combo 2x12 Guitar Amp:

        I've played through quite a few amps before buying the Peavey 6505 2x12 combo. What I got was an amp that is easy to use and sounds great! I use to think that Peavey was a so-so company with so-so equipment. I was wrong. This amp has a scorching lead/distorted channel that cuts through quite nicely. The clean channel is good... not the best, but good. The only thing bad I would have to say is that it is a beast to carry, but that's due mostly to the rugged and roadworthy construction.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Amp

        By Brian-fAOUA

        from Riverside, CA

        Comments about Peavey 6505 212 Combo 2x12 Guitar Amp:

        First of all, let me just say that if you're crazy about all that ultra-distortion Metal, don't buy this amp because of it's insane amounts of gain. Yes, it does have an ungoddly amount gain, but once it gets fairly past 6 or so, you get a hissy kind of tone that is really undesirable. So if that's the case, buy an 'ol JCM 800 and slap an OD in front of it instead. However, if you appreciate good 'ol power tube sound, and a thick chunky tone with a good amount of gain, this amp is without a doubt for you. Another thing is if you want EVH tone, look no further, the 6505 is PERFECT for that. This amp is LOUD. One of my gripes is actually just how loud it is. The Reverb is laughable, but at least it's there. The clean channel on the combo is quite better, and it actually sounds good. The system took me getting used to since I'm a Marshall guy, but once I knew how it all worked it suited me pretty well. The amp is also HEAVY so don't think it'll be a simple pick up and go to your friends house ordeal. All and all good value and I'm happy with it.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        6505 2/12

        By jeremy

        from Texas

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        Comments about Peavey 6505 212 Combo 2x12 Guitar Amp:

        I've had more amps than I can remember and this is the one I always come back to
        Hands down the best metal amp ever made. There is no clean so get a noise gate. Its a no bs,frills amp.
        Rock solid, you would hurt yourself be for you hurt it
        Fair price. Not over rated or over priced like the Mesa recs

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The ultimate metal amp

        By Btrain

        from Junction City, KS

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Peavey 6505 212 Combo 2x12 Guitar Amp:

          Just got this amp used yesterday and glad I foudn it! I've played through many amps Marshall, Randall, and Mesa and the Peavey 6505 beats them all for pure aggressive metal. I run my Dean Dave Mustaine signature VMNT throuh this and my only effects are a Boss BD-2 Blues Drive to boost the front end and a Dunlop Dime Crybaby From Hell. This amp just fits me perfectly for the style of music I play. Once you set the EQ and other controls to your likeing you can get the tone you hear in your head from this badboy. Also this is the best combo amp I've ever plugged into and played.

           
          4.0

          Tone galore

          By Brandon

          from Sacramento California

          Comments about Peavey 6505 212 Combo 2x12 Guitar Amp:

          This amp has to be the loudest 2x12 combo I have ever played. I never would have thought that Eddie Van Halen would use an amp that has such a monsterous Gain! This has one of the best gain channels I have heard.Features:This amp does have a lot of good features but for what you pay I don't think it's enough. It lacks modernization as far as midi outs, more than one effects loop, or a line out for direct recording. It does have an external speaker out and one effects loop. The reverb isn't very good at all. With the reverb all the way up you can barely tell it's on.Quality:Well this thing weighs 85lbs so it's construction is very very solid. The tolex is very smooth and feels like it's a better quality tolex than many other amps. All of the metal grills are solid and look and feel as if they can take a beating!Value:Well it is less than some of it's competition and more than others, but overall it is a decent price for what you get.Overall:A very good amp for just about anyone. On the gain channel you can go from barely distorted to insane very easily. And on the clean channel you actually have a rythym-pre with a bright and crunch push button to enhance the sound of the rythym channel which is awesome for blues.

           
          5.0

          5150/6505 Monster

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Peavey 6505 212 Combo 2x12 Guitar Amp:

          I bought one of these used about a year and a half ago when it was still known as the 5150! I was looking for something simple, yet effective and not overly pricy. It was all that and more. I ran this 2x12 combo through an old Randal XL 4x12 of mine and it sounded killer. Currently my other guitarist in my band is using that setup of mine because I purchased a Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier and just recently returned it cuz it was way too pricy and just sounded a little too generic. The 5150 has a much more unique voicing. Very heavy yet articulate and just the right amount of distortion without being overally noisy and unintelligable. As soon as I get enough money I will purchasing a new (or used) 5150 or 6506+. Buy this amp if you wanna be heard and not just have a bunch of static pumping outta your guitar.

           
          4.0

          Great amp

          By rockman-xN0ey

          from Perryville, MO

          Comments about Peavey 6505 212 Combo 2x12 Guitar Amp:

          This amplifier is one of the best all around amps you could wish for, especially for the money. To start, It is insanely loud, no real need for an extension cabinet. The highest gain setting does have a hiss to it, but it doesnt need set past 7 for best distortion, great sounding lead channel, back off the pre-gain for AC/DC or crank it for Pantera. You have to play with this amp to find the best sound, it does take a little time to mess with it. Contrary to popular belief you can get good clean sound out of it (not Fender clean but decent) just roll of the neck volume. The only mod I did isI use a Mesa Select 12ax7 (to keep it quiet)in the front preamp spot then EH high gain 12ax7's for the rest, Then Sovtek KT-66 for power, no bias adjustment needed.

           
          5.0

          Raw power

          By JRZ78

          from perryville, MO

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          Comments about Peavey 6505 212 Combo 2x12 Guitar Amp:

          A 2-12 combo that will easily over power half stacks. While the clean tone leaves something to be desired, this amp is made for raw punch, pick harmonics scream, attack is razor sharp, and leads sound awesome-definitely a metal/hard rock amp. Dependable too, crank it to the moon night after night and it never quits

           
          5.0

          6505 Rock Hard Performance

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Peavey 6505 212 Combo 2x12 Guitar Amp:

          I have been using a 6505 2-12 Combo in a rock band that gigs often, and it performs great. On the the plus side: solid performance night after night, in your face classic hard rock (and very distinctive)sound. Better tone than boogie I find. The biggest kick I get out of this amp is the way it keeps soounding better and better throughhout the evening as it heats up the tubes. Both Les Pauls and Strats I use get along well with the 6505. Only down fall is: pretty noisy (escpecially the lead channel....hisssss), lead channel (never use it) doesn't sound nearly as good as the rhythm ch., and a you have to really fiddle on stage to get a decent clean sound. Can't get that bright clean twang. But!!!! if your after a solid rock amp this is the best I have ever owned.

           
          5.0

          screaming amp!

          By hardrocker76

          from sumner, illinois

          Comments about Peavey 6505 212 Combo 2x12 Guitar Amp:

          I was looking for a simple-to-operate and a high quality amp. The 6505 (5150), is all that. The clean channel is kind of (lacking) but you can beef it up with the bright/crunch buttons. The price is about right for this amp, but you get what you pay for. I play lots of hard rock and I use several high-quality pedals, but I find myself using the amps distortion more than I use the pedals. I love the fact that is has a very distinct sound,(you can tell when someone's playing through a 6505). To sum it up...raw power, screaming distortion, and LOUD AS HELL!!. top nothch quality!

           
          5.0

          It is awsome

          By JPulido

          from riverdale, NY

          Comments about Peavey 6505 212 Combo 2x12 Guitar Amp:

          I have been a Peavey fan for years. My first amp was a Peavey and I've owned 5 of them in the last 24 years. This amp is by far the best amp I have owned and played.Amazing distortion! I really like the clarity and sound definition. Peavey has always done an amazing job with the fx loop. Their amps always seem to have the best fx loop. I like the reverb in this amp alot.The only downfall to this amp is that is wheighs a ton! Otherwise it is fantastic. The clean channel is good and gets better with the use of an eq pedal to give it shape. I recommend this amp to any serious rocker. I only wish I got it with the 5150 badge before Ed split with Peavey.JP

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