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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
SPECIFICATIONS

6505 212 Combo 2x12 Guitar Amp

  • 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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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses

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.

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