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Peavey 6505 MH Micro 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head 

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All the tone of the legendary 6505 in a package the size of a toaster.

Part of Peavey's celebrated 6505 Series, the all-tube 6505 MH authentically produces the legendary tones of the Peavey 6505 in a small, portable package. The 6505 MH has two channels that follow the same gain structure and voicing of its iconic big brother to produce the devastating, overdriven tones that have defined the sound of modern metal music for more than two decades. The channels share EQ, lush reverb and an effects loop. Channels, crunch, effects loop and reverb are all footswitchable.

Peavey's TSI tube monitoring indicator keeps players apprised of power tube status, and in the event of a necessary tube replacement, identifies which tube needs to be replaced. Rear panel features such as an effects loop, Microphone Simulated Direct Interface (MSDI) with XLR output and USB out, speaker defeat switch and a three-position power attenuator switch make the 6505 MH an ideal tool for recording or use in smaller venues.

FEATURES
  • Power: 20W (tube)
  • Attenuation: 20W, 5W or 1W
  • Tubes: three 12AX7 (preamp); two EL84 (power amp)
  • Two footswitchable channels
  • Impedance: 8, 16 ohms
  • Controls: 3-band EQ, pre-gain, post-gain, bright, crunch, presence, resonance, reverb
  • Built-in reverb
  • Footswitchable buffered effects loop
  • Tube Status Indication (TSI) circuit
  • MSDI output with XLR and ground lift switch
  • USB output for direct recording
  • Speaker defeat switch
  • Headphone output
  • Footswitch included

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Peavey6505 MH Micro 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.4

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

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82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (18)
  • Excellent sound (14)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Good power output (10)
  • Warm / comfy (10)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (13)
  • Home studio (12)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Professional recording (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Bedroom practice, gigs, classic rock, metal - No problem!

This is a fun little amp that offers a variety of tones at whatever volume you need. 20 watts in an all-tube amp is more than enough volume to keep up with a drummer...Read complete review

This is a fun little amp that offers a variety of tones at whatever volume you need. 20 watts in an all-tube amp is more than enough volume to keep up with a drummer and gig. With built power attenuation that lets you switch between 20, 5, or even 1 watt, you can practice at low volume at home (or no volume with headphones), and still achieve a rich tube tone.

Rhythm channel: Acts as both a "clean" and "crunch" channel. Fender Twin Reverb cleans are out of reach, but still surprisingly lush and useable. Turn up the pre-gain to add a beautiful smooth break-up. Bright switch available, and I'll note that it's useable, and doesn't turn your tone into an ice pick. Toggle the crunch mode on (or switch on with the included foot switch) to add another level of drive and a bit more compression. There's quite a bit of gain on tap here, enough for classic rock of any variety, even 80's/90's hard rock, grunge, alternative. This would be a complete, excellent amp with only the rhythm channel. But there's more....

Lead channel: This is why you buy the amp. Hot, searing lead tone designed by Eddie Van Halen himself (Peavey 6505 = Peavey 5150 with a different name). Used by rockers and metal-heads alike for decades now, this ultra high gain tone is iconic. Plenty of bass for chugging palm-muted riffs a la Metallica or [insert heavy metal band name], but don't worry, shredders, lead lines maintain remarkable clarity and character.

Shared EQ across both channels; not an issue for me, and you can always get an EQ pedal. Effects loop, options for recording via USB, headphones out (no auxiliary out for your MP3 player).

Bottom line: This amp offers a lot of options, and it does an impressive job at each. I LOVE the built in attenuation for late night jam sessions while still having the volume and power for full band settings. I carefully researched and listened to dozens of YouTube demos before buying, recommend you do the same. If it's your cup of tea, buy with confidence!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Had to return the amp

I bought this unit just to have as a backup to my Mesa Mini Rectifier. I understand that the Peavey is half the price of the Mesa, but it just does not compare at...Read complete review

I bought this unit just to have as a backup to my Mesa Mini Rectifier. I understand that the Peavey is half the price of the Mesa, but it just does not compare at all. Definitely does not have the volume that the Mesa has. It really could not be heard clearly during band practice, at least during a gig we would have it going through the PA system. Also, during band practice, it only lasted about 45 minutes before the output shut down completely. Something to do with the tube protection circuits. Not good. This needs to last through a 3 hour show. It did have some decent tones, but again, comparing to the Mesa, it just isn't good enough, even just having as a backup amp.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bedroom practice, gigs, classic rock, metal - No problem!

By Slashaholic Anonymous

from Salt Lake City, UT

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Peavey 6505 MH Micro 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    This is a fun little amp that offers a variety of tones at whatever volume you need. 20 watts in an all-tube amp is more than enough volume to keep up with a drummer and gig. With built power attenuation that lets you switch between 20, 5, or even 1 watt, you can practice at low volume at home (or no volume with headphones), and still achieve a rich tube tone.

    Rhythm channel: Acts as both a "clean" and "crunch" channel. Fender Twin Reverb cleans are out of reach, but still surprisingly lush and useable. Turn up the pre-gain to add a beautiful smooth break-up. Bright switch available, and I'll note that it's useable, and doesn't turn your tone into an ice pick. Toggle the crunch mode on (or switch on with the included foot switch) to add another level of drive and a bit more compression. There's quite a bit of gain on tap here, enough for classic rock of any variety, even 80's/90's hard rock, grunge, alternative. This would be a complete, excellent amp with only the rhythm channel. But there's more....

    Lead channel: This is why you buy the amp. Hot, searing lead tone designed by Eddie Van Halen himself (Peavey 6505 = Peavey 5150 with a different name). Used by rockers and metal-heads alike for decades now, this ultra high gain tone is iconic. Plenty of bass for chugging palm-muted riffs a la Metallica or [insert heavy metal band name], but don't worry, shredders, lead lines maintain remarkable clarity and character.

    Shared EQ across both channels; not an issue for me, and you can always get an EQ pedal. Effects loop, options for recording via USB, headphones out (no auxiliary out for your MP3 player).

    Bottom line: This amp offers a lot of options, and it does an impressive job at each. I LOVE the built in attenuation for late night jam sessions while still having the volume and power for full band settings. I carefully researched and listened to dozens of YouTube demos before buying, recommend you do the same. If it's your cup of tea, buy with confidence!

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent amp!

    By VH Fan4eva

    from LA, CA

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Peavey 6505 MH Micro 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        One of the coolest amps Peavey has introduced in some time. I was considering a 5150 EVH version 3 and a few other "rock" amps, then spotted this little gem. Very glad I plugged it in, as it took only about 30 seconds and I knew this was the one going home with me. Been playing guitar for 30 years and this is one of the first amps in a long time that just makes me smile and want to jam. Such great rock tones, built in reverb is bonus, loop, direct outs, tube-monitoring, scaleable down to 1 watt. Does NOT sound like an EL-84 amp at all thanks to the very active EQ and Resonance, sound is very full and punchy. Other reviewers on here that say it sounds thin are doing something wrong. Seriously do yourself a favor and check one of these out. If you really know how to dial in amps, great tones are inside this little box and you will be smiling too! And don't forget the lineage of this amp, EVH had his stamp on this back when it was called the 5150, someone with one of the most revered rock guitar tones in history.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Buy it stop looking JUST Do IT!!!

        By Joe

        from Orlando Florida

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Peavey 6505 MH Micro 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          Perfect bedroom amp, could be used live as it is a very loud 20 watts. Covers all flavors of rock n roll to the most brutal of death metal. If you cant get enough gain from this amp you arent going to find it elsewhere.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Metal Amp

          By Cristian

          from Chicago, Illinois

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing at Home

            Comments about Peavey 6505 MH Micro 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            I've been playing metal genres using pedals with a solid state amp for years now, but nothing the quality of the tone on this tube amp is just overwhelmingly good! Even at the 1A setting, this amp gets very loud (plugged into a 4x12 cab) when I'm practicing at home. It came with a footswitch which is useful for switching tones around during songs.

            The amps distortion plugged straight in is pretty good and can get quite heavy if you turn up the resonance, but an overdrive pedal with this amp does wonders. The price is adequate and the Peavey quality truly shines with this product. Definitely buy if you are into (beginner or experienced) metal/tube amps/practicing at home for hours.

            Setup: Ibanez RG5EX1 + Blackstar HT DistX + Rythm Channel

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Killer low watt metal machine

            By Boar Tusk NY

            from New York

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Peavey 6505 MH Micro 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              Great little home amp, the attenuation down to one watt gives you great "screaming" tube tone at low volumes. Great little rig, havn't tried with a drummer yet, we shall see. Purchased mainly for home use at low volume and it's killing it!

              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Just what you expect in an unexpected package.

              By Taylor the Medic

              from Fort Collins, Colorado

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Peavey 6505 MH Micro 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                I use this thing for recording and small shows, from use with a professional to minor home studio recording, this thing sounds awesome! All the goodness of a 6505 with no sacrifice.

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                6505 in mini form perfected.

                By Baconjerky

                from Richmond, VA

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                Pros

                • Excellent Sound
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Peavey 6505 MH Micro 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                  It's a 6505 in mini form. And for a mini it captures the sound perfectly. It you like metal or hard rock you need to get this amp. Tons of gain and it surprisingly has a decent clean channel unlike its big brother. For the first time ever I disconnected my tube screamer. You won't even need it. At 20 watts it's loud enough to gig with and the mh can get down to 5 and 1watt power for home use.

                  There's a ton of features here too like headphone support, usb support, fx loop, reverb, footswitch, etc. More than any normal 500 all tube amp should have. And the thing just spits thunder. Tons of value here. I highly recommend it.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Fantastic little amp

                  By Jacob

                  from undisclosed

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                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Portable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Performances
                    • Practice

                    Comments about Peavey 6505 MH Micro 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                    Great distorted sound, (with a boost!) and a surprisingly usable clean sound for a member of the 6505 family. Very responsive controls, especially resonance and presence. There's more gain on this amp than you could ever need (I never turn past 9 o'clock), and the reverb is a nice bonus. I'll admit, I wasn't impressed by the direct-outputs for recording due to their lack of high-end, but they are passable when playing live. There is a little bit of constant background noise when the gain is turned up, but a noise gate in the FX loop cleaned that up. For all the minor complaints, I still give it five stars. The sound justifies the headache. This thing is a monster. If you play Metal of any sort, the sound of this thing will put a smile on your face.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    TONE BEAST I love this thing! A keeper

                    By TheSUN

                    from boston

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Weak

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Peavey 6505 MH Micro 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                    I love my mini head I have a evh 2x12 paired with it. I want to get a 1x12 or 1x10 to go with it because I also have a 5150iii 50 watt .
                    I play the peavey a bit more but love them both. One issue is if you are in a hard rock /metal band with 2 guitarists you probably don't want this for gigging. Trust me me and my buddy have jammed and he will over power me with a 60 watt combo. 1 guitarist or different music this is fine.
                    I took the wood out from the front face plate for more air and it is cool as the other side of the pillow now.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    I LOVE this thing

                    By TheSUN

                    from boston

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Peavey 6505 MH Micro 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                      I am a somewhat noobie but I bought a vox ac30t modeling amp to learn on and that was a great amp.
                      However I wanted a tube amp and I bought this and have a evh 2x12 cab and it is mean! 70s 80s 90s djent it can do it. I would never think about selling this!

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