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Old 12-18-2012, 12:57 PM   #1
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Amp recommendations for a metalhead

Hey all. I'm lookin to buy a new amp. I play metal and a little bit of hard rock, mostly metal though, everything from Killswitch to Machine Head to Cannibal Corpse. I have a semi-decent pedal rig, so all I want is a simple, balls to the wall kinda amp with really heavy distortion. My budget is around 700$ and I figure 50W or so should be the least I get since I'll be gigging with it.

Any great buys you guys could recommend?
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:32 PM   #2
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Peavey 6505 is pretty much exactly what you're looking for. You can get the 6505+ head for $700 used easily. If you need a cab too, then you'll have to stretch your budget, unless you can get a better deal than that. If not, you can get the 6505+ 112 combo for under budget.

If you go with the head, you can get good quality cabs for pretty cheap. Those amps sound great with Celestion Vingtage 30 speakers, and you can get Line 6 Spider Valve cabs for pretty cheap with those speakers.

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Peavey XXX
Peavey JSX
Egnater Vengeance


The main issue at the moment is whether or not this budget includes a cab and whether or not you need a great clean tone, or if dirty cleans are fine with you.

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Old 12-18-2012, 02:14 PM   #3
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Also you might want to look at a few Kranks. Krankenstein "plus" or the Rev.

Otherwise the above suggestion are great as well.

If you we're really lucky you might be able to find a dual rec for the same price.

Does your budget cover a cab?
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:26 PM   #4
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5150 or 6505 combo and swap them speakers if you cant afford a cab
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:51 PM   #5
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Also you might want to look at a few Kranks. Krankenstein "plus" or the Rev.

Otherwise the above suggestion are great as well.

If you we're really lucky you might be able to find a dual rec for the same price.

Does your budget cover a cab?


I wouldn't recommend a dual rec for what he wants. The bottom end is too flubby for KSE and Machine Head, and it doesn't give the same midrange grind as a 6505. For modern stuff like that, you really need that tight bottom, and the Recs are just too spongy
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:10 PM   #6
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The 6505 seems like a legit choice, reviews everywhere say you can kill people if you turn up the gain so I can't see this going bad at all

Sadly though this leaves me with little for a cab. What's the going rate for a good quality bang-for-buck cab to fit the 6505 head? I read somewhere that the 6505 cabs are kinda crap
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:18 PM   #7
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http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Stor...318-i2845141.gc this would do nicely, loaded with celestion v30s
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:41 AM   #8
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The 6505 seems like a legit choice, reviews everywhere say you can kill people if you turn up the gain so I can't see this going bad at all

Sadly though this leaves me with little for a cab. What's the going rate for a good quality bang-for-buck cab to fit the 6505 head? I read somewhere that the 6505 cabs are kinda crap

The 6505/5150 is one of those classic amps that has a very distinctive character that will work with virtually all kinds of music that require any sort of overdriven guitars. It's excellent at anything from dirty blues, to classic rock, to death metal. The only thing is that the amp's voice may simply may not be your preference. You won't get, say, Metallica tones out of it (Mesa) or a smoother and more modern overdrive (Engl).

The reason it's such a popular amp (almost cliche) is that it simply sounds awesome and is very affordable. But, there are many, many other amps out there that are worth trying, especially if you want something different. In your budget range, or close to it:

Bugera (various models)
Orange Dark Terror
Blackstar HT40
Laney Ironheart 60W
Peavey XXX/JSX
Engl Thunder

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Old 12-19-2012, 01:00 AM   #9
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+1 to the 6505/+

If you get the head you're probably also going to want an attenuator if you're in an apartment because they get just a tiny bit loud.

Like anything over 1 and my room shakes through my Marshall cabinet. It does sound awesome though so yeah.
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:03 AM   #10
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Check out avatar cabs. I got my 212 for 300 bucks.

Krank, 6505, and the Dual Rec would be the amps I suggest trying out. The Dual Rec or 6505/6505+ would be my recommendation though. The mesa will be a bit more versatile, possibly out of budget though. Can't go wrong with either choice.

Also, Carvin and Laney may be worth a look.
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:21 AM   #11
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OP- where do you live?

I see 5150s, 6505s for 500-700 all day long.... trying to snag a 6505+ myself right now.

Of coarse that is in LA and we have a busy Craigslist.

Do you have a guitar center near you that you can try at least a few of the amps? There is a difference between the 6505 and the 6505+. Most GCs will have a used 6505 or a dual rectifier. If they have a loud room drag them in there and play the shit out of them. If no loud room still play the shit out of em.

Just so you know the 5150 = 6505 and the 5150II = 6505+. They are the same amp but peavey had to change the name after EVH left for fender.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:17 AM   #12
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Trust me on this one. KICKASS amp! I currently have it running into my shitty combo's loop and it sounds awesome. Should be getting a used 5150 cabinet really soon and I can't imagine how good it's going to sound.

I play everything from groove/metalcore/djent/whatever you wanna call it
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:21 AM   #14
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My distortion pedal was retired the day i got mine. Awesome amp for metal, and so damn powerful too.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:50 AM   #15
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Either a Peavey 6505+ (or a 6534, if you can find one); or a Carvin V3M. Either one would suit your needs well.
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:54 PM   #18
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Just want to throw out the Jet City 50W head. For what you want be sure to get Eminence Legends in your cab. Haven't tried much else but I can say for sure Legends >>>> V30s with the JCA for hard rock and metal. I do get by fine with my Mesa and Orange cabs that both have V30s though.
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