#1
Hi, I play on a Peavey 6505+ and Mesa Dual Rec 2x12 cab. I play at lower volumes mostly since other people are in the house.

I find the distortion for heavier music (parkway drive)can be thin. I was thinking about getting an overdrive pedal? I heard good things about the maxon od808 ?

Can anyone provide some feedback or suggestions?

Thanks
#2
Maxon would be great. Any tubescreamer clone would do well really. On a budget, I'd say Bad Monkey, but a Maxon would be pretty ideal.
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#3
Crank it . Who cares about people in the house!

or

Get an attenuator. It might help getting a thicker distortion.

But even though this is true. You won't get that complete full thick distortion without driving the speakers a little too.

An OD might help too.
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#4
It's more likely to be the fact you play it on a low volume and incorrect EQ to be honest, the 6505/5150 etc range are designed for heavy music, as you call it.
#5
get an attenuator, you really dont need more distortion for a 6505, you just need to push your tubes harder.
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#6
ok thanks, quite a few suggestions : overdrive pedal, attenuator, or just workthe EQ better.

I heard that attenuators do not do much for the 6505+? is this true?

Also, I've tried many EQ settings, and though they sound fine, I just feel its lacking something.
#7
Why not get a boost pedal?
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No, the idea of an attenuator is to simply get the tubes hotter.... therefore more distortion. What amp you have really doesnt matter in that respect, as long as it has tubes it will sound much better. But a good test is to wait for everyone to leave, then crank it. If you like the sound then get an attenuator.
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No, the idea of an attenuator is to simply get the tubes hotter.... therefore more distortion. What amp you have really doesnt matter in that respect, as long as it has tubes it will sound much better. But a good test is to wait for everyone to leave, then crank it. If you like the sound then get an attenuator.


ok cool, thats a really good idea. I'll give that a try. Thanks!
#10
Get an overdrive. That amp needs one to begin with, I can't stand to play a 5150 without one.

IMO, the 5150 is one of the better amps for playing at low volume, I wouldn't even bother with an attenuator with a metal amp

What are your settings?
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#11
Bad Monkey should do it for u, its great!
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Crank it . Who cares about people in the house!

or

Get an attenuator. It might help getting a thicker distortion.

But even though this is true. You won't get that complete full thick distortion without driving the speakers a little too.

An OD might help too.


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Get an overdrive. That amp needs one to begin with, I can't stand to play a 5150 without one.

IMO, the 5150 is one of the better amps for playing at low volume, I wouldn't even bother with an attenuator with a metal amp

What are your settings?


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I was running two OD's to get mine where I wanted it.

Also new tubes and bias adjustment can help out greatly.