Purchased from: Musicians Friend
Sound — 9
I use an Ibanez S470DXQM with standard pickups, and it compliments the tone of the guitar very well. I play mostly progressive metal and jazz fusion, which the amp suits very well, if a bit thrashy sounding. The cleans on the high gain channel, however, sound a bit sterile, but this is easily fixed using a compression pedal. I've never gotten more than a slight hum with humbuckers and a bit of buzz with single coils, even sitting less that 2 feet away from the amp (Where I normally practice). Like I said, the cleans can be a bit sterile, but the lead channel is amazing. Admittedly, getting a tone for anything but thrash and death metal took some tweaking, but once I did I couldn't play another amp. The clean channel stays clean when using the low gain input all the way up to 10, as long as the rhythm post gain is kept low. Even if the amp is a bit metal oriented, with some work it can handle anything from cool jazz to classic rock to grindcore, all of which I have played Live through the amp.
Overall Impression — 9
As I said I play a wide range of styles, and this amp suits them all surprisingly well, given some tweaking. I've been playing close to 3 years, and I can't play my old Roland Cube 30 after playing this. However, if it were stolen, I think I'd try out another amp for variety's sake, since I could get a Carvin Legacy combo around the same price. The problem being, as I said before, is that the gain is a bit too thrashy, and getting a creamy solo tone a la John Petrucci out of it can be a bitch on some guitars.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I'd certainly rely on this, I've had it around 4 or 5 months and it's never once given me problems. I gig without a backup regularly. One gripe I do have though, is that the amp is so heavy (Around 90-100 pounds) that it feels like if you dropped it onto a hard floor, either the amp or the floor would give out.
Features — 8
Peavey 6505 212 combo, I believe it was made in 2006-2007 but I'm not sure. It has two channels, rhythm and lead, rhythm including bright and crunch switches. There are no effects or a headphone jack, being a tube combo, but the built in reverb sounds very good, so good that I don't bother with my Holy Grail Reverb pedal. I'm a gigging guitarist playing medium sized gigs with a lot of noise, and for only 60 watts this amp is shockingly loud, but still suitable in a practice environment. My only complaint would be the presence, it seems like they jacked it up way too high, and anything beyond five starts sounding suspiciously like a Marshall MG. Overall, it's a basic, balls to the wall metal amp suitable for bedroom jammers and gigging guitarists.