Price paid: $ 599.99
Purchased from: Musician's Friend
Sound — 9
Metal. Straight metal. Easily one of the most versatile distortions for metal. The amp takes a little while to find the correct EQ to fit ones tone, but once you find it you will be blown away. When balanced correctly, this amp produces a great metal tone that is versatile for any style of metal. I play a range of metal tones, from djent to hardcore to progressive metal and this amp can create a great tone for each of those genres. This amp was a huge step up for me from my Line 6 Spider Valve 1x12 and the Peavey 6505+ was $100 dollars less! I will admit that the Sheffield speaker quality lacks, but ever since I have purchased my B-52 ST-412 cab (loaded with Celestion Vintage 30s) this amp has been amazing. Professional quality, without a doubt. Some complaints though. This amp is somewhat noisy and you'll get that with every 6505+, but my main complaint is with the effects loop. Every time I hook my noise gate through the effects loop, the amp gets tons of added highs which are unable to be fixed by re-EQing the amp. It is not my noise gate because I have tried two different brands and the same thing happens every time. I have not been able to find anyone with this similar problem so I believe that it is a wiring problem. I am still able to use my through the front of the amp to rid of my guitar hiss, but the amp noise is there. Tolerable, but still there.
Overall Impression — 9
The Peavey 6505+ is a legendary metal amplifier and should always be a considerable option when it comes to purchasing a quality amplifier. I've been playing for almost 4 years and the gear I play with, I always try to choose the best quality for the best deal. If this were ever stolen, I would most likely buy another because it's practically the exact same thing as the 6505+ head, but $600 cheaper. I love the tone of the amp, but I hate the weight of it. The amp has such a unique tone over other metal amps that you'll always know that someone is playing a 6505, just by hearing it. This was my first non-modeling tube amp and since I don't live near a Guitar Center or anything, I just had to take a shot in the dark with it. I am extremely happy with my decision. The only thing I wish was different was that it had the U.S. made quality, but they can keep the Chinese price tag on it.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This thing is massive and durable. It weighs a ton and the handle is rough on one's hands. After a few months of having this amp I decided to put casters on the bottom of it and it solved most of the traveling issues. I've put more dents in my car than I've put in this amp and the dents were caused by this amp unfortunately. I've had no problem with it cutting out or just randomly powering off. I would most likely use it a gig without a back-up just for the fact that I can't afford another amp right. I trust this amp 100% though and I would be devastated if it ever lets me down. The tubes are solid in place and haven't broken.
Features — 8
- Made in 2010 in China - 2 band eq (clean and distorted) with independent lows, mids, and highs, pre and post gains, presence, and resonance. Crunch Switch on clean channel. Master reverb knob. - 1 1x12 60 watt Sheffield speaker. - 5: 12ax7 pre-amp tubes and 2: 6l6 power tubes - Made mainly for metal. Does anything from hard rock to the most "blackened and "deathest" of all metals with ease. Cleans are decent, but this amp is infamous for its distortion. Crunch channel provides a nice, bluesy tone to a good, slightly distorted tone when the pre gain is pushed. - 2 channels (clean and distorted). The clean has a Crunch button which adds a little more dirt to your clean tone. - Effects loop and 2 external speaker jacks with a 4, 8, and 16 ohm Switch for varieties of speakers (16 ohms is the standard setting for the Sheffield speaker). - I use this amp mainly for band practice and the 60 watts competes perfectly with my band mates' halfstacks. - I give the features an 8 because I would like to have individual reverb knobs (if that's possible). I'm not one for pedals so that is kind of a big deal to me.