Price paid: $ 599.99
Purchased from: musiciansfriend.com
Sound — 9
I'm currently using a Ibanez GRX20 that has power sound pickups in it and even with those weak pickups it sound's great. This is the perfect amp for metal! You can get the most brutal distortion you can think of outta this baby. But with insane amounts of gain comes feedback. It's not too bad, but you have to make sure you do a good job muting your guitar strings. The clean also distorts at high volumes so that's not extremely impressive but you don't buy this amp for the cleans anyway.
Overall Impression — 9
I play thrash metal, melo-death, and all styles of metal in between (except black metal) and this amp does the job. The distortion from this amp is natural and can beat just about any distortion pedal, there's so much gain it's unbelievable. The only bad thing about this amp really is the cleans. Other than that I love it. If it was lost I would either buy this same combo amp again or go for the 6505 Head either one would be great.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This amp is very reliable, I would always have a back up at a gig but it probably won't be necessary with the 6505. It's never broken down on me.
Features — 8
This amp is not extremely versatile. It was built for one thing: METAL, which is good because that's what I play. It has a lead channel and a rhythm channel and the rhythm channel has a crunch option to add some crunch to your cleans. You can buy a footswitch to go from the lead to the rhythm and from clean rhythm to crunch rhythm. It has an a effects loop but no headphone jack. 60 watts of all-tube power is more than enough power for me in my bedroom and at small gigs.