6505 Head review by Peavey

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.5 (72 votes)
Peavey: 6505 Head

Price paid: $ 750

Purchased from: Used

Sound — 10
I use an Ibanez RG320DXQM with it gives me the sound I was looking for. Like a lot of amps I recomend that you do not turn the gain in the lead channel all the way up because all your adding is more noise and feedback. after a certain point you ear can't tell the difference, with this amp it's about 6 or 7. The distortion is amazing, if your looking for a sound like Unearth, Bleeding Through, etc, this is the amp your looking for.

Overall Impression — 10
If your into metal/hardcore/death metal and everything around that, this is the amp for you. Great distortion with a great tone and a great cut through. I've been playing guitar for about 5 years, and if I'm going to tell you one thing, that is that I will never ever go back to solid state. Tube amps are simply the best, go find your perfect match and enjoy.

Reliability & Durability — 10
So far it has been amazing. But no amp is perfect and will last you forever, so I would recomend having a backup head/amp as a backup because anything could happen, no matter what head you have.

Features — 8
The 6505 was made as the sequal for the 5150 series and to celebrate Peavey's 40 years in the market. I play mostly metal and this amp is a beast, amazing low end, it cuts through really well and very sensible knobs to get the tone you want. It has two channels rythem and lead both with enough gain to make your leg hairs go crazy, it features a footswitch with two buttons. One for channel switching and the other one for the effects loop. I use this head anywhere from small house shows to stadium shows, with 120 tube watts, its more than enough power. If you ever nedded more all you have to do is mike it but you probably want to do that either way.

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    dude ur revier made me try this head out when decided between a mesa dual rectifier and a krank revolution due to the fact that i am in a hardcore band... and i was absolutly blown away by the sound of this amp and bought it thanx dude (Y)
    im lokking into buying it also, but i not sure if i should buy the cab also or if i should buy a diffrent cab to go ith the 6505
    different cab. the matcing peavey cabs low nuts. they ae some ofte worst cabs ive ever used. get something with v30s
    E V H 5150
    Is the only difference between a 6505 and a 5150 the name and Eddie Van Halen endorsement?
    I've been in the market for a new amp lately, I just picked up a 7-string and I'm looking for something that can handle the ridiculous lows it puts out when you drop it a whole step, after reading this review I have added another amp to my list of things to check out.
    i miss some opinions abouts it clean and crunch sound, otherwise good review, and apparently a very nice head
    okay, i also want to get a 6505 head, right now, i have a Crate Shockwave(solid state, which is CRAPPY), with a b-52 400 watts cab, im wondering if 6505 can be used with the 400 watts cab, and if anyone selling 6505 reply back to me =]
    From my experience playing this through both a Peavey Triple XXX cab and a Marshall 1960A cab this amp is brutal. Still want to play it through a Mesa Boogie 4x12 Recto cab though... Anyways about the cleans. yes, they are distorted but aren't COMPLETELY horrible like everyone says. yes they're not the best in the world but buy a Boss Chorus pedal and equlaize it and you're fine. It's not unusable clean. And on that note it's been said many times: you didn't buy this amp for cleans, did you? You bought it for pure bone-crushing annihilation. We don't need no stinkin cleans! >=D
    Ok My buddy works at a music store so i really got to turn one of these beauties up. and about the gain level one the lead channel I noticed that as well. but ITS LOUD as all unholy hell. AS I LAY DYING, UNEARTH, CANNIBAL CORPSE, any sound like that can be had from this amp
    I bought a 5150 head a few months ago and love it..... I had some mods done by voodoo amps and it just rocks. they made my cleans clean and really bought the amp up big time. I also had a double tube rec mode done as well....
    any good cabs (with v30)?. The problem is that my local GC or samash dont have lots of stuff. E.g never physically seen a 6505, or a krank or anything like that, only the usual marshalls, fenders and mesas.
    Great review. But is there anything bad, at all? How's the clean? Heard it's not the best. Thinking about this one or an Marshall DSL