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Sound The guitar I use with this amp head is an Ibanez RG550, it has a maple neck/fretboard, basswood body, Dimarzio Tone zone in bridge and Paf Pro in neck. Running through to a Ibanez TS9 in the amp. The amp absolutely screams metal! which is perfect for me as I play in a Metal band. Its got the more modern type of gain-y sound BUT if you turn up the gain on the crunch channel then it can also do 80's metal/rock ! :D how brilliant is that? I do try to get a nice clean tone out of it but Its not as convincing as I thought it would be, also depends on your pickups, if you have fairly clean pickups then it should work fine but not Amazing!

I use the matching Peavey 6505 cab with my 6505 head which is pretty good for being a matching cab :D really brings out the bottom end. The cab is equipped with 4 Sheffield 1200 12 inch speakers 16 Ohms, but I'll make a separate review of that later.

The settings I use are simple ones, because you really do not need to tweak it a lot to get the sound your looking for (trust me =D ) I've got the gain on 6, the Treble, mid and bass on 7, Resonance on 8 and Presence on 7 all on the lead channel, That should give you a brutal kicking!

Volume volume volume, this amp head as wayyy to much of it ! For gigs I have it at 2 and that is a little too loud :D although I do play medium sized venues and the amp is always mic'ed up.

The amp head is a bit noisy when turned up but its due to high output pickups and a lot of gain, If used with a noise suppressor then it should be fine. Its even noisier with a Ibanez TS9 tube screamer but ofcourse that is to be expected :)

Amount of sounds you can get out of it...well....think Children Of Bodom, Trivium, Killswitch Engage, basically a lot of Death Metal, Metalcore, Heavy Metal, Metal, Thrash Metal


Reliability The Amp head is built like a tank, weighs as much as one and even feels like one!
Wouldn't need a back up, I have gigged it a couple of times and Have had no problems whatsoever.

Never broken down and I doubt it will to be honest!


Customer Support I haven't dealt with peavey because I have had no problems with them at all :)


Liked about it 1. I loved the fact I could achieve famous musicians tones such as Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine, All That Remains and even 80's classics such as Yngwie Malmsteen, but of course using the Crunch channel.

2. It has more than enough gain at 5 !

3. Very solid amp, If I dropped it then it would probably survive :D


Didn't like 1. Its VERY heavy, and as I have back problems then its really not practical but that's what you have mates for ;)

2. Clean channel isn't top notch but I wasn't expecting it to be because the design is VERY metal :)

3. It doesn't have reverb, which would've been nice ;)


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5.0

By Speedabob
May 20, 2010
 
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Awesome amp if you want thick low-mid range tone, featured

Sound I've played this amp with about a dozen different guitars and I can always get a thick, huge tone when it's played loud enough. The amp has no real clean channel, it has a "rhythm" channel which can be made to sound "cleanish" at best. With the "bright" switch in, it compensates a little on the high end and is good for clean. However, the rhythm channel does a very nice Marshall sound with the crunch switch in and the drive turned up. The lead channel is why you buy a 5150, more gain than anyone would ever need, and really aggressive low-mid sound. It is a one trick pony for sure, but it does sound good. The funny thing is that I've never associated the sound of a 6505/5150 to EVH at all. The only albums that sound like a 5150 are Balance and the Live album.


Reliability Peavey is generally a very reliable brand. I would not hesitate to gig with one of these amps, they can take far more abuse than I would ever dish out to them. It has never once broken down, nor has my 5150 that I bought in the 90's.


Customer Support I have dealt with Peavey on more than occasion. It is very hit or miss. They can be great and extremely helpful, and other times it can be like dealing with the worst giant corporation. I guess it just depends on who you get on the phone.


Liked about it In a word? Tone! I love the tone of these amps when you get them to the right volume and dialed in properly. Thick and huge. The adjustable resonance is not something you see on a lot of amps, and I liked it. I wish more amps had it. Indestructible! It is built like a tank and is heavy.


Didn't like Tough to get it to sound good at low volume. To be expected in an amp like this though. Lack of eq for "rhythm" channel. I was also not a fan of the little pcb on which the preamp tubes are mounted. The pcb flexed too much for my liking when changing tubes.


Overall satisfaction:
 
3.0

By blackspy
Oct 07, 2009
 
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Good for one thing

Sound I've run a few guitars through this c1 hellraiser with Emg"s a LTD 607 with Emg's but mostly play J custom 8527Z with PAFS and both my UV's with BLAZE's, i like to play all sorts of different styles so i haven't found this amp good for that its good for solid thick heavy tone clean channel is just non existent that being said the the metal side of this amp is great running my UV's with the basswood body through it give some nice punch low end just find it hard to get the sound i want from it just always find myself adjusting it, but your a metal head and love chugging this is the head for you


Reliability it hasn't failed me yet i haven't gigged with it so i can say that experience but im sure it'd do the job just fine but i wouldn't want to be setting it up its a very heavy unit to carry


Customer Support N/A


Liked about it Does one job metal


Didn't like No good clean channel
Heavy as a motherfer
Bit tricky to be happy with its tone


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By Churchie777
Apr 29, 2011
 
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Nice amp, worth the money.

Sound This amp is pure Metal, if you play rock or softer styles, this amp is not for you. This metal machine can give you brutal amounts of gain, with a clean sound and a good bottom end, perfect for tight riffs. It can also give you a great tone for soloing. The only "issue" is the clean channel, it's not as good as the lead one, but who would buy this amp for the clean channel??


Reliability Yes, It can make your band sound huge if you had the hands to.


Customer Support n/a


Liked about it Great bottom end
Tight, tight, and more tight
'Cheap'
thick tone


Didn't like Clean channel sounding


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4.0

By D.Vial
Nov 15, 2009
 
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THICK!

Sound I used this with the same guitar as I did an Engl Powerball (two 81's with 18V mod- Ibanez SZ 320.) It is alot thicker sounding than a Powerball and a Valveking, I personally feel it could get very noisy (feedback-wise) at higher volumes due to the amount of gain. No real clean on this amp.


Reliability My experience with Peavey is very good. Assuming that this is at the same standard, I wouldn't say reliability is even a slight issue.


Customer Support Only experience was when I sent off a warranty once, fairly speedy letter in reply.


Liked about it -Lots of Gain,
-Simple front and rear panel (but not lacking anything that I can think of at this time,)
-Although it's not to my taste, the thick high gain sound proves very popular.


Didn't like -Lots of gain could mean lots of feedback and noise if you're not careful,
-No real clean; that's why the channels are rhythm and lead, not clean and lead.
-Tone; as I said, I prefer a slightly more scooped tone, and due to this I actually preferred a Valveking 212's lead tone (and it has a clean!) I think there may be a few people giving me evil eyes through the computer monitor for this, but the person that was with me agreed also.

FINALLY:
-The lack of cleans possibly makes this amp a little bit of a one trick pony, so compare it with as many other amps as possible before buying


Overall satisfaction:
 
3.0

By Jonathan (Jemsit
Oct 17, 2009
 
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Nowhere as good as its big brother, the Peavey 5150 Blockletter head.

Sound No where as good as its big brother, the Peavey 5150 Blockletter head. I mean I don't know were to start with this one. I'm so disappointed by both the 6505 and the 6505+, I mean I seriously don't know where I can begin with this one. The fact how disappointing the 6505 and 6505+ are is so ridiculous. I was expecting this monster sounding tone that sound amazing, warm, aggressive, growly and sound the original 5150, which also sounds like a soldano slo 100 (in fact the amp is based on the soldano slo 100 but I'm not sure what version of the slo 100 line), but boy was I wrong.

lets talk about the basics of this amp. This amp features 2 channels which are the clean/crunch channel, which also has a bright switch for brightening up those high ends. The second channel is the lead channel which shares the same EQ's as the clean/crunch channel. So basically this amp is a re-released 5150 with the same parameters.

Just like the 5150, it uses 4 6L6 power tubes and 5 12AX7 preamp tubes. Both amps run at 120Watts.

The tone for the amp is quite flimsy imo. Its not thick, nowhere as crispy as the 5150, and the tone is so loose its ridiculous. I'm not saying its bad, a lot of people may like the tone of this version of the series but to me it just lost so much credibility when it comes to how it sound.

Last let me get to aesthetic and other stuff. Just like the 5150 and the 5150II the 6505 and the 6505+ are both heavy, in fact there like tanks, they look sturdy and well built to survive gigs. I mean I hear a lot of people giving praise about the 6505's durability and how there amp can survive X amount of abuse, so I will just take there words for that one.

The amp it self aesthetic wise looks the same as the 5150 but with the peavey logo top center and the 6505 name to the bottom right.

AGAIN BY NO MEANS AM I SAYING THE AMP IS TERRIBLE(just to clear up)! I am just saying this amp does not live up to the great standards peavey is known for. Even the valve king smashes this amp imo.


Reliability As I said, looks Sturdy and built like a tank


Liked about it Sturdy ness
cleans arnt bad.


Didn't like Tone
Flat sound
Harsher high ends
Nowhere as good sounding at the original Peavey 5150 blockletter


Overall satisfaction:
 
3.0

By Aires
Apr 25, 2012
 
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