Peavey 6505 412 Slant
Peavey 6505 412 Slant

6505 412 Slant, 4x12 Guitar Cabinet from Peavey in the 6505 series.

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King Loudness 08/29/2011

Peavey 6505 412 Slant : King Loudness's user review

« Not a great cab »

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The Peavey 6505 cabinet was designed as a cabinet to match the famed 6505 and 6505+ amplifiers in Peavey's line. It's a fairly standard 4x12 that is supposed to be optimally designed for the amps for which it shares its name. However, I'm not sure if it's poor design or just cheap/bad speakers, but in my honest option the 6505 cabinet really isn't worth considering, especially for the prices they sell for new. It's loaded stock with a set of Peavey designed and built Sheffield 1200 speakers and is constructed of high density plywood. At approximately 96lbs it's a bit heavier than some 4x12s that I've seen, but overall you've got to expect heavy weight when using a 4x12 cab anyway.

I've tried the cabinet both with the matching 6505+ head and with other Peavey heads in the line (JSX, XXX, etc) and the results are basically the same. At low volumes, there's really no definition in the tone, and it can get muddy fairly quickly unless you dime treble or presence, which results in ear shattering highs that aren't very pleasing to listen to. As the volume is turned up, the general buzzy texture goes away a bit, but it's replaced with more of the harsh and piercing highs. The midrange is also fairly subdued and scooped out, so it's not really the best balance harmonically. I've found that the low end on this cab isn't nearly where it should be for a 4x12. Cabinets like the Mesa Rectifier or Orange PPC412 have a bunch more bass and low end plus they cut through much better, whereas this one lacks a lot of that tight low end and just gets sort of lost, especially if you use a lot of bass or play an extended range guitar.

All in all I think the Peavey 6505 cab really is not worth the time of day. At $750 new it's completely outclassed by cabinets like the Mesa Boogie Rectifier or EVH 5150 III, both of which have a much better harmonic balance and tone than this one.