Peavey 6505 Head
Peavey 6505 Head

6505 Head, Tube Guitar Amp Head from Peavey in the 6505 series.

iamqman 05/25/2011

Peavey 6505 Head : iamqman's user review

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This amp comes from the tone of the 5150 amps that Peavey did years ago with Eddie Van Halen. This is basically the exact same amp but with a few minor tweak from over the years. This amp is a beast of an amp. You can get some serious tone and balls with this amp.

This amp is a very forgiving amp but still has the tightness to use low tunings for modern music. The 6l6's compliment the tone for this amp as well which gives it more of a low end thump than you would get from El34's. This amp shares the same EQing for the rhythm and lead channels which the + has each their own EQ's.

Some of the bands that rock this amp are 3 Doors Down, Ted Nugent, Atreyu, Steve Morse, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Visqueen, God Forbid, HIMSA, Darkest Hour, Sworn Enemy, Unearth, and Spades and Blades.

Peavey 6505 2-channel Tube Amplifier Head Features at a Glance:

120 watts (RMS) into 16, 8, or 4 ohms (switchable)
5 x 12AX7 preamp tubes and 4 x 6L6GC power amp tubes
High- and low-gain inputs
2-channel preamp that's switchable on the front panel or via footswitch
Rhythm channel: pre-/post-gain, bright and crunch switches
Lead channel: pre-/post-gain
Channels share 3-band EQ
Presence and resonance controls
Switchable post-EQ effects loop
Preamp output
Footswitch included


Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Power 120W
No Effects
No Reverb
EQ Low, Mid, High
No Amp Modeling
Number of Tubes 9
Preamp Tubes 5 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 4 x 6L6GC
Inputs 2 x Instrument
Outputs 2 x Speaker
Footswitch I/O
Effects Loop
Height 10"
Width 26.63"
Depth 11.75"
Weight 48.3 lbs.


This amp needs to be played with a humbucker pickup guitar such as a Gibson Les Paul or a Gibson Explorer. It needs that rock guitar for the gain style this amp produces. You can play any guitar single coil or humbucker but I think it sounds the best with the proper high gunner pickup.

The resonance and presence controls really enable this amp to do what you want with the the bottom end of the tone. The two controls are the key to this amp in my opinion.


At new these amps come in at around $1000 which is a freaking steal of a price. You can get a lot for this kind of money but you sure can get a stellar sounding Peavey amp. I would recommend this amp to anyone needing to stay within a tight budget and needs a proper sounding metal or hard rock amp.