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Peavey 6505 Guitar Amplifier Head

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Product Description

The Peavey 6505 Series guitar amplifiers were named in celebration of Peavey's first 40 years, 1965 to 2005. The 6505 is also the relaunch of the 5150 Series, the immensely popular amplifiers Peavey designed with Edward Van Halen.

6505 Series amps feature five 12AX7 preamp tubes and four 6L6GC power amp tubes, with presence and resonance controls and three-band EQ for taming their notorious tone.

While known as the 5150, these amps became the undisputed go-to guitar amps for scores of rock, hardcore and metal bands due to their raw tone, relentless power and road-proven reliability. The 6505 is still the unquestionable choice for an ever-expanding list of endorsers, including 3 Doors Down, Ted Nugent, Atreyu, Steve Morse, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Visqueen, God Forbid, HIMSA, Darkest Hour, Sworn Enemy, Unearth and many more.

Peavey 6505 Guitar Amp Head Features

  • 120 watts (rms) into 16, 8, or 4 ohms (switchable)
  • Five 12AX7 preamp tubes and four 6L6GC power amp tubes
  • High and low gain inputs
  • 2-channel preamp switchable on front panel or remote 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

Product Specifications

Peavey 6505 Head Specifications

    Power Amplifier Section
  • Rated Power and Load: 120 W RMS into 16, 8, or 4 ohms
  • Power @ Clipping (Typically @ 5% THD, 1 kHz, 120 V AC line): 130 W RMS into 16, 8, or 4 ohms
    (Bias must be reduced to measure)
  • Frequency Response: +0, -3 dB, 50 Hz to 20 kHz, @ 100 W RMS into 8 ohms
  • Hum & Noise: Greater than 75 dB below rated power
  • Power Amp EQ:
    • Active Presence: +10 dB @ 2 kHz
    • Active Resonance: + 10 dB @ cabinet resonant frequency
  • Power Consumption: 400 watts 50/60 Hz, 120 V AC (Domestic)

  • Preamp Section
    The following specs are measured @ 1 kHz with the controls preset as follows:
    Low & High EQ @ 10
    Mid EQ @ 0
    Bright out
    Lead & Rhythm Posts @ 10
    Presence & Resonance @ 0 dB
    Nominal levels with Pre Gains @ 5
    Minimum levels with Pre Gains @ 10
  • Preamp High Gain Input: Impedance: Very High-Z, 470K ohms
  • Lead Channel (with channel select in):
    • Nominal Input Level: -80 dBV, .1 mV RMS
    • Minimum Input Level: -92 dBV, .025 mV RMS
  • Clean Channel (with channel select out):
    • Nominal Input Level: -34 dBV, 20 mV RMS
    • Minimum Input Level: -50 dBV, 3 mV RMS
    • Maximum Input Level: 0 dBV, 1.0 V RMS
      (Subtract 16 dB with Crunch switch in)
  • Preamp Low Gain Input (-6 dB pad):
    • Impedance: High-Z, 44K ohms
    • All levels are increased by +6 dB
    Effects Send
  • Load Impedance: 47K ohms or greater
  • Nominal Output: -10 dBV, 300 mV RMS
    Effects Return
  • Impedance: Very High-Z, 470K ohms
  • Designed Level: -10 dBV, 300 mV RMS
    Preamp Output
  • Load Impedance: 47K ohms or greater
  • Nominal Output: +10 dBV, 3 V RMS
    Remote Footswitch
  • Special 2 button unit with LED indicators (supplied)
  • Channel select & Effects loop bypass
    System Hum & Noise @ Nominal Level
    (Clean channel, 20 Hz to 20 kHz unweighted)
  • Greater than 74 dB below rated power
  • Custom Low, Mid & High passive type EQ Push Bright (Rhythm channel only)
  • +6 dB @ 2 kHz
  • Push Crunch (Rhythm channel only) Increases gain
  • 10 inches (H) x 26.625 inches (W) x 11.75 inches (D)
  • 254 mm x 676.275 mm x 756.92 mm
  • Weight: 48.3 lbs. (21.9 kg)

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  601-483-5365 Warranty: 

Guitars/Basses, Amp, Pre-Amps, Mixers, Electronic Crossovers & EQs: 2 years *(+ 3 years)
Drums: 2 years *(+ 1 year)
Enclosures: 3 years *(+ 2 years)
Digital Effects, Keyboard & MIDI Controllers: 1 year *(+ 1 year)
Mics: 2 years
Speaker Components (incl. replacement parts) and all Accessories: 1 year
Tubes & Meters: 90 days
* Add'l warranty period applicable if Warranty Registration Card is completed & returned to Peavey by original retail purchaser within 90 days.

NickeL from CARTHAGE, IL
Playability and Feel
still amazing after over 20 years
Your general opinion of this product.
ive been playing rock/hard rock and metal for over 25 years and never tried one of these. big mistake, it's an amazing sounding amp. i've owned marshall, mesa and even peavey jsx. none even hold a candle. the amount of useable gain is staggering. finally bought one and I'm pretty sure its the last amp ill ever buy. one more thing; the clean channel is very useable especially with effects. if you use active pups just back off the volume on your les paul a little.
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
this amp is built like a tank. only had it for a week but I'm not worried about it breaking down.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
very heavy sounding. good stock tubes by ruby. controls are simple and easy to dial in a good tone.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
this amp sounds very dark, but you can use the bright switch to get a decent shimmery sound.
How was the action out of the box?
not much action, it just sits there and screams!!!
How did the stain or paint job look?
tolex looks good and durable, better than an orange or marshall. the corners are made of metal too unlike marshall that are made of plastic or mesa that are made of leather.
How has it stood up over time?
ill let you know
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