Ultimate Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music hi-gain amp!
After playing through the Marshall JCM series for 27 years, ( I own all three 100 watt heads: 1985 JCM 800, 1993 JCM 900, and 1999 JCM 2000-and they are the genuine english manufactured ones too), I wanted a different amp to play, cause' I got burned out on the Marshall sound. I am 48 now, and my friends and I still keep the music of our youth going strong, as we are all 80's Headbangers--Yeahhh!!! Naturally I admire the great and mighty EDDIE, as he is from my time, and so I thought to myself, I need a new head cause' I want a new sound, so why not buy the famous EVH 5150? Well it so turns out that fender is making the 5150's now and I don't want that, I want a peavey 5150. But to my surprise the peavey manufactured 5150s are now rare and highly sought after and it is difficult to find any for sale. So now I began my search for a new 100 watt head, and so I consider engl; too expensive. Randall; not enough gain. And Mesa T-Rctfr, too damn loud! So I am with a good friend one day, who happens to be be a way better player then I am (he can play satch and vai and I can play iomi and angus--big difference huh?) and I ask him if he would sell me his 1995 5150 because he has about 15 assorted hi-gain heads from all manufacturers and I figure he won't miss it and of course he says no! But then he tells me: " Bro why don't you check out the 6505, it's the same as my 95' 5150 and it's made by peavey, not fender, and you can get a brand new one." My guitar playing friend further explains that the 6505 has the same tone, design, electronics, cosmetics, and build quality as his peavey 5150. Even the chickenhead knobs and faceplate same as the 5150. He goes on telling me that EVH allowed peavey to keep the original 5150 design, circuits and specs but peavey had to rename the amp, for the reason that only one manufacturer can call it the 5150. I then learn that 6505 means that the peavey company was founded in 1965, and that the new "5150" was released by peavey in 2005, thus "6505". I still don't believe him when he says that the 6505 sounds just like the pvy 5150, so he attempts to prove it to me by taking his 5150 to our local music store (they are a peavey dealer) and they just happen to have a 6505 on display on top of a jsx 4-12 cab. He makes a side by side comparison playing both of them thru the jsx cab, and to my surprise the two amps ARE IDENTICAL in tone, volume, features and power! Now do you believe me? he asks. He continues playing surfing with the alien thru the 6505 with his high dollar 1997 esp boneyard, and then I play jump in the fire and princess of the night with my prized 84' kramer 300 st. I instantly fell in hi-gain amp love all over again and decided that this was to be my new hi-gain dream amp. He did sell me one of his 4-12 mesa cabs though, because my marshall 1960a cabs cannot handle the output of the 6505, and besides, the 6505 works best with 16ohm cabs and it sounds fantastic thru the mesa cab--what a half stack! The 6505 can produce almost any tone: from 70s thin lizzy to sabbath, from 80's priest to megadeth, from 90s korn to pantera all the way up to 2000 era godsmack or fear factory depending on which channel the amp is on. It breaks up well too, if perhaps you wanna' play some stevie r.v. You can get a pretty good clean tone if you like but this is a heavy metal music guitar amp, who wants to use it for clean tone? Distortion pedals are not required with the 6505 because this amp has enough gain to loosen your teeth. I have been using only the crunch channel since I got mine and not the lead channel because the crunch channel already has enough gain for what we play. The lead channel will weaken the structure of a building. The 6505 is louder then H**L! I'm sure that the people in my neighboring city can hear this amp and our local police love it too. However it takes chorus and delay pedals and the like very well indeed. I ran my phase 90 and boss dd5 into it and I had instant 78" van halen tone. The 6505 is a heavy amp though, weighing about 60 pounds I suppose; you will have to be physically fit to be able to lift it if you plan to take it from gig to gig. The build quality of this amp exceeds expectations because it is USA made. High quality JT 6L6's are stock in the amp and it even comes with a footswitch. The 6505 will last a lifetime and will provide hours of hard rock and heavy metal music enjoyment! I am happy as a monkey with mine. Now in closing this review, I would like to take my hat off to the younger generation of metal players. I am very proud of all of you! You play faster and more complex than we did in the 80's. Your scales and chording require a higher understanding of note theory and chord structure. And your picking and fingering techniques demand more intense levels of precision, dexterity and accuracy. You also have a whole new technology of amps, FX processors, pickups and guitars. All we had were marshalls, boss pedals, seymour duncans and kramers. Back then we knew nothing of 8 string guitars! There is no way an iron maiden song could keep up with a fear factory song. Because Adrian Smith cannot play like Dino Cazares. The difference is like college to high school. Us 1980's headbangers can't play what you play because we are aging and our hands are getting arthritis. But please respect us and don't forget us. We are your heavy-metal forefathers. We were the METALHEADS! and it is because of our bands, our marshalls, and our kramers, that you people of the younger generation have the metal music you play today. We are depending on you to keep metal music alive for us! SO ROCK ON!!!