Peavey 6505+ 120-watt 2-channel Tube Head

2-channel, 120-watt Tube Amplifier Head with Footswitchable Channels and Switchable Effects Loop
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A Classic Brute Head from Peavey

The Peavey 6505 Plus is a brute. With six 12AX7s in its wheelhouse and four 6L6s in the engine room, the 6505 Plus head delivers 120 watts into 4, 8, or 16 ohms. You get two channels, along with comprehensive tone-sculpting control. Rhythm gives you spanking cleans, but kick the included footswitch to engage crunch boost and you enter a world of near-infinite gainstaging. The lead channel barks with the big dogs, taking you from throaty grind to liquid inferno. For raw tone and sheer devastating power, you'll not find a more suitable weapon than the Peavey 6505 Plus head.

Peavey 6505 Plus Head Tube Amplifier Head at a Glance:
  • Massive power
  • Copious tone mojo - and the means to control it
  • A classic amp
Massive power

The Peavey 6505 Plus head gives you bone-crunching, stadium-filling power. If loud's your band's thing, then the 6505's four 6L6s are only too happy to oblige - putting out 120 watts into 4-, 8-, or 16-ohm loads. This gives you amazing freedom when shopping for cabs to build your killer arena stack.

Copious tone mojo - and the means to control it

With the Peavey 6505 Plus head, you get an invitation to an all-you-can-eat buffet of tantalizing tones. The 6505 Plus head is not all about brute strength. Once you come to grips with its stunning power capabilities, you'll realize that this head gives you an amazing degree of tone-sculpting control. From glassy cleans to full-on pyroclastic surge, the Peavey 6505 Plus head is no mere monster - it's a tone monster.

A classic amp

The Peavey 6505 Plus head is a classic amp. The basic design has has been rocking stages around the globe since the early '90s when Eddie Van Halen and Peavey collaborated on the 5150. When the two parted ways, the amp was re-christened as the 6505. The Plus puts a new spin on the beloved design, with an additional 12AX7 and dramatically increased tone-shaping control.

Peavey 6505 Plus Head Tube Amplifier Head Features:
  • 6 x 12AX7 preamp tubes and 4 x 6L6GC power amp tubes
  • Footswitchable lead/rhythm channel select
  • 3-band EQ on each channel
  • Resonance and presence controls on each channel
  • Pre-gain and post-gain on each channel
  • Footswitchable crunch boost on rhythm channel
  • Bright switch on rhythm channel
  • Effects loop
  • Bias test point
  • Footswitch included
If you need stadium-filling power and tonal attitude, then check out the Peavey 6505 Plus head!

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Guitar Amp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Total Power 120W
EQ 3-band with Resonance, Presence
Preamp Tubes 6 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 4 x 6L6GC
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 2 x TS
Effects Loop Yes
Footswitch I/O Yes
Height 10"
Width 26.63"
Depth 11.75"
Weight 48.3 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 00575680

Customer Reviews

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Best Customer Service

The amp is great but I want to talk about the service I received. This was my first order with Sweetwater. Amp came quick. 2nd time I played it, it shut off. 2 minutes later it came back on with some static that wouldn't go away. Tried different guitars and cables. Static remained. I called Sweetwater, and they asked a few troubleshooting questions. Things I had already tried as I've been playing for many years. Within 10 minutes they agreed the amp is defective and decided to send a new one. Without me asking, they also asked if I would be available the following day to sign for delivery so they could overnight it to me. I got a replacement amp before I even sent back the first one! And of course they sent me a postage paid label to send the other back. Awesome! I wish the original amp worked, but it being defective gave Sweetwater a chance to show me how great they treat their customers.

Perfect amp for me!

Gain for days. Extremely loud. Super tight. And still versatile. Not as bright as the 5150, and so I like it better. Perfect amp for me.

Absolute Crunch Machine

this amp can provide blistering distortion as well as crisp cleans. I have it set up with a digital effects unit using the 4 cable method and still working my tones and levels. This process will take some time but I'm very pleased with what I hear. You really need a sound room and a mic to crank it up. Post set at 4 minimum to really get it screaming. i am playing in a small room and its tearing my head off. Plenty of power to humble even the hardest hitting drummer. Great rig for hard rock/metal. clarity with a percussionesque crunch.

What the Doctor Ordered

I've had my Peavey 6505+ for a little over a week now and I am blown away at the sound quality. A little background - I grew up as a product of the 80's and 90's listening to metal and have always liked the Marshall tube sound. As music progressed, I have grown with it to really like today's modern metal bands. A lot of the bands I like had "that" sound from the guitars... and after doing some research, I found that most of those players used the 6505+. Following are some more detailed attributes: - Clean channel - it's very average. But that is not what this amp is all about. You can run some pedals in front of it (reverb, chorus, etc.) and get a nice clean sound, but this is not where it excels. - Crunch - pop on the crunch and this thing comes to life. I run the pre-gain around 6 and it sounds wonderful. Dare I say - Marshall stack. Yep, sounds that good. (BTL - my cabinet is a Marshall 1960 with 4 x 12). - Lead channel - hold on. This is the sound of modern metal, hands down the best. It sounds good in standard tuning, but the amp/sound really comes to life when you drop tune. I have one of my guitars tuned down to baritone tuning (B) and this is where the amp really shines. No pedals needed. There is plenty of sustain and distortion to go around. I run the pre-gain around 6 or so and there is still room for more if you want it. The lead channel will bring a smile to your face. I recommend tweaking and adjusting the settings for each channel to get it where you want. When I first un-packed it and turned it on, it was very "tinny" or "trebley" sounding. It alarmed me for a bit, but once I spent about 5 minutes dialing in the bass, mid, treble, presence and resonance, it sounds as close to perfect as any amp that I have ever owned. Be warned, this amp is LOUD. With the pre-gain on about 6, you can run the post on 1 and get a lot of volume out of it. As you crank the post volume, you will need to adjust a bit for treble as it changes slightly as it gets louder. To really get more tube saturation at a lower volume, you might need to run an attenuator/load box so that you can reduce volume but still drive the tubes more. I haven't experimented with this yet. All-in-all, this amp gets a strong buy recommendation from me. I love the metal sound from the lead channel and look forward to playing this amp for many years to come.
Music background: Performing musician, but not my day job

6505 + Head

Received my 6505 + head this week and could not be happier! Ryan Holquist called the day they got them in and I had it next business day! It arrived well packed and not a blemish on it! I own two Marshall's half stacks TSL100 & AVT150 and there is just no comparison! The 6505 + is a beast, been looking for this tone for quite a while! I will do all my music equipment shopping at Sweetwater from now on! You have me as a customer for life! Thank you
Music background: Future rock star
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