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.