Peavey 6505 Mini Head 20/5/1-watt Tube Head

20/5/1-watt Tube Guitar Amplifier Head with 2 Channels, 3-band EQ, Direct Out, Effects Loop, Reverb, USB, and Headphone Out
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Aggressive Tone and Gig-focused Features

Peavey's 6505 MH mini tube amp head packs all the tonal tenacity that the 6505 series is known for, and it's got what it takes to be a gig-worthy guitar amp, too. You'll never have to worry about showing up to a gig with bad power tubes, because the Tube Status Indicator tells you how they're doing at a glance. Send your tone directly to the PA system with the Mic Simulated Direct Interface, with a speaker defeat switch to turn off your cabinet for lower stage volume (or for silent practice with headphones). And with footswitchable channels, crunch, reverb, and effects loop, you've got all the flexibility you need with the Peavey 6505 MH.

Peavey 6505 MH Tube Guitar Amplifier Head at a Glance:
  • More versatile than some 2-channel amplifiers
  • Perfect for creating your own rock and metal guitar tones
  • Designed for long-term performance
More versatile than some 2-channel amplifiers

With two footswitchable channels, the Peavey 6505 MH sets a solid foundation for most rockers and metal guitarists. Each channel has separate pre- and post-gain controls for fine-tuning your tone. And the rhythm channel also has a footswitchable crunch mode that's perfect for putting some hair on a clean tone. Factor in a footswitchable reverb and effects loop, and you've got a lot of flexibility in the 6505 MH.

Perfect for creating your own rock and metal guitar tones

We've had the great opportunity to get to know Hartley Peavey here at Sweetwater, and we know that Peavey approaches guitar amp design with the goal of making the amps sound as unique as your playing style. The 6505 MH definitely has an aggressive sound to it, as well as a fast and sensitive response, but it doesn't have a specific, defined voice. Spend some time with it, and you're sure to come up with a sound that is distinctly yours.

Designed for long-term performance

We keep referring to the 6505 MH as a gig-ready amp, and we mean that Peavey designed this guitar amplifier with long-term performance in mind. Proper tube maintenance isn't the favorite activity of any guitarist, so the 6505 MH's Tube Status Indication makes it much easier to make sure your amp is always ready to rock. We know that sometimes a direct output is a much better solution than miking up your cabinet, and the 6505 MH's Mic Simulated Direct Interface makes it easy to plug directly into the PA with respectable tone. From practice to recording to performance, the Peavey 6505 MH is the kind of amp you can count on.

Peavey 6505 MH Tube Guitar Amplifier Head Features:
  • Mini tube amp head with switchable 20-watt, 5-watt, or 1-watt operation
  • Inject great tone directly into the PA system with the Mic Simulated Direct Interface
  • USB output for easy recording directly to your DAW
  • Tube Status Indication lets you know your power tubes are still working properly
  • Footswitchable channels, crunch, effects loop, and reverb
Find your tone with the Peavey 6505 MH mini tube amp head!

Additional Media

Guitar Amp Buying Guide
Peavey 6505 Mini Head Guitar Amplifier Demo by Sweetwater Sound

Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Total Power 20W/5W/1W
Reverb Yes
EQ 3-band
Amp Modeling 03614180
Preamp Tubes 3 x 12AX7/ECC83
Power Tubes 2 x EL84
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 1 x 1/4" (speaker), 1 x XLR (direct out), 1 x 1/8" (headphones)
Effects Loop Yes
USB 1 x Type B
Footswitch I/O Yes (footswitch included)
Height 7.25"
Width 14"
Depth 7.75"
Weight 17 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 03614180

Customer Reviews

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I've had the Peavey 6505 Mini for a couple of months now. It is a strong, versatile amp. It's hard to believe it's just a 20 amp head. I use a 112 Orange speaker cab with the Celestion Vintage 30 12" speaker. It's a 60 watt speaker and this amp head makes the cab come alive. Couldn't be happier.

Wow this amp is super powerful tone machine!

Peavey took their shrinking machine out and completely captured the 6505 into a smaller format. There are 2 channels and they both deliver..... The clean channel can go from shimmery with a lot of headroom to blues dirty without sacrificing any tone and clarity. The lead channel is something to behold and experience with a big smile.... Think Eddie Boost it and look out, it is like a samurai sword of distortion...great for heavy hitters... Built in reverb using an accutronics chip is a welcome feature. The front panel gives you all the controls you will need to dial in that perfect sound Turn to the back of this amp and say wow ...lots of options...DI , USB, effects loop, headphone out, 3 output choices from full 20 watts, 5 Watts, and 1 watt. They all sound great and it's really fun to drive the output to crazy heights without disturbing the kid's bedtime. I ran the Peabey 6505 MH into an Orange 2 x 12 cab and it sounds amazing.... With all these features and legendary sound you can't miss out on this gem....
Music background: Pro

This little head rocks.

This is small and light weight. Running it through my EVH 112 cab. Sustain is awesome on the lead channel. Pre @1 1/4 Post @ 1/14.Crunch button adds a little boiost with the added crunch. You can play Rolling Stones to ripping EVH style. Cant say for djent or cookie monster but I am sure it will do it. These small power houses are going to be the new thing!
Music background: Garage musician

Great sound in a little amp!

At first I must admit that I was skeptical that this little amp could even come close to the kind of tone and gain of its big brothers, the 6505 and 6505+. I own the full size 6505+ and after doing and A/B comparison of them side by side, I am thoroughly impressed. This little amp has all the gain, actually just a little bit more than my 6505+, as I had to set the pre controls just a notch lower on this one to get the same amount of gain. It's not a thin transistorized sound's got all the tube goodness as advertised. I will say this, running both amps through a full stack of JSX 4x12 cabs, this little amp did not have the massive low end that the big amp did, but that's to be expected with the EL84 power section. It still sounded good and was plenty loud though. The low end improved running it through a pair of oversized 1x12 cabs though. I then tested the MSDI XLR output and the USB output. The MSDI output performed just as I expected and sounds very much like the same MSDI connection that's built into my JSX cabs. This has been my 'go-to' connection for live use for the last 5 years since owning those cabs because it doesn't require mic'ing them and keeps my sound consistent, venue to venue. The USB output also sounded very good, if not slightly better than the MSDI, even though both are derived from the same part of the circuit. I couldn't figure out how to record both together though, which was my only issue. To me, both of these outputs, as well as the headphone output, seemed darker voiced than when running it through a cab but still not bad sound. I actually preferred the warmth of the direct outs versus the speaker out. Overall, no complaints with this little amp. I will probably end up using it primarily in the studio, but it could easily handle a live performance as well in smaller venues. Definitely an excellent value for the price! I was also surprised it even came with a footswitch, even though a 2nd one would be needed if you want to control all functions, since one would control channel switching and clean/crunch mode for rhythm channel while the other one can control reverb and fx loop on/off. I figure I'll only need the channel switching and crunch functions, so no need for a 2nd switch. Of course, Sweetwater and Brian Kerns service is always top notch! I pre-ordered this right after NAMM in January and Brian was great in keeping me informed anytime he had news of when the amp's projected release and shipment was expected.

Finally! A 6505 for bedroom players!

Just got the amp a few days ago and I couldnt be happier. I've own the original 5150 and the big 6505+ but I could never crank them up at home and let the tubes breath. This amp at 1 watt is PERFECT for practicing and jamming at home it also came with a footswitch which was a surprise. The reverb also sounds incredible, I strictly play death metal and this beast sounds the best period. Buy it and enjoy.
Music background: Home Recording, Small venues.

Sweetwater Advice

Zach Richards

I've recorded on a full-sized 5150 and 6505+ for years, so I was skeptical about what kind of sound I could get out of Peavey's 6505 Mini Head. It only took a few seconds to find out it's on par with it's bigger siblings, and maybe even better in its own way. The EL84s bring down the volume while still retaining the huge, aggressive sound of a classic 5150/6505 amp. I look forward to playing my 6505 Mini whenever I can.

Jason Cannon

After playing over 30 years, every so often I come across a piece of gear that makes me stand back and say wow!  The Peavey 6505 Mini Tube Head is one of those pieces!  Aesthetically pleasing, very responsive EQ, tons of gain and tone for days!!  Great for any gigging, Classic Rock, Hard Rock or Country Rock style player.

Peavey 6505 MH Amp Head

If you're a fan of the 6505, this little demon merits a serious look. Its many output options and wide range of power configurations make it a super-practical and flexible choice for rehearsing, recording, and just about any gig where you won't be fighting another guitarist with a 200-watt stack. The amp's compact size and light weight means you can easily take this little tone machine anywhere you go....
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