The Peavey 6505+. How I get my tone... I get a lot of questions about the Peavey 6505 amps… Which channels and settings I use, and really about how I get my tone. People are often wondering whether they should be using the rhythm or the lead channel for their heavy riffing… and I have to say that I totally understand the confusion! Here's one way to look at it… Let's say a band has two guitar players and one is the "rhythm" player, and the other is the "lead" player. It isn't crazy to assume that one might unknowingly look at these channels and think to assign them to their respective roles… This guy is the rhythm player and he only plays rhythm type stuff so he should play on the rhythm channel. And this guy plays solos and lead type stuff, so he should rip on the lead channel. There's nothing wrong with that way of thinking, but if you're primarily playing heavy music, the heaviest stuff comes from the lead channel. I use the lead channel for all of my heavy riffing, soloing, melodies, wah stuff, etc. I use the rhythm channel for any clean or crunch type tones. I think of the rhythm channel as my "clean" channel. And when I need something in between, I'll apply the crunch. So here's how I set it up... LEAD section: PRE- 8 LOW- 6 MID- 8 HIGH- 7 POST- 2.5 LEAD RESONANCE- 8 LEAD PRESENCE- 8 The PRE, controls the amount of distortion for this channel, and is set relatively high. The LOW is set around 6, and adds a nice amount of bass for the Mesa 4x12's I use. You may need more or less bass depending on what type of cabinet you're using, but I caution using too much bass. Let the bass player do his job in the low end department, and let the guitars cut and scream in the mid range. Works for Slayer! That being said we've got a nice boost in the MID's with them around 8, and the HIGH's are up there too around 7. The high's bring clarity and presence to the tone, and help it cut through the mix. But too many high's tend to show off the imperfections in your playing, and definitely increase your chances for unwanted feedback. So adjust them with care. And finally the POST, which you can think of as that channels volume control, works best around 2.5 for me. That's kind of the sweet spot I've found that works well both on stage and in the rehearsal space, as well as in the studio. I think of the RESONANCE as a subtle depth or fullness that you can add to your tone, and I like the way it sounds up around 8. The same goes for the PRESENCE… I like to be present, so I keep it around 8 as well.more
You know how it is. You're always looking for 'that tone'. Well for thousands of people including myself this amp is that tone and it's an absolute monster!
Used by the likes of A Day To Remember, Bullet For My Valentine, Architects, Parkway Drive and many more it's quite obvious that they are perfect for 'that metal tone'.
The important part of the review. Now a lot of people say it's not got a good clean channel and where as I partly agree with that if you dial the right settings in and put a little bit of reverb on too it actually has a pretty decent clean tone. If you want an amp that has a dirty channel at the quality of this and a really amazing clean then you're going to be looking at spending a lot more money; at least double!
I genuinely would recommend this amp to anyone.
Cons: It's a noisy bugger so grab yourself a noise reduction pedal. (ISP Decimator). Like any high gain amp though, it's best to get a noise reduction pedal.
I absolutely HATED Peavey 6506+ at first because of the way some metal guitarists use it. A friend of mine bought this amp and I've spent a few hours at it. The clean channel is horrendous and the distortion sounds scooped to me. I understand why some people like it, but I wouldn't spend a 1000 on a tube amp that sounds like a solid state.
With the array of guitars that I use, this amp can do it all. It's a workhorse and it really puts up with my abuse. Highly suggest doing a re-tube shortly after purchasing to get the real effects of what this amp can do. The EQ is really user friendly and I can easily get the tone I want. Only quarrels I have with this amp is the fact that it IS high gain, so it WILL hiss and hum with your higher output pickups. I have a NS-2 but I think I will be getting an ISP Decimator soon to alleviate that issue.
The 6505+ head is very loud, unbelievably so, in a bedroom setting or in an apartment dont expect to even bring volume to 1. Overall it has a nice crisp sound for the cleans, has a good amount of tube breakup with the pre amp pushed on the clean channel, even more so with the crunch. The red channel is great with the gain pre at 5 being pushed with an overdrive pedal. Overall a good solid investment with a mind for budget.