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A great amp if you can find one under $500
What can I say, it's the modern 5150. Compared to the EVH and older Peavey 5150's it sounds less scooped in comparison with all the knobs at noon. The added presence and resonance controls are a great bonus.
Having both a series and a parallel FX Send may be confusing for some users, but it's a nice touch nonetheless.
Beware however, as these amplifiers are no longer made in the United States. As such, I find myself questioning whether or not they justify the $1k price tag. I managed to snag mine in excellent condition with the footswitch for $500 before shipping. I think it was a great deal, but I really wouldn't have wanted to pay much more for it.
My 100% go to amp. more versatile than people say!
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.
edited over 1 year ago
Not my favorite.
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.