NAMM 2009: Peavy 6505 Plus 1X12 combo

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I’m sure that when Eddie Van Halen designed the Peavey 5150 amp back in the early 90s (and later the 5150 II), he didn’t think that a decade later it’d be one of the most prominent amps among the extreme metal community, nor that the design would live on following his departure from Peavey. After Eddie jumped ship to form his own company, EVH, Peavey continued to build the amp but changed the name (5150 = 6505, 5150II = 6505+). Now they’ve released the single-speaker 6505 Plus 112, which cuts down on some of the legendary heft of the original 2X12 version.

Here’s the press release.

After forging the sound of aggression for more than 15 years, Peavey is making its highly respected, high-gain 6505® Series amplifier available for the first time in a 1×12 combo-amp configuration.

The Peavey 6505—the amplifier used by metal stars Trivium, Machine Head, Bullet For My Valentine and many more—will now be available in a 60-watt combo with two channels and an extensive feature set. The new 6505 Plus 112 combo harnesses the full gain and legendary tone of the Peavey 6505 Series, which since 1991 has defined the sounds of extreme rock guitar, into a format that is equally suited to clubs, rehearsal rooms and studios.

Five select 12AX7 preamp tubes and a pair of 6L6GC power-amp tubes provide the tonal foundation for the 6505 Plus 112 combo, while patented circuitry such as Peavey’s Resonance control tweak its legendary tone. Both the Lead and Rhythm channels feature independent three-band EQ, pre/post gain controls and Presence and Resonance adjustment. The Rhythm channel also includes a footswitchable Crunch boost.

The 6505 Plus 112 combo also features the Peavey MSDI™ microphone-simulated direct interface, which eliminates the need for miking by allowing users to route the amp’s signal directly to a recording device or mixing console. Additional features include three-spring reverb, effects loop and external speaker outputs, plus a 12″ Sheffield® loudspeaker in a sealed-back cabinet that offers maximum resonance and sound projection.

The extensive Peavey 6505 artist roster includes Machine Head, Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine, Black Tide, Evergrey, Unearth, Story of the Year, Bleeding Through, Job For A Cowboy, Black Stone Cherry, In Flames, Gojira, Daath, Divine Heresy, Evergreen Terrace, The Devil Wears Prada, Bury Your Dead, All That Remains, Demon Hunter and many more.

The Peavey 6505 112 Combo will be available from authorized Peavey retailers in Q2 2009.


60 watts RMS
16, 8 or 4 ohms
Five 12AX7 preamp tubes and two 6L6GC power amp tubes
Footswitchable Lead/Rhythm channel select
Effects loop
Separate three-band EQ on each channel
Separate Resonance and Presence controls on each channel
Separate pre/post gain on each channel
Footswitchable Crunch boost on Rhythm channel
Three-spring reverb
MSDI™ microphone-simulated XLR direct output
12″ Sheffield® loudspeaker
External speaker outputs
Lighted Peavey logo with on/off switch

U.S. MSRP $719.99

For more information, visit their web site at

CLICK HERE to buy the Peavey 6505 120W amp from Music123.

CLICK HERE to buy the 2X12 version of the combo from Musician’s Friend.

2 Replies to “NAMM 2009: Peavy 6505 Plus 1X12 combo”

  1. That's a lot of bang for the buck alright! Reliability is a big point too. Hartley is big on that one. A few years ago Steve Morse was praising the 5150's as his only touring gear that would hold up. Steve's working with ENGL nowadays but was using Marshalls & Peavey 5150's on the road at one time.

  2. Yeah, once he discovered that Marshall, Morse was using JCM2000s (DSL100s I believe) for his main sound, and the 5150s just as power amps for his effects.

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