Peavey 5150

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The Peavey 5150 is an all-tube guitar amplifier made by Peavey Electronics from 1992 on, initially as a signature model for Edward Van Halen. Since Van Halen and Peavey parted ways in 2004, the name of the model was changed to Peavey 6505, with Van Halen taking the 5150 name for his company, EVH, to name his 5150 III amplifier. Thus, the 6505 was named in celebration of Peavey's 40th anniversary (1965 - 2005).

Both the 5150 and the 6505 are well known for its high gain overdrive channel, and has seen widespread use by rock, hardcore and metal guitarists. An early breakthrough was its use by Colin Richardson and Andy Sneap, two "seminal" British producers of heavy metal; especially Machine Head's Burn My Eyes (1994) helped the 5150 gain a reputation for its sound, which "defined a generation of guitar tone".[1] Other notable artists and producers to use the 5150/6505 include Jason Suecof, Matt Tuck and Dino Cazares.[1]


Although some players believe that the 5150 (particularly the "block letter 5150") to be better-sounding than the 6505, the only difference is that the original 5150s shipped with higher quality tubes. However, these tubes have most likely been replaced, as they are now over 20 years old.

5150 - 6505[edit]

The 6505 is the base model of the series, and is identical to the 5150, with exception of the stock tubes and its name. It has five 12AX7 tubes in the preamp, and four 6L6GC tubes in the power section. It has 120 watts RMS output power, into 16, 8 or 4 Ohms. The effects loop can be bypassed with a footswitch. It features separate input for both high and low gain.

It has 2 channels, Rhythm and lead. Each channel has a separate pre-/postgain control, and the rhythm has an extra crunch and bright switch. The channels share a 3-Band EQ and presence and resonance controls. Switching channels can be done both via the front panel of the amp, or with the remote footswitch.[2]

It is also available in a 60 watt 2x12 combo. The 2x12 combo features 60 watts of RMS output power into 16 or 8ohms. It also features five 12AX7 preamps tubes and two 6L6GC power amp tubes. [3]

5150II - 6505+ Plus[edit]

The 6505+ is a second version of the 6505 and is identical to the 5150II. It features an extra 12AX7 tube in the preampstage, to prevent breakup in the clean channel. It features separate 3-band EQ, presence and resonance controls for the 2 channels. It also features only one input, unlike the 6505, which had two. There are bias testpoints on the back, making changes to the tubes easier.[4]

It is available in a 60 watt 1x12 combo (Called 6505+112), of which the internal circuitry is identical to that of the head, with exception of using 2 instead of 4 6L6GC powertubes an additional 3-spring reverb. It is made in China to cut costs.[5]

6534+ Plus[edit]

This version is identical to the 6505+, but uses EL34 tubes instead of 6L6GC tubes in the power section. It was created as a response to the growing demand of high-gain EL34 amplifiers, previously found almost solely in Marshall and ENGL amplifiers, both European brands[6]


  1. ^ a b "Great Timelines in Modern Metal: The Peavey 6505". Guitar Player. October 2012. pp. 32–34. 
  2. ^ "Peavey website, 6505 product information". Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  3. ^ "Peavey website, 6505 212 product information". Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  4. ^ "Peavey website, 6505 plus product information". Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  5. ^ "Peavey website, 6505+112 product information". Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  6. ^ "Peavey website, 6534+ product information". Retrieved 2011-12-12.