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Details on the Peavey 6505 Amplifier Line

We here at the Wolfgang Registry had a chance to speak with the guitar amplifier product manager and the regional service manager at Peavey about the Peavey 6505 which is the renamed Peavey 5150 amplifier. The discussion was based around a question and answer session to get more insight into the Peavey 6505 line.

Peavey 6505 Amplifiers

Wolfgang Guitar Registry (WGR):What are the differences between the Peavey 6505 and the Peavey 5150 amps?
Peavey (PV): The Peavey 6505 line of amps is EXACTLY the same as the Peavey 5150 amps other than cosmetic changes like the logo. The Peavey 5150 is a great amp that is loved by many and other than the name is completely a Peavey product. At this time it does not make sense to modify the amp in any way so other than the name and logo on the front there is absolutely no difference between a 6505 and a 5150. Peavey 6505 Head

WGR: What 6505 models will be initially released and how do they relate to the 5150 line?
PV:

6505=5150
6505+=5150 II
6505 Combo=5150 Combo

WGR: Will the 6505 model line be expanded to include more options?
PV:There will be a expansion in the future with consideration for a lower wattage version. Other models under consideration are a 6505+ 212 Combo and a 6505 112 Combo. Rack mounted versions are not being considered at this time.

WGR:How are well know guitars players taking the name change from 5150 to 6505?
PV:Many of the current artists are very excited about the name change. Specifically Steve Morse and Ted Nugent have been very positive about the Peavey 6505. Expect to see a lot more support from different artists for the 6505 series than the 5150 series. Peavey has already seen a significant number of requests for the 6505 over the 5150 name.

Peavey 6505 Pricing

WGR:What can people expect to pay for a new Peavey 6505 amplifier?
PV:Pricing is as follows:

AmpMSRP
6505 Combo$1349.99
6505 Head$1249.99
6505+ Head$1299.99
6505 Cabs$849.99

WGR:When can we expect to see 6505 series amps in stores?
PV:The 6505's should be available by the end of March.

WGR:What is the one message Peavey would like to get across to the 5150 faithful

PV:Simple. The Peavey 6505 is exactly the same amp as the Peavey 5150!!! A stock 6505 will sound exactly the same as a stock 5150 because Peavey has not made any changes to the amp.

Secret 6505/5150 Combo Tip from Peavey

Want to reduce the wattage of your 6505 or 5150 combo? Simply unplug the speaker and plug it into the extension cabinet jack. This will cut the the wattage in half as the extension cabinet output only runs at 30 watts.

5150 Block Logo vs. Script Logo

WGR:Can you explain the difference between the block logo 5150's versus the script logo 5150's?
PV:The block logo was changed because of a trademark dispute with another manufacturer. Rather than litigating it, Peavey decided to just change it. In regards to changing the tubes we still had US made Sylvania's in stock in the first year or so of 5150 production. By that time however, US tube production had ceased the supply dried up and we had no choice but to go to a different tube. We used a couple of different Chinese-made tubes for most of the 90's but the quality was hit or miss quality wise, and we had our share of failures. Unfortunately they were all we could really get in the quantities we needed. The initial tube change occurred at around the same time as the logo changed from block to script.

In the late 90's, our engineering staff worked along with New Sensor (Sovtek) in developing some new designs. Peavey switched to these new designs in 1999, just about the time that the 5150 II was released. These tubes have proven far more reliable than the Chinese ones, but were also affordable and available in the quantites we need to maintain production.

The amps ARE absolutely identical except for the logo and the original tubes. The 6505 is also exactly the same amplifier, with new cosmetics.

I would like to thank the guitar amplifier product manager at Peavey for spending time to answer our questions.

Peavey 6505 Products

Peavey 6505 4x12 300W Guitar Cabinet Straight
Peavey 6505 4x12 300W Guitar Cabinet Straight
Peavey 6505 120W Guitar Amp Head
Peavey 6505 Plus 120W Guitar Amp Head
Peavey 6505 212 Combo 2x12 Guitar Amp

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