Today in the cleansing fires of review judgement we have Peavey’s new 6534 Plus head. In a nutshell it’s a 6505 (aka the renamed 5150 after Eddie moved to Fender) but with EL34 tubes. So if you were expecting an amp that sounds like a 6505 but voiced with a more British tone then yeah, that’s essentially what you have here.


Not that it’s a bad thing. If any amp could be named the sound of modern metal it’s the 6505/5150, so a new take on that classic tone is interesting to hear. I’m sure quite a few 6505 heads have already been modded to accept EL34s anyway, so this just make it official.

Is it just more or is that clean tone better than I’m used to hearing from an amp in this family?

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.

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  • The clean sound IS way better…that was always my complaint about 5150s/6505s: too much gain and biased too cold. I would always use the low gain input and the first channel with the gain no more than 6.

  • The man knows how to demo an amp

    • He’s the only guy I’ve ever seen who can properly handle the newer genres(insert genre-Core, djent), especially with the 7 string.

  • Looks like they’re not bringing out a non + version. Another amp I don’t gots the dolla dollaz for.

  • Lol this isn’t a new amp, they’ve been around since like 2010.

  • great review – this is how you play metal and get the amp thru paces

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