Peavey goes back to the blueprint with the 6505 1992 Original Amplifier reissue

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NAMM 2023: "The 6505 1992 Original is the product of countless hours of A/B comparisons, conversations with scores of users and artists, and deep dives into the amplifiers at a component level," so says Peavey and that's what we like to hear! A guitar amp of the 6505's heritage deserves nothing less and it comes in response to some reflection on how to deliver greater consistency with these valve heads.

"Contrary to much folklore since the 6505 Series inception, Peavey’s formula has remained virtually unchanged," Peavey notes. "However, over the course of time, component suppliers changed ownership, altering their manufacturing processes and ultimately influencing tone and unit-to-unit consistency."

This latest reissued iteration is the result of Peavey engineers going over the original blueprint, and identifying component choices that had "drifted". One was the output transformer and Peavey believes this change may have resulted in varying midrange response from amp to amp. A pretty big deal, as we're sure you can imagine. The team then worked on a new transformer design, to mimic the original while improving performance. 

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The 6505 1992 Original has a list price of $1,899 with street prices of around $1,299.99.

More info at Peavey.com 

Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar in the UK. When I'm not rejigging pedalboards I'm usually thinking about rejigging pedalboards.