"PEAVEY 6534+ Don't overlook this amp!!!"
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
The Peavey 6534+ head is another great high-gain head made by Peavey, who, in my opinion, are the leaders of high gain amps. It has everything you need to just plug in and play. You don't need to go out and buy any extra pedals. This amp has all the "balls" you'll need right out of the package. The EL34 power tubes give this amp a little more low/mids than the 6505+, but you cant go wrong with either head. It is probably the most versatile amp I have ever heard or played. The distortion is the big bang, but the clean is forgotten. The 6534+ can make 6 or 7 strings, passive or active pickups, or anything you throw at it sound amazing! I personally liked the fact that I can switch from my 6 string (Drop D tuning, Seymour Duncan) to my 7 string (standard 7 tuning, BC Rich stock)and not have to tweak with the tone much, if at all sometimes. I've ran it through a Marshall 1960A cab, and a Peavey 5150 slanted cab, and they both gave it a great sound. The Peavey gave it a little more low tonality. I play metal (mostly death, thrash, melodic, tech, anything fast!) and this should be the default head for any metal guitarist. I use it straight without any pedals, besides the footswitch. I play mostly Jackson guitars, in different tunings, and I can't say enough about how the amp responds so well to whatever you use. It is very loud!!! I play it at about 1 or 2 at my house, and when my old band played at a small venue opening for cannibal Corpse, the stage guy had me at 1/2 of 1 and said that it was too loud for his mic! It is a stand alone amp.
The head is a bit heavy, but it is built like a tank. The power cord is permanently attached to the back, but it has wrap around hooks in the back to store it when traveling. The footswitch is solid, and has a abnormally long cable for it, which is great! It has every feature you could want except a built in tuner or a noise suppressor, but that's asking for an entire rig in one head.
Ease of Use:
This amp can be used by beginners or experienced players. Many famous guitarists use this amp when recording or live. It doesn't take long to dial in a good tone. Of course you can spend hours or days testing every option, but that's whats fun about playing different amps! The only thing different from this head from traditional heads is the volume and gain knobs are called "pre" and "post," which mean pre and post gain. I treat the "Pre" as my primary gain, and the "Post" as my overall volume. You can turn your pre down and your post up to eliminate some feedback if you run into that problem.
This is a well built amp. It can be used on the road, in the studio, or just at home for simple jam sessions. The worst part would be that is pretty heavy, but it packs a punch as soon as you play it.
I haven't had any problems with this amp, so I haven't had the need to talk to support.
The amp is worth every penny you spend, I promise you!
The Wow Factor:
I think the Peavey heads have a bad ass look to them. They don't have any fancy back lights, or colored tolex. The have a pretty simple look, but you know that it have something hidden up its sleeve. The metal front grill is one thing that I really like about the looks as well as its durability.
If you only buy one amp every few years or so, this amp will keep you satisfied for a long while. I have not major complaints about this head, I really don't have any minor ones either. This head is everything that I wanted and more. It will make you a more precise guitarist because it defines every note and how you play it. Everything good you can say about an amp can and will be said about this one. I have never played any other Peavey heads, but now that is all I will be playing! I didn't know anything about this head besides the fact that is about the same as the Peavey 6505+ except this one has EL34 power tubes as the 6505+ has 6L6 power tubes. Both amps or exceptional!!! They both rank highly in my book. The 6534+ has a little more low end, and some say has more of a vintage British tone like an old Marshall. Final words, you can't go wrong buying a Peavey 6534+. I guarantee you'll enjoy it!