The Peavey 6534+ is a really interesting amplifier as it shows off just how much of a difference tubes can make. This high gain metal wonder is based off of the iconic 6505+ amplifier that took over stages all around the world. While still using near identical circuitry as the regular 6505+ the 6534+ just changes out the 6L6 power amp tubes for the more classically British EL34 tubes instead.
The Tone Difference
While you still get the same insane amount of saturation and gain on your high gain tones it reacts slightly differently. It has a lot more of a midrange focus with smoother highs and more subdues lows. This gives off a bit more of a British vibe while still sounding like a 6505+.
If you want a more controllable version of the 6505 that can be easily tamed for hard rock or even softer styles this is an amplifier that is worth looking at.
Made For Downtuning
One of the reasons that the original 6505 became so popular for metal bands is that it allowed you to keep a bright and tight tone even at really low tunings. The 6534+ is actually even better for these lower tunings due to the fact that the low end is even tighter than the 6505+. The boosted midrange also really helps as it helps you cut through without needing to crank the treble.
A big reason people love the 6534+ and its brother the 6505+ is just how loud they are. This is not an amp for your bedroom as with 120w of all valve power coming from a quad of EL34 power amp tubes this is made for live use. Just plug this amp in to your 2x12 or 4x12 cab of choice and you are ready to rock any size stage...most of the time without needing a mic.
All of the tonal aspects that made them such a good studio amp translate incredibly well to the stage as well. Not many amps can claim to have the same tight low end and incredible cutting saturation that the 6505 does and that is why metal players love it.
Built Like A Tank
Peavey gear is known for lasting a long time and lot of that reputation comes from the 6505 the brother to the 6534+. These have been on tour all around the world with every kind of band imaginable and the reason these keep getting used is the absolutely incredible tone as well as the fact that they survive. You will very rarely see any 6534 amps fail on your so you know that this will take everything you can throw at it.
Here's what Peavey say about the 6534+ Amp
The Peavey 6534+ Head is a two-channel, 120-watt amplifier designed with EL34 power tubes to give this American legend a British flavor. The extreme high gain and legendary tone of the 6505 Series is here in excess, but with a special new design to minimize the noise that high-gain tube amps generate. In addition, the amp's Rhythm channel is voiced to clean up nicely while still retaining its raw saturation. Six select 12AX7 preamp tubes provide the tonal foundation for the 6534+. Both the Lead and Rhythm channels feature independent three-band EQ, pre and post gain controls and Peavey's patented Resonance and Presence controls, which provide low-end enhancement and high-end boost, respectively. The Rhythm channel also includes a bright switch and footswitchable Crunch boost. Additional features include footswitchable effects loop and preamp output.
- Six 12AX7 preamp tubes and four EL34 power amp tubes
- Footswitchable Lead/Rhythm channel select
- Three-band EQ on each channel
- Resonance and Presence controls on each channel
- Pre Gain and Post Gain on each channel
- Footswitchable Crunch boost on Rhythm channel
- Bright switch on Rhythm channel
- Preamp output
- Effects loop
- Bias test point
- Footswitch included
- 120 watts RMS into 16, 8 or 4 ohms
- Weight Unpacked: 48.30 lb(21.908 kg)
- Weight Packed: 57.00 lb(25.855 kg)
- Width Packed: 13.25"(33.655 cm)
- Height Packed: 28.75"(73.025 cm)
- Depth Packed: 14"(35.56 cm)