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SMALL PACKAGE,
BIG BITE
Peavey's 6505 Piranha Micro Head

A

t roughly the size of a Harry Potter
hardcover, the Peavey 6505 Piranha
Micro Head is a small yet fully functional
tube head that fits in a gig bag or mounts
to a pedal board. Weighing just 2.5 pounds,
it boasts 20 watts of output in a hybrid
design - a single 12AX7 in the preamp for
tone shaping, and a solidstate power section.
Out front, Peavey placed an input jack
along with controls for Gain, EQ, and Volume. There's also a push button for Lead or
Gain modes, mini Aux In, and a 1/4" output

for headphones. Flip the Piranha around
to see the Power on/off button, DC power
jack, and 1/4" jacks for speaker and effects
loop send/return.
Through a 1x12 cabinet with an 8-ohm
Eminence speaker, the Piranha's Crunch
channel sounds cleaner than Lead, and
true to Peavey's 6500 series, Lead offered an
abundance of molten tone-lava. Turning the
Gain to 9 o'clock resulted in light overdrive,
but as the level was increased, the Piranha
churned out the kind of crunchy overdrive

craved by metallurgists. With just one
EQ knob, the cab plays
a significant role in
the determination of
available bass (through
a 1x12, the Piranha was
on the bright side). Still,
most heavy guitarists
will be thrilled by its
wickedly saturated gain.
The Piranha is a rock
machine whose clean capabilities are limited to turning down the
Gain knob and playing lightly, while Crunch
serves up light dirt for rhythm work.
The effects loop in back patches-in timebased or modulation effects; the Send jack
also works as a line-level out to feed the
input of another amp, turning the Pirahna
into a tube-fueled overdrive box. And if
mounted on a pedalboard when the big amp
goes down, it could be quickly rerouted to
the speaker/cab.
Though the Piranha lacks a control for
low-end response or a heavy-duty power
jack, with a price about the same as a stompbox, this is a cool piece of gear that dishes
out raging distortion. And used as a practice
amp or as a backup, the 6505 might just save
your next gig. That alone is worth the price
of admission. - Pete Prown
Price: $180 (street)
Info: peavey.com

STROBEL RAMBLER

LOLLAR SENN MODEL ONE

Lollar Pickups' Senn Model One pickups use Alnico V magnets and are
available in a calibrated set. Unique in
dimension, they do not retrofit most
guitars and may require routing; shims
are available for top-mounting.

Strobel Guitars' Rambler Strobelcaster
travel guitar uses the company's detachable neck with three single-coil pickups,
five-way selector, Master Tone and Volume controls, and a side-mount jack. It's
available in white with tortoiseshell pickguard and rosewood fretboard or black
with white pickguard and maple fretboard.

THALIA EXOTIC WOOD PICKS

Thalia's Exotic Wood Guitar Picks
are made from Santos rosewood and
engineered as thin as a plastic pick.
They are available in three shapes
and two thicknesses, and sold in
a magnetic-closure booklet.

To be included in Gearin' Up, contact us at vguitar@vintageguitar.com.
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