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EVH 5150 III 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amp Head  

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  • Power: 100 watts RMS
  • Tubes: eight 12AX7 (preamp); four 6L6
  • Three channels
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Versatile, toneful, and powerful enough for Edward Van Halen.

The professional EVH 5150 III all-tube amp head that was developed to meet the exacting specifications of Edward Van Halen, one of the true living legends of rock guitar. The 5150III™ amp head's flexible feature set allows creation of tones from clean to crunch to full-out distortion, inspiring limitless artistic expression. Truly roadworthy, EVH® amp heads feature no-compromise construction promising peak performance for years to come. Available in black or ivory.

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Features
  • Power: 100 watts RMS
  • Tubes: eight 12AX7 (preamp); four 6L6
  • Three channels
  • Controls: Gain, 3-band EQ, volume, presence
  • Covering: Textured vinyl covering (black or ivory), EVH® striped metal grille
  • Dimensions: 10.25" (26 cm) x 29.75" (75.5 cm) x 11.5" (29.3 cm)
  • Weight: 55 lbs. (25 kg)
  • Four-button footswitch included

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5150 III 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amp Head Specifications:

  • COVERING: Textured vinyl covering (black or ivory), EVH® striped metal grille
  • WEIGHT: 55 lbs. (25 kg)
  • DIMENSIONS:
  • Height 10.25" (26 cm)
  • Width: 29.75" (75.5 cm)
  • Depth: 11.5" (29.3 cm)
  • OUTPUT: 100 watts RMS
  • TUBES: Four 6L6 output tubes, eight 12AX7 preamp tubes
  • SHIPPING WEIGHT: 60 lbs. (27.2 kg) including packaging
  • INTRODUCED: July 1, 2007
  • FOOTSWITCH: Four-button footswitch included (P/N 007-0926-000)
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EVH5150 III 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.8

(based on 28 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Excellent sound (6)
  • Good power output (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    An Amp for every player. Thank you Ed

    First off. Thank you Ed.
    I have been playing guitar both in bands and as a hobbiest for 35 years. I own over 30 nice guitars and 8 amps. For guitar,...Read complete review

    First off. Thank you Ed.
    I have been playing guitar both in bands and as a hobbiest for 35 years. I own over 30 nice guitars and 8 amps. For guitar, up to this point, I have been a Marshall stack man for distortion, or a fender delux or fender super reverb for blues and clean. I have a huge amount of respect and passion for both of these companies and their quality.
    Now for the EVH 5150 III. First. Read the directions. I read lots of reviews and spoke to lots of guitar friends before this investment. I got a lot of various reviews, but from those I trusted and knew, they gave me the thumbs up.
    This amp head, run through a good cabinet (I use a marshall 4X12 1960 VT with 25 watt Greenbacks), and using good quality guitars (I will get to this), can do anything you want it to, from nice crispy, sparkly cleans, to huge distortion. The only effect I am using is a delay running from the amps effects loop. I have always loved the Warren Demartini 80's clean slippery distortion. No fuzz. This can be achieved with a little tinkering with the knobs at hand.
    The knobs. Each channel has its own, low, mid, high, gain, and volume. At the end of the channels is a presence for each channel. Carefully adjusting each of these will get you what you want.
    I have read some review saying this amps is too loud. It can be if you don't spend some time to adjust the choices of knobs at hand. I get a really good brown sound on channel two at a fairly low volume setting and a huge lead or rythm sound out of channel 3 at about the same volume setting (in my music room, about 20 X25 feet I keep the volume at about 1 and adjust the gain a presence to get the sound I want). I keep the lows at about 11 oclock, the mids at about 1 oclock and the highs at about 4 oclock. the presence varies on each channel.
    I spent 3 hours yesterday and about 12 guitars ranging from an epiphone elitist sheraton, a Gretch Chet Atkins 1957 reissue, a 57 strat reissue, a 2000 Les Paul Standard, an ESP MII Standard, a custom shop Dweezil Charvel, and a Charve wild card #6, This amp is so articulate that you can tell the quality of the guitars you play through it and get a really good idea of the different woods and pickups being used. Everything sounded great with the exception of the Wild card #6, which sounded "cheap" because it is an inexpensive guitar.
    So with all this said, I still love my marshall, but the 5150 III is in a class of its own. I feel that it is more versatile and as good quality as anything I have played. I would highly recommend this product to any guitarist who likes to play a variety of genres.
    Be mindfull, this is a 100 watt amp. So if you are in a small room, this may be too powerfull and you may want to look at the 50 watt version. For those reviews saying this is a poor amp, you are not using it correctly. Take some time to adjust the settings. The sound you want is there, from clean, to extreme.
    Three separate channels, each with their own settings. Four button footswitch. 100 watts.
    Best I've seen in a looooong time!
    You get what you pay for. Good price for this quality and versatility.

    VS

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    Fender can't handle it

    The 5150 series has been said to be an one trick pony, and the original block letter Peavey did it well. I tried this amp out in a local store and it lost most...Read complete review

    The 5150 series has been said to be an one trick pony, and the original block letter Peavey did it well. I tried this amp out in a local store and it lost most of its VH characteristics while sounded like another high gain cookie cutter. If you want to sound like the classic EVH do not even aim this way; try the original first. If you want a high gain amp that would do metal and rock, cheaper amps are as good fit as this one.

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    5.0

    BEST AMP I'VE EVER PLAYED!

    By Phoenix Rover

    from Scottsdale, Arizona

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Loud
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • heavy

    Best Uses

    • Any And All

    Comments about EVH 5150 III 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    CONS: Expensive and heavy. Other than that, what a great amp!!! I thought the old Peavey (block letter) was the coolest amp on the planet, until I bought this head (and cabinet)! This is hard to describe, but a single note, from a single string, has as much volume as a power chord. There's some real definition going on here. Lots of hard rock/metal amps are just a grindy, distorted, hot mess. You to have some powerful gain on the lead channels here, but its adjustable and contained. Also, there's definitely some warm tones going on here, also adjustable with the separate PRESENCE effects for all 3 channels.

    I play in cover bands, and with 3 channels, it's extremely versatile... I can go from the clean channel with a Rolling Stones "twang," to some crunchy blues-metal-rock on the 2nd, to an all-out assault, with blistering gain on the lead channel. All, with very sweet highs that are not to grating or treble-y, and with powerful low and mid ranges!

    It's by far the best amp I've ever played out of!

    Yes... This an expensive amp and cabinet. But, like almost everything in life, you get what you pay for. I guess most people would rather have a Mercedes than a Toyota, and this amp is worth every penny.

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    5.0

    The perfect machine for me

    By Stompboxfreak72

    from Cleveland,Oh

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about EVH 5150 III 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      Bought in June and Ive been gigging it every weekend in my 80's cover band, the red channel is wicked for soloing. No boost need and the channel just plays like butter. The Blue channel could use just a touch more gain but I boost it with a TS9 and it is great.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Awesome

      By Ajax

      from Undisclosed

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about EVH 5150 III 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        This amp is killer. Blows Marshalls away. Fantastic clean channel. Great crunch channel. Killer overdrive / lead channel. Simple to use. Not a lot of switches and modes like Mesas. What else can you ask for?

        My only pet peeve with with this amp is the power & standby switches in the back. Maybe it's just me, but that's really annoying. Don't like it at all; especially if you're on a dark stage swapping guitars. Honestly, I'd prefer a single, global presence knob in order to make space for the power & stand by switches in the front.

        The other issue is that this amp plus the cab aren't exactly portable. Definitely think the 50 watt version makes more sense for most people, but I don't like how channel 1 and 2 share the same volume and gain knobs on that.

        EVH amps are very close to perfection, but not quite there in terms of ergonomics and how I use amps. They got the most important thing right. Sound. But, I'd love to see a portable 50 watt model with separate volume and gain knobs for channel 1 and 2. Plus, I'd want the power and standby buttons in the front. That would be my dream amp.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome amp!!

        By MisterJim

        from Rensselaer, NY

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about EVH 5150 III 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          I have used so many amps over the years, from Mesas to Hiwatts, Fenders, Peavey, Rivera, the list goes on. I have to say this beats them all. I love the versatility of the clean channel and the overdrive channels are killer. What really amazes me is how quiet this amp is for such a high gain beast! I remember my Mesa rectifiers would be screaming with hum and hiss with this much gain! I use a Wolfgang Special with it and the EVH 4x12 cab. I absolutely love it and it is now my gigging amp! I read about some owners having issues with the footswitch. As in the instructions make sure the footswitch is plugged in before powering ther amp up. Like Eddie says you don't have to play like him to own one of these! Very happy with the rig!

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          5.0

          Best ever!

          By No Name

          from Nashville

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about EVH 5150 III 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            Seriously the best amp I have ever heard! I have played with one of these in the studio a few times and also been on tour with this rig and it's unstoppable. Best on the market. I put aside a Diezel VH4 for this EVH. Best clean and natural distortion, NO PEDALS NEEDED!!! I was never a fan of the 5150's but that's probably because those were made by Peavy, but now that Fender has walked in and took over you know it's going to be a good product.

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            5.0

            Best amp I've ever owned

            By Brett

            from Central Florida

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Awesome sound
            • Ease of use
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Powerful
            • Versatility

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gigging
              • Performances

              Comments about EVH 5150 III 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              I have played guitar for many years and tried many amps. So many sound great in the store, but terrible at a gig or they won't cut through. I've always preferred Marshall dirt and Fender clean and have looked for an amp that would give me that in one box. Well, this one does. Fender cleans in channel one, Marshall crunch in channel two, Soldano like leads in channel three. Channel two and three sustain for days. This amp is articulate, voiced well and with separate tone stack and presence controls for each channel, is easy to dial in. Sounds good at home volume. Sounds awesome at gig level. Used to a/b a Fender and a Marshall to give me what I needed and boost the Marshall with an OD for leads. Now all I need is one amp and to simply tap a switch and it's all right there. Effects sound good whether in the preamp or the loop. Loop is footswitchable so that effects can remain on and only one switch is necessary instead of the old tap dance. I love this amp. Job well done.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              An Amp for every player. Thank you Ed

              Comments about EVH 5150 III 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              First off. Thank you Ed.
              I have been playing guitar both in bands and as a hobbiest for 35 years. I own over 30 nice guitars and 8 amps. For guitar, up to this point, I have been a Marshall stack man for distortion, or a fender delux or fender super reverb for blues and clean. I have a huge amount of respect and passion for both of these companies and their quality.
              Now for the EVH 5150 III. First. Read the directions. I read lots of reviews and spoke to lots of guitar friends before this investment. I got a lot of various reviews, but from those I trusted and knew, they gave me the thumbs up.
              This amp head, run through a good cabinet (I use a marshall 4X12 1960 VT with 25 watt Greenbacks), and using good quality guitars (I will get to this), can do anything you want it to, from nice crispy, sparkly cleans, to huge distortion. The only effect I am using is a delay running from the amps effects loop. I have always loved the Warren Demartini 80's clean slippery distortion. No fuzz. This can be achieved with a little tinkering with the knobs at hand.
              The knobs. Each channel has its own, low, mid, high, gain, and volume. At the end of the channels is a presence for each channel. Carefully adjusting each of these will get you what you want.
              I have read some review saying this amps is too loud. It can be if you don't spend some time to adjust the choices of knobs at hand. I get a really good brown sound on channel two at a fairly low volume setting and a huge lead or rythm sound out of channel 3 at about the same volume setting (in my music room, about 20 X25 feet I keep the volume at about 1 and adjust the gain a presence to get the sound I want). I keep the lows at about 11 oclock, the mids at about 1 oclock and the highs at about 4 oclock. the presence varies on each channel.
              I spent 3 hours yesterday and about 12 guitars ranging from an epiphone elitist sheraton, a Gretch Chet Atkins 1957 reissue, a 57 strat reissue, a 2000 Les Paul Standard, an ESP MII Standard, a custom shop Dweezil Charvel, and a Charve wild card #6, This amp is so articulate that you can tell the quality of the guitars you play through it and get a really good idea of the different woods and pickups being used. Everything sounded great with the exception of the Wild card #6, which sounded "cheap" because it is an inexpensive guitar.
              So with all this said, I still love my marshall, but the 5150 III is in a class of its own. I feel that it is more versatile and as good quality as anything I have played. I would highly recommend this product to any guitarist who likes to play a variety of genres.
              Be mindfull, this is a 100 watt amp. So if you are in a small room, this may be too powerfull and you may want to look at the 50 watt version. For those reviews saying this is a poor amp, you are not using it correctly. Take some time to adjust the settings. The sound you want is there, from clean, to extreme.
              Three separate channels, each with their own settings. Four button footswitch. 100 watts.
              Best I've seen in a looooong time!
              You get what you pay for. Good price for this quality and versatility.

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awesome

              Comments about EVH 5150 III 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              Awesome sounds. I have had it since 2009 used and it's still doing great. I plug into a fender showman 4x12 stereo cab with G12-75s (300 watt), which is too loud and not Eddie's cab sound, but Yngwie loves the marshall cab with those speakers.
              The only thing I don't like is a popping noise when I turn the amp off. That is why it doesn't get a full 10 rating. And it's made in Mexico, which may be at least better than the new 50 watt built in Vietnam I think.

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              5.0

              It still ends up back to Fender

              Comments about EVH 5150 III 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              Overall I used to be a Marshall man. Back in the 70's I used to have one of the old heads wired point to point on these exact speakers that are in these EVH cabs. I used to run this Boss 10 band EQ through the marshall to get enough gain and it sounded perfect. But the Fender is like having that same amp without having to run anything at all in it for gain. No other amp has done this for me period. Not like this one.....
              I have a Vox Saturator and a Vox Ice overdrive on the floor. I only use those pedals when My 5150 III is in a much cleaner mode on a different channel. This gives me everything I could have ever had with my Marshalls As with a marshall I would have had to have it on most all the time too. Through the 5150 III's loops in the back I run a BBE Sonic Max and some Lexicon MX400 for reverb and delay. And I also have a Rocktron Xpression in series with one of my Lexicon units as well. There is still a place in my heart for Marshalls! But man this amp is a special beast. So if your considering buying another brand due to $$, I would seriously reconsider waiting it out or going the extra mile if possible or doing what ever you need to do to get one of these. I was glad I did.
              My only complaint is why didn't they come out with this 25 years ago?
              I have played many amps over the last 30+ years in my life. I need not mention all the names we are familiar with. And as far as Features go, it is a cool thing to have three separate channels with no master volume. It's features are very simplistic! I also like the silent channel switching. it is pretty much silent for the most part as long as you match the volume level so when you step on it, it hardly is noticeable at all. One of the reasons this is, is because of the signal switching that Eddie demanded from Fender. It is fast and on earlier models it sometimes gets confused and your signal gets hung up when first trying to turn the standby switch on when running gear through the loop. This is part of the instructions within the manuel to connect the switch box before you turn the amp on. But this baby is simple and easy. This would be the only slight down side of this amp being it's signal switching gets a little blind sometimes but it is easy to get it going and once that gets going it's cool. This was mainly in earlier models and I understand that Fender fixed the problem and it is not common now. What I do is simply connect the switch box. Turn on all my rack gear. then turn the amps power switch on and let it warm up. Then once I flip the stand by switch it is on no problem.
              I think it is really cool being a Fender! Jim Marshall himself was inspired by leo Fender's bassman amp back in the day and that got him putting together the amp that rocked our world our whole lives beng a classic Marshall. I think this is so cool being what Eddie did to a Marshall and how even after Peavey we find ourselves back to Fender adn they actually incorperate the tone and enough gain with the right speakers but using technology that is even better (More stable) , than Eddie's 78 Plexi set up! G12C low wattage Celestions! I have two of these on two of their cabinets. I recently bought a marshall Vintage/Modern 100 watter to compare. I ended up returning the Marshall. The Marshall is good for the clean tone but not enough gain. Even the 2000 series Marshall have a different sound in their gain structures to me. The gain I get from this Fender 5150 III is all I need. And I can switch channels and back off on the gain and it will do any vintage feel for blues or that classic sound period. For me, in a not so perfect world... There is no other amp I want. I tried mixing up my 5150 III with another amp but it's not necessary and then I have one amp that really cannot do what the other can. So why do away with that !?
              I wonder if there will come a time when Eddie drops the EVH line and these heads are no longer made? Im glad I have mine. So far they have not broke down at all. I have two heads and two of their matching cabs. I think this is simply one of the finest systems on the planet!

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              5.0

              Sell your marshall

              By Roger Mendez

              from Texas

              Comments about EVH 5150 III 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              My band opened for a national act and the main sound guy was giving me the sound check,he came down all the way to the stage and said.....Man what the heck are u using there buddy? is that that new evh? I said yup its only a half stack,he said "Man that sounds kicks butt i did nothing to your sound on the board its a flat eq for you man.....Thats when i was super glag i got this head...Bottom line is the head doese not sound good at low volume,but when cranked its a flame thrower,u might wanna use a combo in a small club anyway...
              Ok first of all you are wondering should you buy this amp?...lolWell i had the 5150 powerful amp,them i got the 5150 II killer amp as well i liked the II better than the first one,some liked the first one,then eddie split from peavey soooo i got the 6505+ omg great amp......But i wass missing something all this time yall and althogh the peavey amps were awsomei was missing warmth....hmmm sooooo i walked into the store to try this thing out and it sounded horrible.....???????????? Wait a minuite dang i almost sold my 6505+ for this? then the guy at the store said hey man wait a second did you crank that amp? I said no man why? he said come here dude here ,he gave me a cable and said theres no one here anyway crank it.......WOW Im in shock........
              I must admit peavys are buit more durable,but the cleans on those 5150s werent so good still this amp is better built than a marshall for sure....Ill give it a 8....I heard that eddie told fender to do what they wanted on the clean channel,no one makes a better clean than fender
              Ill give it a 7 value.......its a pricey amp but still it rocks-

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