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

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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.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

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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EVH5150 III 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.8

(based on 30 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Excellent sound (8)
  • Good power output (7)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

No Cons

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  • Performances (6)
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    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (4)

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

Amazing!!!

By 

from Utah

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    This if by far the best amp I have ever owned. I have been playing guitar for 30+ years and currently play in a hard rock/metal band. The versatility of this amp is unmatched. All 3 channels sound incredible. I use the 2nd channel for rhythm guitar and the 3rd channel for leads. Having independent EQ for all 2 channels allows you to crank up the gain and the mids for a lead sound that really cuts through. The middle channel (#2) is perfect for rhythm guitar sounds. The perfect amount of gain and the tone is really nice. I use the effects loop for some delay and a whammy pedal for leads. I went with the white head and white cabinet. This amp is worth every penny. If you are in a rock/metal band you should check this amp out.

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    4.0

    Nice metal head

    By 

    from Las Cruces, NM

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        I purchased this to compare it with several other amps that I had in my possession to see which amp would be the one staying. The other amps were a Peavey Triple XXX2 (which I've owned for 3 years and just can't jive with despite tube swaps and biasing, pickup swaps, various guitars, eq pedals. It's HARSH and FIZZY!!!), an Engl Fireball 100, and an Engl Blackmore. After throwing an EQ in the loop, I found the EVH 100 sounded pretty good. I play strictly metal so I can't comment on the clean channel or any rock/blues tones from this amp as I didn't even try. As for Modern metal tones, the amps red channel was as others have said already: tight, gained out, and brutal even without a boost; although I preferred it with a clean od boost. The blue channel however sucked without a boost. It has hardly any gain at all!!! I boost all my high gain amps but I've always been able to achieve the gain level I want with the amps gain knob to taste and an OD pedal with level knob at 2 on all my other high gainers. Not with the blue channel on the EVH 100; I had to have my Ts9 level knob at noon. I will say though by setting the blue channel gain at 3 o'clock and level to noon on the Ts9, this thing woke up. Didn't sound to good at bedroom volume but cranked up a bit it really came to life and had a tone similar to the 6505/5150 but more refined. This didn't work for me because I'm in an apartment for another 2 years, and I need something that sounds AWESOME at bedroom levels and this did not. I decided to send this back and kept the Engl Fireball 100 which in comparison absolutely slays at bedroom volume. I may try the EVH 50 watt in the future as I hear the Blue channel gain has been increased but for now the Fireball kills for Modern Metal. I'll be doing a full detailed review on the Fireball shortly.

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        5.0

        BEST AMP I'VE EVER PLAYED!

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        from Scottsdale, Arizona

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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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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The perfect machine for me

        By 

        from Cleveland,Oh

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        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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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Awesome

          By 

          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 

            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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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best ever!

              By 

              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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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best amp I've ever owned

                By 

                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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                  (6 of 6 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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                  (2 of 3 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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