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Versatile, toneful, and powerful enough for Edward Van Halen.

The professional EVH 5150 III HD 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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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 33 reviews)

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100%

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Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Excellent sound (10)
  • Good power output (9)
  • Warm / comfy (4)

Cons

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  • Amateur recording (3)
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  • Professional recording (3)
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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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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An Amp for every player. Thank you Ed

By NoelLevrahc

from Chattanooga, TN

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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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Awesome

By Ajax

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  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful

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    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.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Three amps in one!

    By Just J.

    from RI

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

    The three channels all work excelent and the foot switch is a bonus when you can turn the effects loop on or off.The first channel is a Fender clean but can get dirty and give you a little dirt sound when the gain is turned more than a quarter of the way. My pedals react well to this channel especially reverb or delay.The second channel is pure rock and it's pretty darn close to that plexi Marshall tone. This channel also sounds great using a flange or phase 90 and both reverb & delay also work excelent together through it. It can get pretty heavy If you dial in over half gain. Almost a metal sound.The third channel is amazing! Yes it's also the noisey channel but that's because of the sustain which rings for ever, I mean for ever.I have owned a Soldano before buying this head and I can tell you from first hand experiance that this channel sounds just like the high gain Soldano without the XL mod done to it, it's amazing.And just like my Soldano this high gain channel doesn't take effects pedals well. Meaning you can't hear the actual effects because the sustain is so strong and so pronounced that none of the EVH pedals I own (flange & phase90) can barely be heard coloring the sound.That doesn't mean the amp isn't good that's just what this channel is all about. It dosen't need any assitance just run it alone and cranked. This head is like having three amps in one.channel 1...Fender, hot-rod deluxechannel 2...Marshall, plexichannel 3...Soldano, sloThere are some settings included with the owners manual that Eddie uses when he played this head for the first time. I am very happy with this amp head, it's the best amp I have owned so far.

    (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Fender can't handle it

    By S, Qin

    from Columbia, MO

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

    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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    BEAST AMP

    By metalman420-dXQvn

    from San Francisco, CA

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

    i plugged in a gibson les paul into this and WOW. it's such a great amp! i (obviously) played van halen stuff with that guitar, but then i took out my ibanez and i found out the amp does metal really well! however, it is VERY pricey, which is why i just got the 6505 in the end. the cleans are very nice too, and the 2nd gain channel is just killer. i love it. but it is a VERRRYYYY noisy amp! with the gain up to 5, the buzz is seriously loud. but tone wise, it's an amazing amp

    (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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    An am that will blow you away!!

    By JOE (EL GRINGO)

    from SAN PEDRO SULA HONDURAS

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

    I just bought the EVH III ( I own Marshall JCM 800, JCM 900, JCM 2000 TSL100, and a M-F 350) so you can say I was a Marshall man. I went to Guitar Center to buy a Mesa and the new Roadster is very nice and has great features but then I tryed the EVH III and I got this feeling in my entire body that just was incredible becuase of this amps sound. For me the EVH III blew away the MESA Roadster for what I am looking for in a amp. Ive been playing for some 32 years and this is the last amp I will ever use. The clean channel is great. The crunch is better than the MARSHALL 800 and the heavy is awesome it give me the feeling of Killswitch engaged sound on the third channel. I am not a MARSHALL-MAN anymore. You will love it.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing!!!

    By Gearfanatic69

    from Utah

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

    Cons

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      • 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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      BEST AMP I'VE EVER PLAYED!

      By PhoenixRover

      from Scottsdale, AZ.

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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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome amp!!

      By MisterJim

      from Rensselaer, NY

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      • Excellent Sound
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        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!

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best ever!

        By No Name

        from Nashville

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        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Powerful

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          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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best amp I've ever owned

          By Brett

          from Central Florida

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          Pros

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

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            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.

            (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Sell your marshall

            By Roger Mendez

            from Texas

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            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-

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            World's Greatest Rock Amp

            By Tone Chaser 21

            from Sioux Falls, SD

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

            I have to admit, I danced around buying a 5150 III amp for a year thinking this was just a copy of the legendary Peavey 5150 II, or 6505+, amp only with a 3rd channel. Kind of a whoop-dee-doo, sort of thing. Boy, I was wrong - The first two types of 5150/6505 amps are great, but this is a whole different animal. This amp is strictly a tone machine. All 3 channels are incredibly smooth, crisp, and full of energy. A very warm tone with incredible & endless range. Oddly enough, even though Fender makes it, it does not have a "Fender" style of appearance or tone. You can play it all from Van Halen to Metallica, Zakk Wylde to Led Zep on this amp effortlessly and perfectly. The set up is very straightforward and to the point. Gain, low, mid, high, volume and presence (tone) for each channel - that is it!! No Digital FX, no Reverb - nothing. Plus, you can throw away your overdrive pedal. Trust me, you won't need it!! The 5150 III has an extremely high quality build and no compromise construction. It will last for years. The pros of this amp are it's incredible sound and tone - truly like no other amp available. The cons are the high price tag, but you realize quickly that the quality of this amp makes it worth every single penny.

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            It still ends up back to Fender

            By DragonFlySlayer

            from Central Kalifornia

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            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!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Tone Tone TONE!

            By Johnny Roxx

            from Las Vegas, NV

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

            I've owned countless Marshall's, Peavey 5150's/6505s, Carvins etc. etc. The EVH 5150 III is the best tube amp I've ever heard. Channel one has a nice clean tone, channel 2 is the early 1978-1980 EVH tone, Channel 3 has the Fair Warning tone and more..... I've read some reviews where people say that channel 2 lacks gain?? Hmmm, you do need a decent guitar to project your tone and also good pickups. Channel 2 is about TONE and sustain, not fuzzy distortion. I set my gain control at 2pm and it works more than fine (nice punchy plexi tone) and leaves headroom to add more if needed. Channel 3 I use for leads and boosting the signal above the mix. Can't say enough about this head. I've had it for a year without any issues and gig every week. The best tone ever! Ya gotta have an ear for dialing amps in to make this amp shine to it's full potential.. The user settings are pretty close and I suggest using them. If the amp doesn't sound good with those settings you need to get a better guitar..

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            My ears are bleeding!

            By GTO 1968

            from Chicago Suburbs

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

            Finally after a long search I have found the perfect amp! Iv'e had them all and never found the tube metal sound I was looking for until now! This amp is a tone searchers dream right out of the box! Just by playing it for 10 minutes I was overwhelmed by just the recommended settings they give you in the manual. I like the kind of 80's metal sound and now I have it! I recommend you try this amp and I guarantee you will like it, and if you don't, you must be tone deaf! What are you waiting for, stop reading this and buy it!!

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Amp

            By Zeppelin Addict

            from Undisclosed

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

            I played one of these a little bit, and WOW! This is a top quality amp! Nice gain structure, and when you play this one, copared to the other 5150s, you notice that the quality on this one is greater than previous models, as EVH now works with fender. There was a huge difference, and this is a great amp.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best New Amp...Out there!

            By Play-till-u-Die

            from Toronto, Ontario...Canada

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

            This is a great amp! Hands down, you will never need to buy any pedals after owning this! Eddie has come through with providing the next sounding pro's. I played this thing...Bye Bye..MARSHALL!!..Thanx Eddie....

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best out of three!

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

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

            okay, I have owned the 5150, and 5150 II, this one is definitely an improved sound. Not that the others were bad,.. but this one has some things that were improvements. The first and most important to me, the gain is a lot less noisy, and the effects loop is better. The next thing I like is the amp is lighter, and looks cooler, you can see the tubes glowing onstage!! Also the handles on each side-easier to carry-improvment. Sounds.. three channels is the way to go. A vintage clean tone emits from channel 1, channel 2 takes you into vintage JCM territory, only much more sustain, channel 3-my favorite, turn this one on for your solos, it's addictive, the most sustain, and gain you will ever need, without the noisy hiss and hum that's so common. Put a phase shifter with some delay through the loop; takes you back to vintage Van Halen 1. The tones are all in there on this amp, no resonance feature, turn up the low eq, won't even notice it's gone. All three have presence eq to dial in the perfect tone.To sum it up, sounds hand wired, and easily the best 6L6 tube amp on the market today.

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