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EVH 5150III 2x12 50W Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier

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The EVH 5150III Combo is a tube combo amp featuring two Celestion G12M speakers and three channels (Clean, Crunch and Lead). Powered by seven 12AX7 p...Click To Read More About This Product

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A versatile combo built to Eddie Van Halen's superior standards.

The EVH 5150III Combo is a tube combo amp featuring two Celestion G12M speakers and three channels (Clean, Crunch and Lead). Powered by seven 12AX7 preamp tubes and two JJ 6L6 power tubes, it also features front-panel adjustable power output from 50W down to 1W.

You'll get loads of control with the rear-panel selectable output impedance (4, 8 or 16 ohms) and versatile controls (gain, low, mid, high, volume, master presence, rear- panel master resonance, power level, reverb). You'll also get great features like built-in DSP reverb, rear-panel MIDI input and preamp output, two rear-panel parallel speaker outputs, rear-panel effects loop and headphone jack, and four-button footswitch (controls all three channels and reverb). Construction features custom-shaped birch cabinet with special internal baffling, vintage-style chicken head control knobs, red jewel, recessed metal side handles, plastic top strap handle and casters.

FEATURES
Gain, low, mid, high, volume, master presence, rear master resonance, power level and reverb controls
Built-in DSP reverb
One headphone output jack
Two speaker jacks in parallel
Custom shaped birch with unique internal baffling construction
Vintage chicken head knobs
50-1W adjustable power level
Master resonance control

Call or click to get a combo with plenty of options and power.

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EVH5150III 2x12 50W Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier
 
4.1

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (2)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (14)
  • Good power output (14)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Warm / comfy (13)
  • Portable (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (11)
  • Home studio (10)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Professional recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Overall Amp

Let me start by saying this amp is loud. I had an early run of the first EVh 5150 III amps 100 watt or 120 watt head, I forget, and got rid of...Read complete review

Let me start by saying this amp is loud. I had an early run of the first EVh 5150 III amps 100 watt or 120 watt head, I forget, and got rid of it because it was just too loud to get the right sound out of the amp for everyday play. The new combo amp is not as loud, due to the attenuator option, but again in order to get this amp to sound great you need to turn the attenuator to at least 9/10 o clock and push the volume to about 7, at that level the amp sounds great but is still really really loud. The amp itself is pretty noisy even with the volume pot on my guitar off, it is a little hissy on channel 2, channel 3 is noisy as hell and I don't use it, too much distortion even at the lowest level of distortion instant noise when the channel is engaged. I actually like the clean channel and use the gain to play some blues/rock. The reverb is ok and usable I use it as opposed to putting a reverb pedal in the loop, the only effect I currently run in the loop is a delay. The biggest drawback to this amp are the weight, hiss/noise and volume. Volume you say, but what about the attenuator? Well the problem with the attenuator for me is that if you turn it all the way down the sound on all of my guitars is thin and wah wah ish/phasey it just sounds bad, especially on the high e and b strings, hard to explain. I think you need to play this amp loud for it to sound good, but the volume at which it starts to sound good is loud for everyday playing even with the attenuator. The amp hits you in the chest and thumps, it is a beast. The resonance function on the back helps as well to attain a good tone at a lower volume. Just my opinion, I would recommend this amp but you have to like to play hard rock to appreciate it. I got mine used for nine hundred and feel comfortable with the amp at that price, but at the list price think it is overpriced. I recommend it and also think you need to tweak it to your guitar and taste, I actually hated the recommended EVH settings for my gear sounded nothing like EVH, but then again I cant play like Ed. Use your own settings/ear and good luck!

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Poor Quality Control

Purchased this amp new took it out of the box and it had an inch long dent in the right side of the cabinet. It would have had to of happened at the factory...Read complete review

Purchased this amp new took it out of the box and it had an inch long dent in the right side of the cabinet. It would have had to of happened at the factory because the outside box was undamaged.
It seems to me EVH and Fender have a quality control problem with their products not made in this country I also purchased a Wolfgang Special (made in China the amp is made in Mexico) and had to send back two of those because of a defective bridge on one and a bridge pickup that did not work at all on the other. I can say the amp does work as advertised but I' not buying any more of their product.

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(6 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Total disappointment

By Jvkaz

from Bridgewater, Ma

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Pros

  • NONE

Cons

  • JUNK

Best Uses

  • Couldn't Use

Comments about EVH 5150III 2x12 50W Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

This is my second review of this product because the first one that I got was sent back because it broke. I received the replacement and when I opened the box in noticed that there was a box inside the box. The inside box was a evh box which was completely damage, so I guess musicians friend thought this would be fine sending me a broken amp for the second time. Well anyways, beyond my better judgement I took it out and plugged it in, and let me say this is what happened when I plugged it in for the first time. Channel one no power, channel two half power and channel three was ok. I wrote a email to fender looking for help, they were useless, telling they test the amp twice before it leaves the factory, ya right. Hey Eddie you do realize your name is on this product right?
I think the some consumers are ok with getting subpar quality for their hard earned money but not me

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Overall Amp

By Morty5150

from NJ

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Comments about EVH 5150III 2x12 50W Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

Let me start by saying this amp is loud. I had an early run of the first EVh 5150 III amps 100 watt or 120 watt head, I forget, and got rid of it because it was just too loud to get the right sound out of the amp for everyday play. The new combo amp is not as loud, due to the attenuator option, but again in order to get this amp to sound great you need to turn the attenuator to at least 9/10 o clock and push the volume to about 7, at that level the amp sounds great but is still really really loud. The amp itself is pretty noisy even with the volume pot on my guitar off, it is a little hissy on channel 2, channel 3 is noisy as hell and I don't use it, too much distortion even at the lowest level of distortion instant noise when the channel is engaged. I actually like the clean channel and use the gain to play some blues/rock. The reverb is ok and usable I use it as opposed to putting a reverb pedal in the loop, the only effect I currently run in the loop is a delay. The biggest drawback to this amp are the weight, hiss/noise and volume. Volume you say, but what about the attenuator? Well the problem with the attenuator for me is that if you turn it all the way down the sound on all of my guitars is thin and wah wah ish/phasey it just sounds bad, especially on the high e and b strings, hard to explain. I think you need to play this amp loud for it to sound good, but the volume at which it starts to sound good is loud for everyday playing even with the attenuator. The amp hits you in the chest and thumps, it is a beast. The resonance function on the back helps as well to attain a good tone at a lower volume. Just my opinion, I would recommend this amp but you have to like to play hard rock to appreciate it. I got mine used for nine hundred and feel comfortable with the amp at that price, but at the list price think it is overpriced. I recommend it and also think you need to tweak it to your guitar and taste, I actually hated the recommended EVH settings for my gear sounded nothing like EVH, but then again I cant play like Ed. Use your own settings/ear and good luck!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Friggin awesome!

By Metalhead wannabe

from North Carolina

About Me Novice

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about EVH 5150III 2x12 50W Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

    I am a novice compared to most...but I know what sound I like. Played through a jcm2000....great amp! Mesa boogie express...nice but not my sound. The 5150 iii gives me a lot of different options....takes pedals well (mxr carbon copy, phase, flanger) in the effects loop. The resonance adjustment gives that extra low end boost at low volumes...love the wattage adjustment......crank up the volume and turn down the wattage to get a good tone without the wife threatening you. I play an esp ltd ec2000 and a strat deluxe.. Both sound great on this amp. This amp is very solid and well built.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    WOW Does this thing BRING IT !!!!!!

    By BGRFLCKR

    from Cincinnati,Ohio

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about EVH 5150III 2x12 50W Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      This thing is Awesome ! Been a while since I've owned a tube amp ! I will NEVER go back ! Had a 5150 Peavey 212 and this one is better. The Power level knob makes this amp good for playing when everyone is asleep at home without losing any punch, unlike the old peavey which is a good amp but not as versatile as this thing. It's a solid stout amp ! Worth every penny ! I've shopped hard and played through a bunch of tube combo amps and nothing in the price range compares !!!!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome Versatile Amp

      By Mateo

      from Nashvillle TN

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about EVH 5150III 2x12 50W Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

          Channel 1 Awesome Fender cleans, Ch 2 Eddies familiar sweet brown sound and channel 3 enough gain for serious Metal! All this in a 2 x 12 combo with the best feature of all the Power Scaling option to dial down from 50 watts to 1 watt.,,, best amp hands down I've owned. Absolutely Awesome!!!!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Delivers!

          By Deep Purple Fan

          from Alexandria, VA

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • heavy

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about EVH 5150III 2x12 50W Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

          If anything this amp is underrated. The clean channel is ok. Not special but not horrible. The strength of this amp is channels 2 and 3. You can play rock, hard rock, classic rock or metal no problem. The greenbacks are a great match. The built in attenuator is great, works as promised, and definitely worth going from the 1x12 combo to this. Definitely gig worthy. More important, the attenuator allows you to get great tones at low volume. Last point, you don't have to sound like EVH. You can dial I great British and hi gain American tones. This is a very good hi gain amp.

          (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Poor Quality Control

          By not a happy camper

          from Minneapolis

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about EVH 5150III 2x12 50W Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

            Purchased this amp new took it out of the box and it had an inch long dent in the right side of the cabinet. It would have had to of happened at the factory because the outside box was undamaged.
            It seems to me EVH and Fender have a quality control problem with their products not made in this country I also purchased a Wolfgang Special (made in China the amp is made in Mexico) and had to send back two of those because of a defective bridge on one and a bridge pickup that did not work at all on the other. I can say the amp does work as advertised but I' not buying any more of their product.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            5150iii combo. Tone Tone Tone!!!!!!

            By Michael

            from Southern California

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Great Tone Power Scaling Built-in Reverb Great Foot Switch
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • 84 Pounds

            Best Uses

            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about EVH 5150III 2x12 50W Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

            This is the amp I've been waiting for. It has amazing sound, great features, it's only downfall is the weight . If you're looking for an amp that has sparkling clean tone, great crunch, and over-the-top distortion, This is it!!! You're not going to find a better amp than this one. Buy it now!!!!!

            (1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Nice Combo Amplifier but................

            By RamRocker

            from Minneapolis, Mn

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            Comments about EVH 5150III 2x12 50W Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

            Upon receiving amplifier, it was delivered from UPS to my front door, using a hand truck dolly from delivery person because of the weight. My only complaint about this amplifier thus far, is the actual weight. If you are into gigging, plan on needing help with this amplifier, it is that heavy. It does have casters/wheels (which actually are quite small for the weight of the amp), and possibly under rated for this amout of weight (in my opinion) and it also has side handles also. Good luck lifting this amplifier more than a couple feet off the ground without breaking your back. I am surprized that the container/package did not have any damage, seeing that it was shipped from Mexico (I think) and from all the aspects of transportation of getting it to my home in Minnesota. Once I got it out of the box and inspected it for any signs of physical damage etc., there was not even a minor cosmetic smudge or mark, which is something I was expecting as I had purchased the Ivory White amp. I did not find anything out of the ordinary. Good packaging. I just hope it operates as intended because there have been a couple reviews that stated there was damage from shipping or amplifier did not work as intended etc. I just received this amplifier and have not even plugged into to it, to try it out yet, I'll be back for a follow-up on that. Cheers!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome

            By Nesken69

            from NC.

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about EVH 5150III 2x12 50W Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

                I bought mine used from category 3 it was missing 2 knobs and a few very small dent in the back ! Other than that it was perfect this thing is just awesome best amp ive ever had ! I will never part with it ! Its even bettrt because i got mine for 950.00 .

                 
                5.0

                great amp if it works

                By Jimmi

                from chicago ill

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about EVH 5150III 2x12 50W Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

                  I'm 62 years old and thiS amp KILLS IT but it didn't work till I went thru everything in the back and then WOW it worked.For my rock band its the best ever.For my classic rock band not so good so back to the mesa as this is too HOT.Get one you wont be disappointed

                   
                  1.0

                  It came in a broke box and one of the the wire mesh was torn

                  By Vincent

                  from Florida

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                  Comments about EVH 5150III 2x12 50W Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

                  I use it in my home.

                   
                  4.0

                  BROWNANATTOR

                  By Tonester

                  from Toronto Canada

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Off the chart Saturation
                  • Powerful
                  • THE BROWN SOUND

                  Cons

                  • HEAVY......but worth it

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about EVH 5150III 2x12 50W Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

                  This amp is a MONSTER...here's the trick....most guitarist THINK the have a good ear BUT they don't. So they try too dial in a sound but have no idea how to work their guitar controls into the mix. OPEN YOUR EARS AND YOU SHALL HEAR THE TRUTH...This amp is without excuses!!!...it is HEAVY in weight....(Worth the weight in GOLD)....the variations in genres you get with this amp is unreal...So like I said if you have a good ear and use the controls of your guitar properly I just gave you the key to your NEW FOUND WORLD OF TONE!!!!!!!

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Perfect for home/apartment/garage

                  By Holleywierd

                  from Seattle, WA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Good Warmth
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful
                  • Selectable 1-50watts

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about EVH 5150III 2x12 50W Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

                    I have always wanted a smaller sized amp for home but with power tubes and the same punch from a half stack. This amp will do it twice as loud, twice as crunchy, and much cleaner tone than the others this size!

                     
                    4.0

                    A LOT of amp!

                    By Ricko

                    from Phoenix, AZ

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about EVH 5150III 2x12 50W Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

                      I love this amp. I have only one gripe and that is it is extremely noisy. I have read a lot of other reviews on this amp with no mention of the load hiss. once I get this under control it we be perfect!

                       
                      4.0

                      very nice

                      By tfreel

                      from NE MI

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Reverb

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about EVH 5150III 2x12 50W Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

                      this amp produces more distortion than even I can handle...the 3 channels offer tremendous versatility; i agree with the other commenter that the reverb is a weaker feature, but still, this is overall an awesome amp for the $$.

                       
                      5.0

                      SICK

                      By mick

                      from bennington,vt

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about EVH 5150III 2x12 50W Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

                        The clean is fantastic
                        The distortion just blows me away
                        My ears have been ringing ever since I received this gem
                        I love it
                        Worth every penny

                         
                        4.0

                        4.5 stars, Nearly Perfect

                        By Craig

                        from West Springfield, MA

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Reverb

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about EVH 5150III 2x12 50W Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier:

                        I'm going to keep this short and to the point.

                        The tones are great on this amp, I favor them over my 100w Mesa Roadster head. That's saying something.

                        This amp is LOUD!! I've had a 100w 2x12 Marshall JVM that sounds half as loud as this 50w head!! Even dialed down to 1w this thing can still rattle the wood and glass in your house.

                        However, there are a few suggestions that I would make to Fender to make this amp perfect:

                        1) Put an on/off for the Effects Loop on the included foot switch
                        2) Fix the Standby Switch (on & off reversed, or different from manual)
                        3) The digital reverb sounds a bit wonky for my tastes (but perhaps only at lower power settings)

                        Overall though, I would recommend this amp to anyone considering buying one.

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