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EVH 5150III 2x12 50W Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier   (Used)

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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

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

 
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EVH5150III 2x12 50W Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier
 
4.3

(based on 11 reviews)

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    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (1)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Excellent sound (9)
  • Good power output (9)
  • Warm / comfy (9)
  • Portable (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (7)
    • Home studio (6)
    • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Amateur recording (4)
    • Professional recording (4)
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      • Experienced (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

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

    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...Read complete review

    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!!!!!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Total disappointment

    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...Read complete review

    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

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    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

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

    By RamRocker

    from Minneapolis, Mn

    About Me Experienced

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      Cons

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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!

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          5.0

          Awesome

          By Nesken69

          from NC.

          About Me Experienced

          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 .

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Friggin awesome!

              By Metalhead wannabe

              from North Carolina

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              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.

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                (3 of 6 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

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                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!

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                  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 $$.

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                  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

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                    4.0

                    4.5 stars, Nearly Perfect

                    By 4whomthebelltolls

                    from 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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                    5.0

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

                    By BGRFLCKR

                    from Cincinnati,Ohio

                    About Me Experienced

                    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 !!!!

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Awesome Versatile Amp

                      By Mateo

                      from Nashvillle TN

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      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!!!!

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