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EVH 5150III 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head Ivory 

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The EVH 5150III 50-Watt Head is a scaled-down version of its acclaimed 100-watt big brother-the mighty 5150 III head-with many of the same great feat...Read More

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Loaded with pure EVH sound and power.

The EVH 5150III 50-Watt Head is a scaled-down version of its acclaimed 100-watt big brother-the mighty 5150 III head-with many of the same great features. Its smaller size and portability make it a perfect amp for players who want arena volume, tone and performance in a compact package. It pairs perfectly with the new EVH 5150 III 2x12 and 1x12 cabs, in addition to the current EVH 5150 III 4x12 cabinet.

It's a three-channel amp; channels one and two share EQ, with gain, low, mid, high and volume controls; channel three has gain, low, mid, high, volume and master presence and resonance controls. Other features include selectable impedance (4, 8 or 16 ohms), dual parallel speaker output jacks, effects loop, headphone jack, line out and black hardware. Included four-button footswitch has 1/4" input jack; also accommodates MIDI footswitching.

FEATURES
  • Effects loop
  • Front panel instrument ¼" mono jack
  • 1/4" stereo jack
  • Line out jack
  • 2 parallel speaker output jacks
  • 3 channels, Channel 1 and 2 share EQ
  • Master presence control
  • Channel 1 and 2: gain, low, mid, high and volume controls
  • Channel 3: gain, low, mid, high, volume and master resonance controls

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SPECIFICATIONS

5150III 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head

  • Electronics
  • Wattage: 50 watt
  • Effects Loop: Yes
  • Inputs: Front Panel Instrument ¼" Mono Jack (Insert)
  • Headphone Jack: 1/4" Stereo Jack
  • Line Out: Line Out Jack
  • Extension Speaker Jack: 2 Parallel Speaker Output Jacks
  • Channels: 3, Channel 1 and 2 Share EQ
  • Controls: Master Presence, Channel 1 and 2: Gain, Low, Mid, High, Volume; Channel 3: Gain, Low, Mid, High, Volume, Master Resonance Control (rear panel)
  • Hardware
  • Hardware: Black
  • Cabinet Material: Plywood
  • Pilot Light Jewel: Red LED Jewel
  • Handle: Black Strap
  • Front Panel: Black EVH Striped Steel
  • Cover/Grill Cloth: Black or Ivory Textured Vinyl Covering with Black EVH Striped Steel Grille
  • Input Impedance: >1M ohms
  • Output Impedance: 4, 8 or 16 ohms (Selectable)
  • Amplifier Length: 12" (30.4 cm)
  • Amplifier Width: 20" (50.8 cm)
  • Amplifier Height: 8.5" (21.6 cm)
  • Amplifier Weight: 35 lbs. (15.9 kg)
  • Tubes
  • Preamp Tubes: 7 JJ ECC83 (12AX7)
  • Power Tubes: 2 JJ 6L6
  • Miscellaneous
  • Unique Features: 4-button footswitch with 1/4" cable input with ultra fast switching, MIDI input that can be used to control channels and effects loop with virtually any MIDI device, 3 foot heavy duty speaker cable, headlock for attaching head to 2 x 12 tilt-back cabinet
  • Accessories
  • Footswitch: 4-Button Footswitch Included
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EVH5150III 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.5

(based on 19 reviews)

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    (14)

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    (2)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (16)
  • Excellent sound (14)
  • Portable (12)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Warm / comfy (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (14)
    • Home studio (12)
    • Professional recording (12)
    • Amateur recording (8)
    • Outdoor events / games (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (15), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    End All. Be All.

    Let me start by addressing the Volume jump from channel 1 to 2. Yes, it has it. EVH should have branded this amp differently. Let me explain.

    The grean...Read complete review

    Let me start by addressing the Volume jump from channel 1 to 2. Yes, it has it. EVH should have branded this amp differently. Let me explain.

    The grean (clean) channel is nice and clean. It can get some grit when you wind it up, but it has a very nice, usable clean.

    The blue (overdrive) channel 2 is completely different. Its nasty, in your face, crunch tone. I feel like EVH design was to give you the option on what you wanted the first channel to be. If you play in a band that needs a clean tone, set it that way. If you play in a metal band, use the blue channel for rhythm, and the red for lead.

    It just makes in more confusing calling it a 3 channel amp. It does have 3 channels. And all three sound great. But if you are playing in a live situation, make a choise. Clean and chimy, or crunchy on your channel one.

    Ive herd people modding the amp to solve the problem, but I never would for multiple reasons. It would void the warranty, and I actually LIKE having the option. Modding that circuit would CHANGE the tone, no matter what anyone says. It would. I prefer the tone. I knew when I purchased the amp it had that "flaw".

    I honestly dont consider it a flaw. Eddie built the amp for how he plays. How he wants to sound. Not you or I. So I like having 2 brutal overdrive channels when recording, or a clean and dirty channel live.

    For the price, there is nothing close. I returned my Randall back to musicians friend. EVH ate its lunch.

    Comes with a nice speaker cable, a footswitch thats built like a tank, and nice tubes from the factory. You honestly change nothing out of the box. Just plug in.

    And for the bonus, its NOT FIZZY!

    Stop reading this, just buy it. If you like modern metal, this amp slays. Period.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    EVH 5150 %0 watt Head

    This amp's individual tones rock and it would be my first choice if I was in an AC/DC tribute band where I only used one channel. There is a huge volume jump between...Read complete review

    This amp's individual tones rock and it would be my first choice if I was in an AC/DC tribute band where I only used one channel. There is a huge volume jump between Ch1 and Ch2 and the EQ, Volume, and Gain for those 2 channels are shared. Shared Gain for the 1st and 2nd channel really limits tone choices for me. The more grit you want on channel 2, the less clean you have on channel 1.
    I disagree with the reviewers who say that Eddie designed it that way. Think about it, is Eddie using the 50 watt version at his gigs? I'm pretty sure he uses the 100 watt version that doesn't have these issues. I think this is amp is an after thought product made for a particular price point. Do you think the MAP price is an accident?
    I have read threads about this amp where one of the alleged engineers was in the conversation. Some owners are using mods to make the amp work for their needs and the amp sounded so good that I considered doing that too. However, that voids the warranty and costs a lot from a company that has developed specific mods for this amp. I think an easy fix would be to make the first and second channel controls all double pots with Ch1 in front of Ch2. Of course the board would have to be altered to accommodate that change BUT that would solve the "where do we get the room for more controls" problem. Just fixing that would be a BIG plus and IMHO make this one of the best amps out there at any price. BUT, that might push the price up and then the MAP price point would be gone.
    IMO bedroom playing doesn't work well with this amp. Yeah, you can just "crack" the master volume but it sounded pretty "choked" and was still loud enough to bother someone watching TV in another room. I noticed that the new 5150 III combo actually has a power control that goes all the way down to 1 watt. Great feature but again, it would probably cause a violation for the desired price point on this head.
    I sent the amp back because of the issues that I mentioned but the overall tone was so good that I would buy another one if EVH/Fender ever decides to rectify the things that made it not work for me even if the price was higher.
    In closing, I think EVH/Fender still has some work to do on the design of this amp.

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    5.0

    simply put awesome

    By Fender lover

    from Tone Town, USA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about EVH 5150III 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      fender cleans Marshall dirt period, the best amp I have ever owned. takes pedals very well and can do it all with ease.

      Comment on this review

       
      3.0

      EVH 5150 %0 watt Head

      By Tone Chaser

      from USA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use
      • Volume Jump Ch1 To Ch2

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about EVH 5150III 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      This amp's individual tones rock and it would be my first choice if I was in an AC/DC tribute band where I only used one channel. There is a huge volume jump between Ch1 and Ch2 and the EQ, Volume, and Gain for those 2 channels are shared. Shared Gain for the 1st and 2nd channel really limits tone choices for me. The more grit you want on channel 2, the less clean you have on channel 1.
      I disagree with the reviewers who say that Eddie designed it that way. Think about it, is Eddie using the 50 watt version at his gigs? I'm pretty sure he uses the 100 watt version that doesn't have these issues. I think this is amp is an after thought product made for a particular price point. Do you think the MAP price is an accident?
      I have read threads about this amp where one of the alleged engineers was in the conversation. Some owners are using mods to make the amp work for their needs and the amp sounded so good that I considered doing that too. However, that voids the warranty and costs a lot from a company that has developed specific mods for this amp. I think an easy fix would be to make the first and second channel controls all double pots with Ch1 in front of Ch2. Of course the board would have to be altered to accommodate that change BUT that would solve the "where do we get the room for more controls" problem. Just fixing that would be a BIG plus and IMHO make this one of the best amps out there at any price. BUT, that might push the price up and then the MAP price point would be gone.
      IMO bedroom playing doesn't work well with this amp. Yeah, you can just "crack" the master volume but it sounded pretty "choked" and was still loud enough to bother someone watching TV in another room. I noticed that the new 5150 III combo actually has a power control that goes all the way down to 1 watt. Great feature but again, it would probably cause a violation for the desired price point on this head.
      I sent the amp back because of the issues that I mentioned but the overall tone was so good that I would buy another one if EVH/Fender ever decides to rectify the things that made it not work for me even if the price was higher.
      In closing, I think EVH/Fender still has some work to do on the design of this amp.

      Comment on this review

      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      End All. Be All.

      By Drewsky Brewsky

      from Oklahoma

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      Ask me a question

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Brutal
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable
      • Powerful
      • Tight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Melting Faces
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about EVH 5150III 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        Let me start by addressing the Volume jump from channel 1 to 2. Yes, it has it. EVH should have branded this amp differently. Let me explain.

        The grean (clean) channel is nice and clean. It can get some grit when you wind it up, but it has a very nice, usable clean.

        The blue (overdrive) channel 2 is completely different. Its nasty, in your face, crunch tone. I feel like EVH design was to give you the option on what you wanted the first channel to be. If you play in a band that needs a clean tone, set it that way. If you play in a metal band, use the blue channel for rhythm, and the red for lead.

        It just makes in more confusing calling it a 3 channel amp. It does have 3 channels. And all three sound great. But if you are playing in a live situation, make a choise. Clean and chimy, or crunchy on your channel one.

        Ive herd people modding the amp to solve the problem, but I never would for multiple reasons. It would void the warranty, and I actually LIKE having the option. Modding that circuit would CHANGE the tone, no matter what anyone says. It would. I prefer the tone. I knew when I purchased the amp it had that "flaw".

        I honestly dont consider it a flaw. Eddie built the amp for how he plays. How he wants to sound. Not you or I. So I like having 2 brutal overdrive channels when recording, or a clean and dirty channel live.

        For the price, there is nothing close. I returned my Randall back to musicians friend. EVH ate its lunch.

        Comes with a nice speaker cable, a footswitch thats built like a tank, and nice tubes from the factory. You honestly change nothing out of the box. Just plug in.

        And for the bonus, its NOT FIZZY!

        Stop reading this, just buy it. If you like modern metal, this amp slays. Period.

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        5.0

        A unique voice and ton of gain

        By Xyrium

        from NJ

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Metal And Rock
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about EVH 5150III 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          This amp doesn't sound like a Marshall or a Mesa. It's kind of a Bogner Uberschall in gain, mixed with a hot rodded Marshall. It's very powerful, probably typical 50W, and seems to be built quite well. I'm still tweaking here and there, but this one's a keeper. My other amp is a Mesa Mark V. Both of which are being played through 2x12 cabs loaded with V30s and rated at 16ohms.

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          5.0

          Best High Gain Metal Amp Head Ever. Ever

          By TJFP

          from Marshfield, WI

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Features
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about EVH 5150III 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            Easily the best metal amp in the world right now. There is no need to even build a custom amp anymore. The EVH 5150 III has every feature you could ask for. Midi switching and preamp out and resonance and presence pots and even a fricken power cable mount? Setting a new standard for features on amps. Front and back vents for staying cool in road cases. Ships with heavy duty footswitch and speaker cable.

            You are seriously wasting your money buying any other <100w head.

            Matches perftectly with a vertical Mesa 2x12. Looks so beautiful together.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This is a Rocker's Workhorse Amp

            By Northside Johnny Rock Band

            from Rochester, NY

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • 3 Voices
            • Excellent Sound
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Shard 12 Channel Volume

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about EVH 5150III 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            I was killing my back lugging a Bogner Shiva 2x12 combo around to gigs in a classic rock band. I was convinced it was the only amp to get me the tone i needed. Wrong! My fellow guitar player bandmate convinced me to try this head. Didnt care for the G12H30 speakers in the EvH cab, but when we tried through an Orange 4x12 bottom w/ V30s, there it was...the Eddie sounds- ALL of them! Paired with the right bottom, this head delivers. 50 watts is plenty loud. Sold the combo and picked up a Dr. Z 1x12 cab and it smokes the big rigs. Plan on getting another cab for outdoor venues for summer. This is powerful, portable and channels 2/3 bring the heat. Also dumped my stomp boxes since there's no need. Go try one if your tone searching!

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            WOW This amp Soungs MF'n Good

            By No Brand Loyalty

            from Cleveland, the Rock Capital of the World

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Onoff Stand By On Back

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about EVH 5150III 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            I normally stay away from player endodersed products by this amp HITS HARD and with GREAT clarity and versatility. To get a better amp you would have to go to Mesa or something else like that and that would include a lot more money. PS the VH3 cabs are great also I have 2 1x12's. SWEET.

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Modern Amplifier on the Market!

            By Swagger's Guitarist

            from Austin, TX

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Powerful
            • Tone Flexibility

            Cons

            • Channel 12 Shared Volume
            • Power Switch On The Back
            • Resonance Knob On Back

            Best Uses

            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about EVH 5150III 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            I'm a gigging musician that plays a spread of hard rock to pop, so I need tones that can go from thumping to classic, and it needs to be able to sit in the mix correctly. It doesn't matter how great an amp sounds in the bedroom, it's all about how it's going to fit in with the whole band. I play several of the high-gain amps (including Mesa, Marshall, Blackstar, Engl) and they seem to have a sweet spot as far as their induvidual tone, but that sweet spot doesn't always sit in the mix. The EVH doesn't have a particual sweet spot, it is sweet over any setting I've tried on it! It gives me supurb sounds over so many ranges, so I get tones that I love that also sit very well in the mix. This is the best best sounding, most flexible modern amp I've ever played. Again, I play a lot of high-end amps, and the EVH stands it's ground against all of them.

            There are a couple compromises... I personally don't like the power and standby switches on the back. I don't like the resonance knob on the back either. Channel 1 and 2 share an eq and volume, but they did a great job of making it very usable, in my opinion. I've read that the volume jump is intolerable, but I disagree. I think it's spot on. In the mix, a clean/dry tone will cut through more than an overdriven tone, so I like the bit of a boost the higher gain channel has; it needs to be that way, in my opinion. The location of a few of the controls is there to save space; this is a smaller form factor.

            This amp is LOUD, but sounds good at low volumes. I personally don't use it as a practice amp, but see/hear no issue with it being played at bedroom levels.

            Bottom line, either go out and try this amp, or get one and try it out. You will love how versitle it is. Best value and tone on the market!

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            ivory looks good

            By phat68tony

            from NW Louisiana

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            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • The Ivory Color Version

            Cons

            • Limited Functions
            • No Reverb On Off On Back

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about EVH 5150III 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            the only thing not mentioned yet is that for the same money you may want to check out a mesa-boogie dual rectifier amp - they are more complicated but at the same price point on both of their versions - something to think about. can anyone suggest a good inexpensive reverb pedal?

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Gotta Love It

            By AHack

            from South Portland, Maine

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

              Comments about EVH 5150III 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              This amp sounds good. The EVH tone is superb and overall the 5150 III rocks. I agree, switching channels between clean and crunch is a pain and really doesn't make this amp easy to use playing out. I wanted the 50 watt version because the 100 watt is ridiculous for where I play but I wish it had 3 channels. I also wish my 50 watt head had the built in reverb like the new combo does. Bottom line.......this amp is still awesome and just deal with the nuances.

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