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(Open Box) 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
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
 
4.4

(based on 36 reviews)

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    (23)

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    (7)

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    (3)

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85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (30)
  • Excellent sound (29)
  • Portable (24)
  • Easy to use (23)
  • Warm / comfy (19)

Cons

  • Limited functions (8)

Best Uses

  • Performances (27)
  • Home studio (24)
  • Professional recording (22)
  • Amateur recording (16)
  • Outdoor events / games (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (27), Professional musician (8)

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

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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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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Amplifier on Earth

By Brian

from Texas

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    I previously owned the 5150 III 100 watt head and 4x12 and wanted to downsize to the 50watt head and 2x12. I was a little skeptical that it would sound as good, but thanks to the resonance control, this amp delivers the tone. Simply this amp makes me sound like a better player than I really am.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Try to match it - I dare you

    By keith fries

    from Haworth, NJ

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Shared Ch 1 And 2 Eq

    Best Uses

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

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

    As a pro player for over 40 years I've owned and/or used about every legendary amp made. I am so impressed with my EVH 5150 III 50 watt. Ed has raised the bar for everyone. The sound, ranges from clean clear fender to extreme gain that sets a new standard of articulate expression. The real kicker here is it can be produced at any volume level.

    roll back the volume on your guitar and the amp cleans up amazingly. Shared Vol and Gain and EQ for channel 1 and 2 is the only compromise and I just use channel 2 and roll back my vol to compensate.

    This is a truly great amp for the player that plays many different styles of music. Oh, and look at the price. Then look at the Boutique stuff at 3 times the cost and believe me few are in this league. Money shouldn't dictate when you are serious about your sound but it doesn't hurt to save a few $$ either.

    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    End All. Be All.

    By Drewsky Brewsky

    from Norman, Oklahoma

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    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.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      EVH 5150 %0 watt Head

      By Tone Chaser

      from USA

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      See all my reviews

      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.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Look out Peavey 6505+

      By Big Lou

      from Dothan, Al.

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        I would have easily given this this amp 5 Stars but there are 2 things I do not like. 1. The Clean & Crunch channels share the same EQ and if you do use Clean there is a Big volume jump from Clean to Crunch. Chan. 3 the Lead Chan. has Tons of Gain. As far as the Tone of this amp, it is fantastic, no complaints at all. But beware!!! Even though it's 50 watts this Beast has 7, I repeat 7 AX-7 Pre-Amp tubes which equals Monster Gain. LOL I hooked it up to a Randall 4x12 w/Greenbacks and I couldn't turn the Volume past TWO. So I hooked up my Attenuator to it and now I can get the Vol. to 5-7 w/o the windows blowing out of the house. LOL Mine was made in the Fender factory in Mexico. Build quality is great. The Power & Standby switch are located in the back of the amp. Sorry Eddie, but what were you thinking?? So I rate this amp a 4 out of 5 stars. The location of the power switch might not bother some but it does me. LOL I think all amp maker should follow how Blackstar has the power attenuator in the front on their Series One Amps.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome amp

        By Mark

        from Little Rock, Arkansas

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Great tone

        Cons

        • Too Loud For Bedroom

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Cranked Up
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        Bought it based upon youtube vids. As always was worried I would get it in the mail and it wouldn't live up to the hype. Was prepared to send it back if I wasn't totally happy. Keeping it!!!

        Clean channel is very full and warm and rich. Make sure you turn up the resonance knob on the back. Turned all the way down the sound is a bit lifeless.

        I've played it through a Marshall 1960 cab with greenbacks, a Peavey XXX cab, a Mesa 4x12 and a Mesa 2x12 closed back. I did not like the sound of it at all through the Mesa cab. It was much better through the Mesa 2x12, but sounds best through my Marshall 4x12.

        The crunch channel is very AC/DC, lots of rich overtones. The high gain channel is superb.

        The amp seems to respond quite diferently depending upon pickups you feed it with and surprisingly lower gain pick ups, like P90's, single coils, or Tele's really seems to sound great. Not saying a high gain pickup doesnt sound good, but some amps seems to respond to high gain metal pickups...Played a cheap Fender Jaq through it today with modern p90's in it and really liked it.

        It's pretty loud at 4 oclock with a 4x cab. Not a bedroom/apt amp.

        The eq really shapes the sound and tone and combinations of gain and volume give you different sounds. Not like some amps that you can only dial in to one tone and everything else sounds bad.

        Amp really cleans up with volume roll off and responds well to tone knob adjustment on the guitar.

        This is not an amp where you dial and dial to get a decent tone. You dial around to get different tones of many flavors.

        Surprised by how much I like the clean channel. Gain at 2 and volume all the way up gives a nice sparkle with some bite. Gain all the way up and volume at 2 is nicely overdriven on the edge of breakup. Clean channel sounds great with pedals.

        Short of a Bogner or Boutigue amp of some sort, I can't think of a better buy for the money.

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Modern Amplifier on the Market!

        By SuperFleek guitarist

        from Austin, TX

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        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!

        (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        HARD TO BELIEVE HOW GREAT THIS AMP IS

        By dietolivevai tg5150 chicagoevh

        from chicago

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            ill make it fast.had alot of amps and spend a ton of money.currently 5150 3 100 watter,fryette clx,and this amp.messed with soultone,fargin,splawn 3 times many others costing 3 k and waiting 6 months.bottum line for satriani and van halen you NEED 5 gain stages!for screaming harmonics that are easy and notes that sustain this has it.never reiew and didnt even buy this from here but i love this amp and am so pleased i had to do it.ya its not a clean amp and theres a glitch w the vol difference im not a clean player who cares about clean?get a fender this is a high gain amp,amp cannot do every ch well,thereisntr a perfect amp for every app.but for playin at night the thing is phenominal.it sustains at 1.it likes either quiet or turned up.when you hit 4 its in its sweet spot,the power tubes are caught up with the preamp and your pushing air with a 112/212.it is definately loud enough!it was so light and smaller i was shocked.i have the 100 watt vers this sounds as good and sustains i think better.this isnt half as loud but it gets you to the sweet spot quicker.its not a botique sound,its not super articulate but those amp simply dont have enough gain for guys who play vai,vh,satr,this amp thers no struggle or dist box needed. sorry so long

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            SWEET TONE!

            By metal man

            from NC

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            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:

              This amp is amazing! Retired my peavey 6505+ into the bedroom for it. I use it with two 4x12 ORANGE cabinets. I do use a MXR 10 band EQ to give me that extra scoop but the heart and soul come from the eVh. i love the foot-switch! its the one that comes with the 100watt version and it comes along with a speaker cable as well. A quick side note: everyone complaining about the two channel volume problem is ridicules in my opinion. In my playing style i use clean and heavy (in what songs do you need all three?). I have no use for a crunch channel (metal player) and come on people roll back the volume on your guitar! The 100 watt version comes with all separate channel controls. i love it! def great for metal guys!

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Amp!

              By PTEBAND

              from St. Louis, MO

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • All Imaginable Pro Uses

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

                I will not repeat everything that was already written in the previous reviews. DITTO! This is an amazing amp with the best tones you can imagine. I love everything about it except the slight volume difference between the clean channel and the brown channel. Here is what hasn't been mentioned; you can switch channels on the amp with the provided footswitch or program the channel switching with an external MIDI device. It makes it great if you are using a MIDI effects processor. I use a Line 6 Floorboard and it works great switching channels as I switch effects. I have fixed the volume issue between channel one and two by adding a little boost to the clean channel through the effects loop. Being able to switch your effects and channel at the same time is huge for playing live!

                GREAT AMP!!!

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                simply put awesome

                By Fender lover

                from Tone Town, USA

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                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.

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  This is a Rocker's Workhorse Amp

                  By Northside Johnny Rock Band

                  from Rochester, NY

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                  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!

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  WOW This amp Soungs MF'n Good

                  By Mesaman

                  from Cleveland, Ohio

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                  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.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Gotta Love It

                  By AHack

                  from South Portland, Maine

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                  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.

                    (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Not as good as expected

                    By bb

                    from Roanoke, IL

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                    Pros

                    • Good Clean Channel

                    Cons

                    • Lack Of Bass
                    • Poor Sound Quality
                    • Thin Lead Tone

                    Best Uses

                    • Only Metal

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

                    I sent the amp back for the following reasons. There is a huge volume jump between the clean channel and the blue channel. The clean channel was ok but it was thin and lacked the round and clear clean tone of a mesa or fender twin. The blue channel was a little thin and lacked bass response. And the red channel had an annoying upper mid spike, was very noisy and a one trick pony. Overall this amp is voiced with a lot of treble, the tone is aggressive. I was unable to get a singing or expressive 3D lead tone. I do not see this amp covering a lot of different styles.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Very Nice

                    By JR

                    from Kingman, AZ

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                    Pros

                    • Bedroom Levels Accepted
                    • Comes In 2 Colors
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Loud
                    • Portable
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                    • Limited Functions
                    • Pricey Tube Replacements
                    • Soo Many 12ax7's
                    • Unknown Biasing

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

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

                    looking for a new high gain head without the full 100/120 watts of power I tried the Ironheart (which I was slightly disappointed with)...ended up exchanging it for this baby.. 5150 III.
                    Plenty loud..I cant turn up past 4 without shaking windows and hurting my ear drums (with a 4x12 cab)
                    I think its great that Fender is now making these instead of Peavey..I think I actually like the sound better..wish it had reverb though. It's too bad that a full tube replacement is going to cost so much. But I cant find any info on biasing these amps. Cathode biased? fixed bias? Still an awesome amp for metal/rock.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Best High Gain Metal Amp Head Ever. Ever

                      By TJFP

                      from Marshfield, WI

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                      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.

                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        ivory looks good

                        By phat68tony

                        from NW Louisiana

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                        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?

                        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        Great Amp with one HUGE flaw

                        By Matt

                        from Kentucky

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                        Pros

                        • Amazing sound
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                        • Channels 12 Share Volume
                        • Read Below

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

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

                        This amp sounds amazing, I was considering getting rid of my Mesa Boogie Mk V to down size and get this beast. Prior to this I had the Hughes and Kettner Tube Meister 36 (amazing amp) but it didn't have the gain I wanted. I tried this amp out and though it sounds amazing channel one and two share EQ and volume control. That means there is a unbearable jump in volume from 1-2. This amp would be perfect for studio work but real world it's going to be a pain.

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