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EVH 5150III 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head   

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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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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
 
4.4

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (22)
  • Excellent sound (20)
  • Portable (17)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Warm / comfy (11)

Cons

  • Limited functions (5)

Best Uses

  • Performances (20)
  • Home studio (16)
  • Professional recording (16)
  • Amateur recording (12)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
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    • Experienced (20), Professional musician (5)

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.

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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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5.0

Great sounding tube head by the Legend.

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

If not the BEST tube head on the market.

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5.0

The Volume Jump is Tricky, But FIxable

By Larry

from Seattle WA

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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:

    The Volume jump on the 50W model can be a hassle, but it can easily be addressed with a signal boost pedal. I added a TC Electronics Spark 20db Boost outside of the effects loop and use it for channel one, at about noon it levels the signal very well to compete with channel 2. That being said, Channel 2 is what I use most and it's a crunchy bluesy sound and I use channel 3 as a solo boost. It's an incredibly versatile amp that pairs beautifully with my American Deluxe Strat, the EMG DG20 pickups and a couple 4x12 Fender cabs.

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    4.0

    Great amp

    By AZ Rocker

    from Arizona

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • A little noisy (hiss) on high gain settings.
    • Effects loop does not have a level control
    • On off and standby switch located on back of amp
    • Signal drops when channel switching

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    Over all this amp really is great. I have a few ENGL amps that have more features but also cost more. Aside from the cons I picked no real complaints. I've seen comments about drastic volume changes from switching channels but this is not true. I have an ENGL Thunder that appeared to do the same thing until I learned how to use it. You have to adjust the levels and find a happy middle point that they all can blend together well. You might end up with a little more gain on the clean channel than you would like, but back of the volume on your guitar and it cleans up nice. Besides are you really buying this for the clean channel? I'm not sure on its durability as I've had it for a very short time and have not put it thought any heavy work. My ENGL amps will always be number one but this is without a doubt a very close second.

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    4.0

    Wow, such a great amp.

    By RickStar

    from Des Moines, Iowa

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    This is an amazing amp for $1k. you cannot find a 3 channel amp that sounds this great and is as versatile as this baby is. Ive owned every major brand tube amp out there. I play everything from country to killswitch engage type metal. This amp does it all and does it very well. It cuts through the mix perfectly. This is the perfect classic rock-brutal metal amp out there and it's small and light and plenty loud. Eddie and fender totally hit a homer with this baby. The only reason why I didn't give it a full 5 star rating is the clean and channel 2 both sharing a gain knob. It would be perfect if they had separate knobs for the gain. My only complaint.

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    3.0

    I loved it... but not enough to keep it

    By Jimbo

    from Minnesota

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Performances

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

    My constant search for the perfect Tone has taken me to many brands - most recently the 5150 iii. My goal wasn't to sound like Eddie, it was to find a channel switching amp that could produce various tones. I play in a cover band and we cover rock songs from the 60s through today (many hair metal). My main amp is a Marshall which gets me everywhere I need to be but doesn't have a clean channel, an effects loop, or a way to boost leads. The 5150 iii has all three. It's a great sounding amp. Full of gain and plenty of ability to tweak. The clean channel is Fender awesome and if it didn't cost me so much I might have kept the head just to doodle on the clean channel in my basement. But that wasn't enough to justify keeping it. Basically, I have one major problem with this amp: It's too compressed sounding. I just couldn't dial the compression out of it. When you hit a chord plugged into my Marshall you can feel it. When you play a chord plugged into the 5150 iii it's, for a lack of a better way to describe it, squishy. Because of that squish it really doesn't cut through on stage very well until you turn it up way too loud for the rest of the band. Not good. Also, it doesn't get along with all guitar/pickup combinations. I've read that other people have had the same problem with various guitars through the amp. Finally, while full out this things sounds harmonically rich, lowering volume on your guitar for different tones was basically useless. Too much distortion and compression.

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    4.0

    Beast

    By Drew

    from Texas

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

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

      I end up on the red channel mostly. It is just an amazing sound. I usually only have the gain about 11 o'clock and it is plenty wound up. Sounds amazing through the EVH 2 x 12 cabinet. The clean channel is okay, the blue is a nice different sound, less gain and less low end. But the red channel is the gnarly dirt that screams, chugs and does anything you want it to. And, it's more than loud enough. I've had mine about 7 months and still play it 5-6 times a week. I'm not trying for EVH's tone, just a fat sound with a tight bottom end. It does that all day.

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      (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.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

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        (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        End All. Be All.

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        By Drewsky Brewsky

        from Norman, Oklahoma

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        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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