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Peavey 5150 120W Guitar Amp Head

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The 5150 lets you experience 120W of smooth crunch and dense harmonics. 5 - 12AX7s in the preamp and 4 - 6L6s in the power amp provide all the gain a...Click To Read More About This Product

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Developed with guitar legend Edward Van Halen.

The 5150 lets you experience 120W of smooth crunch and dense harmonics. 5 - 12AX7s in the preamp and 4 - 6L6s in the power amp provide all the gain and tone you'll need. Includes high and low gain inputs, and the 2 channel preamp is switchable on the front panel or footswitch. The rhythm channel features pre/post gain controls and bright/crunch switches. Lead channel has controls for pre/post gain only. Channels share 3-band EQ, presence, and resonance controls. Switchable post EQ effects loop. 16, 8, or 4 ohms with preamp output. Footswitch included.

The 5150 series amplifiers and enclosures are the result of extensive research and development with guitar legend Edward Van Halen to produce the ultimate products for guitarists. With the 5150 and 5150 II heads, you'll experience super rock crunch, harmonic-rich sustain, and screaming drive like you've never heard before. Production models are identical to those Van Halen uses when recording, as well as those he currently uses on tour.

FEATURES
  • 120W
  • Preamp: 5 - 12AX7s
  • Power amp: 4 - 6L6s
  • Footswitchable lead/rhythm channels
  • Effects loop
  • 3-band EQ
  • Resonance and presence controls
  • 16, 8, or 4 ohms
SPECIFICATIONS
  • 26-1/2"W x 10-1/4"H x 11-3/4"D
  • 48 lbs.
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4.6

(based on 23 reviews)

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A realistic look at the amp

For the price, this amp can't be beat. The only competition is the 5150 II (more versatility but overall inferior tone) and the XXX (some may prefer the more Mesa-like vibe of...Read complete review

For the price, this amp can't be beat. The only competition is the 5150 II (more versatility but overall inferior tone) and the XXX (some may prefer the more Mesa-like vibe of this amp, but I've never liked that sound).The 5150 is low on frills and high on tone. One EQ and one poweramp tone-shaping section shared by both channels. The lead channel has a little more emphasis on upper mids, which is how I would EQ it anyway of I had a seperate one for each channel, so no big deal.The amp is capable of producing a large range of tones, from clean (nice but a bit flat) all the way through plexi crunch, to modded 2204 to absolute raging distortion. No one will ever need full gain from this amp. I set it to about 4.2 for Death Metal. The lead channel is tight and articulate, with very pleasing harmonics and a feel-it-in-your-chest thump that I couldn't resist.Gripes: Should have the "crunch" feature available on footswitch. Would probably sound better with higher-quality power tubes. A reverb wouldn't have hurt.Overal: Perfect for my needs. Excellent crunch that stands up favorably to a triple rec, and easy to dial in.

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major dissapointment

after my xxx brok bought the 5150. the sound quality is not up to par with the price. the head is not bad, but then again its not good either. the amp is...Read complete review

after my xxx brok bought the 5150. the sound quality is not up to par with the price. the head is not bad, but then again its not good either. the amp is only responsive if you play it heavy, but don't look for a nice clean warm sound. breakdowns on this amp sound scratchy at best. i have tried running it through 3 diff cabs, and it still comes out bad. the best cab u could runn it through is the Triple XXX 412 4x12 cabby. i think its best used by nu-metalers or anyone not looking to be too technical. the XXX OR XXL are better choices.

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5.0

Awesome in stock form, but amazing with mods.

By EMGESP

from Chicago, IL

Ok, I will tell you the 5150 in stock form is a really great sounding amp - especially if you're into really heavy music. No, it doesn't have a true clean, but with two simple mods you can really make the 5150 sing. First, you need to get the bias mod which will warm up the tubes to get out of crossover distortion. Second, you need to find someone to take some of that overkill gain out that makes the amp sound rather fuzzy and muddy at times. Doing this not only makes the distortion more clear, powerful and focused, but you actually can get a clean tone on the rhythm channel finally! Trust me, those mods take this already great sounding amp and just makes it way better. In my opinion, just in stock form of the 5150 kills the Mesa rectifiers! When the 5150 has those two mods, the Mesa isn't even in the same league. Search for 5150 mods online.

 
4.0

Best amp I've ever played!

By Bungalow Bill-GtxpM

from London, OH

This amp never ceases to amaze me. It is incredibly simple, but does everything a guitarist needs an amp to do. Plus, the gain on this thing blows the top off of any Marshall.

 
5.0

Peavey Metal Supreme

By Toner-JCbMh

from The Netherlands

The best metal amp. there is, with a heavy raw sound it beats the newest marshalls.

 
5.0

the best amp i've ever owned

By zakk5150wylde

from Pinehurst, NC

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this is by far one of the best sounding amps i've ever played on, GREAT for metal and hard rock especially, you get EXTRA crunch and heavy chunking even more than marshalls. i have played outside gigs with a 4x12 cab and this baby powering it, and the response is remarkable. you can't beat the value, the best amp for it's price by far....oh yeah did i mention that it's loud? try it for yourself.

 
5.0

5150 = the ultimate metal amp

By Omar SS

from San Jose CA

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Ive had the amp for about 6 months now and it sounds great. If you play anything heavy from rock to death metal you want this amp. Its the best value on the market for a good heavy amp. As good as if not better than the mesa rectefiers and about 400-500 less. Only drawback is single EQ but can be taken care of with many different products. If you know how to equalize then this amp will sound phenominal for you.

 
5.0

Marshall Sucks!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Okay.The only word that could possibly descibe this amp is AWESOME!The Rock tones you can get out of this amp are unbeleivably awesome!The best thing is when I run my peavey wolfgang through it.Now there is some awesome tone.This amp could beat any marshall,mesa..... any day of the week.If you have never tried this head I urge you to do it now.It will be well worth your while!Everyone knows that Marshall SUCKS!

 
5.0

Heavy stuff

By Scott-2dLnL

from new york

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For the music i play, i can't own a better amp. Sooooo thick and the lows are floor shaking. The only flaw is the clean channel not having its own eq.

 
4.0

The Poorman's Mesa

By Brandon Abhorrance

from Santa Cruz, CA

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I own one these, as well as a Mesa Triple Rectifier. The 5150 compares pretty well in gain and full brute strength. My only complaint is the high end isn't very defined, which sucks for heavy low notes and riffage, but is a plus to not have shredding solos become shrill. If a Mesa is out of your range, I recommend the 5150 with the addition of a BBE Sonic Maximizer.

 
5.0

This is an absolutely awesome amp

By Joey Demaio

from Castro valley, Ca

This Amp is a must have for anyone interested in playing Metal or Hard rock. It has awesome groundbreaking lows and Great highs. It has a decent clean tone, but overall this is the best amp you can get for the money. This amp without the Mods truley does Own Mesa Rectifires and Marshall JCM's. It will Melt your face off!

 
5.0

This amp is one of the best

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This amp is great, especially for playing hardcore or metal, but with a little turn of the gain knob you get a great classic tone. The great thing about this amp is that it is simple and easy to use!

 
4.0

A realistic look at the amp

By 13DeadEnd

from Indianapolis, IN

For the price, this amp can't be beat. The only competition is the 5150 II (more versatility but overall inferior tone) and the XXX (some may prefer the more Mesa-like vibe of this amp, but I've never liked that sound).The 5150 is low on frills and high on tone. One EQ and one poweramp tone-shaping section shared by both channels. The lead channel has a little more emphasis on upper mids, which is how I would EQ it anyway of I had a seperate one for each channel, so no big deal.The amp is capable of producing a large range of tones, from clean (nice but a bit flat) all the way through plexi crunch, to modded 2204 to absolute raging distortion. No one will ever need full gain from this amp. I set it to about 4.2 for Death Metal. The lead channel is tight and articulate, with very pleasing harmonics and a feel-it-in-your-chest thump that I couldn't resist.Gripes: Should have the "crunch" feature available on footswitch. Would probably sound better with higher-quality power tubes. A reverb wouldn't have hurt.Overal: Perfect for my needs. Excellent crunch that stands up favorably to a triple rec, and easy to dial in.

 
5.0

*** KICKER

By Intervalkid

from Oak Island NC

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This is a great amp. It has the thickest heaviest overdrive I have ever heard. I usually keep the pre gain on about 3 or 4 to get a moderately overdriven sound. At this degree it has a fabulous tone. Great for blues, even. For metal you can't really get any heavier than turning the pre up to 7-10. Tons of thick tone. The amp is my absolute favorite for rock rhythm tones. For a moderately driven sound it's pretty fair as far as lead, but be prepared to do a lot of picking! It's not too responsive to hammer ons/pull offs. For this reason I am going to get a MIaudio overdrive pedal to stack on that mug when I want to shred! The clean channel is kind of muddy if you don't have the presence all the way up but if you do the overdrive channel sound ratty. Oh well I guess that's why they made the 5150II!Thick, THICK tone.

 
5.0

the solution to all of our problems.

By justin-hb6m9

from bradenton, FL

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i have no reason to lie or make this head look better than it is. the honest truth is, this head is if not the best one of the best. i was using a peavey xl head, and before that, marshall, randall, and crate. none of them were good enough. there was either to much to learn about those heads or there wasnt enough, and it was boring and dull. this head has way more distortion than any other head, lots of bottom, mids, and highs, your choice. the clean channel is alright, but who needs a clean channel? if this review wont get you to buy the head just go and try it for yourself, cause even if i sit here and explain every single detail about this head, but if you go up to your local store and try it your going to still be blown away. 5150 is better than 5150-2.

 
5.0

I love this sound

By pickupstix22

from Southaven, MS

This thing has great distortion and it's really great for the roaming musician - tough product!

 
5.0

The best souding!

By Shane Barnard

from Branson, Missouri

This amp is perfect. There are no faults in the amp or the sound. There is nothing wrong with the tone. It could not be better!

 
5.0

Great Head!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

It is AWESOME! I use my friend's all the time! It has the most used rock sound that I've been searching for. If you like the guitar from Rufio, you need this amp!

 
5.0

Good enough for Eddie, good enough for ME!!!

By Randall X

from Memphis, TN

Owned one for 2 1/2 years, and it never let me down! Awesome!

 
5.0

Great Head

By FHVv5OrH4

from New Jersey

I really love this head, it has such a nice clean, and distortion sound to it, which is unique to other heads. For the music, I play this and it's an awesome head!

 
5.0

More for your buck!

By cold274

from Undisclosed

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Good sounding head. Similar to Marshall and Mesa/Boogie, but will probably have less trouble getting that low-end crunch with Peavey 5150. This is definitely for the metal guitarists.

 
4.0

All the tone you expect in a tube amp

By Yngwie!

from Kansas City

This thing will rip your face off. It's awesome. Like a Marshall and a Soldano combined. I've tried many heads and nothing touches this one (except the 5150II) :)

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