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The professional EVH 5150 III HD all-tube amp head that was developed to meet the exacting specifications of Edward Van Halen, one of the true living legends of rock guitar. The 5150III„¢ amp head's f... Click To Read More About This Product

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The professional EVH 5150 III HD all-tube amp head that was developed to meet the exacting specifications of Edward Van Halen, one of the true living legends of rock guitar. The 5150III„¢ amp head's flexible feature set allows creation of tones from clean to crunch to full-out distortion, inspiring limitless artistic expression. Truly roadworthy, EVH® amp heads feature no-compromise construction promising peak performance for years to come. Available in black or ivory.

Features
  • Power: 100 watts RMS
  • Tubes: eight 12AX7 (preamp); four 6L6
  • Three channels
  • Controls: Gain, 3-band EQ, volume, presence
  • Covering: Textured vinyl covering (black or ivory), EVH striped metal grille
  • Dimensions: 10.25" (26 cm) x 29.75" (75.5 cm) x 11.5" (29.3 cm)
  • Weight: 55 lbs. (25 kg)
  • Four-button footswitch included
Specifications
  • COVERING: Textured vinyl covering (black or ivory), EVH® striped metal grille
    WEIGHT: 55 lbs. (25 kg)
    DIMENSIONS:
    Height 10.25" (26 cm)
    Width: 29.75" (75.5 cm)
    Depth: 11.5" (29.3 cm)
    OUTPUT: 100 watts RMS
    TUBES: Four 6L6 output tubes, eight 12AX7 preamp tubes
    SHIPPING WEIGHT: 60 lbs. (27.2 kg) including packaging
    INTRODUCED: July 1, 2007
    FOOTSWITCH: Four-button footswitch included (P/N 007-0926-000)
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EVH5150 III 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.7

(based on 42 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (34)

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    (5)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Excellent sound (9)
  • Good power output (9)
  • Warm / comfy (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A sexy, smokin' three headed beast

I happened to be in the Orlando, Florida GC when the sales guys pulled the store's first EVH 5150III out of the box. It was a week day, so the store wasn't overly...Read complete review

I happened to be in the Orlando, Florida GC when the sales guys pulled the store's first EVH 5150III out of the box. It was a week day, so the store wasn't overly crowded with eager onlookers. This was my good fortune and allowed me to be the first awestruck customer to give this particular 5150 III a whirl. First, I was struck with the cosmetic touches that have been applied. The fit, finish, and overall sexiness of the amp is a real draw. I tried the white one, and will go for that color when the cash finally piles up. I especially like the ease of the three channel layout with all three presence controls on the right side. The fact that the input jack is labeled "insert" is perfect! It could also be labeled, "duh?" Secondly, I was truly impressed with each of the three channels different tonal characteristics. The first channel was actually jangly! It compared with top level Vox, Fender, and other boutique amp clean channels that I've demoed. Early 5150s had no usable clean channel. This model, Eddie's given a real gem in that department. You can use your volume control to really shape the edge of your dynamics with this channel. This feature makes it worthy of a boutique label to me. The second channel is my favorite. I was 13 when I heard Eruption for the first time. But it was VHII and Women and Children First that really got me loving Eddie's tone. Channel two IS that tone. I'll buy the amp just for that sound, that chocolate brown beautiful sound! Channel three is more like the out of control gain I've used to from earlier 5150 amps. When it's time to "sing for days," this is the channel. I'm normally an EL34 guy. But to my ear, the 6L6s in this amp sound better than any amp in GC at this time. I liked the user interface of the back panel. But, even though the footswitch is as seemless as advertised, I wish it had a way to be switched via a midi controller. Maybe it does and I'm not aware of it??? Using a JMP-1 at the moment for my tones, I'd like to switch this head with the same controller. Finally, I think the price could be argued as justifiable. It is Eddie's amp after all. But, I still think anything that isn't fully point to point wired using the absolute best of components is not worth $2000. Still, it's the tone that counts. And this amp just freakin' has TONE. So, thanks Ed, Bruce, and the R&D folks at Fender... now I gotta get in trouble with the wife again!!!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fender can't handle it

The 5150 series has been said to be an one trick pony, and the original block letter Peavey did it well. I tried this amp out in a local store and it lost most...Read complete review

The 5150 series has been said to be an one trick pony, and the original block letter Peavey did it well. I tried this amp out in a local store and it lost most of its VH characteristics while sounded like another high gain cookie cutter. If you want to sound like the classic EVH do not even aim this way; try the original first. If you want a high gain amp that would do metal and rock, cheaper amps are as good fit as this one.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

IN YOUR FACE

By Ernest Legato

from Riverside, ca

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Fun metal jamming
    • Home Studio

    Comments about EVH 5150 III 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    Had the Marshall 410h, then went to the ENGL savage 120.
    Found this 5150 iii to be a tone that just hit it for me.
    Very versatile. Clean channel sound of a fender tweed, and blue channel like a Marshall JCM 800.
    Red channel is in your face with a punch that just screams with a tone like no other.
    Red channel overdrive is backed to about 4 to 5 for a perfect metal crunch that gives me the sound I love.

     
    5.0

    Excellent quality and tone !

    By Steve

    from NYC

    About Me Experienced

    Comments about EVH 5150 III 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    This is a very high Quality professional amplifier no question about it. The volume is actually an actuator so you can play lower levels without losing the tone you want! Excellent. The one I got in is MIM not nam and I think they are all MIM now. It's interesting to see how this industry is evolving think as you can see marshal is now making more versatile amplifiers and fender is now making more crunchy type amplifiers but this new EVH line has proven fenders direction in this marketplace both with guitars and amplification.

    (0 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    5150 111 100 watt tube amp head very disappointing

    By eddie ray vawn

    from toledo ohio

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about EVH 5150 III 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    Home use. Looks great. Sound sucks. no good overdrive.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing!!!

    By Gearfanatic69

    from Utah

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about EVH 5150 III 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      This if by far the best amp I have ever owned. I have been playing guitar for 30+ years and currently play in a hard rock/metal band. The versatility of this amp is unmatched. All 3 channels sound incredible. I use the 2nd channel for rhythm guitar and the 3rd channel for leads. Having independent EQ for all 2 channels allows you to crank up the gain and the mids for a lead sound that really cuts through. The middle channel (#2) is perfect for rhythm guitar sounds. The perfect amount of gain and the tone is really nice. I use the effects loop for some delay and a whammy pedal for leads. I went with the white head and white cabinet. This amp is worth every penny. If you are in a rock/metal band you should check this amp out.

       
      4.0

      Nice metal head

      By MetalHeadMike

      from Las Cruces, NM

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about EVH 5150 III 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          I purchased this to compare it with several other amps that I had in my possession to see which amp would be the one staying. The other amps were a Peavey Triple XXX2 (which I've owned for 3 years and just can't jive with despite tube swaps and biasing, pickup swaps, various guitars, eq pedals. It's HARSH and FIZZY!!!), an Engl Fireball 100, and an Engl Blackmore. After throwing an EQ in the loop, I found the EVH 100 sounded pretty good. I play strictly metal so I can't comment on the clean channel or any rock/blues tones from this amp as I didn't even try. As for Modern metal tones, the amps red channel was as others have said already: tight, gained out, and brutal even without a boost; although I preferred it with a clean od boost. The blue channel however sucked without a boost. It has hardly any gain at all!!! I boost all my high gain amps but I've always been able to achieve the gain level I want with the amps gain knob to taste and an OD pedal with level knob at 2 on all my other high gainers. Not with the blue channel on the EVH 100; I had to have my Ts9 level knob at noon. I will say though by setting the blue channel gain at 3 o'clock and level to noon on the Ts9, this thing woke up. Didn't sound to good at bedroom volume but cranked up a bit it really came to life and had a tone similar to the 6505/5150 but more refined. This didn't work for me because I'm in an apartment for another 2 years, and I need something that sounds AWESOME at bedroom levels and this did not. I decided to send this back and kept the Engl Fireball 100 which in comparison absolutely slays at bedroom volume. I may try the EVH 50 watt in the future as I hear the Blue channel gain has been increased but for now the Fireball kills for Modern Metal. I'll be doing a full detailed review on the Fireball shortly.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          BEST AMP I'VE EVER PLAYED!

          By Phoenix Rover

          from Phoenix, Arizona

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Loud
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • heavy

          Best Uses

          • Any And All

          Comments about EVH 5150 III 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          CONS: Expensive and heavy. Other than that, what a great amp!!! I thought the old Peavey (block letter) was the coolest amp on the planet, until I bought this head (and cabinet)! This is hard to describe, but a single note, from a single string, has as much volume as a power chord. There's some real definition going on here. Lots of hard rock/metal amps are just a grindy, distorted, hot mess. You to have some powerful gain on the lead channels here, but its adjustable and contained. Also, there's definitely some warm tones going on here, also adjustable with the separate PRESENCE effects for all 3 channels.

          I play in cover bands, and with 3 channels, it's extremely versatile... I can go from the clean channel with a Rolling Stones "twang," to some crunchy blues-metal-rock on the 2nd, to an all-out assault, with blistering gain on the lead channel. All, with very sweet highs that are not to grating or treble-y, and with powerful low and mid ranges!

          It's by far the best amp I've ever played out of!

          Yes... This an expensive amp and cabinet. But, like almost everything in life, you get what you pay for. I guess most people would rather have a Mercedes than a Toyota, and this amp is worth every penny.

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The perfect machine for me

          By Stompboxfreak72

          from Cleveland,Oh

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about EVH 5150 III 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            Bought in June and Ive been gigging it every weekend in my 80's cover band, the red channel is wicked for soloing. No boost need and the channel just plays like butter. The Blue channel could use just a touch more gain but I boost it with a TS9 and it is great.

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Versatile

            By RUSS POWELL

            from Phoenix AZ

            Comments about EVH 5150 III 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            When I started looking into buying a 5150 III, all I could find were videos of metal guys and Van Halen riffers. No disrespect to either intended but this amp goes sooo much deeper than that. My background -I've been playing over 30 years, owned dozens of pedals, amps and guitars and I play out a couple times a month. Band does a mixed set Merle and Waylon to Zep and the Foo's. This amp handles it all. Channel One - Gorgeous, lush, chimey Fender clean. Has an immediate attack when playing country but lots of sustain when you want to let those fat crystal-clear notes ring out. Channel Two - Again, immediate attack. rich creamy distortion without getting too grainy. But you can dial it back for some smooth overdrive. Either way, there is beautiful note separation and little compression. Channel three - Perfect lead channel. Will get as searing as you want. This is where you see the metal-guys get that weird smile and their eyes glaze over. Haha. For good reason. I play with the gain at 10:00 and the volume at 8:00 and it is ferocious. Bottom line : One of the most versatile amps I've played. The best live sound I've ever had was with this amp AND the distortion is so good on it, I was able to pull 3 pedals off my pedalbard (Dist,OD,Boost).I can't imagine anyone needing a dirt pedal of any kind with this. I get compliments from country guys and rock guys alike on "my" sound. Who am I kidding though - it's not me, it's this incredible amp. Please don't let all the metal riffers and VH wankers in the reviews make you turn away from this amp. You'd be ignoring potentially one of the best amps you'll ever play.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Awesome

            By Ajax

            from Undisclosed

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about EVH 5150 III 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              This amp is killer. Blows Marshalls away. Fantastic clean channel. Great crunch channel. Killer overdrive / lead channel. Simple to use. Not a lot of switches and modes like Mesas. What else can you ask for?

              My only pet peeve with with this amp is the power & standby switches in the back. Maybe it's just me, but that's really annoying. Don't like it at all; especially if you're on a dark stage swapping guitars. Honestly, I'd prefer a single, global presence knob in order to make space for the power & stand by switches in the front.

              The other issue is that this amp plus the cab aren't exactly portable. Definitely think the 50 watt version makes more sense for most people, but I don't like how channel 1 and 2 share the same volume and gain knobs on that.

              EVH amps are very close to perfection, but not quite there in terms of ergonomics and how I use amps. They got the most important thing right. Sound. But, I'd love to see a portable 50 watt model with separate volume and gain knobs for channel 1 and 2. Plus, I'd want the power and standby buttons in the front. That would be my dream amp.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awesome amp!!

              By MisterJim

              from Rensselaer, NY

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about EVH 5150 III 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                I have used so many amps over the years, from Mesas to Hiwatts, Fenders, Peavey, Rivera, the list goes on. I have to say this beats them all. I love the versatility of the clean channel and the overdrive channels are killer. What really amazes me is how quiet this amp is for such a high gain beast! I remember my Mesa rectifiers would be screaming with hum and hiss with this much gain! I use a Wolfgang Special with it and the EVH 4x12 cab. I absolutely love it and it is now my gigging amp! I read about some owners having issues with the footswitch. As in the instructions make sure the footswitch is plugged in before powering ther amp up. Like Eddie says you don't have to play like him to own one of these! Very happy with the rig!

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