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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 features. Its smaller size and portability make it a pe... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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
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
 
4.5

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (29)
  • Excellent sound (28)
  • Easy to use (22)
  • Portable (21)
  • Warm / comfy (17)

Cons

  • Limited functions (5)

Best Uses

  • Performances (26)
  • Home studio (24)
  • Professional recording (21)
  • Amateur recording (15)
  • Outdoor events / games (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (25), 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.

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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

Finally

By Josh

from Detroit, MI

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    Traded my Mesa for it and won't look back. This amp has such a wide variety of ones you can get out of it. The middle channel is identical to a soldano HR50. The cleans are very much like some of Fenders famed amps, but just moving up on the gain a little bit you can get a very raw almost early Marshall grit. The foot switch buttons are durable. The only cons I would say is Channel one and two share the same gain and the on switch is in the back. If your're in the mood to break out your hair spray and 1980s mullet there is a MIDI direct in the back, just add phase 90.

     
    5.0

    Awesome .. I love it

    By Gimmie

    from Albany NY

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

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

      More portable than my mesa duel rectifier and just as loud. Great for any size gig. Very smooth pristine clean and as dirty as want to go. It can actually get to dirty.

       
      1.0

      One Trick Pony

      By Bill

      from Raleigh, NC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • It Looks Nice

      Cons

      • Could Not Use For Gigging
      • Difficult To Use
      • Limited Functions
      • One Channel Amp, Switching Unuseable
      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

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

      In the early 90's I was owned a first run 120 watt EVH 5150 head built by Peavey. Based on my experience with that head, buying this head, the 50 watt 5150 III; I was certain that I would be getting the same quality design with attention to detail. Boy was I in for a major disappointment and out a grand. You've read about the significant volume drop. It's all true and worse than you can imagine. It gets one sound that is really amazing. That comes from channel 2 with the gain up a little more than half for that distinct brown sound you are looking for. Beyond that it's got nothing. The clean channel #1, is not clean at all and the high gain channel #3 has far too much hiss and squashiness. There is no way that Eddie could have sat and played this amp and said "Yes! That's good!"

       
      5.0

      Channe 3 is where all the action is

      By Pete

      from Columbia, MD

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        I will say that this amp is definitely worth the price even though channel 2 is pretty much useless for me. Channel 1 and 3 are awesome. Especially channel 3. I was trying for months to get a good rhythm sound for my recordings. Something just isn't right about channel 2. I have read that it is voiced differently than channel 3. I finally gave up on channel 2 and tried channel 3 for both leads and rhythms. For rhythm put the gain at about the 9 on the clock position and man it is awesome. Perfect. For leads I usually have the gain about the 2 o'clock position. It is perfect for recording but for live, you will need a pedal for the high gain lead stuff. I recommend the spark booster by tc electronics. So, great amp even though channel 2 is useless. Interview with evh from a few years ago claimed that evh would change channel 2 so that it is voiced like channel 3. I guess we will see that on his new amp coming out next year.

         
        5.0

        And then the heavens parted.............................

        By TSW1129

        from PSL, FL

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Controls in the rear

        Best Uses

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

          I order the EVH 5150III 50W Head from Musicians Friend and this amp is has the wow factor. Cleans on low gain are classic Fender. Chimy, clear, articulate and pretty!! Then you step on the channel selector and channel 2 comes on. INCREDIBLE. Very fat, thick and heavy tone and that is with the gain at high noon. Channel 3 is similar but even more gain. In a nutshell this amp has a awesome clean tone but this is a beast on channels 2 & 3, with high gain but has great clarity. You can hear the difference with good/great guitars vs lower level ones. There is a volume drop when switching from 1 to 2, but if you put the gain straight up or higher, that goes away and the cleans still sound great. I use a decibel meter app on my phone and there is no decibel drop when the gain is at high noon or higher and volume at least on 2. Speaking of volume, it is a LOUD 50W. This is a great, great amp that is made to rock. At this price point there is nothing better and maybe at any price point. Do what you gotta do to raise the cash but if you like to rock, go get one. This is what you've been hearing in your head all your life. Order one NOW!!

           
          5.0

          Best overall head

          By Kevin

          from Falls Church, VA

          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:

            Best head I have ever used. I used to be a big Peavey guy, and loved the raw sound of the 6505. When I tried the 5150 III, it had the same power as the 6505, but it had a much tighter feeling to it. I play mainly metal, and this amp delivers in all aspects. The amp also cleans up extremely well. Only problem (common problem with the amp) is the shared volume control between channels 1 and 2 which creates a volume jump. I only use channel 1 and 3, so it doesn't bother me at all.

             
            5.0

            Great sounding tube head by the Legend.

            By Steven

            from undisclosed

            Verified Buyer

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

            If not the BEST tube head on the market.

             
            5.0

            The Volume Jump is Tricky, But FIxable

            By Larry

            from Seattle WA

            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:

              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.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I would buy this head again

              By Leo

              from Flint Mi

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

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

                Best head I've ever owned and I have owned quite a few tube amps...You'll never worry about being down in the mix again.Very versatile and if you can't get a great clean it's you not the amp.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                EVH 5150 III 50 W Amp

                By BAMBAM

                from Phoenix, AZ

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

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

                  I have this amp head in conjunction with the EVH 212 cabinet and let me tell you it does not dissapoint!. I just recently picked up a EVH red/white striped guitar to use in combination with this set up. No words!. If you want to get that classic EVH sound this is the way to go. The peeps at HC were LOCKED ON!. They were friendly, knowledgeable and went out of there way to answer my questions. I'll keep going back to the Scottsdale location because they were the best. That GC. I'll be back AGAIN!!.

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