#1
I'm looking at a 5150 that a guy has for sale today. I've done a bit of research, both on the web and on UG. What Ive gathered lead me to believe that it is a quintsential metal amp, has gain for days, noise problems, one trick pony, doesnt do much outside of metal, and the cleans leave a lot to be desired. I play a lot of 90's rock type stuff. Wezzer, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins type sound/tones.

My questions are....

- If you own one would you recomend it?
- What do you love/hate about it?
- What are your tips/tricks/insider knowledge? (Things that I wouldnt know to look for when I check this amp out today?

- Guys selling a "Block Letter" 5150 for 400. Im pretty sure I'll buy it, unless somethings wrong with it. I was hoping that the UG faithfull would have some insight on this guy.
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#2
well can you try it out before you buy it? if so, i think you should be able to tell if you'd like it or not. see if he'll let you try it out a bit before you buy it.
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#3
Thats where Im headed at lunch today. I'll let y'all know how it goes.
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#4
I have one and wouldn't recommend it to you.
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#5
^ any particular reasons?
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#6
It's just not really suited to the bands you listed. It's very raw sounding, undefined kind of gain and is just kinda too heavy for that style. I think you'd be better off looking at something like a JCM900
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@gossage91
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#7
Quote by jambi_mantra
It's just not really suited to the bands you listed. It's very raw sounding, undefined kind of gain and is just kinda too heavy for that style. I think you'd be better off looking at something like a JCM900


I'll give it a go today and see whats what with the sound. I understand the rawness, and that doesnt seem to bother me all that much. Thanks for the heads up though. The more I look, the more I see "Heavey....man" in the descriptions about the 5150.
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#8
For 400 dollar I would buy it, if you didn't like try to sell it for around 500-600 (depending on condition), really you have nothing to lose at that price.
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#9
^Good point


Quote by jambi_mantra
It's just not really suited to the bands you listed. It's very raw sounding, undefined kind of gain and is just kinda too heavy for that style. I think you'd be better off looking at something like a JCM900


+1

Don't buy an amp just because it is a good deal. Now if you are not afraid of flipping amps and confident you can make a profit then you're fairly safe. Additionally, there could be some hidden issues due to age / use so again, unless you are willing to get those things fixed and / or have some technical background yourself you could spend more to get fixed up later.

Good new is your getting ready to play it so let your ears make the decision.


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