#1
Hey guys, today at guitar center I saw a used 5150 II head for $700.

I'm saving up for a 6505+ and a Mills Acoustic 412B cab which all together is around 2600, so this would cut my cost tremendously.

I currently have the money necessary to buy this amp, and assuming its in good condition, is it worth the buy?

Note: This is my FIRST tube amp.

Edit: I have the money atm, so thats not an issue, im concerned with quality / reliability.
Gear:
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Peavey 5150II All Tube 120w Head
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#2
The 5150 is arguably similar to the 6505. If it has EVH plated on it, that's a really good deal. If not, it could be pretty average.

Some people are stupid when it comes to 5150's. You can get a legit EVH 5150 for half the price of a new 5150 without EVH on it.

It'll be able to play anything a 6505 can. My friend uses one in a deathcore band called Lower the Casket. It holds up well.
#3
You can sometimes find them cheaper if you're willing to put in an effort and look around the used market but compared to what I've seen recently that seems like a decent deal assuming it's in good shape and all.

5150's are of good quality which is one of the factors for them being a commonly found amp on the used market. I wouldn't worry about reliability and quality too much as long as it's in good shape, they're pretty sturdy amps.
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#4
Quote by r0ckth3d34n
The 5150 is arguably similar to the 6505. If it has EVH plated on it, that's a really good deal. If not, it could be pretty average.

Some people are stupid when it comes to 5150's. You can get a legit EVH 5150 for half the price of a new 5150 without EVH on it.

Uhhh... The 5150 is EXACTLY the same as the 6505, no matter if it's a Blockletter or Signature.


I'd try to talk them down, $700 isn't a bad deal right now though, 5150s skyrocketted a few months ago
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#5
That's an ok deal. I would jump on it. The only difference between the 5150 and 6505 is the numbers on the grill. So same amp for less.

They are pretty reliable you shouldn't have any trouble with it maybe put some new tubes in it. Unless the one's in there are fairly new. But it's always good to have a set of backups..

So yeah I'd jump on it.
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#6
Quote by MatrixClaw
Uhhh... The 5150 is EXACTLY the same as the 6505, no matter if it's a Blockletter or Signature.


I'd try to talk them down, $700 isn't a bad deal right now though, 5150s skyrocketted a few months ago



The interwebz is flooded with used 5150s for $400-500. We already had this little talk, MC.
#7
Quote by i_am_metalhead
The interwebz is flooded with used 5150s for $400-500. We already had this little talk, MC.

Not ones who are willing to ship
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#8
Hmm... sounds like it would be hard for me to keep this thing in my room until i am able to shell out the 1100 needed for the cab

Interesting stuff, I'm still hesitant for some reason, I just planned on getting a 6505+

so indecisive :/
Gear:
Ibanez RG4EXFM1
Peavey 5150II All Tube 120w Head
Avatar contemporary 2x12 (Celestion v30's)
Peavey Vypyr 15w (Fantastic Practice Amp!!!)

Got Djent?
#9
You wouldn't have to buy a $1,100 5150 cab. I'm pretty sure you could get a Valveking, Avatar, etc. cab for cheaper and it'll work fine.


Quote by MatrixClaw
Uhhh... The 5150 is EXACTLY the same as the 6505, no matter if it's a Blockletter or Signature.


I'd try to talk them down, $700 isn't a bad deal right now though, 5150s skyrocketted a few months ago


This is false, the 5150 II has 6 preamps and 4 output tubes. It is exactly the same as the 6505+. It is not the same as a 6505. So basically, with the 5150 II you're getting 6505+. The difference is an extra pre-amp tube.

Also, the EVH 5150 III HD has 8 preamp tubes and 4 output tubes.

The ORIGINAL 5150 is the same as a 6505.

Call me nitpicky, but the differences are vital.
#10
Quote by r0ckth3d34n
You wouldn't have to buy a $1,100 5150 cab. I'm pretty sure you could get a Valveking, Avatar, etc. cab for cheaper and it'll work fine.

He's saving for a mills cab, much much higher quality than anything listed.

Quote by r0ckth3d34n

This is false, the 5150 II has 6 preamps and 4 output tubes. It is exactly the same as the 6505+. It is not the same as a 6505. So basically, with the 5150 II you're getting 6505+. The difference is an extra pre-amp tube.

Also, the EVH 5150 III HD has 8 preamp tubes and 4 output tubes.

The ORIGINAL 5150 is the same as a 6505.

Call me nitpicky, but the differences are vital.


Also, thats exactly what MC said


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Uhhh... The 5150 is EXACTLY the same as the 6505


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#12
Quote by r0ckth3d34n
This is false, the 5150 II has 6 preamps and 4 output tubes. It is exactly the same as the 6505+.

Read your first post, you said the 5150 isn't the same as a 6505. Not a 6505+. Yes, 5150 = 6505 and 5150 II = 6505+.


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Quote by jj1565
maybe you're not saying the right things? an amp likes to know you care.





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