#1
I've been saving for an EVH 5150 III, almost there. Is it worth the $3000 price tag?
#2
It's $2000, not $3000. You don't need to get the matching cab with it.

If you can get a used one for cheaper, you might as well do so. Also look at a better cab, like Emperor or Port City or Mills Acoustics, if you're really saving up that much money. You can find a used Mesa 4x12 for around $400, though.

They're good amps, but every EVH 5150 III made supposedly sounds different from one another for one reason or another.
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#3
Thanks for the info. I was planning on getting the cab, as well. Hence the $3000. I've been drooling over that baby for a few years now.
#4
Get a used one. New, they're not worth it IMO. They sound great, but $2000 for an amp made in Mexico is for shit.
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#5
2000 usd better be something pretty damn special. then again i dumped almost 2000 on my orange OR50H, but i thought it was pretty damn special.

usually i'd recommend people playing something that costs much before actually buying it to make sure it is worth their wild. (yes a local store did have an OR50H for me to play before i bought it)

i'd also pay attention for how much they go used. resale value for an amp is a big determining factor for me because i want to know i can get my money back out the amp.
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#6
That amp is easily found for 1100-1500 used
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#7
ouch, that is a hell of a hit.

TS i would recommend buying used with an avatar cab for maximum bang for the buck, based on shred's very knowledgable input
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#8
That is if he is in the states. if he's not in the states another amp should be on the TS radar
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#9
TS? Total sucker I know this thing is outrageously priced. But, I'm skeptical of buying used, as I have heard of pre amp tube problems on earlier models.
#10
Tried one of these amps and maybe it was because I wasn't EQing it right, but I didn't like it too much. The cleans were nice. The crunch channel just wasn't useful for me. It didn't have enough gain to be useful for metal as a rhythm channel IMO. The lead channel was okay, but I thought it wasn't as awesome as the 5150/6505 or the 5150II/6505+ honestly.
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I honestly don't think I'd even buy a used one. Some of the nightmare stories I read of the initial run scarred me away. I know riffhog liked his when he had it but I think even he would agree.

I was down to a 5153 and a Splawn when I finally pulled a trigger.
#14
regardless of how you feel about used, i still don't recommend buying something that loses almost 1/2 value after you buy it, especially if you don't try before buying to see if it's something you want or if there might be something better out there for you.
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#15
I've not tried the EVH but have played a lot with 5150s and have to say I am pretty damn happy with my 6505+ Chinese 60w 112 (I use a V30). I have over 500 hrs on it, no problems at all and its been knocked around a lot. They should make a head version (I converted mine) and sell it for $499, they would sell a lot of them.
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#16
I have a 5150 lll 412 it sounds great but not worth the money new. I bought mine used new a guitar center for 250 and one of my xxx cabs. Just get the head.
#17
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Tried one of these amps and maybe it was because I wasn't EQing it right, but I didn't like it too much. The cleans were nice. The crunch channel just wasn't useful for me. It didn't have enough gain to be useful for metal as a rhythm channel IMO. The lead channel was okay, but I thought it wasn't as awesome as the 5150/6505 or the 5150II/6505+ honestly.

Had to be something wrong with it cause that amp has just as much gain as a 5150.

The crunch channel sounds like sex too, and has an awesome clean channel


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TS? Total sucker I know this thing is outrageously priced. But, I'm skeptical of buying used, as I have heard of pre amp tube problems on earlier models.

Those are $10 a piece, even if you had to retube the entire amp, it would be a hell of a lot cheaper than a new one.

Fact of the matter is, even if the amp didn't work, if you bought it for $1100, to replace all of the major components in it, it would cost less than the $900 difference in price. I realize you don't want to buy a broken amp, but I'm just throwing the scenario out there

TBH, if you buy one used and it works when you get it, I doubt it'll ever have any serious problems, it's held up that long, it's likely to hold up longer. The price of buying a new one isn't really worth it when buying anything, unless the difference is so minimal that paying a bit extra for a warranty is worth it
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^^ actually the warranty is transferable iirc....so

I dunno if it is, I was just stating that more in a general purpose, that buying new is a waste of money unless the benefits really outweigh the cost difference (ie: I would NEVER buy a used Bugera ).
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#21
^yeah gotcha.

anywho, i'm pretty sure the 5153 is transferable...something I wish Splawn would do

I thought the amp sounded killer and liked the idea of getting 5150/6505+ distortion AND Fender cleans in one amp but the Made in Mexico thing and the horror stories drove me away. I found one in Sacto for $750 back then
#22
It's the best sounding amp I've ever heard for metal. It's got the about 90% of the growl of the original, but it's super clear and articulate sounding. I've never heard an amp that sounds like that.
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#23
so the three is an attempt at staying true to the original?

And yea I would def recommend looking for a used one, i'm never buying an amp brand new again ever, its like buying a new car the value drops so much after its off the lot.
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#24
My local Guitar Center had a used one for about $1200 for the head I think. They are truly amazing heads....when they work.

My local mom n' pop music store got 2 5150III's in one time and both of them didn't work. They had to return them and sadly never got anymore.
#25
They're inconsistent in my experience. They're definitely worth the used price if you find a good one though. Awesome cleans, great mid gain crunch and great heavy tones. Bad ones tend to have the great cleans but mediocre mid gain tones and fizzy/buzzy heavy tones.
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#26
I've always liked my original run 5150 2x12 combo more than any of the 5150 III's i've played. And I picked my 5150 up in a trade for a valveking. You can pick one up for somewhere around $500 on average used.