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Ultima117
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Hey guys! In my quest to find a low wattage British amp, I stumbled upon a deal I could not pass up. $300 + my bugera head, for a brand new 5150 III 50 watt head!

I've only had it a week now, so I might have a little "new amp syndrome" bias; however I cant resist. One word can sum this amp up......amazing! The cleans are awesome! Even with my EMG pickups at full tone knob and gain knob on the guitar and 3 gain on the amp you can get very good cleans. You don't have to do the .5 gain and roll off the knob trick with this clean channel. Also, the crunch channel, or in my opinion should be more appropriately named hot rodded Marshall channel sounds fantastic! Honestly probably my favorite channel. It has a crazy amount of gain, but can be backed off as well. Awesome channel. And the lastly the lead channel. This channel has over the top gain. Honestly even at 4 gain, which I play, is just insane; however it still retains great clarity and note definition.

This is probably one of the most versatile amps I have ever played on, you can literally get any tone you want with some tweaking! I should also mention too this amp sounds like it has an overdrive pedal on the crunch/lead channels. It is ridiculously tight and saturated!

That's just a little brief review and here are some things worth mentioning that are not talked about too much:

1). This amp is loud! I mean really, really loud! Even if you turn the volume to just break volume its still louder than my bugera was on 1; with that said, it sounds better at this lowest volume setting than any other amp I have played, absolutely killer!

2) the whole volume jump between ch 1 & 2 is not as unmanageable as people say it is. Just set your gain halfway and it really is not that bad. Also if I can get decent cleans from emgs at half gain....you'll be fine....its not pristine clean, mind you, but certainly sounds good.

3). I think its kinda cool that the evh logo and the fender logo in the bottom right are made to be removable. I personally really like them, but I thought I should mention this for the people who like to customize.

4). This amp sounds nothing like a 6505 or 5150....not even close. This amp is extremely tight and saturated... no need for an od. It is also a very bright amp and has more of a crunch than a "chunk" sound if that makes any sense. The versatility is also vastly better. The clean channel is actually clean. So honestly do not expect this to be a 6505 or 5150. And lastly at low volumes it sounds killer, in my opinion you really need a 6505 to "open" up before you start to get good tones.

So with all that said, I hope this brief review/info helps people on the fence about this amp or those looking for an amp. I really love this amp!!

And apparently I can't post pics from my phone......they'll be coming later tonight (:

If anyone has any questions about the amp I'd be more than happy to help......all this talk makes me wanna play it right now......lame work.......
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EVH 5150 III 50 Watt
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EVH Wolfgang Special in vintage white
Chapman Ghost Fret Satin blue w/Nazgul and Sentient p.u.
PRS SE Mike Mushok Baritone w/emg 81,85
Blueridge BR-183A acoustic
Offworld92
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I think my biggest problem with the III is that it sounds nothing like a 5150. Sure it's a great amp, there's no dispute there. But give it a different name...
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HNAD! I really want to try one, I have a feeling I would really like it for lead work, but I will probably miss the pure pissed off ferocity of a 6505.
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#5
Pics or it's a spyder.
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gregs1020
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Quote by Ultima117
Hey guys! In my quest to find a low wattage British amp, I stumbled upon a deal I could not pass up. $300 + my bugera head, for a brand new 5150 III 50 watt head!

2) the whole volume jump between ch 1 & 2 is not as unmanageable as people say it is. Just set your gain halfway and it really is not that bad. Also if I can get decent cleans from emgs at half gain....you'll be fine....its not pristine clean, mind you, but certainly sounds good.

$300 and a bugera?



2 - i had heard the same thing about the volume jump, that it wasn't as much of an issue with the gain at half way. (i mean if you want pristine cleans a 5153 isn't really the amp for you anyway right?)


congrats!
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#7
HNAD!!!!! I love my 5150iii 50w amazing is a good word to sum it up for sure.....5150 will always be associated with EVH.....here is a great pedal to match up with your amp really makes the clean channel a little more pristine....and it's super transparent can be left on all the time it thickens he bottom up adds sparkle to the top end but changes nothing of your original tone. You can even still use a tube screamer with it on for a nice mid boost.
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#8
HNAD. My jealousy currently knows no bounds.
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I want PICS and CLIPS man, come on !

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HNAD! welcome to the 5153 club youll be satisfied way after the "honeymoon" phase

someone said you shouldnt get a 5153 if you want prestine cleans anyway??? play a passive neck pup through this heads clean channel and tell me its not prestine.. best cleans of any hi-gain amp ever

Quote by Offworld92



I think my biggest problem with the III is that it sounds nothing like a 5150. Sure it's a great amp, there's no dispute there. But give it a different name...


thats not entirely fair lol. Eddie picked the name 5150 cuz it means "CRAZY" and this little amp fits that definition much better than its Peavey predecessor
Blktiger0
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#11
I disagree on it having the best cleans of an high gain amp.

However, HN5153D, TS!

That's one HELL of a deal. A fire hazard and $300 for a 5153 mini? I would do that all day long. I was quite impressed with the 5153 I played. It wasn't what I was expecting, especially after playing old 5150's and 6505's. Much, much different sound. The 6505 kinda has a grind in the midrange, where the 5153 has more of a sizzle/crunch. If I didn't dig darker tones, I would have a 5153 instead of my Vengeance

Just curious, what tubes are in it? You might not be able to handle the amazing after a good retube...
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#12
well true i suppose there are a few out there than can best it.... but not in the price range..
i owned a knucklehead ktre before my 5153 and even its cleans for the price dont match up.
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Quote by Bladed-Vaults
well true i suppose there are a few out there than can best it.... but not in the price range..
i owned a knucklehead ktre before my 5153 and even its cleans for the price dont match up.

my point was...

nevermind.
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#14
sweet
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lol I think i know where you were comin from man. just bein picky today
most people that buy these are buyin em for extreme metal.
proud to say my clean chanell gets used..... on one song....
Ultima117
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Ya $300 and a bugera, for it brand new in ivory to match my cab, haha. I can't believe I got so lucky (:

It actually came stock with JJ's tubes, so pretty sweet.

I forgot to mention too the footswitch uses a regular cable instead of the stupid din connectors.

And ill definitely post some pics tonight and maybe a sound test.
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PRS SE Mike Mushok Baritone w/emg 81,85
Blueridge BR-183A acoustic
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I was specifically referring to my amp, but I could probably come up with a few more. I don't need a "gain trick" to get pristines

Then again, I have a hard time dialing in that cranked JCM800 "clean" tone that I love. Since I don't boost my amp, I can kinda get it by dialing back my guitar volume, but it still isn't quite as JCM800-y as I would like. (Damn 6L6's ) Of course, I don't use cleans at all live They're more of an at-home thing for me.

Either way, still jealous of TS and his awesome deal on a more awesone amp
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Spin 'round carousel when your horse isn't screwed in.

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#23
To tell ya the truth I never use my channel 3.. just a mt-2 metal zone. .. why would anyone ever need more :/
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Quote by Bladed-Vaults
To tell ya the truth I never use my channel 3.. just a mt-2 metal zone. .. why would anyone ever need more :/

I'm sorry, but why would you buy an amp with an awesome high gain channel, and then ruin it by putting what is one of the worst distortion pedals ever made into it?

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Quote by Bladed-Vaults
To tell ya the truth I never use my channel 3.. just a mt-2 metal zone. .. why would anyone ever need more :/

well played.
Quote by Roc8995
I don't think I've ever played anything in black walnut. It's a great ice cream flavor, so I assume it works well for a strat too.

Quote by JustRooster
The slugs in the pickups for telecasters are from old winchester rifles, which is why they sound so country.
Ultima117
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It won't let me upload the pictures...it says the file size is too large ):
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Avatar 2x12 w/ v30s
EVH Wah Pedal
EVH Wolfgang Special in vintage white
Chapman Ghost Fret Satin blue w/Nazgul and Sentient p.u.
PRS SE Mike Mushok Baritone w/emg 81,85
Blueridge BR-183A acoustic
Ultima117
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Nevermind, figured it out...

Here you go ladies and gentlemen (:

Enjoy!!! (and sorry to disappoint, it's not a Diezel or line 6 (; )





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EVH 5150 III 50 Watt
Avatar 2x12 w/ v30s
EVH Wah Pedal
EVH Wolfgang Special in vintage white
Chapman Ghost Fret Satin blue w/Nazgul and Sentient p.u.
PRS SE Mike Mushok Baritone w/emg 81,85
Blueridge BR-183A acoustic
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Quote by Ultima117
Nevermind, figured it out...

Here you go ladies and gentlemen (:

Enjoy!!! (and sorry to disappoint, it's not a Diezel or line 6 (; )

It's better, cause it's WHITE!
Quote by Dave_Mc
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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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gregs1020
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#31
crank it and see if hulk or thor falls off first.

i bet the hulk takes the dive before thor.

got a $5 that says so.
Quote by Roc8995
I don't think I've ever played anything in black walnut. It's a great ice cream flavor, so I assume it works well for a strat too.

Quote by JustRooster
The slugs in the pickups for telecasters are from old winchester rifles, which is why they sound so country.
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Quote by MatrixClaw
It's better, cause it's WHITE!


+1
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Ultima117
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#33
+1 Thor!! He's b.a.
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EVH 5150 III 50 Watt
Avatar 2x12 w/ v30s
EVH Wah Pedal
EVH Wolfgang Special in vintage white
Chapman Ghost Fret Satin blue w/Nazgul and Sentient p.u.
PRS SE Mike Mushok Baritone w/emg 81,85
Blueridge BR-183A acoustic
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#34
I have the 100 watter. They're absolutely killer. Best way to get over the vol jump is a volume pedal in the loop. Acts like a master volume. I always do that live now. Gives me so many more options. Nice amp dude. Enjoy it.
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#35
Looks sweet dude. I definitely want one before my gear collecting is said and done.
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#37
Damn, that's pretty classy.
Spin 'round carousel when your horse isn't screwed in.

My band:
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(For fans of Death/Groove/Prog Metal)

Ibanez RGA42E
Ibanez S420
LTD H-301
Ibanez RG520
Peavey Predator USA
Douglas Grendel 725
Line 6 Pod HD500X
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Quote by gregs1020
crank it and see if hulk or thor falls off first.

i bet the hulk takes the dive before thor.

got a $5 that says so.


I'm with you on that, being the Pagan that I am

TS, that's ****ing sexy. Let's just say that your amp isn't the only white thing on my screen right now...
Ultima117
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#40
Haha, so 3 voting for Thor none for hulk.

And glad you guys like the pics (:
GEAR:
EVH 5150 III 50 Watt
Avatar 2x12 w/ v30s
EVH Wah Pedal
EVH Wolfgang Special in vintage white
Chapman Ghost Fret Satin blue w/Nazgul and Sentient p.u.
PRS SE Mike Mushok Baritone w/emg 81,85
Blueridge BR-183A acoustic