#1
And I played a bunch of cool stuff!

Here are some impressions:

EVH 5150 III 50 watt - Played this with a Derek Trucks SG (I am dying for one of these now) through the matching cab. I actually hadn't played one until today, but it did not disappoint! To start with, the red channel was soooo tasty. Everything I like about the 6505 but better really, just super tight and yet fatter than the 6505 could be. I really liked this channel for all things metal and lead. The blue channel I didn't spend very long on, so I won't comment on it as I don't think I got a good feel for it. The clean channel was excellent, very pretty and full, I wouldn't buy the amp for the clean channel but it sounded awesome considering the price (though I actually like my Krank's clean better ). I popped off a couple blues and country licks and with the gain up a bit it ate it up.

Mesa F50 - This one was a bit of a miss for me. Pretty nice clean channel, I actually preferred it to the dirt channel, real nice and deep, just how I like it. The reverb made it even better. The dirt channel just didn't do it for me, it reminded me of a Recto but less oomph, probably because of the 112 format, but I remember my two-channel having way more knock even through a 112 cab. It wasn't like it sounded bad, I just wish that it had been more like it's big brother.

Diezel Lil Fokker - HOLY SHIT THIS AMP! I cannot say enough good about this amp, gorgeous clean that just made every note sparkle and blossom, and full chords just sang. The dirt though is obviously where this guy shined. As can be expected from a Diezel, very tight, very chunky, but this one comes with a bit of a Marshall flavor, to my delight. Lots of that distinct Marshall midrange but still very Diezel, I preferred this to the DMoll and the Herbert. If I bought a Diezel, this would be the one.

Diezel Herbert - I only played channel 3 and the clean on this one, and while I didn't like this one as much as the Lil Fokker, I was still impressed. This is possibly the most powerful sounding amp I have ever played, just and absolutely massive sound, but not flubbly like my Recto. I had an employee back there with me flipping switches and twisting knobs so I didn't get to play with the controls, but from what I heard the mid-shift (or whatever it is) made a big difference, and I preferred the scooped sound, super gnarly for metal riffage and fast thrashy stuff. All that said, it just wasn't my cup of tea, it was almost too intense for me, and I just couldn't make myself love it, there was something that was just missing. Definitely something I'd like to hear again, but I didn't hear $4000 worth of amp.

Diezel DMoll - I didn't spend long with this one, but the time I did spend gave the impression that it isn't nearly as tight as the Herbie or the Fokker. It reminded me a bit of the Herbie tonally, not a million miles apart, but just not as clear or punchy. On the cheaper end of Diezels I would definitely buy the Fokker.

Well that was my trip, I didn't really play any new guitars other than the Trucks SG (which was a dream), I used a Luke III for all the Diezel jamming. I briefly tried the new Monky sig (Korn 7-string), the Apex I think it was called, but I'm not really an Ibanez or 7-string guy so I quickly put it back down. Nice enough guitar, but I feel like it is hard to screw up something so simple.

Thanks for reading, I'd love to hear your thoughts on these amps!
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#2
Damn, I didn’t know GC sold Diezel. That’s good for Diezel, they used to have terrible US distribution and the shipping was nuts.
#3
5150 III 50 watt love.

Blue channel is sexy with a boost.
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#4
Yeah I figured the blue channel would be good I just didn't spend a lot of time on it.

^^ I have seen Diezel on the online store before but this is the first time I have ever seen them at a store
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#5
For the F-50, did you have Contour engaged? It's basically a third channel with a little more gain and a preset "V" shape of the GEQ from the Mark series. Turns it into a totally different animal. Love my F-50.
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#6
you went to hollywood guitar center and we get no pics of vintage gear?


**** you man. **** you.
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#7
nice reviews

i haven't tried anything you tried there (well, maybe the f series but I think i've only tried the 100 and 30).
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#9
You still in town? There's LOTS LOTS LOTS more to see.
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#10
Mike: yeah I had it engaged, it was better but still it just didn't do it for me. I just don't think its the amp for me

Greg: I know man I should have, I was so distracted by all the gear I didn't even think to take any pics

Dspellman: I'm actually staying with family in Thousand Oaks, I doubt I'll make it out to Hollywood again (no mode of transportation minus my feet). If you have any suggestions though I'll see if it's possible!
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#11
no worries. great reviews!
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#12
Honestly, for the F-50: Treb: 1 o'clock, Mid: 3 o'clock, Bass 10 o'clock, Contour on. Gain at noon. Kick ass tone there. Not great for recording though, better live sound.
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#13
Thanks for the reviews, I'm jealous you got to try out such quality gear! The only nice GC I've been to was in Times Square.
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Quote by LaidBack
Honestly, for the F-50: Treb: 1 o'clock, Mid: 3 o'clock, Bass 10 o'clock, Contour on. Gain at noon. Kick ass tone there. Not great for recording though, better live sound.


It's funny that's about what I had it dialed into It wasn't a bad amp by any means, it just seemed wasn't wnough of one thing for me to love it, it had the Mark thing going on, it had the Recto thing going on, but it just wasn't enough of either to win me over.
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#16
I got the idea from you

I just take it as an excuse to nerd out about gear
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It's funny that's about what I had it dialed into It wasn't a bad amp by any means, it just seemed wasn't wnough of one thing for me to love it, it had the Mark thing going on, it had the Recto thing going on, but it just wasn't enough of either to win me over.


I'd say it's the speaker in the cab. Was it the head or the combo?
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#19
Combo, I also considered that. They come with Black Shadows?
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#20
Quite like the sound of the Fender 5150, but I could never get on with the Peavey 6505. The Fender sounds awesome though and much better.
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#21
Now that I've heard the III I definitely like it better than any of the Peaveys. The Peaveys are still an incredible bargain, but the EVH sounds better.
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