5150 212 review by Peavey

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.4 (19 votes)
Peavey: 5150 212

Price paid: $ 550

Purchased from: Ebay

Sound — 10
I have a Les Paul with active EMG 81/85 pickups. This amp is sooo metal. The cleans pretty much suck but I don't use them that much. I heard if you put a chorus pedal through it than it becomes decent.This amp is very quiet IF and only if you know how to use the Lead Pre (Gain) knob. I usually keep it around 4 and it still slits my ears open and it never hums. This amp can do close to Steve Vai or Eric Johnson tone if the right pedals are bought. The edge and cut-through qualities is a result of awesome 6L6s and ECC83S tubes.

Overall Impression — 10
This amp rules. And it's cheap. I read in the forums someone even got this bad boy for 350 USD! It is a budget metal amp. I never feel any regret in buying this amp. It's not that versatile like the Dual Rectifier but none the less it is a great amp.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I would seriously gig without a backup when it comes with this amp. It is a huge amp. Don't think that this combo is like your Marshall MG a.k.a. crap. It is tall as my brother's bass drum. This amp has never broken down on me. When I first got it of course I changed the tubes. The stock ones are great compared to my old ss amp but compared to jjs thier crap.

Features — 9
This amp is pretty popular in the forums so I thought I would write a review for it. This 60 watt tube combo is the amp for metal. I listen to bands such as In Flames, Unearth, Avenged Sevenfold, and even some urhm Final Fantasy soundtracks. This amp nails that tone and more. Before I bought this amp I tried out many of the suggested metal tube amps such as the Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier and the Marshall JCM2000 DSL 100. This amp can definately do battle with the best amps. The Dual Rectifier is much more versatile but the 5150 has amazing crunch and that cut-through edge for metal. There is a rhythm channel and a lead channel. The rhythm channel is good for classic rock and such. The lead channel is for DUH lead. There is an EFX loop in the back of the amp, 2x12" speakers with a closed back cabinet for tighter bass, a crunch button, and a bright button. The knobs consist of rhythm pre/post, lead pre/post, low, mid, high, reverb, resonance, and presence. The reverb is okay nothing special. This amp is way more ampage then you'll ever need. I'm currently in a band and my combo can be on par with my guitarist's JCM 2000.

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    ok im getting a new amp soon for metal because im stuck with the fender 15 wat thing that i started with. u think u could gimme a link to a website cuz i cant find this amp on peaveys products page..thnxs for the review though
    ok nvm i just found out that peavey parted with EVH and EVH owns the name..so yea and they said the 5150 sounds and stuff was actually put in the 6505 but the 6505 is more expensive
    it's basicly a 6505 pre-Evh split. the 6505 i've heard has slightly better cleans and is a little more powerful though.
    really? That's pretty cool I may think of getting one, but the fact it's 60 watts of tube make me think it would be bad for practice. How does it sound with an attentuator?
    This is definitely my next amp. And to answer some questions, this amp hasn't been produced in a while. The closest amps still in production are Peavey's 6505 and EVH's 5150III (idk if they still make the 5150II). The 6505 is an awesome amp (except I've heard some bad things about the combo). I don't know much about the 5150II/III. If you want an actual 5150, be it stack or combo, then eBay will be your best bet, as is mine.
    Ive heard the 5150 is good, but i forgot the name of the amp that does what it does and better... probably something expensive. What about the XXX 212 combo?