5150 II review by Peavey

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 8 (51 votes)
Peavey: 5150 II
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Price paid: $ 800

Purchased from: Music Shack

Sound — 8
I use this amp with a 1983 BC Rich warlock with EMG pickups for the tech metal band. It is so fucking brutal. For the bluesy rock and indie rock band, I use a tele with dimarzio t-zone pickups. It could be a bit more clean...but oh well, I don't really care. This amp is bloody brutal. I will tell you right now, it's made for metal. Don't buy it if you aren't going to play metal.

Overall Impression — 8
Perfect head for metal, and pretty good for the rock and indie I play. I've been playing for 3 years, and I own a Marshall JCM900, a Fender hot rod deville, and a few guitars. This is definitely my favourite amp. I would definitely buy another one if this were stolen or lost. I love everything about it, except for the clean, could be better.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I keep this head in a flight case...so I've never had trouble with it breaking. This head has not broken. Probably because i'm so cool.

Features — 10
I play in a tech metal band, a bluesy rock band, and an indie rock band. This amp delivers plenty of gain for my tech metal stuff, has a good crunch for my bluesy rock band, and for my indie rock band. It has a clean (rhythm) channel, which i will admit isn't very clean. it starts to get a tad bit gritty when you crank it, but that's ok with me. The clean channel has a crunch switch on it, which gives it just a crunch, not a distortion (self explanitory I'd say). The real sweetspot of this amp is the distortion (lead) channel. It has more gain than anyone will ever need. I am in love with it. This amp doesn't have reverb, but I don't care because I have a pedal for that. It's 120 all tube watts, and it has more than enough power for me.

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