5150 II review by Peavey

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 8 (51 votes)
Peavey: 5150 II
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Purchased from: Sam Ash Music

Sound — 10
I'm using mainly, a Jackson DKMG with an EMG 81 in the bridge and an 85 in the neck. These pickups can make alot of gain without alot or work from the amp, so I usually only end up using about half the available gain. I like not having to crank my gain because with a tube-amp like this one the more "post-amp" you can use the ballzier your tone will sound. With my Fender strat, however it requires a little more juice to get it sounding crunchy but thats still no problem for the 5150; just crank up the "lead-pre" and your set. The 5150 can produce pretty much any tone imaginable, it has more than enough power if you want it and a great clean sound and light gain.

Overall Impression — 10
I play mostly metal, and this amp suits my style very well, but if I'm every in the mood to bust out a little Blink-182 from my punk-rock days, the 5150 is at the ready and can provide a great Tom Delonge-style sound. I would even go as far as to say that if I was in a mellow enough mood the 5150 would provide a great sound to jam out to a few Enya tunes. So this amp basically has you covered in all facets of your musical tastes. From Anthrax to Yanni the 5150 has you covered. I've had a few other amps and this is by far my favorite. After experimenting with both a Marshall Valvestate and a Fender tube-amp, I think I can safely say that the 5150 is your best bet if you want a versitile amp that can pack a pucnh and deliver great tones. If this amp had a toaster and a mini-fridge I don't think I would ever find it necessary to leave my basement.

Reliability & Durability — 8
This seems to be a very reliable amp, as its second owner I see no real damage that would affect the tone and the tubes are in fine condition. When I got the amp, it had some minor cosmetic damage, but a little crazy-glue and black paint and it was fine.

Features — 8
The 2003 Peavey 5150 combo, is an amazing value, especially for what I paid for it. It is powered by 2 6L6 power tubes and 4 pre-amp tubes (I don't know what brand these were originally they were replaced by the amp's previous owner). It's 2 Sheffield 12" speakers make it more than loud enough to play over drums, but it does have an "out" line so it can be plugged into an external speaker if necessary. This is an amazing amp for almost any style of music you can think of. It has 2 channels (clean and gain) with both a "bright" and a "crunch" switch on the clean channel. The "bright" gives you clean sound a very shimmery and trebly Fender-style sound. The "crunch" button gives you a light distortion that you operate with the "clean-pre" and "clean-pre" knobs. Cranking the post will give you more gain and you can dilute this gain with the "clean post". There is also a "resonance" knob, which, if on 0 will give you a pretty normal sound, but if you crank this knob it will give your tone a very focused quality. This is a very good feature for controlling distortion and noise.

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    aidandude
    v30s and dude 3 years of playing and you have a 6505+, jmc 900, fender hrd, and a bunch of guitars? someones loaded
    wallyyfm
    Gunback wrote: I've been playing for 4 years and Im 14, I know my way around a guitar I have a Custom flametop epiphone les paul. Its one of the epiphones that beat some Gibsons. And oh yeah its a tobacco burst. But anyway I have a Crate fxt120 as my amp. But i NEED a half stack. And I was looking at this one. I was mainly wondering if this amp gave alot of feedback and if I should get a cab with celestion vintage 30's or Zakk's Black Label speakers. Thanks
    why don't you just buy a mansion instead?
    TheCarl88
    Theres nothing wrong with 14 yr olds, but BC Rich are far overrated, theres a reason Mick Thompson dumped them for Ibanez, he even said in an interview that they played like shit and that they were performing under par. Personally I play a jackson so naturally I'm gonna say Jackson all the way. For Siandos.BCRich, I'm an 18 year old metal head aswell and seriously man, Jackson vs BC Rich, the BC gets there asses handed to them, and no I'm not looking for an argument on the subject.
    DaBlackE
    gibson101 wrote: i want the new 5150 III
    Hell yeah! I tried one out the other day & it sounds amazing! The $1999 price tag is the only bad thing about it! So I'll have to settle with my Peavey 5150 block letter head I paid $550 for.
    Siandos.BCRich
    TheFonz3301 wrote: 5150's are only for true Rockers, not for little 14 yr old Slipknot kids with BC Rich guitars.
    ..u have something to say about bc rich guitars? and no im not 14(although i bet u are), im an 18 year old metalhead. now go listen to aiden "true poser" and be all emo about it
    TheFonz3301
    5150's are only for true Rockers, not for little 14 yr old Slipknot kids with BC Rich guitars.
    geetarguy92
    hey whats with the 14 year olds getting bashed here im 14 and i dont play bc rich or slipknot i play megadeth on jackson guitarsand also i want this head it sounds goddamn amazing
    epi-g-400-goth
    IM A NEWB(been playing for about 2 years) AND I WANTED TO KNOW IF THIS AMP IS GOOD FOR MY METAL-ISH STYLE i play ALOT of metallica and slipknot...pantera...that kninda stuff
    stafford5150
    there is nothing wrong with being 14 and wanting a 5150 head, when i was 14 i wanted one, but BC rich, i agree are way over rated, im an sg and les paul man all the way although i dont currently own a les paul. i have a jackson too mind but i need to sell if anyone is interested in it (rr3) stafford_biscoe@hotmail.co.uk
    Gunback
    I've been playing for 4 years and Im 14, I know my way around a guitar I have a Custom flametop epiphone les paul. Its one of the epiphones that beat some Gibsons. And oh yeah its a tobacco burst. But anyway I have a Crate fxt120 as my amp. But i NEED a half stack. And I was looking at this one. I was mainly wondering if this amp gave alot of feedback and if I should get a cab with celestion vintage 30's or Zakk's Black Label speakers. Thanks
    simoT.I.
    ok... i just got my 5150 II used only today... i was looking for that amp for such a long time and trust me if you are into METAL and HARDCORE this is heaven!! i tried the 6505 series and they simple DOESN'T SOUND like this beast! playing an ibanez s7320 7 string model and i run a mxr 6-band (i love it) and a boss noise suppressor (yeas the head is noisy, couldn't be happier... just one thing: push your gear to the top you don't need 1.400 $ stuff just find the amp that can cover your tone and few things to adjust it. the less things between your guitar and your amp, the more TONE to come... less gear talkin' & more guitar playin'! (sorry for my english)
    Kevin DEEGAN
    Hi Gunback If your into rock guitar then this is the amp for you its got heaps of crunch and an awsum clean channel to boot, you can get pretty much any tone you want from this amp, My friend and guitar tutor Ray Walmesley of Demon uses The 5150 MK2 as do many other well known players. I use a Zakk wylde signature les paul custom bullseye with EMG 25th anniversary pickups and would love to upgrade my MARSHALL MG250DFX to the 5150 when I get to a good enough stage in my playing its a awsum amp you'll love it. Oh yes I almost forgot Hi the fonz what is your definition of a true rocker then and remember we all have to start somewhere just because the lads only 14 and listens to slipnot doesnt exclude him from being a true rocker. Theres also nothing wrong with bc rich guitars I know there not exactly les pauls or strats but there great to learn on many great guitarists use BC RICH Blacky Lawless and Chris holmes of WASP are very much BC RICH fans in caser youve forgotten that fact No offence intended of course
    Wolfs_Hour
    its all self-preference when it comes to guitar..some people love marshalls..others love Mesa Dual Rectifiers..i love the 5105..aslong as you get the tone you want you cant go wrong..so just try em out..to me, this is the best amp i have ever played
    Click_Click
    I have this head. its the shit. its has awesome tone and more gain than you will evere need. I play mine through a peavey XXX 4x12 cab it makes plenty of noise for practice and gigs.Ive had it for 2 years with no problems but I baby mine
    solder_jointx
    I've been playing for 7 years. I play mainly metal and hard rock. This amp was designed for metal! My first amp head was a Peavey XXL. I eventually upgraded to a 5150 cabinet and that made my head sound so much better. I had my eyes set on the 5150 II head and I really didn't care much for the XXL head. When I got my 5150 II, I practically went crazy over it. It's got really great tone and some mean gain. I play a Epiphone Les Paul Classic, run a mxr 6-band EQ in the effects loop, and a few effects through the front end(Wah, phaser, tremolo, overdrive). I still have to retube it and from my research if anyone is wanting to retube their amp I would buy JJ Tubes. The are a good price and I've heard nothing but good things about them. The head's original tubes have a bite in the highs and the JJ's calm that down. Overall I gave this amp a 10.
    epi-g-400-goth
    lol WOW ive typed ALOT of stuff on this review and NONE of it has to actually do with the REVIEW!!! lol