EVH 5150 III 50W Head (Black) Reviews5.0/5.0 based on 4 customer reviews
When I first played the EVH 5150 III 50W Head, I was extremely surprised by its rich, full tone; especially for being a "mini" amp. Tonally, it stays true to its bigger brother in the EVH line: a pristine clean channel, a great crunch channel, and a third channel with an absurd amount of gain! The 5150III 50-watt is now the latest addition to my ever growing amp collection and is now a mainstay in my live guitar rig. The added MIDI functionality made it convenient to program with my multi-fx processors. My other guitarist ended up buying one too! Setup and teardown is a whole lot easier now.
from Knoxville, PA
March 14, 2013Music Background:
Part-time gigging musician.
Freakin' FantasticI just picked this up and I'm totally blown away by it. I went the AxeFX route for awhile, tried out the Kemper, but I just missed playing a raw tube amp.
What I play a lot of right now is 80's, 90's, and current rock/punk/pop songs for a cover band. Also recently a lot of 80's metal. I'm also always big into the current metal style (ABR, MMF, there's an endless list).
I'm convinced you can't buy a better amp for the money, especially for any type of rock/metal or anything along those lines. The clean channel is crisp and bright, it's no Shiva clean, but it's really damn good. The crunch channel is exactly what you're probably expecting. There's plenty of gain to play just about anything, and it cleans up well for some classic rock.
The lead channel is ridiculous. I have the gain set at about 9:30 (3-3.5) and it's searing. There is so much gain on tap, but it still remains articulate.
Oh, this is amp is loud. REALLY loud.
The shared volume between clean and crunch is my only gripe, but it really is not that big of a deal. It's definitely not as big of a jump as some might have you expect.
If you're considering this amp even the slightest bit, you won't be disappointed with it. Everyone at practice was just as excited to hear it as I was. Get this amp and get rockin' already!
from Minneapolis, MN
September 21, 2012Music Background:
Hobbyist, Home Recordings
AmazingFrom crystal cleans to brutal metal this thing delivers. I have a Peavey 6505+ that I love but wanted more clarity and articulation and this is exactly what I needed. What I don't like is the power and standby switches are on the back of the amp as well as the resonance knob is on the back. I think the resonance control should atleast but up with the rest of the tone controls. Otherwise amazing amp.
from albany, ny
July 9, 2012Music Background:
long time touring and recording musician
mini monsterThis thing is amazing. I've been using mesa rectos and peavey 5150s since the early 90's, and never thought I would find an amp I liked better, but this thing is it! It is much more organic than the 100 watt version, which I felt was a bit cold and sterile. The one problem with it is the shared eq on the clean and crunch channels. Because of this there is a volume jump when switching from clean to crunch. The good part is this is easily fixed with any midi fx unit since the 5150iii mini has midi switching. You just have to adjust the patch volume on your fx unit to boost the clean volume. The bottom line is this thing will rock your world, you will not be disappointed!
from Tampa, Florida
February 27, 2012
EVH 5150 III Mini 50W HeadI have had my 5150 III Mini with EVH 112 Cab almost a week. This amp covers a lot of sonic levels and is amazing. I use a Digitech RP500 in the effects loop with DiMarzio CrunchLab Bridge and LiquiFire in the neck with an Ibanez RG920. I'm so picky about the tone and this amp delivers on the chunk. I have to say using Monster cables does make a difference. And Sweetwater Rocks!