EVH 5150 III LBX 15-watt Tube Head

15-watt Guitar Tube Amplifier Head with 2 Channels, Effects Loop, and 1/4 Power Switch
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Huge Legendary Tone in a Lunchbox Amp

The EVH 5150 III amplifier is one of the most popular amps at Sweetwater. That's why we're excited about the EVH 5150 III LBX 15-watt electric guitar amplifier head. This minute monster gives you the same Crunch and Full Burn channels as its bigger brothers. And you can even simulate Ed's variac trick with the power switch, taking the amp down to 3-3/4 watts. Compared with some amps trying to be all things to all people, the EVH 5150 III LBX's hard-rocking sound is a blast of fresh air.

EVH 5150 III LBX 15-watt Tube Amp Head at a Glance:
  • Gets you closer to the fabled Brown sound
  • 15 all-tube watts with a 1/4 power switch
  • Built to rock hard
Gets you closer to the fabled Brown sound

Eddie's Brown sound may be one of the most sought-after tones of all time. You get a head start on capturing that famous sound with the EVH 5150 III LBX, an amp designed in partnership with the man himself. You'll find both the Crunch and Full Burn channels from the larger 5150 III designs. And at 15 or 3-3/4 watts, you can take those larger-than-life sounds to the stage or jam in your own home.

15 all-tube watts with a 1/4 power switch

Get a mammoth rocking guitar tone, but with all the convenience of a lunchbox sized amp head that pushes 15 or 4 watts. There is no denying the power and glory of a screaming high-wattage amplifier head. But that design is simply not a viable option a lot of the time. EVH has found a way to get the punch of their famed 5150 III amps into this EL84-loaded amp. Fifteen watts is great for almost any gig, but run the amp at 3-3/4 watts when you're rocking out at home and near a more ear-friendly playing volume.

Built to rock hard

There are a million low-watt amps with great clean channels out there. But this is the only one designed around Eddie Van Halen's genre-defining rock tones. But if a cleaner shade is something you're looking for, don't despair. Both channels clean up unbelievably well with a simple twist of your guitar's volume knob. Even when playing through mountains of gain, its touch sensitivity and control are out of this world.

EVH 5150 III LBX 15-watt Tube Amp Head Features:
  • 15-watt high-gain tube amplifier designed around the Van Halen sound
  • 15- and 3-3/4-watt performance for getting cranked tones at different volumes
  • 2 footswitchable dirty channels: Crunch and Full Burn
  • Footswitch included
  • EL84 power tubes
  • Effects loop
The EVH 5150 III LBX screams in the way only an EVH can!

Additional Media

Guitar Amp Buying Guide
EVH 5150 III LBX Tube Amp Head Demo by Sweetwater

Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Total Power 15W
EQ 3-band with Presence and Resonance
Preamp Tubes 5 x JJ EECC83S
Power Tubes 2 x JJ EL84
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 1 x 1/4" (Speaker)
Effects Loop Yes
Footswitch I/O Yes (included)
Height 7"
Width 12.75"
Depth 6.25"
Weight 15 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 2256000000

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
Based on 17 reviews
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5/5

ROCK&ROLL MACHINE !!!!!

This thing "RAWKS" , its definatly loud enough to gig at least through my 4x12 cab anyway , the description says it comes with jj branded tubes but mine has groove tubes , not sure which are better .different branded tubes def change the sound and tone,,,,you don't need any overdrive or boost pedels its got all the gain you could ever want or need although I wish it did have a clean channel but I guess that's on version 2, at the end of the day this head screams and glad I got it , I demoed it in the store and walked out with it , it will be an instant classic for sure , from light semi clean blues to all out metal mayhem ,its got it all imo ...thank you sweetwater and the bossman adam crampton you guys rock
5/5

the real deal

52 years as a gigging guitarist, i have owned it all several times and even now have a building full. i play 80's hairband stuff and satch covers. recently i've bought several "lunchbox" amps. not one made me grin. this one makes me grin. the blue channel alone is worth the price of the amp. with gain set to 1/4 i get a super crunch and nice sustained lead. roll off the volume and you get a dirty clean. gain still on 1/4 and the red channel has near endless sustain and is just a bit brighter. this amp is not hindered at all by the shared eq/gain/volume. i keep a delay in all my loops and this one works just as it should. if you're on the fence about this amp, jump off now. just do it. if you like gain and crunch this is it.
Music background: 52 years gigging musician
5/5

No need for OD/distortion pedals anymore..

I've had this amp for a little over a month now and I am still in awe at how good it sounds. And at how loud it is even on the 3.75 watt setting! Seriously, playing at home thru the EVH 2x12 cab, I rarely take this any louder than 1. Yes, it is that loud. If you primarily play rock/metal, can live without a designated sparkling clean channel, and want an amp that does pretty much one thing but does it well, you should definitely be checking this little fire breather out. Very happy with this purchase and huge props to Enej for hooking me up! \m/
5/5

EVH 5150 LBX

First impression: This gets plenty loud and definitely no dirt pedals required. Me like a lot!Massive amounts of gain in either channel, though there's a reason they call the Red channel Burn! And burn it does!Got very loud easily in both 15 & 4 watt settings. Sounds amazing at any volume. Even with the massive amount of gain available it does not sound muddy, notes are clear and defined.Is it suitable for bedroom/apartment use? In the 15 watt mode I was able to get some great high gain sound at a quiet volume by barely moving the master volume just past zero. There's not much room to play with but it did sound great and it was at more than acceptable for bedroom levels. A baby or spouse could sleep next door.The 4 watt setting is more forgiving and has a bit more room to play with and also sounded fantastic. The 4 watt setting can also easily be loud enough to cause a divorce or get the neighbors to call the cops if you crank it up.With that said I would imagine that at full 15 watts you could easily gig this thing as well.The price is a bit high but it does sound amazing and seems to be quality built. Definitely has a bit more weight and sturdiness when compared to similar lunchbox amps.
5/5

EVH LBX Head

This amp is just pro all the way. Sounds huge for its size.
Music background: Guitar player

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EVH 5150 III LBX

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