EVH 5150 III 50-watt Tube Head - Black

50-watt, 3-channel Tube Guitar Amplifier Head With Selectable Impedance, Effects Loop, Line out, and Footswitch
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Scaled-down Head from EVH

The EVH 5150 III is a brute. Don't let its size fool you; this amp barks with the big dogs. With seven 12AX7s in its wheelhouse and two 6L6s in the engine room, the 5150 III punches above its weight with arena-filling volume and and copious tonal attitude. You get three channels, along with comprehensive tone-sculpting control. Dial up chimey cleans for rhythm work, hit the included footswitch to call up tasty crunch, then hit it again for face-melting lead tones. For serious volume and tone in a compact package, check out EVH's 5150 III.

EVH 5150 III Tube Guitar Amplifier Head at a Glance:
  • Big volume in a scaled-down chassis
  • Copious tone mojo - and the means to control it
  • A classic American amp
Big volume in a scaled-down chassis

The EVH 5150 III gives you bone-crunching, arena-filling volume - in a compact, lightweight chassis. If loud is your band's thing, the 5150 III's two 6L6s are only too happy to oblige - putting out 50 watts into 16-, 8-, or 4-ohm loads. This gives you lots of freedom when considering speaker cabinets to build your rig. Whether you choose EVH's compact 212, 112, or traditional straight-front 412 cab, one thing's for sure - your bandmates (and audience) will have a hard time believing the 5150 III is only a 50-watt amp!

Copious tone mojo - and the means to control it

With the EVH 5150 III, you get an invitation to an all-you-can-eat buffet of tantalizing tones. The 5150 III is not all about how much stage volume it spits out. Once you come to grips with how loud it is, you realize that this little head gives you an amazing degree of tone-sculpting control. From glassy cleans to full-on pyroclastic surge, the EVH 5150 III is a tone monster.

A classic American amp

The EVH 5150 III is based on a classic amp - the legendary EVH 5150. As Edward Van Halen's personal statement on guitar tone, the basic design has has been rocking stages around the globe since the early '90s. Now in its third iteration, the 5150 III has been refined and updated with the latest technology, and is available in the original 100-watt version as well as the amazingly loud and compact EVH 5150 III.

EVH 5150 III Tube Guitar Amplifier Head Features:
  • 3-channel, 50-watt compact guitar head
  • Channels 1 and 2 share EQ, gain, low, mid, high volume
  • Channel 3 sports gain, low, mid, high, volume
  • Master presence and resonance controls
  • Selectable impedance (4, 8 or 16 ohms)
  • Dual parallel speaker output jacks, effects loop, headphone jack, and line-out
  • Included 4-button footswitch has 1/4" input jack; also accommodates MIDI footswitching
If you need volume and tonal attitude, check out the EVH 5150 III!

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Guitar Amp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 3
Total Power 50W
EQ 3-band
Preamp Tubes 7 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 2 x 6L6
Inputs 1 x TS
Outputs 2 x Speaker (Parallel); 1 x Line, 1 x Headphones
Effects Loop Yes
Footswitch I/O Yes
Height 8.5"
Width 20"
Depth 12"
Weight 35 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 2253000010

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
Based on 31 reviews
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5/5

This thing is great

So, I've played this in stores before, amongst other amps, and decided this was the one. As my first tube amp that I've owned, I figured Fender-like cleans with 5150 gain was hard to pass up, for under $1K at that. I am now very happy I made that decision. This amp holds up to everything I've expected of it, and more. For instance, the "preamp out" actually sounds terrific. I'm currently waiting on the mesa cab I ordered with this, and am just playing though amplitube. And even with the simulated cabs it sounds great. Can't say enough good things. Its built like a tank, and its extremely easy to dial in good tones. Try it out, you won't be disappointed.
5/5

Tone Machine

This amp has such amazing tone. Cleans are shimmering, crunch channel can get really Brown, and the lead channel has sooo much usable gain on tap.. I play a lot of hard rock to extreme metal and could not ask for a better amp. Loving channel 2 with gain about 3/4 with a Maxon OD808 pushing it..... Insane! No matter what type of music you play, this amp really has ALL your tonal bases covered. Best grand I've ever spent
Music background: Musician, Home recording
5/5

EVH 5150 III Mini 50W Head

I 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!
5/5

mini monster

This 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!
Music background: long time touring and recording musician
5/5

Amazing

From 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.
Music background: Hobbyist, Home Recordings

Sweetwater Advice

Geoff Allen

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.
See also: Amp Heads, EVH, EVH Guitar Amp Heads