EVH 5150 III 50-watt Tube Head - Ivory

50-watt , 3-channel Tube Guitar Amplifier Head With Selectable Impedance, Effects Loop, Line out, and Footswitch - Ivory
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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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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 2253000410

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Simply the Best

The richest, smoothest and most beautifully voiced high gain amp on the planet and coming from a long history with Bogner and Marshall that is really saying something . The clean channel is articulate and multi dimensional and the breakup comes on with exceptional character and musicality from pasty Texas blues to classic rock all the way to all out modern metal assault . I am an extremely demanding and difficult customer and the staff at Sweetwater were nothing short of magnificent. Ask for my sales engineer Andy , A knowledgeable , attentive professional who exceeded all expectations by a mile with his integrity. I will never buy from any other retailer ...This is the ONLY place I will do business with from now on .....FIVE STARS!!!!!!!
Music background: Lead Guitarist ....The Love Below

Freakin' Fantastic

I 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!
Music background: Part-time gigging musician.

Great Rock Amp

Great clean channel that can get an awesome crunch sound when the gain it turned up. Unbelievably awesome second channel that was just made for rock. Then you have the hot-rodded third channel which is great for lead tones or metal. 3 great channels, what more could you ask for? It even sound good at low volumes.
Music background: Hobbyist


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

The Best amp I have ever used

This amp is awesome for rock, and killer for metal. Sounds very good at low volumes but is killer when you let her eat at higher volumes. The evh 2x12 cab is best with this amp. I ran it therw V30's at first, but they where to harsh to me. I love the V30's for my orange amp, but the G12H 30w speakers in the evh cab lets you get better tones out of the amp. It will go from clean and blues to more gain than you have ever seen in a amp without a boost pedal in front of it. I have been playing for 25years now and this amp blowed me away. I like Marshall , Mesa and Orange and this amp is right there with them all, if not better! It is a real pro tube amp. It takes pedals better than any amp I have ever played. If you are looking for a high gain amp this is it!!!!
Music background: working musician
See also: Amp Heads, EVH, EVH Guitar Amp Heads