The 5150 amp has defined rock and metal for years, and for 2018 EVH have expanded this established range with the new 5150 III 50W 6L6 amplifiers. With the pure, unbridled tone of dual 6L6 power tubes, these amps push some serious air with 50W of headroom and three versatile channels - all within one small and portable enclosure!
The 5150 is renowned for giving you fat, saturated distorted sounds with a slightly scooped mid-range and incredible top-end presence. It's therefore no surprise why the 5150 has been arguably the most used amplifier in metal for over 20 years, and this new offering continues to pioneer this cutting-edge sound.
With 3 channels, you can attain a hugely versatile range of tones for many styles, not just exclusively metal. The clean channel is bright and vibrant, giving you pristine and clear tones that will cut through effortlessly in a full band mix. Channel 2 is where it starts to heat up, offering sweet crunch tones with the Gain control set low, all the way up to tight and focused distortion for rhythm playing.
The third channel delivers high-gain chaos, with more distortion on tap than you'd know what to do with! This channel is well-suited for leads, with a smoother and more compressed distortion that lends itself incredibly well to technical shredding or searing solos.
A 4-button footswitch is included, letting you switch between all three channels on-the-fly, as well as engage the amp's built-in reverb.
If you prefer running your time-based and modulation pedals in the effects loop of your amplifiers to retain that powerful crunch, the built-in series effects loop will easily handle them. And for running a direct line to the front of house PA system, you can simply use the built-in line out on the rear panel of the amp, which is also ideal for recording/demoing with.
Another great feature is the headphone output, letting you silently practice if you have attentive neighbours. The MIDI input is a further ergonomic addition, letting you switch channels with a MIDI device such as a pedal switcher.
Here's what EVH say about the 5150 III 50W 6L6 Head in Black:
With its smaller size and portability, the EVH® 5150III® 50W 6L6 Head is the perfect amp for players who want arena volume and performance in a compact package. Three channels of road-tested sound work for any playing style— crisp cleans, raw crunch or searing leads, while newly added independent dual-concentric controls allows for gain and volume level matching.
This 2.0 version of our popular 50-watt head delivers a full-spectrum of tone — channel one powers crystal-clear clean tone, channel two ranges from chunky overdrive to tight distortion, and channel three oozes with liquid gain. Channels one and two each have dual concentric gain/volume controls, with shared EQ (low, mid, high). Channel three has its own gain, volume and EQ (low, mid, high) controls. All three channels also have global presence and global resonance controls.
This amp head also includes selectable impedance (4, 8 or 16 ohms), dual parallel speaker output jacks, effects loop, headphone jack, line out and a four-button footswitch with 1/4” input jack and MIDI input.
Loaded with pure EVH sound and power, the EVH 5150III 50W 6L6 Head is wrapped in Black or Ivory textured vinyl and features our instantly recognizable black EVH-striped steel grille. A high-quality fitted cover is available as an EVH Accessory.
- Series: EVH® 5150III®
- Amplifier Type: Tube
- Inputs: One - 1/4,” MIDI (rear)
- Channels: Three - (Clean, Crunch, and Lead)
- Controls: Channel 1 Independent Volume and Gain w/ shared Low, Mid, and High; Channel 2 Independent Volume and Gain w/ shared Low, Mid, High;Channel 3 Independent Volume, Gain, Low, Mid, and High. Global Presence and Resonance for all Three Channels.
- Speaker Jack: Two 1/4” Parallel
- Wattage: 50 watts
- Preamp Tubes: 7 JJ ECC83 (12AX7)
- Power Tubes: 2 JJ 6L6
- Cabinet Material: 7-Ply 5/8” Birch Plywood
- Covering/Grille Cloth: Black Textured Vinyl Covering w/Black EVH® Striped Steel Grille
- Handle: Molded Plastic Strap with Nickel-Plated Caps
- Knobs: Chicken-Head Style Pointer
- Pilot Light Jewel: Red LED Jewel
- Included Accessories: 4-Button EVH® 1/4” Footswitch. Ch1, CH2, CH3, Reverb Included