EVH 5150 III 50W EL34 Head

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Independent volume and gain control for all three channels has arrived with the 5150III 50W EL34 head. Experience total control, along with the same lethal looks and ferocious EL34 tone of the 100-Watt head.

The EL34 power tubes deliver smoother contours, and greater sag and saturation that evoke a more modern "British" sound, all with more sustain and versatility than ever before.
Channel one boasts a more sparkling and compressed clean tone, while channels two and three possess a slightly darker and compressed tone with even more saturation than before. Other features include a rearpanel resonance control that tailors low frequency response for all channels, a global presence control and shared three-band EQ for channels 1 and 2 with an independent EQ for channel 3.

Wrapped in an elegant gold and black EVH motif, the EL34 50-watt head also is equipped with an effects loop, headphone jack, pre-amp out and midi-in.

Specifications:

Series: EVH 5150III
Amplifier Type: Tube
Inputs: One - 1/4"
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 with shared Low, Mid, and High
Channel 3 Independent Volume, Gain, Low, Mid, and High EQ, with Global Presence and Resonance for all
Speaker Jack: Two 1/4" Parallel (4-ohm minimum)
Wattage: 50 Watts at 4, 8, or 16 ohms
Preamp Tubes: 7 x JJ ECC83S (12AX7)
Power Tubes: 2 x JJ EL34 Matched
Cabinet Material: Birch Plywood
Covering/Grille Cloth: Black Textured Vinyl
Handle: Molded Plastic Strap with Black Powder Coated Caps Knobs: Chicken-Head Style Pointer
Control Panel: Gold Anodized
Pilot Light Jewel: Red LED
Included Accessories: 4 Button Channel Footswitch

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Closest StoreLaval, Quebec
Tout est vraiment bien de cet ampli. Le red channel a vraiment un problème de potentiomètre par contre! Tu passes de 0 gain à immensément de gain en bougeant le potentiomètre d'un millimètre. Ça n'a pas d'allure et c'est fatiguant haha
Posted by Nicolas Proulx on Jun 20, 2020
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I own lots of amps, I've owned loads of amps, this one blows 'em all outta the water! The clean channel is surprising,The red channel is nuclear. My new "go to" , got the matching 212, AWESOME!
Posted by Gary on Dec 8, 2019
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Amazing amp.5 of 5 customers found this review helpful

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I've been running this amp for about 6 months now. I'm still blown away by it. Every time I turn it on I'm just so happy with the tone I get out of it. I can play anything from soft, mellow, clean bright pop all the way to crushing heavy metal on this amp. It's just that versatile. The main difference between this and the 6L6 version of the amp most obviously the EL34 power tubes. 6L6 tubes tend to get boomy in the low end and offer a lot of thump, but the EL34s have less bottom end. I find that EL34s open up, sonically, more than 6L6s. While most reviewers say that EL34s have a more "British" tone to them, the 5150III somehow keeps the tone of the EL34s closer to that of the 6L6 (modern, "American" sounding) but without the boominess.
The other things of note here is that the Gain and Volume knobs are dual pots, so the gain and volume for Ch1 and Ch2 are independant, while the EQ is shared (although it's possible to mod the amp so that even the EQ is channel independent). As well, the 100w 5150III Stealth modified the circuit of Ch2 to sound closer to Ch3. That Stealth mod was carried in to the EL34 variant of the 5150III in both the 100w and 50w head. As well, the 50w EL34 version is MIDI switchable, where all of the others are not.
Just because this is a 50w head, it doesn't make it a bedroom amp. It's still incredibly loud and you'll definitely drown out a drummer with this head. However, because you don't get the full tone from EL34s unless you're running on a higher volume, to really get the most tone out of this amp, you'll need an attenuator. That isn't to say that this amp doesn't sound amazing at bedroom levels, it's just that if you really want to get the EL34 tone colouring, you need to cook'em hotter. Keep that in mind if you're going to buy this amp.
The only thing I wish was different (not better) about this amp was the gain structure of Ch2. I have to run a tube screamer to get a tone I'm happy with when playing on Ch2, but then switching to Ch3, I have to dance to turn the tube screamer off. A built in OD circuit on Ch2 would have been a blessing on this amp.
Posted by Nick on Aug 27, 2019
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