The EVH 5150 III amplifier head is the result of an extensive collaboration between Eddie Van Halen and the engineers at Fender. Together they have developed the 5150 III amplifier head -- which delivers an incomparably vast palette of hard rock and metal tones with 100 watts RMS of mighty force. This mighty tube amp head has 3 separate channels, and includes a footswitch to give you masterful control in live situations.
Twelve Tubes In All
The preamp in the EVH 5150 III amplifier is the heart of its rich tonal power, with 8 x 12AX7 tubes delivering a sound that immediately conjures Eddie's signature sound. The overtones and harmonic content are unbelievably rich -- delighting players looking for unique colors and tones to inspire a new level of playing and expression. The design of this preamp was continually refined to create a huge all-valve circuit that has less hiss and hum than most other ultra-high-gain amplifiers. The power end utilizes 4 x 6L6 tubes to push a massive amount of sound through whatever cabinet you decide to use with this beast. The valves are all mounted with super-heavy-duty hardware in a vertical configuration, making this head maximally rugged and roadworthy. And the transformers on the EVH 5150 III are of an all-custom design, including a special biasing that allows you to achieve Eddie's famous "Variable AC" effect.
The EVH 5150 III features three distinct channels for you to set and use in performance: Clean, Crunch, and Lead. Each channel then has its own Gain, Low, Mid, High, Volume, Channel Select, and Presence controls with chicken-head style pointer knobs.
Highly Useful Footswitch Included
The included footswitch allows you to select any of the three channels with a single foot tap. The footswitch itself is easy to use even in darkened environments, with color-coded LEDs showing you which channel you've selected. The fourth switch on the footswitch engages or disengages the FX loop.
Simple and Straightforward I/O
The rear panel on the EVH 5150 III is where you'll find the Power and Standby switches. The FX Send and Return are located here as well, along with a separate Preamp Out. The Footswitch also connects through the rear panel. The 2 x parallel speaker outputs are switchable between 4, 8, or 16 Ohms, for maximum versatility when choosing complementary speaker cabinets.
EVH Still Looks Pretty Good, Too
Finally, it's worth pointing out that the EVH 5150 III is an exceptionally easy amp head on the eyes -- with ivory textured vinyl and a striped metal grille with a distinctive EVH logo.
- Three channels with one input
- 8 x 12AX7 tubes in preamp
- 4 x 6L6 in power stage
- 100 watts RMS
- Footswitch with color-coded LEDs
- Switchable FX Loop
- 4, 8, or 16 ohms selectable speaker outs
- Ivory textured vinyl covering
- EVH striped metal grille
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