EVH 5150 III 50W
EVH 5150 III 50W

5150 III 50W, Tube Guitar Amp Head from EVH in the 5150 III series.

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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 8 reviews )
 6 reviews75 %
 1 user review13 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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  • 08/05/12EVH 5150III Review

    EVH 5150III Review - Eddy Van Houten?

    When Fender launched a new amplifier featuring a new "EVH" logo and the traditional "F" next to the 5150 III logo, questions were certain to rise. Rumors said this new monster is made for metal. There are too many secrets surrounding this new amp — it's time for me to jump into my van and find out the truth.

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tonmazz's review"EVH 515III 50 Watt monster! "

EVH 5150 III 50W
Wow! This little brother to the 100 watt EVH 5150III is an absolute monster of an amp. Still a tube amp like its big brother it sports 50 watts which sounnds like 250 watts when turned up. Sporting 2 6L6 power tubes and 6 12AX7 preamp tubes, this thing can hang with the best of them. Comes with MIDI footswitch and built in effects loop.


Very functional for gigging with its three channels allowing for clean, rhythm and lead settings. One difference from its big brother is that you have to share EQ controls on channel one and two while three has its own. I guess you can't have everything but this comes close to giving you just about everything. Manual is sufficient, no rocket science here. Easy to use and understand.


Cleans are good enough in combination with effects through the loop. Rhythm channel is probably the best part of this amp, just pure tone like EVH himself would expect. It is as close to pure Marshall tone as I have ever heard from a non Marshall amp. Very pure sound, not muddy at all. You have all of the punch in all three channels you will ever need, hard to believe this is a 50 watt amp. Channel 3 is super over the top distortion with the inherant tonal quality of channel 2 but slightly thinner for cutting leads. Once again, way more gain than you will ever be able to use but so great it's there if you need it. The presence knob has so much range, it is almost impossible to get a tone you are not happy with. All of the tone controls simply work well and have the range needed to take this amp whereever you want it to go.


Having had the big brother 100 watter, this is a much better amp in a smaller package. Absolutely love the price point of this one. So much amp for the money, under $1,000! All three channels are extremely useable and bring something to the table. It has both cutting tone and bottom end power which makes it so close to the perfect amp. It is also very open and organic, not compressed like a transistor amp is. Just roaring, Marshallesque tone for any hard rock and even metal situation. Hard not to like this amp! Bottom line is, great price, great sound, comes equipt with a loop and midi footswitch, looks great and works perfect. The only downside was as mentioned, two channels sharing an EQ. If this bugs you, buy the 100 watter and problem solved.
Robert Mudha06/26/2014

Robert Mudha's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Amp Ultra Modern"

EVH 5150 III 50W
50W 2 JJ 6L6GC
7 12AX7!!! It is gated, this is the compression tube!
Let me tell you that even by changing V1, there almost nothing, far from Brit Amp
Midi-compatible ... And ben Jove, it's like a GPS such, it can help, it can save!
Are white buttons ranging from 1 to 10. According to one turns it changes the sound but not the same button. Surprisingly it is marked on what we are below each button, practice!
There are three channels with different colors. In the dark if you are deaf you know if you have connected us on a distortion or clean .... Well thought for the deaf, for the blind will review it ... A show a little noise, Siri who send a text to see ....
EVH also thought to racial discrimination. If you're more a fan of Arian beautiful time of colonization, it offers the Ivory recalling the glory and fast Africa 20s. If like me you are a tawny hair, see black, head is black worry you.


The configuration is more complicated but less than a Senseo combo VHS / DVD set that Mom and Dad are happy.
The manual reminds us that we take for painters ...
"Feed the amp head with an adequate cable, if its not working"
"Think about starting off"
"Do not put your tongue on hot lamps"

So to 1000th obtained a electric guitar sound .... If you plug an accordion there is less easy to sound good .... A good gross for mobsters with a bowl against.

Mistification: the jump between green and blue, set the gain to 6, no more difference bands dancers, play a worthy volume also room is shame to have such a beast!


My style of music is the electric guitar: It should be about
I get sounds between 110Hz and 1500Hz (under torture with 7 strings)
I hate the sound of the amp that goes off it means that the repeat or live is over.
I love the sound of the Lydian on the blue channel with a delay and a TS9.
Channel 1: Clean dry as a stick, with active ca goes better but not worth a catechu against a Fender combo, let it be said, do not listen to metal heads "clean channel Fenderien"
I had a Laney VH100, he put him in the spanking clean and Vintage.
Reverb Delay Modulation, what you want but give him the boot
Channel 2: Heavy 80's .... From Glam to Chuck
Channel 3: Whitechapel Gojira VS VS Eruption


It sounds, it's modern, it is compressed, go your way for vintage vibes and other heat lamp crunches .... Go your way if you are looking for a dynamic amp into distortion. Very smooth compared to his uncle 6505 ....

trevellin's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" the saturax that hard head you!"

EVH 5150 III 50W
all head lamps manufactured by Fender!
50w under the hood!
two amp channels filled horses (no tax!) just waiting to get out and shake you! ah! ah!
panel; gain, low, middle, high, and volume for the 2-channel and a presence button to the right.
2 push buttons provide quick channel change.


yes, it is rather simple as running ...
I have not read the manual ...
sound, the van halen today!


yes, it is ideal for 80% of what I demand an amp; namely; high saturation and specific clean channel!
I say 80% because for the warm blues sounds, must look elsewhere!
I tested with elite LTD horizon III and it was party to saturax!


I tried it last Saturday ...
this is really impressive!
this is the first time I find an amp delivers a saturation horse like that!
in addition, associated with the 5150 III 2X12 cabinet "was a fucking saturation just hit you in the leg!
I can not believe so he roared!
it is really and definitely an amp for metal!
it is capable of other things, but this is not his hunting ground ...
even staying on the first channel by pushing the gain, you can get to have a similar sound to 2 channel bottom but with a sound a little more "rock" loaded mediums ..
I tried the blues, but it's not his thing, because the sound is "right" and the blues, it's worth a rounder and dirty sound ...
to finish; this amp, everyone knows and doubt is not to tell the story of Sleeping Beauty or to go pick mirtilles; it is "sending power and has teeth that you lost after!"
you guessed it; this amp does not compromise; it is "clean" and dry and saturated death, but between, it's hard to do something else or so, you must add a pedal, and there is more the sound of the amp ...
an amp that will not suit everyone.

ben26200's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" it hard!! I love"

EVH 5150 III 50W
Everything is already said in previous reviews
Beautifully crafted, beautiful, solid.
Ability to manage the effects loop with the footswitch is rather great!


Incredibly easy.
You will get all the sounds you want very easily, a few hours of test you enough. (Without either from in areas that are not hers!) For a mesa head, brand I love, it takes dozens of hours to get the perfect sound.

9/10 and not 10/10 as a c .. thought wise to put on / off and standby buttons on the back of the amp ... Hang on!!


Like everyone else we are going to focus a little more on the sounds. I understand why some reviews are means, we must love, and I adoreeee! I want to say that the cab is very important, I stayed on my 2x12 mesa boogie recto 2x12 cab the EVH has not convinced me. Us and what better than a mesa recto cab for metal?

Clear / crunch channel 1 (green) sounds: Pretty cold (which I love), responded dramatically to attack. Neck pickup it still manages to keep a clear sound up to half of gain, but the bridge pickups crunch happens very quickly, I love! We play a nice arpeggio without damaging the strings were clear sound and makes agreements attacking and has a crunch without touching the trimmings!

Sounds cruch channel 2 (blue): Direct Wholesale rock n roll, equalization very important to find a multitude of sounds. You can go ACDC big big rock / stoner. So I will address directly the people who say that the amp is unusable because it has only one volume for channel 1 and 2 impossible to manage the problem. Of one, it's a rock amp / metal so clear sound is not to be used at the same volulme the crunch. It is even very useful I think. To make joe dassin buy another amp. Then as many guitarists you tend to forget that your guitar has knob ... yes it is good for something, if you want absolutely play on these two channels at the same volume you just have to put the volume knob handle micro background and volume knob easel moitier and you change microphones when you change the channel ... easy. But again if you need this so equal volume is that you can be wrong amp for your style you are ...

Channel 3 / lead / red: The must for me, perfect for all styles of metal to the extreme, equalization once again great, the sound goes all the while (the black heavy metal, grind the super ). a small pile of background noise, so if you are sensitive you will need a noise gate.

Last thing to do potentiometer on the back of the head (a kind of presence inverted), it will be very useful for façoner your sound!

I put 9/10 and not 10/10 for the common volume between channel 1 and 2 even though for me it is not a problem and the lack of reverb ...


Perfect perfect perfect, I play it for 2 months, already used on stage again, everywhere he is awesome!! Then again do not be fooled, this is not an amp to make soft. This is 5150!!

And also thank you to the gentlemen / lady have tried this amp an hour in the store and have never used true to refrain from writing reviews ... Let those who use it every day and know how to use a guitar knob.

Top quality price, I hesitated a long time with a carvin V3m but I do not regret.

xeuma's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good head"

EVH 5150 III 50W
3 Channel 50W lamps in white version comes with footswitch


no manual, it's plug and play

the big sound is present from the beginning has provided you use a good speaker https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_smile.gif


Contrary to what has been said I love the clean sound of this amp, you get a very very nice dynamic grain (light crunch) for ed pieces to the hot chili peppers for example it's perfect https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_smile.gif

the only annoying thing is quite common in EQ channels 1 and 2 .... CNAL 3 is independent and there it really sending a big mashed his well FAT I love the Deftones!


1 month with an orange 2x12 cabinet signing Jim Root ...

I would return in a few time to polish my opinion on this amp

Innerside's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A "little" monster ..."

EVH 5150 III 50W
Lamps 50W amp
Everything there is a classic amp.
HP outputs selectable depending on the hp is used.
3 channels, including the 1st and 2nd with eq / shared flight.
Preamp Out
Effects loop
Midi In (super convenient)


Very simple:

- It energizes
- Heat is allowed a few moments
- It switches the standby
- We sent!

The sound is very well defined, clear are friendly, the monstrous crunches, and more saturated sounds are really huge.


Yes, the metal, the head is huge, and became a classic.
I use it with a Line 6 M9, which allows me to switch channels via the noon, and at the same time use a configuration of various sounds (clean + chorus, flanger + Crunch, Lead + delay ...)
I added a TS on the crunch it gives him a great bite.
We must also think of a good noise gate if you push really hard to gain.


I use it for a few months, and I really find the sounds I was looking for a sound that is both organic and aggressive but also incisive.
I have not tried other heads, my choice is directly went to EVH.
The only "negative" will be the small difference in volume between the clean channel and crunch, which share the same eq and the same volume.
I solved this by slightly boosting the output with the M9.
Another thing to know is what is not that small, for comparison, it falls smack bang on my 2x12 in width, and is a little shorter in depth, so nickel apart.

Evgeny's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very disappointing"

EVH 5150 III 50W
Power: 50 Watt All lamp
3 channels
Controls per channel: Gain-Low-Mid-High-Volume-Channel Select-Presence
Common EQ for channel 1 and 2
Effects loop
2 outputs for external speakers with switchable impedance (4, 8 and 16 Ohm)
Dimensions: 216 x 508 x 304mm
Weight: 11.4 Kg
Included footswitch

On paper, this head is very interesting. Head still impressive (quite deep), which in addition is presented as having the same sound as the original 5150III it deserves a priori that one is interested.


The guitarist colleague of my group was planning to buy a head to replace his 5150. Having taken a big slap on the 5150III at a concert, he is so interested in the head at first very attractive.

After a day of tests in two different stores to was the big disappointment, it does not sound like 5150III absolutely original, but this I am going lower.

Concerning the use so there's nothing particular to say. If this is the switch-up and standby voltages are located behind the head. Which can be annoying in some cases, but also the resonance knob is at the back.

A Note that provides footswtich apparently with the head, a good point.


We tested this in two head shops in Paris, one on a Mesa 2X12 cabinet and the other on a 1X12 Palmer.

In both cases we were disappointed, Clear Channel is arbitrary rather cold and impersonal, but of course we were not the why.
It is on the overdrive channel that disappointment was the largest, the amp delivers a very strange with a bump in the lower midrange very unpleasant.
Basically boosted channel has nothing to do with the original header, the sound is exaggerated in the lower midrange / bass as if trying to hide a lack of presence and scale in the sound. In the end it becomes very unpleasant action on the knob of resonance reduces this effect when it is close to 0, but the sound becomes cramped and noisy. In addition, the EQ is fairly ineffective, impossible to erase this unpleasant sound.

Constant on the same baffle palmer with the second head, it's not strange, therefore, not just the cabinet. Also I notice that the second head blows a lot less than the first, so I now doubts about the quality of manufacture.

Also note, a very big difference in volume between channels. The head is then limited unusable if you use multiple channels in a group.


In conclusion, this head is in my opinion to avoid.

Too bad it is yet a point of view very interesting features given the price, but the sounds are just mediocre.
Better to save me a little more to pay a real 5150III used, that sounds much better even at equivalent volume.

And for those looking absolutely a compact head, carvin the V3M is well above issue sounds (clear sound excellent, good distortion and many adjustments), the Koch Studio Tone is also very good (a good grain). Also this 5150III 50 W is not so compact it, it almost as deep as wide.

ozzyozburne's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A real success ..."

EVH 5150 III 50W
Super full, great finished.
Any head lamp, 50w, 3 channels, effects loop, headphone, midi ... Clear and "crunch" on the same settings, with its distortion settings. Overall presence. Pedal supplied shielded. Super finish, no complaints. Two colors rested, which is rather unusual for an amp. Mine is ivory. Even the speaker cable is included!
She still has a wild look that little EVH!
Made by Fender in Vietnam, huge transformers, knobs indestructible, here breathes the strong.
I play it in a 2x12 plextone purchased from Sydney to Toulouse, with G12M. (The HP EVH 15ohms is apparently based it on the old Celestion Greenbacks).


It's plug 'n play.


The overall sound is very rocky and very straight. Ca does not bleed, it is not in English pop here.
I have something to compare with the marshall jubilee and Bogner at home. The EVH nothing wrong, I have not touched my other amps since she arrived!
The settings are hyper efficient, this head is both very distinctive and very versatile though: you can play many things (rock, EVH requires), it still maintains his personality.
The best sounds (to my taste), with the volume are at least 6, and the grain is set to gain, then the knob of the guitar. There, the light is sublime, super-dynamic, very successful, more Marshall (good series) that Fender (it's a shame!), Channel 2 goes from crunch to distortion in the former (we really EVH sounds, even those of the first albums), and channel 3 is medium, compressed, modern. Despite this, I've even been able to get good sounds rn'r old, yet very saturated, lowering the treble, bass and presence, forward mids.
I play this head with an aphex and a small delay in the loop, and each TS808 volume up and gain to 0 on channel 2. The 3 does not take well the TS, too compressed and already quite saturated.
Against a constant: a warm, but right and accurate, that does not forgive errors Thurs Should work his guitar! It's harder to get that crunch and distos bavouillent (and I love with my Jubilee) typed Marshall / Slash example. And yet, with a good OD (OCD fatboost etc ...) on the excellent clean channel, we find our great marshall crunch typed based on the dynamics pushing the volume of the preamp.
Channel 3 is a treat solo. The gain is huge, always very musical. I find it does not take very well the OD, but definitive, it does not need it (and yet I love add a crunch OD on a saturated or habits).
No breath in spite of the high gain.
Sounds also chamber volume, I have no complaints.

Go, a downside, the headphone output is lousy, but EVH plays often flat, so ... And I do not use it, so ...


No one could .. amp, typed Van Halen (we pay for and fortunately!), But not that ...

Sounds of hell, versatile, that does not copy the great of the genre, but has its own personality. I find that the ratio QP is simply excellent.
Even the speaker equipped 2x12 G12H looks to me to be a steal, with a super affordable price.

I love Van Halen, not his entire discography, especially the early albums, and my opinion is not that of a geek or fan club. I had just spotted a 50w amp (ample), 3 channels, effects loop, € 880 for nine. A cool brand, Fender, EVH signature is super cool (bin anyway ... yeah, it takes me back 20 years ago, when I started as a guitarist, finishing high school, early college, when I scratched my head for try to understand how they made a tapping or an artificial harmonic-and yes, no internet at the time-like Is not talking about love or hot for teacher), reduced size and weight (for 50W), although finished. The big brother has a great reputation and more ...

What you ask for?

I'm really happy with this amp, I hope here to read this review!