Peavey 5150 II Head
Peavey 5150 II Head

5150 II Head, Tube Guitar Amp Head from Peavey in the 5150 series.

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Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 13 reviews )
 11 reviews85 %
 2 reviews15 %

VishNuRoXoUt's review"Really nice high gain head."

Peavey 5150 II Head
The Peavey 5150 II head is very similar to the original. It's 120 watts, all tube. Some of the nice things about the two are that each channel has it's own presence and resonance controls and it's own EQ. One of the changes is that it no longer has a hi and low input. Just a single input. The amp still has an effects loop and it is footswitchable so you can bypass all the effects with one button.


With the addition of separate EQ, presence and resonance controls it is much easier to get nicer tone from both channels. It's a very simple set up and it pretty much comes down to finding a good sound then setting and forgetting.


This amp can get really, really heavy. It's also a very tight amp. Good for fast paced metal and the likes. It's a very high mids sounding amp and really great for lead stuff. The cleans on the 5150 II seem to be a little dirtier than the original or the combo 5150. But footswitchable effects look and separate EQs make this thing the machine it is. Very, very good sounding metal amp, though it can't do a whole lot more than heavy music.


Essentially, this amp does a few things but very well. It's not overly versatile, but if you're looking for a really tight balls to the wall high gain amp this excels at that. It's nice to have the separate EQing and all that and the footswitchable fx loop is rad, but this was a case of another amp that just wasn't for me. Luckily I got it for an unbelievable price, only $300. My favourite 5150 amp I've played is still the original 2x12 combo. It's much more versatile while remaining to be super heavy. These amps are pretty cheap on the used market though, so I'd say it's a great value.

drkorey's review"Great Amplifier!"

Peavey 5150 II Head
The Peavey 5150II is a 120W guitar amp head. It has 6 - 12AX7s in the preamp and 4 6L6 power tubes. Includes footswitchable lead/rhythm channel select, effects loop, 3-band standard EQ for each channel, plus resonance and presence controls on each channel. Rhythm channel includes pre/post gain and bright/crunch switches. Lead channel includes pre/post gain controls only. Preamp output. Footswitch included. 4, 8, or 16 ohms.
The clean.rhythm channel share EQ controls.


It is fairly easy to get a good metal, rock and clean sound out of this amp with minimal tweaking. The EQ controls do not have a very wide sweep and don't change the sounds a great deal.
The manual is clear and gives you good information.


I have used Gibson V's, Les Pauls and ESP KH-2 guitars with this amp and it lets the characteristic of each guitar through but also slightly colors each of them and make them sound the same due to the "Peavey mids".

My favorite sounds are the metal, rock and 80’s rock sounds, which I think this amp excels at. I usually go for a nice thick Jerry Cantrell AIC tone, to use with my modern rock/metal band. This amp can get you any heavy tone you want (especially with an extra EQ in the loop) and pretty good cleans. Suits my style of music nicely.

The clean tones are OK and rather plain but usable.


Overall, this is a fantastic amp, especially for what you can buy them for on the used market.
The features I like the most are footswitchable clean/rhythmchannel, which makes the amp a three channel one. the great tone shaping options on each channel.

The only drawback for me is the sub par clean channel. I did not need to use this channel a lot so it was ok for what I needed.

This amp is a well built tone generator that can give you many tones. I have had many amps and for hard rock and metal this would be one of my top choices – especially for the used market price they go for.


Hatsubai's review"Similar, yet different from the original"

Peavey 5150 II Head
With the success of the 5150, Peavey once again collaborated with EVH to create an updated version of the 5150. On the outside, the 5150 II seems similar to the 5150. Peavey added separate EQs, a more elaborate channel switching system so you can switch the crunch channel via the new footswitch, rear adjustable bias, a revised sound and another 12AX7 tube. However, their execution came with mixed results...


The separate EQ was a much welcomed addition to the 5150 II. No longer do you have to compromise between the clean/crunch and the lead channel. The previous 5150 was fixed biased, and it was biased very cold. The new 5150 II has an adjustable rear bias with test points, but it's still not possible to truly bias these amplifiers. The range of the pot is too small to get the tubes to their optimal mA. The test points are also useless as they don't measure tube current draw -- they measure voltage. Why Peavey added these, I honestly have no clue. If you're planning on biasing this with a multimeter, you'll need to get these points modified. Still, the most significant changes are actually in the tone.


With the 5150's huge success, you'd figure the evolution would be even bigger. However, the 5150 II's tone changed compared to the older model. The clean channel has been revised, and we can finally get a nice clean tone for once. That was a wonderful addition to the amp. The revised lead channel, however, came with mixed results. While still having more than enough, the amp has less gain than the previous one. On top of that, the amp shifted its midrange from low mids to high mids. A lot of people found themselves missing the low mid grunt the 5150 delivered. The amp didn't have nearly the track record the original one did because of the revoicing.


The opinions on the 5150 II gets more mixed results than the previous model. Those that love it praise its versatility, more Marshall-esque midrange and ability to cut through the mix a bit better. Those that hate it claim it lacks the famous low, chest pounding midrange that the original was famous for. Personally, I feel it's a great amp, and while it doesn't sound like the original, it doesn't really have to. I feel that it would have been accepted a bit more if it were given a different name when it was first introduced. While I prefer the original, the 5150 II is definitely an amp to consider if you're looking for a somewhat versatile high gain amplifier.

MGR/-'s review"Peavey 5150 II"

Peavey 5150 II Head
I bought this amp off a guy in the classifieds. I paid $900 canadian with the footswitch which is a sweet deal

I love the tone, awesome distortion. Many people say this is just for metal but it is also good for punk and alternative rock. LOUD LOUD LOUD LOUD LOUD LOUD. VERY LOUD. I have it set-up with a 5150 cabinet and a marshall 1960a, CRAZY LOUD ENOUGH TO PLAY STADIUMS.

Very heavey and the clean channel is pretty lifeless, but is decent. Lack of reverb.


Wonderful amp for whoever likes to play punk rock, metal, rock. THIS AMP IS NOT FOR BLUES OR COUNTRY.

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Alx66's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Huge"

Peavey 5150 II Head
Say the top


Everything is ultra-simple finger knob has worn very pleasant to the touch.


To make the metal selui which is a value on not making mistakes of purchase.
The sound can be very effective even without multiple effects.
To the sounds can be a very good clear sound heavy.
I'm no effect on it and I use the following guitars.
- Lag Custom Trashmaster
- Lag Trashmaster
- Peavey Vandenberg
- Jackson Randy Rhoads
- Epiphone??

Personally I love all the sound come out from the lightest to heaviest pedal even ca Remote Switch is simple to use

- Effects
- Crunch
- Channel


I use it for more than 10 years ago at the beginning I was using it with pedals but long term I do not use anymore, it was a Digitech RP3 for the sound I am sure now is the time therefore any material flow even in super concert and repeated multi effect that not natural.
J ais test packet has a good time but one thing was on was that I wanted a two body that I could not move combo, I went to "The lamp amp has" Place Pigalle in Paris very good advice I remain an afternoon to test my guys heads spun an even playing Lamps al time my choice was the time I think now would be the same or may be to a ENGL

Spearhead's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" beautiful sound!!"

Peavey 5150 II Head
- Amplification tube
- 120 Watts
- 3 channels: clean (rhythm), crunch & lead
- 2 EQ
- A pedal to activate the 3 channels and effects loop
- 1 pre-1 post-gain and gain equalization by
- 4/8/16 Ohm


super simple, it happens very quickly to ring the beast.


I play heavy rock / metal with a scratch Washburn Nick Catanese Signature equipped with EMG 81/85 and one in Seymour Duncan SH11 washburn custom / custom.

Well this head works great with passive or active pickups, no worries! it sends severe!

- The sound clean: it is true that he has a particular sound, we like it or not, it is a bit cold, but it is a matter of taste. Me I love this little cold side and edged with cruncher soon as we tend to "support" a little, it can play in any grade!
For the recalcitrant, I advise them to put a little BBE sonic maximize the loop! I opted for the 482i and whaouhhhhh! the clean is literally turned round and warm wishes!

- The crunch: nickel! a headroom to send the perfect sauce. Only drawback, it is common with the clean channel, it would have been nicer to have 3 real channels, but hey, it's not overly annoying ...

- The lead: what a slap !!!!! No doubt, the best channel! it has been nearly a year and a half that I possess, and every time I so much fun playing it like 1 day!!
The basic sound is really great, even if the head is no longer very young, but as said above, I put a BBE 482i maximize the loop.
Result: In addition to significantly improve clean, I switched to a lead (like the crunch) dug very modern mediums, with bass and treble very present ... A killer !!!!!


I once owned the marshall (eg JCM 2000 TSL 100), and I still wonder how I have waited so long to prefer this head ... I had the opportunity to try also peavey ultra + is a most excellent head too!!
In short, for anything I would not change it, I hesitated a moment to share with the Peavey XXX, would have made me very badly, because after testing, it is much higher than 5150 (these comments are solely me of course)

Note: This review is the same for the 6505 + because they are the same heads, just the name has changed due to a short history of trial ...

MOST: sounds good, ease of use, durability, versatility
THE -: Me I do not see ... except maybe the clean separation of the crunch ...

I would do this choice a thousand times and without hesitation!! It is well worth its bargain price!

Norésihia's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Old head but a reference!"

Peavey 5150 II Head
all been saying to the above.


Easy to use.


I'm kind of U.S. rock alter bridge, creed ... and it suits me perfectly.

For a more distal worked his biggest it's hard because I find the equalizer channel a little light.

The sound is clear about it a bit cold.

The crunch is even hard to get because it is on the same channel as the clean sound but I managed to get a good compromise.

My cab is a 4 * 12 or I peavey celestion mix and Shefield.

so I add a DBX 32 band equa I put in the effects loop and I have since rediscovered this amp.

With the equa DBX and my G-Major 2 in the effects loop I get out sounds interesting distortion sounds clear and even less cold.

I play with a micro EMG ESP eclipse.


I use it for over 10 years and it still sounds.

This is my first tube head.

I tested and even wanted to change the mesa but with the addition of direct DBX I changed my mind.

I prefer the texture distortion of Peavey.

For the clean sound if I could have a big config I would take a Fender clean sound for the crunch and good, but I still managed to have a good compromise.

I would not change unless it comes to not work at all and I would take engl or maybe the 5150 III Fender because the grain of the distal air to be had about the same.

6bool's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Peavey 5150 II Head
The same already mentioned


One branch, and boom!!


Then I read further down wrote: not for death metal.
j am compelled to respond by saying that it is built for this style and for metal in general.
For my part, I have a NOS greenback cabinet top and bottom V30 and c is a butcher !!!!!
is the clean, I find a little cold but it can go


J have a lachance falling over on occasion, I buy it back if it again

soilwork's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Peavey 5150 II Head
The same deficits already


Manuel simple, easy, ... everything is simplified to the maximum


I play death metal (InFlames influence, Soilwork, Mnemic ,...) with a eclyspeII esp, esp horizon an NT1 and an NT2 esp horizon, all given in OD. This is ideal for big sound, lots of blowing the transformer has a double blow but easily with a noise gate in the loop and before entering the head. I combine all with a baffle 6505 412 plan once a volume pedal and an equa, and is obtained a sound PRO. The clean was not a real clean found in a transistor amplifier, for example, it's just the natural sound of the guitar, so very easy to manage with proper adjustment, a good touch and a good guitar.


I use it for over a year, combined with a head ENGL Powerball, ca hard timpani in the studio, a pity that this head is no longer manufactured. It is equivalent mesa largely to the category or other metal, it lacks can be of Polivalente as some say, I say that every head brings happiness to his aquereur, it is enough just to know the rule. Maybe a little too out of breath but when you see that ca potato issue, one can understand that it needs 2 noise gate to really control. Otherwise the rest is a simplicity to any musician who is looking for a powerful sound pretty quickly.

Chrisbleed's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Peavey 5150 II Head
This is a super powerful amp, 120 W.

Features, you have below.


The configuration for the connections is super simple and classic (footswitch, fx send and return, preamp, two connections for HP.

This head sounds directly without too many headaches.
The manual is two pages and very well done ;-) ))))


This receiver is suitable for the big play metal and rock is clean well puissant.Le his only weak point but if you embed a eq is the bonheur.Et a delay, a chorus, it's heaven.
For distortion, this is his area of ​​prédiclection.Il is comparable to Mesa by exemple.Même thing as clean, with an eq and a noise gate (it blows a little), it's great cool.

I put 9 for the clean could have been done better.


I use this head for two years and I am very happy even though I prefer my Mesa Dual Rectifier.Qui has better flexibility than the 5150 did not.

Otherwise, the 5150 II's look is really well done.
And do not forget that bands like Machine Head and In Flames are playing with this beast ;-) ))))))

In value, Peavey is not mieux.Si looking for a well couillu anda distortion that kills you find what you wanted.
If I had the choice again, I think I would resume this amp if I do not have too many gold coins. Otherwise, I will be aiming Mesa, Diezel, VHT.

I think that is very subjective, try this head because it worth détour.Vous will not be disappointed.