Peavey 5150 II Head
Peavey 5150 II Head

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

drkorey 07/27/2011

Peavey 5150 II Head : drkorey's user review

« Great Amplifier! »

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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.

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