Peavey 5150 II Head
Peavey 5150 II Head

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

VishNuRoXoUt 11/30/2011

Peavey 5150 II Head : VishNuRoXoUt's user review

« Really nice high gain head. »

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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.