Understandably Eddie Van Halen, after leaving Peavey, needed to work together with Fender on a line-up of amplifiers that were more modern and that would do the job for him on the road.
Released around the same time as the EVH Wolfgang, the 5150 III amps are arguably one of the heaviest sounding amps on the market, ideal for a variety of metal style sounds and output. This amp is a powerful piece of equipment, one which Eddie Van Halen himself has stuck by.
No doubt Eddie Van Halen and Chip Ellis of Fender put their best efforts into creating the EVH 5150 III.
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Eddie himself uses the all-tube amp, using eight 12AX7 and six 6L6 tubes. On each amp, and specifically Eddie’s amp, there are three channels of output: Clean, Crunch and Lead.
To get a good idea of what Eddie uses, we will observe the stats of the 5150 III® 4×12 Straight Cabinet and the 5150 III® 100W Head. The Cabinet itself is valued at around $1,333.32 US and the head is valued at around $2,399.99 US, in itself, not cheap. But since the release of the original 5150 III amplifiers, there have been a variety of models released for the gigging and home musician.
Let’s observe the stats of both of these, focusing on the cabinet first then the head, courtesy of www.evhgear.com:
The EVH 5150 III was modeled heavily on the original Marshall Superlead that Eddie himself had used for many years.
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Model Name: 5150III® 4×12 straight cabinet, Black
Model Number: 2252100000
Series: EVH® 5150III® Cabinets
Amplifier Type: Speaker Enclosure
Inputs: One ¼”
Wattage: 60 watts at 16 Ohms
Handle: Two Recessed Side-Mount Plastic
Pre Amp Tubes: N/A
Power Tubes: N/A
Included Accessories: Removable Casters Included.
As you may be able to tell from reading this, the cabinet itself is a very basic set up and construction. Let’s next observe the specifications of the head, courtesy of www.evhgear.com:
Model Name: 5150III® 100W Head, Ivory, 120V
Model Number: 2251000400
Series: EVH® 5150 Heads
Amplifier Type: Tube
Controls: Gain, Low, Mid, High, Volume, Channel Select, and Presence for each Channel.
Effects Loop: ¼” – (Send/Return)
Inputs: One – ¼ inch
Line Out: One – (1/4”)
Channels: Three – (Clean, Crunch and Lead)
Wattage: 100 Watts
Cabinet Material: Birch/Pine
Handle: Molded Plastic Strap with Nickel-Plated Caps
Front Panel: Black EVH Striped Steel
Control Knobs: Chicken-Head Style Pointer
Pre Amp Tubes: 8 x JJ ECC83
Power Tubes: 4 x JJ 6L6
Included Accessories: 4-Button Footswitch Included
Footswitch: 4-Button Footswitch Included
There are many different models of EVH 5150 III amplifiers out there on the market. This is merely just a sample of what one can purchase if one desires and a good way to follow the modern Van Halen amplified sound.
The EVH 5150 III is a perfect selection for the metal players out there.
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- Ground Guitar. 2016. Ground Guitar – Everything guitar-related. http://www.groundguitar.com/eddie-van-halen-guitars-and-gear/