Eddie Van Halen himself admitted that his musical tastes were constantly changing in pursuit of his tone chasing and updated revisionism on his musical equipment.
In acknowledgement of this fact, Eddie began modifying his own EVH 5150 III amplifiers to further suit a more personalised experience. The result is a limited edition head which is available for purchase.
Eddie never fails to disappoint with his EVH Gear brand.
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So, what differs from the previous EVH 5150 III amplifier heads? The basic differences from the regular EVH 5150 III heads are, as noted from www.evhgear.com themselves, are:
- Increased gain on Channel Two for greater sustain.
- Revoicing on Channel Two for further low-mid frequency clarity definition.
- Channel Three also features increased gain.
- Improved low end control range on Channel Three.
- Each Channel has an additional resonance control on the rear of each channel to fine tune low frequency response.
- Eight JJ ECC83 preamp tubes.
- Four Shuguang 6L6 Power Tubes.
- Switchable output impedance (4, 8 and 16 ohms)
- Adjustable bias control.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Eddie was inspired by his early Van Halen sound in the making of the EVH 5150 III S amplifier.
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Aside from this, all the regular features are, courtesy of www.evhgear.com:
Model Name: 5150III® 100S Head, 120V, Black
Model Number: 2250250000
Series: EVH® 5150 III® Heads
Amplifier Type: Tube
Controls: Gain, Low, Mid, High, Volume, Channel Select, Prescence and Resonance for each channel
Effects Loop: 1/4” – (Send/Return)
Inputs: One – 1/4″
Line Out: One – (1/4”)
Channels: Three – (Clean, Crunch and Lead)
Wattage: 100 Watts into 4, 8 or 16 ohms (Switchable)
Cabinet Material: Birch/Pine
Handle: Molded Plastic Strap with Nickel-Plated Caps
Control Knobs: Chicken-Head Style Pointer
Pre Amp Tubes: Eight JJ ECC83S / 12AX7
Power Tubes: Four Shuguang 6L6
FootSwitch: 4-Button Footswich Included
The basis for the update of this amplifier was to mold together two brilliant theories of the perfect sound that Eddie himself has been tone chasing in his amplifiers throughout his music career. The first was to provide a modern amplifier that would be ideal for a fresh and innovative approach for those who sought the latest in rock innovation.
The second was to replicate, in this modern amplifier, a tone that looked back at the heyday of Eddie Van Halen that he had early on in his career with his Marshall Superlead head. This is not an easy sound for a company to capture. However, Eddie himself has blown away any competitors and imitators in this regard. The best product is the one that sells itself, and the EVH 5150 III S, for these reasons, is a must have for any gigging musician today.
EVH Gear are no doubt forward thinking and boundary pushing in their approach which complements Eddie’s tone chasing vision.
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- Review: EVH 5150 IIIS EL34 Amp Head and 4×12 Cabinet. Guitar World. https://www.guitarworld.com/gear/review-evh-5150-iiis-el34-amp-head-and-4×12-cabinet