eddievanhalen2400 After nearly three years in development, EVH is pleased to announce the launch of the 5150III 1×12 50-watt combo amplifier. This is not your average 1×12 combo by any stretch. In line with Eddie Van Halen’s legacy, this 1×12 is a true game changer, making players swear they’re standing in front of a half-stack.

The EVH 5150III® 1×12 is an all-tube combo amp, featuring three channels of pure 5150-III high performance tone (clean, crunch and lead). Fitted with a single 12-inch Celestion®, 16-ohm speaker and powered by seven JJ ECC83 (12AX7) preamp tubes and two JJ 6L6 power tubes, it also features front-panel adjustable power output from 50 watts down to one watt. The adjustable power feature is especially useful in achieving “fully cranked” sounds while maintaining reasonable overall volume levels.

Features include a single input, rear-panel selectable output impedance (4, 8 or 16 ohms), versatile controls (gain, low, mid, high, volume, master presence, rear-panel master resonance, power level, reverb), built-in DSP reverb, rear-panel MIDI input and preamp output, two rear-panel parallel speaker outputs, rear-panel effects loop and headphone jack (mutes power amp), and four-button footswitch (controls all three channels and reverb).

Top-notch construction features a custom-shaped birch cabinet with special and exclusive internal baffling, vintage-style chicken-head control knobs, red jewel, plastic top strap handle and casters. A fitted cover is optional. Available in Black and Ivory.

For more information, go to evhgear.com.


26 Responses

  1. Ed has lost his marbles. Anyone who owns a Music Man Evh should hold on to that for dear life. I own both a 1st year Peavey Wolfgang and a EVH Wolf and you can tell how Eddie’s ear has changed if he thinks the new ones are the best. They are not. I’m selling it. The Music Mans were the best. My Peavey Wolf sounds way better than the Fender built EVH. I just think Eddie’s hearing has diminished over the years. The new guitars sound too thin and the mimi frets are discouraging IMO.The amps sound way too distorted. Eddie used to wrangle sounds out of his guitar with not as much over the top distortion. I wasn’t too impressed during the “Development Stage” either, when he was all f ed up. I think his hearing is shot.

    1. I own an EVH Stealth model. The sound is a lot brighter than I expected it to be considering Ed’ classic tone is known for being warm. I know the ebony fretboard is part of that but it’s still “brittle” sounding to my ears. I own a couple other guitars with ebony fretboards that are less overly bright sounding than the Stealth. One guitar I bought recently that has become my more go to axe is a Peavy HP Special CT that I bought from a friend of mine I used to be in a band with. That guitar is now out of production but it’s great. I never played one of the Peavy made Wolfgangs but from what you’ve described, I’m thinking my Peavy is closer to that model than the Fender EVH axes are.

    2. Valid point. I listen to his tone on “1984” and compare it to his tone now and can’t believe how distorted and crappy sounding it is. His tone used to be the holy grail….not anymore

    3. Completely agree about the Music Man EVH guitars. BY FAR his best guitars, even the cheap import versions kicked ass. Head and shoulders above the Peavey’s. I haven’t tried his new ones. I know MM rebadged the imports again and is selling them as Sterlings, but haven’t tried one.

      Agree completely once again with his tone. The saturation is so buzzy and uninspiring. Listen to 1984, then listen to ADKOT. Don’t get me wrong, i love the new VH, but think he’s gone too overboard on the gain.

  2. New music…..he has to listen to cassettes out of his touring trunks from ’82 and catch a riff or hook then get Diamond Dave to cruise Altadena for some stupid lyrics. Atomic Punks in ’98 at the Whiskey was great tribute stuff.

  3. I agree Jay I bought a Japanese Wolfgang and really wanted to like it but I couldn’t deal with the small frets and returned it two weeks later. And my Strat with a Duncan JB in the bridge sounds just as good.

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