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Rating and Reviews: EVH Van Halen 5150 III 6L6 Amp

Pair the 5150 III head with any speaker cabinet and immerse yourself in high-gain magnificence. This 50-watt beast boasts a duo of powerful 6L6 power tubes.

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"Melt your face and raise the dead!" submitted August 1, 2018

By Michael Dalton in Rocklin, CA
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Musical Background: I've been playing for The Pikeys almost 10 years and we gig in California
Music Style: Celtic Rock, Irish Punk, traditional Irish music, metal.
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Overall: Sooooooooo cool! The brief review is this; if you are looking for getting close to the sound on Metallica's record ...And Justice for All, then this should deliver for you. If you are too young to know what I'm talking about, then the low end sounds like a heavy weight punch in the gut and the rest is like Avenged Sevenfold. • The clean channel has a punch that reacts to your attack but still has very Strat like chime. • The blue (crunch) channel shares the EQ with the clean channel, but it is remarkable how I was able to voice the two with distinction and balance. ° The red (lead?) channel is absolutely brilliant! It's perfect for dialing in the EQ to cut through the mix live. The added benefit of the separate EQ, gain and volume for this stage of the signal is invaluable to my overall tone. There are some things that I personally didn't dig on. I want to emphasize that these are just my opinions. • The design for the separate volume and gain controls for ch 1 & 2 being on the same spot makes it very difficult to adjust one without accidentally moving the other. The little black ring is hard to reach with my fingers and live, this is frustrating. BUT I would take the addition of the separate gain and volume control over ch 1 & 2 ANY day over the previous version. • The final negative opinion is that the mids seem scooped regardless of adding more mid-range to it. The way I have compensated for this is by using my OCD overdrive pedal while on the clean ch.
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