New amp purchase opinions please!

Discussion in 'Gear & Equipment' started by glytch5, Feb 13, 2019.

  1. jc986

    jc986 Tone Enthusiast Contributor

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    Call or chat with Musician’s Friend and they’ll usually work with you if there aren’t any codes that are working.
     
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    cardinal F# Dive Bomber

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    I also have to say 5153. They really are nice sounding amps. You can spend a whole lot more on other amps, but they just sound different not necessarily better than the good old 5153.
     
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    rexbinary MOD King

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    EVH 5150 iii 50 all day
     
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    Deadpool_25 SS.org Regular

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    @glytch5

    It seems to me you’re really gassing for the DSL. It may be worth a 1-2 hour drive to a different shop if it lets you try one out.
     
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    glytch5 Necron Overlord

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    Well... got the 5150... got a few bucks off a new one... sweeet! Thank you everyone for the help, deadpool I still think I might just have to get that pre amp, it does sound really cool.
    Thanks dudes!
     
  6. Deadpool_25

    Deadpool_25 SS.org Regular

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    First, and possibly last, video I make lol. Anyway @glytch5 , this is what I was talking about. Does add some hiss so definitely something to be aware of.

     
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    glytch5 Necron Overlord

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    Duuuuude, that is AWESOME! I understand what you were saying now.... this video is spot on man. So I could really use this with my dark terror as well? Even if its distorted because its going to bypass the saturated pre amp of the DT right? The DT has no channel... so I could essentially still switch out of distortion?
    Thank you very very much man.
     
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    Deadpool_25 SS.org Regular

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    Yeah man you could do that. Would work well.
     
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    glytch5 Necron Overlord

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    Nice amp by the way ; )
    How long have you had that thing? any issues with it?

    I though it was cool how the cam lens would wave with the chords haha
     
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    Deadpool_25 SS.org Regular

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    Haha. Thanks man. I guess I’ve had it about a year. It had some volume drop issues when I first got it so I took it to a local repair shop and though they said they didn’t see anything wrong, I haven’t had any issues since. I honestly only bought it because I wanted to compare the Invective to the amp that inspired it. The 5150, as good as it is, is going on the sale block soon.
     
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    glytch5 Necron Overlord

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    gotcha... well thanks again for everything.
    I am thinking about taking my 6505 chassis to someone to figure out the clean channel issue... I know its not a good clean but there is def something wrong with mine. It sounds as if the power section if fully saturated where you get that super sensitive note definition thing going... but the volume is barely up... and it is not good sound... notes come in all different volumes and chords do this weird swell/lag thing.
     
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    Deadpool_25 SS.org Regular

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    No problem man. Glad to help. Yeah that sounds like maybe something is wrong with it. Hope you get it fixed! The 5150 family is just killer for high gain stuff.
     
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    And when you're ready... there are tons of mods. Jerry at FJAMODs is awesome to work with... also Voodoo Mods.

    Ignore if you have already heard this.... The simplest one is changing out the PI preamp tube to a 12AT7 (or 12AU7) to cut down on the amount of gain that slams the power tube section - from 100% to around 70%. That way the gain is more usable all the way to 10. You can literally use the amp like a Fender Reverb and put everything on 10 (you def cant do this before) or you can put the gain at 5 and you get a very open, articulate, less fizzy rhythm dirt that sounds more like a VHT UL than a 5150. I've been rocking this trick since the late 90s when a friend that worked in the Meridian shop taught it to me and I don't get why Peavey doesnt manufacture it this way... or at least make a 5150DM (death metal!!!) version lol. $$$
     
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    PrestoDone Cork Sniffer

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    Buying an amp to sound like another amp?
     
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    5150 II is a good choice, I'd say. I love the clean channel on it, not sure why it gets hate. i crank the gain all the way up on the clean channel and it's still clean with a very slight hint of dirt, just the way i like.
     
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    glytch5 Necron Overlord

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    I got the 5150 iii 6l6 at my doorstep....
    Everything from the packaging to the sound is quite amusing. I was entirely impressed by the clean channel/channel switching and all that stuff. The cleans are waaaay better than I thought they would be... they are actually quite usable.
    I see what people mean by no need for a boost in front of the dirty channel.... it is almost too much! even with low gain.
    The amp is straight up dope... glad I bought it... just need to take off the EVH logo, and build my 6505 112 into a head.... AWESOME. I still like a certain aspect of the peavey lead channel though.... it has a very smooth punch to it, where the EVH is a little more out of control sounding... but in a good way.
     
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    Deadpool_25 SS.org Regular

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    Congrats on getting something you really like!
     
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    glytch5 Necron Overlord

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    I know this post is dead... but its been a while since I got the amp.... I fired it up tonight and it sounded real bad... then I heard that tube warming up sound..
    I looked over and to my absolute horror, both power tubes were red plating literally to the point of melt down... there was no plates just red/orange! I turned it off let it cool off. Tried a different speaker cable and different cabinet, same thing the second I turn it on BOOM the tubes go full power...
    Something in the bias circuit died giving it zero bias... I am JUST passed 45 days for return to where I got it so now the true test.... EVH customer support!
     
  19. TheWarAgainstTime

    TheWarAgainstTime "TWAT" for short

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    Keep us posted! It's definitely out of the ordinary to see that, especially on such a new amp
     

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