Peavey 5150

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Description The 5150 head and a 5150 combo are the BEST sounding amps I have ever played through.
Posted By Rock Roll (56)
Directory Equipment: Amplifiers
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Overall Rating: 4.9 (of 5)
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On 10/5/2004, David Nelson (4) posted:
Overall Rating:
I like high gian amps. I looked at the mesas, the marshals, the hughesand ketnars, and some other ones i cant remember. I would buy this amp agian if i had enough money to get another one!! This amp could be better, if it was a little less bulky, and had a less ruinable tolex on it. The best aspect of this amp is the amaizing tone, the worst is the not so great plastic used in all the ornamental stuff on the amp, it breaks realy easily. I would recomend this amp to anyone who wants great tone, and a high gain amp that doesnt sound like every other new metal amp!!
Price: $700.00
Where Obtained: Private Seller
Features:
This amp rocks, it has a three band eq that is shared by both the clean and the lead channels. It has a pre and post gain on both channels that allow you to have the propper amount of gain pulling form your guitar while monitoring the volume lever. This amp is more than powerfull enough. It has great tone, which i think most high gain amps today lack. i have heard some people say that it is not versitile, but i play metal, so who cares? It has a sweet effects loop that i never use, but would if i had some pedals to run through it. The amp has 5-12ax7's, and 4-6L6s. I think i got that right. Unfortunately, i am right at the point where i am loosing my tubes, but the amp still sounds great besides the exctra noise. The amp is usually very quiet. The amp has a stage presence that makes it the perffect live gig amp. It demands respect, and conquers even the worst acoustic rooms.
Sound Quality:
I play two guitars through this amp, and possible more someday. Right now i play a Gibson Gothic SG through the amp, i use a Boss TU-2 tunner, and a cry baby jimmy hendrix wah (which i hardly ever use for the wah, just tonal change). I also play a shecter artist C-1 through the same pedals. The SG has amaizing deep tone, and the C-1 has amaizing bright and mid tones for jazz (which is study at school). I play a wide range of music. From Jazz, blues, rock, dark metal, indy, math metal. This amp is so versitile, it handles all of these without even loosing any tone. I have used many other amps, and as i stated before this amp just kicks but in high gain tone, and it cleans up so well you would never know it gets dirty!! At high volumes is where this amp thrives, its tone is amiazing when you crank it (realistically a 5 on a 10 number dial).
Ease of Use:
No, this amp is not digital, no digital components, done make me go there. There is a certain level of tweaking needed to create amiazing tone, just like any other great tube amp. The amount fo tweeking is half that of a solid state though. This amp is soooo easy to use comparted to other amps i have played, some say that the lack of channel eq, and control makes it hard to use, but i disagree, less is more.
Durability:
This amp is reliable enough for steady playing, But like any tube amp it requires regular tube maintanence to retain its amaizing tone. Re-tubing is a once a year or so occurance for a tone freek like me. Im in the process of saving up the money to re-tube it this year. This amp is build like a tank! It has great construction, one thing i praticularly like is that the pre-amp tubes are encased in a separate compartemnt from the power tubes, this means that they stay quiter, and last alot longer, because they arent vibrated as much.
On 7/12/2004, Jordan Kolenc (74) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is a great rock/metal amp/
Price: $750.00
Where Obtained: Some guy in Cleveland, OH
Features:
This amp is awesome. Outside of standard EQ it includes a power amp saturation stage to shape the tone. The is a footswitch controlled effects loop.
Sound Quality:
I use this amp with cheep guitars and it still sounds good. The amp sounds great once it really warms up. The distortion blows marshall out of the water.
Ease of Use:
It is possible to obtain numerous sounds if tweaked properly.
Durability:
Durable casing. Haven't gigged with it yet
On 4/11/2004, Matthew Leering (96) posted:
Overall Rating:
The only thing I really don't like about this amp is the fact that the clean and distorted channels share the same 3-band eq.

It's distortion was its main selling point for me.
Price: $999.00 CAD
Where Obtained: its previous owner
Features:
A 2 channel, 120 Watt tube amp. Pre+Post Rhythm & Lead, 3-band shared EQ, Resonance, Presence knobs, bright, crunch and channel buttons. It is remote switchable and played through a 4x12 it seems loud enough for most metal situations.
Sound Quality:
I use a stratocaster running into a Boss NS-2 to quiet the beast before entering the 5150. From there, I have a Lexicon MPX-100 Effects Processor in the effects loop. The end result is run through 4x12 sheffield speakers. I can get a really warm sound through it to a really dry raunchy abrasive distorted sound. I play broken-up metal with lots of starts and stops. That is why I use the noise supressor (not because the amp is overly loud). This amp distorts minimally until you get close to max volume.
Ease of Use:
It's as easy to use as any other tube amp I've played through
Durability:
I haven't had any problems after a couple years with it now.
On 4/14/2001, Mike Rapp (4671) posted:
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I love this amp. Yeah, maybe some day when I am rich and famous I will play through a Triple Rec, but then again maybe not, This 5150 sounds pretty durn good. This amp has gotta be the best bang for your buck in the high gain amp market. I got my head and cabinet for less than the price of Marshall or Mesa head alone. I especally like the resonance control. It adds some nice depth to your sound. If it were stolen I would find the guy and tape his head to the 4x12 cab while I play Sabbath Bloody Sabbath with the post gain on 10. A few things that might make this amp better have been addressed by the 5150 II, namely seperate tone controls for each channel and being able to switch the crunch on and off with the footswitch.

One more great thing about this amp: Unlike most tube amps, you don't have to crank the volume up to insane levels to get good distortion. When the folks upstairs are home, I play with the volume barely at 1 and it sounds great.
Price: $699.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Gianetta's Music
Features:
120 watts tube. 2 channels, lead and rhythm. Each channel has seperate pre-gain and post-gain controls, and shared low, mid, high, resonance, and presence. 2 inputs, normal and high gain. Crunch and bright buttons for rhythm channel. Effects loop, preamp out, footswitch with channel selector and effects on/off.
Sound Quality:
I like the sound from this amp very much. The lead channel is brutal. The distortion is variable, from a heavy crunch to really saturated hi gain. Some folks don't like the "clean" channel much. Keep in mind, there is no "clean" channel on this amp, there is a rhythm channel. You can keep the pre-gain low enough to get some nice clean sounds though. It sounds good to me. Better with a single coil in the neck and a little chorus. I use this amp for hard rock and metal, but if you toss a few effects pedals in front of it I can't imagine many styles of music that you couldn't use it for. I play a Hearfield Talon and a Fender American Strat. They both sound very good with this amp. This amp has a very different sound than other competitive amps. It's very different from a Marshall TSL or a Mesa Dual Rec. You can really hear the EVH influence coming through. That is not to say you will have the same tone as EVH with this amp, but if you are an EVH fan you will definately hear little snippets of his tone coming through.
Ease of Use:
Of course, it takes experimenting to find the exact sound you like. But it's an easy enough amp to use.
Durability:
This is my 2nd 5150. I had one in the early 90's but I sold it because I was in desperate need of cash. 5150's seem to have fuse problems within the first few hours of use. Both amps I owned went through this breaking in phase. This isn't really a big deal, they caught mine before I even took it from the shop. Don't freak out if your amp craps out like the 2nd day you have it. You probably need to replace the fuse and then it's smooth sailing. Two good things about Peavey's service: 1. They are very much oriented to letting their dealers take care of their customers. This means if your amp goes south, your local guy should be able to help you out. 2. They have a vary good website with a BBS where people can help you.
On 4/16/2000, Rob Bokone (63) posted:
Overall Rating:
Sometimes when I get horny, I just feel like humping it.
Price: $499.00
Where Obtained: C.A. House
Features:
Its tube power at it's best
Sound Quality:
so loud, very loud, and clear
Ease of Use:
I hope I graduate from high school
Durability:
Taking it in a p.o.s. car to band practice on back roads...tough
On 4/13/2000, Rock Roll (56) posted:
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The 5150 head and a 5150 combo are the BEST sounding amps I have ever played through. The combo is by far the heaviest amp I've ever had to lug around, but I can get a big half stack sound and still fit the amp in the back seat of my car. If you are in the market for a loud, versitile, warm toned, reliable amp, I strongly recomend you check out the 5150 line. Kurt Kulpa guitarist from PERFECT TOY.

www.Perfect-Toy.com
Model Year: 1997
Price: $550.00
Where Obtained: Daddy's Junky Music
Features:
I'm focussing on the 5150 combo here. The closed back speakers sound incredible on this thing. The reverb is a little weak, and the thing weighs a ton, but the sound quality of this combo amp overshadows these two issues..
Sound Quality:
By far the best sounding and most verstile amp I've ever played.
Ease of Use:
Durability:
Never had a problem with the 5150 head, but did recently blow a preamp tube and ruined a tube socket on the combo.