The new EVH 5150 Iconic amp range is a budget-friendly series that includes a 40W 1×12 combo, and an 80W head with a matching 4×12 cab. The amps are designed by renowned Peavey 5150 amp engineer James Brown, so they should have those classic tones we have come to expect from the EVH 5150 name.
EVH 5150 Iconic
Each amp is available in either black or ivory textured vinyl, with a black and silver 5150 and EVH logo. By using MDF with special internal plywood baffling, instead of industry-standard Baltic birch plywood, the company has been able to reduce costs and make these amps more affordable than their full-on 5150III siblings.
With the 40-watt combo, you get two JJ 6L6 tubes, and two JJ ECC83S preamp tubes. The head comes with four JJ 6L6 tubes instead, as it is twice the power at 80-watts, but has the same amount of preamp tubes. As there are only two preamp tubes in both versions, I assume there is some type of solid-state boost/clipping somewhere in the circuit to get the extra gain.
Both the 5150 combo and head feature two independent channels, each with its own gain and volume controls. Channel One has an Overdrive switch and Channel Two a Burn button, which should “add a fiery crunch ideal for blistering leads”, and an in-built noise gate to tame the hiss. Both channels share a Boost function, that adds an extra 10dB of foot-switchable volume, if you need it. The EQ consists of Bass, Middle and Treble, and you get global Reverb, Resonance and Presence controls.
Both versions also feature a two-button footswitch, an effects loop, dual parallel speaker output jacks, and a 1/4 power switch, which acts as an attenuator so you can get a cranked tone without deafening yourself. And finally, you have a speaker-emulated DI XLR output which makes it a lot easier to use with a PA.
EVH 12″ Celestion
Both the combo and cabinet come with custom-designed EVH 12″ Celestion speakers. The combo version sports one single, whilst the cab contains four of them.
Overall, a nice sub-grand price for both head and combo versions. Hopefully, the tones will be just as good as the more expensive 5150III range. The new EVH 5150 Iconic range should be available from October 2021.
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- EVH 5150 80 watt head: EVH
- EVH 5150 combos in black and ivory: EVH
- EVH 5150 4x12 cabinet: EVH