The new 5150III 15W LBX-S from EVH is the third version of this very popular model and packs features from both its predecessors in this newest lunchbox-format. The brand is well-known for it’s high-gain amps, so what does that mean for players looking for clean tones? Read on to find out.
EVH 5150III 15W LBX-S
EVH amps are renowned for having plenty of gain on tap, and there is little reason to doubt that the new 5150III 15W LBX-S model won’t follow suit. This third addition to the series combines features of both previous models into one neat little package. It has both the green (clean) and red (full burn) channels of its predecessors, aiming to cover everything from “crystal clean” to “blistering bite”. And, depending on the channel selected, the whole amp lights up either green or red, thanks to the all encompassing grill that covers the amp.
The amp uses four 12AX7 pre-amp tubes and two EL84 tubes in the power-section to deliver 15 Watts of power. Which, as anyone who’s owned a 15 watt tube amp will testify, can be bloody loud and not ideal for jamming in a suburban dwelling. Fortunately, the power can be reduced down three-quarters to 3.5 Watts via a toggle switch on the rear of the amp. So you can safely use it at home without blowing your head off.
Although the amp GAIN and VOLUME are stacked on the front, they are independent for each channel. However, the 3-band EQ and PRESENCE controls are shared. There is also a shared RESONANCE control on the back.
On the rear of the amp we have a SPEAKER OUTPUT with an impedance selector switch for 4, 8, or 16 ohms, a FOOTSWITCH input for channel switching, and a non-adjustable EFFECTS LOOP. There is also a new and very welcome addition in the form of the adjustable BIAS for the tubes. This should help setting up new valves a lot easier.
On paper this looks to be a great amp and I cannot wait to hear one in real life. The price is good, it seems to have dirt and clean tones covered, and the addition of a BIAS control should make it much more versatile.
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RRP – USD 699.99
- EVH 5150III 15W LBX-S: EVH
- EVH 5150III 15W LBX-S rear panel with new BIAS control: EVH