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EVH 5150III 15 watts: the real Eddie Van Halen sound in lunch box size

EVH knows that many guitarists would love to enjoy the full dynamic range of a 5150 without having to turn everything up to eleven. Luckily, with the introduction of the 15-watt 5150III amp head, you can get those tubes opened up nicely in the comfort of your own living room, without starting a neighbourhood revolt. The EVH 5150III 15W LBX is a two-channel tube amplifier with a gain channel that offers anything from crunch to full burn. This lunchbox amp head features no fewer than seven tubes: five JJ 12AX7s in the preamp, and two matched JJ EL84s in the power amp.

EVH 5150III 15W LBX: a pipsqueak with a big mouth

In some living rooms, 15 watts can still be far too loud. That's why this EVH amp has a switch that reduces the power to 4 watts, while leaving the 7 tubes to do their jobs unaffected. In combination with the regular gain, low, mid, high, presence, volume and resonance controls on the back, this allows you to create a palette of sounds that varies from a slightly grungy clean to the modern high gain that its larger 5150 siblings are famous for. Weighing just over a stone, this compact loudmouth is very easy to transport.

True Eddie Van Halen sound

Of course, the mastermind behind the EVH products is Eddie Van Halen himself - one of the most influential guitarists in the world. He is closely involved in the development of the EVH products, and this small amp head with its monstrous gain is no exception. This lunchbox 5150 is not meant for clean signals with a lot of headroom, it aims for the same sound as its larger siblings: anything from a tasteful crunch to a powerful gain with nearly endless sustain, that can be used in many different kinds of music. From juicy blues rock riffs and hammering hard rock licks, to cutting metal melodies and everything in between.

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