5150III® 50W EL34 Head

Independent volume and gain control for all three channels has arrived with the 5150III® 50W EL34 head. Experience total control, along with the same lethal looks and ferocious EL34 tone of the 100-Watt head.

The EL34 power tubes deliver signature harmonic overtones, with more dynamic compression and saturation that evoke a more modern “British” sound, all with the sustain and versatility expected from EVH® 5150III® amps.

Channel one boasts a more sparkling and compressed clean tone, while channels two and three possess a slightly darker and compressed tone with even more saturation than before. Channels one and two each have dual concentric gain/volume controls, with shared EQ (low, mid, high), while channel 3 has an independent EQ. Other features include a rear-panel resonance control that tailors low-frequency response for all channels and a global presence control.

Wrapped in an elegant gold and black EVH motif, the EL34 50-watt head also is equipped with an effects loop, headphone jack, pre-amp out and midi-in.

  • Color Black
  • Model 2253060000
  • Series EVH® 5150III® Heads
  • Street Price $1,099.99

Features

FEROCIOUS EL34 TONE

In 1979, Eddie Van Halen started a revolution with a quartet of EL34’s. Today that revolution continues with the 5150III 50W EL34 Head — delivering Lethal Looks and Ferocious EL34 Tone.

Its three (Clean, Crunch and Lead) channels capture a vast tonal landscape similar in style to what can be heard on early Van Halen records, delivering signature melodic overtones with increased dynamic compression and saturation to evoke a more modern “British” sound, all with boundless sustain and versatility.

Channel one soars with unmatched sparkly cleans and compressed tone. Channel two delivers blistering overdrive and darker, spongier tones, while channel three pushes the gain to its limits for standout leads.

VERSATILITY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

The 50W EL34 Head features dual concentric controls that allow you to independently dial-in volume and gain for Ch. 1 and 2 for level matching. Ch. 3 has its own gain, low, mid, high and volume dials. A global presence knob on the front panel creates full control over ultra-high frequencies, while the rear global resonance knob adjusts the power amp’s low frequency response.

THAT MODERNIZED BRIT TONE

There is no shortage of roaring tonal EL34 tonal swagger with this head, courtesy of its two JJ EL34 Apex Matched power tubes and seven JJ ECC83S (12AX7) preamp tubes, which sear with classic British tone that cuts through the mix with astounding mid-range clarity and crispy highs for the pinnacle of intense, high-gain performance.

BEHIND THE SCENES

This amp also features a MIDI rear panel input, which allows you to directly connect a digital effects interface and sync your tone to your favorite patch for even more tonal variance, a headphone jack and a 4-button footswitch that allows you to quickly toggle between the channels or engage the effects loop.

Specs

General
Model Number 2253060000
Est. U.S. Street $1,099.99
Series EVH® 5150III® Heads
Platform EVH® Heads
Color Black
Amplifier Type Tube
Height 8.5" (21.6 cm)
Width 20" (50.8 cm)
Depth 12" (30.48 cm)
Weight 35 lbs (15.9 kg)
Electronics
Controls Channel 1: Independent Gain and Volume w/ Shared Low, Mid and High; Channel 2: Independent Gain and Volume w/ Shared Low, Mid and High; Channel 3: Independent Gain, Volume, Low, Mid and High EQ; Also Global Presence and Resonance
Channels Three - (Clean, Crunch and Lead)
Voltage 120V (Also Available in 100V, 110V, 220V, 230V, 240V)
Wattage 50 Watts
Effects Loop 1/4" (Send/Return)
Inputs One - 1/4", MIDI (rear)
Headphone Jack 1/4" Stereo
Line Out One - 1/4"
Speaker Jack Two - 1/4" Parallel
Rectifier Solid State
Total Impedance 4, 8, or 16 ohms
Power Cable IEC
Connectivity MIDI
Construction
Grill Cloth/Material Perforated Steel Front and Rear Panel
Amplifier Covering Black Textured Vinyl
Cabinet Material White Birch
Tubes
Preamp Tubes 7 x JJ ECC83S (12AX7)
Power Tubes 2 x JJ EL34
Hardware
Control Knobs Black Chicken-Head Style Pointer
Handle Molded Plastic Strap with Black Powder Coated Caps
Front Panel Gold Anodized
Accessories
Footswitch 4-Button Footswitch Included
Footswitch Connection Type 1/4"
Recommended Cover Optional P/N 0079197000