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    I'm wanting to eventually buy a 5150 or 5150II. I was wanting your opinions on which is better, why, what the difference is between the two (besides each channel having an eq on the II), etc. I played through a 5150 some years ago but never got one, and neither is readily available to go try out. Thanks for any info!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Webbed1 View Post
    I'm wanting to eventually buy a 5150 or 5150II. I was wanting your opinions on which is better, why, what the difference is between the two (besides each channel having an eq on the II), etc. I played through a 5150 some years ago but never got one, and neither is readily available to go try out. Thanks for any info!
    If you want that early 90's wonderful EVH tone, you gotta get a 5150. IMO, it's got the best lead channel of the 2. But if you want more variety in your sound, and a good clean channel, get the 5150 II. Both are great.

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    I have a 5150. The shared eq makes it pretty much impossible to get a good clean tone out of it, making it a one tone amp. The lead channel is terrific though so if you don't need cleans or crunches, then you can't go wrong with an original 5150. Built like a brick shit house too. Mine was made in 93 and it hasn't had a single hiccup.

    I think the 5150 II will give you a genuine 2 channel amp if that is what you are after. The rhythm channel on the 5150 amps is quite good as well, so with the seperate eq you get 2 usable channels. The lead channel is voiced a bit different, but I don't think it's wildly different from the original 5150, and it still sounds great

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    I don't think the clean channel is that bad on the original 5150, even if the EQ works both channels. I haven't had that much of an issue with that. Of course when we recorded our CD I didn't even use the 5150 at all, but live I haven't been too upset with the clean sound.
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    I've got an original 5150 head, a 5150 212 combo, the 5150 II, and both the slanted and straight 5150 cabinets. I love them all, but for different reasons.

    The lead channel on the original 5150 is amazing, and when plugged into the high gain input especially you can really accomplish some awesome rock tones. I did always struggled with the EQ when attempting to switch between the two channels, mainly in live settings. In the studio I would literally record parts separately, completely revamping the EQ and gain settings if I wanted a part to switch between the lead and rhythm channels. With the 5150 II I found the lead channel to have changed a little, but the separate EQs and presence and resonance controls makes for awesome options--more versatility, and generally warmer tones. I used to mostly play the original 5150 through a 5150 cab in the studio (the 5150 cabs have a nice, tight low end), but lately I've been preferring my live rig for recording too--the 5150 II through a Marshall JCM900 1960B. I guess I've been using that setup in live and rehearsal situations long enough I know how to quickly dial in a tone I want for recording. The 5150 combo is an excellent amp all by itself. I'd say the lead is similar to the original head, but the clean channel is miles better. Plus, it's got real spring reverb. The combo is my number one go-to amp for overdubs in the studio.

    For amazing lead tone = the original 5150 head. For versatility = the 5150 II.

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    i have always hated the clean sound of the original 5150 head - i have a 1991 head but the dirty tone is great if you like that sound.

    the 5150 combo's clean tone is much cleaner - that's what eddie used on the balance tour for clean parts and the dirty tone is just as good as the original 5150.

    never tried a 5150 2 or 3.
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    You could always get the 5150II and have the lead channel modded to an original 5150 lead channel.

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    Decisions decisions. I'll more than likely go for the original, provided my wife will still let me get one
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    I think your best bet is the 5150 Combo. You can usually find them for under $500, and the clean sound is superior to the head. The lead channel sounds better to me. Probably because the output is cut in half from the head, you can warm the power tubes a little more. It's still plenty loud at 60 Watts.

    I love mine, but the only drawback to the Combo is that it's really heavy and awkward to move. It's about 90 Lbs, and there are no side handles, like you would have on a speaker cab. OSHA would require a two-man lift on that thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nobozos View Post
    I think your best bet is the 5150 Combo. You can usually find them for under $500, and the clean sound is superior to the head. The lead channel sounds better to me. Probably because the output is cut in half from the head, you can warm the power tubes a little more. It's still plenty loud at 60 Watts.
    I have the original 5150 ...
    Like others have said, amazing lead tone but the clean channel has much to be desired. I've often thought of sending it off to FJA for some mods to the clean channel. If it worked, I would definately have the best of both worlds (no pun intended).

    Having said that, I have heard others state exactly what nobozos said about the combo. I haven't played through one myself, but I definately think it would be worth looking into.

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    You guys all need to look at the 5150 III. I had a 5150 II for a little while. Unimpressed with the lack of versatility (i need a big variety of tones), I sold it real quick.

    All 3 channels of the III deliver the goods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino5150 View Post

    Having said that, I have heard others state exactly what nobozos said about the combo. I haven't played through one myself, but I definately think it would be worth looking into.
    Again, having owned 3 combo's myself, I can tell you the combo is great, but don't be fooled into thinking it will sound like the 5150 or 5150 II head. It's an amp all on its own. If you really like the lead channel on one of the heads, get the head. However, if you try the 5150 Combo and like it better, go for it. Just know that they are not the same.

    Right now I have a stock 1992 5150 head, and I actually don't mind the cleans on it at all. A lot of guys don't find them usable, but roll back your guitar volume, and the amp cleans up pretty nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedi McFly View Post
    You guys all need to look at the 5150 III. I had a 5150 II for a little while. Unimpressed with the lack of versatility (i need a big variety of tones), I sold it real quick.

    All 3 channels of the III deliver the goods.
    Difference between the 5150 III and the Peavey 5150 original and II: Price. The 5150 III is $2,000 new right now. Used on eBay they go for between $1,200 and $1,700. One can get an original 5150 or 5150 II used for $650 on average. I have no doubt the 5150 III is every bit as awesome as folks have indicated. But when it comes to what most people can afford, it's a no-brainer.

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    Yeah the III is pricey and the combo would be a little too much to haul around (I've had a couple back surgeries) so... it's probably going to be the original. I just want the amp for rhythm and leads.
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    i used to have a 5150 combo that someone had put wheels on.
    wish i still had it but sold it for a fender hot rod deville combo which was more the sound of the band im in.

    i think you would be happy with a 5150 combo with wheels!
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