EVH 5150 3 or the Mesa Boogie Mark 5?

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  1. regotheamigo

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    I've been looking around for a nice rock/pop 3 channel amp so I can just step on the pedal for clean, rhythem, and lead stuff and heard good things about both of these amps. My only concern for both amps is, the 5150 doesn't have a master volume if I'm correct? and I owned another Mesa amp in the past and had issues with reliablity. If you have any suggestions for anything else too, please let me know. I need something from light pop, all the way to hard rock. Thanks :)
     
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    Features asside they have different tones to each other. I own a 5153 and absolutely love it. It does all of the classic rock Marshallesque tones and can get pretty saturated also.
    On the other hand I don't like Messa tones at all.
     
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    Yeah it sounds to me that the 5150 would be a little bit of a better choice. Do they have master volumes though? I've already got a 100 watt plus old school plexi style amp WITHOUT a master volume, and it doesn't do me much good when I'm playing club gigs that hold 50-500 people. Thanks
     
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    Yes it has master volume, 3x, one for each channel, but not a global master volume. The 5153 sounds great at low volume, here's a demo I did in my loungroom at low volume> http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_songInfo.cfm?bandID=795963&songID=7243740
     
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    I remember hearing reliability issues when the evh came out. Not sure how much of that is just internet noise though.
     
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    5150 is a great amp but i think the new Mark is a little more flexible.
     
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    That's exactly what I was going to ask? That sounds to me like he's only using the second plexi channel for his overdrive. Either way it sounds good!! :) I would like to use the 3rd channel though for fast alternate picking shred stuff though, so hopefully that will be covered on that channel?
     
  12. suparsonic

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    Thanks, I was using the EVH cab with the custom 20w GBs'.
    Yes I used all 3 channels, ch2 0-18sec, ch1 19-32 sec, ch2 33-1:12 sec ( ch3 solo over top 59 sec), ch3 1:13 -
    ch 3 gain is set pretty low, around 9:00.
     
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    Yes this is true, the early ones had problems. The later ones are fine. A friend has had troubles with an older one, it was under warranty and was repaired. Mine is 1 year old and hasn't missed a beat.
     
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    My recommedation between the 2 would be the 5153. The Mesa didn't have the most pleasing tone, to me! Now, as far as other amps go, a used bogner xtc 101b might be in the ballpark price wise, and be more flexable and better sounding than either the Mesa or 5153. :beer
     
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    Would you think the 5153 leans more on the bright or dark tonewise?
     
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    Every Bogner I have ever played with the exception of the Ubershall didn't sound good to me. Just not my thing I guess
     
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    Wow. Ok. Sorry. Just a thought. 
     
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    I also own an XTC, the 5153 is less organic more PLexi ish with more low end and tighter all round.
     
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    Yeah, the red channel has absolutely tons of gain! it's great for harmonics and hammer-ons and stuff.

    As someone else said, the EVH sounds surprisinly good at low volumes: you can even use it as a practice amp and it sounds good.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies. I don't know it sounds to me that the 5153 is the way to go. Hey Suparsonic, do you have the matching EVH cab to go along with the head. I've heard that it sounds the best with it, but I also have a cab loaded with greenbacks. Thanks
     

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