Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by yngzaklynch, Mar 25, 2008.
I guess these are made by Fender. Are they built well? Any reliabilty issues with them?
Hope they're better than Eddie's monitors!
I had one recently, only kept it for the weekend and sold it back on ebay. I was also concerned because it just "felt" cheap, totally subjective, I know...but I also have a fender tonemaster and it is the real thing by comparison, feel, tone etc. The sound of the amp was not bad at all, and I liked the fact that it had no global master to interfere with the tone and volume punch. I would say that the amp was about the quality of a peavey... Lots of ribbon cable inside etc. It has a 5yr warranty. Good luck. For the money, I would wait it out another year or so. Just my opinion.
I just bought a new one. It sounds awesome! Doesn't feel cheap to me. I bought this head as a backup to my JVM 410H. The knobs on the JVM feel worse than my 5153 but I take care of my stuff so I'm not worried about problems with either one. If you keep waiting for the ultimate head the waiting will never end as they are always coming out with new gear. If you like the tone and features buy it!
Interesting. I can get one for a very good deal. Most of what I've read has been positive but the closest store with one is 2.5 hours away.
Is this the fretburner I know from way up north? Hotrods and Amps?? First name start with a J?
Rik -aka Hacksaw
I had a 5153 really liked it! I had mine for about a month before I traded it off. I thought it felt solid. controls are light to the touch. I thought all three channels where well balanced. Seems two different brands of tubes come in these amps. Sovteks and JJ's. I think the amp likes JJ's better.
Yes Rik, How's it going buddy! Still playing through the Splawn's? I saw your combo and that kicks!
The new 5153 come with JJ's which are suppose to sound better from what I've read. Mine came JJ's in with one bad tube, I had a spares 6l6's at home so I was alble to use it. The Music store I ordered it from is sending me a new quad matched set of Winged C's at no charge. I'm anxious to try those in there. I love the sound of them amp.
I've had a 5153 since December. I also have a Diezel Herbert, CAA OD100 Classic Plus, Suhr Badger and JTM45 Clone that I built at the Egnater serminar.
I play the 5153 the most. Its a ridiculously good sounding and verstaile amp. HOWEVER, I did not dig the 4x12 with its stock speakers and also think the amp SUCKS with Vintage 30's. I use Eminence Governors in 2 1x12 CAA ported closed back cabs and the amp sounds tremendous.
These amplifiers are being made with the finest medium-quality circuit boards that an accountant would buy. I'm fairly sure that this guitar amp could withstand at least one fall from a height of 2 feet, and produce at a minimum of 50% of it's maximum volume. Are you kidding me? Quality?
Not a fan of the 5150 III?
Own one? Or just slagging on something you really know nothing about?
Can you show us an example of quality issues with the construction of the 5150 III? I'd like to know. I've had one for 6-7 months now and have zero complaints and have yet to hear of a single one....
Good to See you here!
I liked the JJ's in the amp, too. calmed the high end just right for me. I still have the one Splawn Qr and the new prototype combo needs work but its really close to good. Moved to elmwood. woof.. what a amp!
Let me know how you like the SED's in the amp!
Again , it's great to talk to you again!
...and then I stare at my 40 year old Fender and laugh...
I dig mine.
Maybe he wants you to buy a 3 channel Larry for $8000
I have no complaints with that amp, played it, lugged it, tweeked it and it is just fine with killer tones.
Look for a used one Jim, it will pop up.
Picked one up last weekend.
I haven't opened it up....but the build quality looks good.
One complaint....the jackinputs on the back are stiff/narrow
You have to push really hard to get the jacks in.
Really really good.....
I have two Rivera rake's...
But the 5153 is the new king in town.
The jacks are all switchcraft.
I believe they are assembled in Mexico...........correct?
Mexico is correct.
Try running it at 50 watts, you can run the post volume's higher and seems to sing with more sustain.