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Amplifiers

Eddie Van Halen Wants Your Money

Legendary tone doesn’t just happen; it’s something a guitarist has to work for—not only through practice but sonic experimentation as well. Countless hours tinkering with different amps, guitars, and pedals is part of the journey, and perhaps no guitarist has ever taken that journey as far as Eddie Van Halen. […]

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Peavey 5150 II Hands-On Review

With the Peavey 5150 and 5150 II heads, you’ll experience super rock crunch, harmonic-rich sustain, and screaming drive like you’ve never heard before. Production models are identical to those Eddie Van Halen used for recording, as well as those he used to tour with. […]

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EVH 5150III Mini Amp – Big Head in a Small Box

EVH 5150III Mini Amp heads deliver the sound–the incredible tones Eddie Van Halen has chased his whole life. The EVH 5150III Mini Amp is a triple-threat, 50-watt monster: a truly clean channel, a molten crunch-time channel and an off-the-scale overdrive channel you’re simply not gonna believe […]

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NAMM 2011: Peavey Triple XXX II Guitar Amp

Peavey Triple XXX II delivers tones ranging from the Peavey Classic 50 to vintage British to the modern Triple XXX and all tones in between. The versatile and comprehensive control section supplies a master volume pot and independent volume knobs for each of the three channels […]

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Amplifiers

Peavey 6543+ Guitar Amplifier Head

The Peavey 6534+ Head is a two-channel, 120-watt amplifier designed with EL34 power tubes to give this American legend a British flavor. The extreme high gain and legendary tone of the 6505 Series is here in excess, but with a special new design to minimize the noise that high-gain tube amps generate. In addition, the amp’s Rhythm channel is voiced to clean up nicely while still retaining its raw saturation. […]

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Peavey 3120 Guitar Amp

The 3120 is hardly Peavey’s first attempt at a 120-watt three-channel head, but where the 6505+, for example, squeezes additional gain (thanks to it’s switchable crunch option) into a pair of channels, the 3120 follows the JSX and XXX series by providing three independent channels across it’s well-equipped yet sensibly laid-out front panel. […]

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Troubleshooting Peavey 5150 Guitar Tube Amp

Tube amps—Ya love ‘em, ya hate ‘em. The crackling sound you describe sounds like it’s coming from one of three probable sources. The preamp tubes—little glass vacuum bottles with tiny metal bits inside you beat the shit out of playing “Poundcake.” Switch them with our spares […]

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Retubing a Peavey 5150 Amplifier

If you’ve got lots of cash, I highly recommend buying new old stock (NOS) tubes. These are tubes that were manufactured years ago and never sold or used. A set of four NOS RCA 6L6 “backplates” will run you over $300, while the GE 6L6s go for about $150 a quartet. These tubes deliver superior quality and construction, if you can affor them. If you can’t, don’t worry. You can still get killer tone out of tubes from China or Russia. […]

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Peavey Launches the All-tube 3120 Guitar Amplifier

Peavey is pleased to announce the debut of the all-new Peavey 3120 high-gain guitar amplifier head, a versatile three-channel amp with 120 watts of power and a trio of distinct voices capable of producing guitar tones from crisp and clean to total high-gain saturation. […]

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Gear

Eddie Van Halen EVH Wolfgang Guitar

In 1978, Eddie Van Halen made his debut into the rock n roll world. He made his appearance to the world with his homemade guitar later called, “Frankenstein”. At the time when his phenomenal technique and tone demanded unbelievable performance he created his guitar to match his almost untouchable standards […]