The EVH 5150 III 50-Watt EL34 head is the smaller version of its 100 watt big brother. This smaller, more compact amplifier, has many of the same features, and the same tube-driven sound as the bigger model, at half the price. This 50 watt amp uses seven JJ ECC83/12AX7 tubes in the preamp and effects loop section and two JJ EL34 tubes in the power section. The EVH 5150 III features a three-channel design that features a “small box,” compact control knob design. Each channel has its own Volume and Gain control, Channels 1 and 2 feature stacked concentric Volume and Gain controls. Channels 1 and 2 both share Low, Mid, and High EQ controls, Channel 3 has its own EQ controls. All three channels share a Presence control for high frequency, shelving EQ and Resonance controls for low frequency shaping. Channel 1 provides British-flavored clean tones with plenty of headroom. Channel 2 delivers crunch and distortion tones similar to Eddie Van Halen’s legendary Marshall Super Lead. Channel 3 is a heavy distortion for modern Metal tones and leads.
The amp also features a 1/4 inch headphone jack for bedroom practice and a MIDI input jack. There is also a four-switch foot controller that allows users to select individual channels and the effects loop.
The Laney L50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head is the world’s first 50 watt RMS Single Ended true Class A all valve amplifier. It is also the first amp to use five EL34 tubes in the output section, to create a warm and progressive distortion that responds to a player’s touch and playing style. Besides the EL34 tubes in the power section the amp also uses three 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section. Continue reading “Laney L50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head”
Bugera T50 Infinium 50W Tube Guitar Amplifier Head
The Bugera T50 Infinium 50W Tube Guitar Amplifier Head is a 50-Watt Cage-Style 2-Channel Tube Amplifier. This head is hand-built and uses four 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section and two EL34 tubes in the power section. It is housed in a cage style metallic mirror finish with a suitcase-type handle. Continue reading “Bugera T50 Infinium 50W Tube Guitar Amplifier Head”
The Express 5:50 Guitar Amp Head is part of a very popular line of amplifiers from the people at Mesa/Boogie. This is a two-channel amplifier that delivers 50 watts of tube driven power. You can buy the Express 5:50 as a head, or as a combo amp. There are five 12AXY tubes in the preamp section and two 6L6 tubes in the power amp section. The amp gets its name from the Mesa/Boogie Patented Multi-Watt Channel Assignable Power system. Continue reading “Mesa/Boogie Express 5:50 Guitar Amp Head”
The Heavyweight division of guitar amplification is the 100 watt head. This list offers a starting point in your search for the one that’s right for you.
The 100 watt head is pretty much the standard for guitar players of any genre when it comes to live performance. Right now we are going to look at a few of the greatest amps available to see if we can find the best one for you. These amps are all modern designs but some of them might be reissues of older vintage amps. These amps will be designed for heavy overdrive, maybe even leaning towards modern Metal type tones. Continue reading “What are the Best 100 Watt Guitar Heads?”
The Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head is modeled after the JCM2000 Dual Super Lead amplifier that was created in 1997 and was highly regarded until being replaced by Marshall’s JVM series more than a decade later. Now, a decade after that, Marshall has decided to do a reissue of the beloved amp. The DSL100H is a two-channel amp pushing out 100 watts of power using four ECC83 tubes in the preamp section and four EL34 tubes in the power section.
Created in 1987, the Soldano SLO100 100W Tube Guitar Head remains very popular today. Well-known guitar players who use the Soldano SLO100 include Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Eddie Van Halen, Lou Reed and Tommy Kessler. The amplifier is driven by four 12AX tubes in the preamp section and four 5881 tubes in the power section. The 5881s are more rugged versions of the 6L6 tubes.
As the name suggests, the EVH 5150IIIS 100S EL34 100W Tube Guitar Head is an amplifier designed to get you that sound that Eddie Van Halen made famous on the first few Van Halen records. This amp has three channels for extended options and they are all powered with a whopping eight JJ ECC83 tubes in the preamp section and four JJ EL34 Matched tubes in the power section, delivering 100 watts of power.
The Bogner Uberschall 100W 6L6 Tube Guitar Amp Head is a very high gain amplifier with the needs of the modern Metal guitarist in mind. The Uberschall delivers 100 watts of power using four 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section and two 6L6 tubes in the power section. The amp has two footswitchable channels both with extended headroom. Continue reading “Bogner Uberschall 100W 6L6 Tube Guitar Amp Head”
The Marshall Plexi 1959SLP 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head is a reissue of the Marshall Super Lead Model 1959 that was first introduced in 1965. This is the amp head that Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix used, and we now recognize it as the one that set the standard for how amplifiers should sound and look in Rock music.