Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Central Coast California
Re: NGD, NND, and NAD..Labor Day Special
I had not really planned on all this it just happened in a very nice way. The main goal was to get another S. I had been looking for a purple S but I am not big on the gold hardware, so when this came up I had to have it. I did not even realize that they made these with cosmo during 97/98, all I had ever noticed was the gold. The cosmo gives it a darker look. Then the perfect neck pops up, and it is perfect, plays so nice, like getting an S5470QM in red for a lot less. Had to do it.
Now the 5150III. Back in the day I had an original 5150 and would consider it my favorite amp of all time for 1 main reason...Crunch. Love things about Mesa's and Marshalls too, but for me the 5150 tone and distortion is perfect. So right now I am currently using an Blackstar HT5 for studio and a Mesa Rectoverb for bigger needs. I love both but the HT5 did not cover all of my gain needs without a pedal. I love the dirt channel but for higher gain metal i would use either a clean boost or a metal pedal on the clean channel. I also used the clean boost for solos. I have been looking for a head in the $500 - 600 range to replace the HT5 with more gain and 3 channels. After reading reviews on this head, I made a little extra money and decided to see what Sweetwater could do, They gave me a great deal and I decided I need to try the 5150III out. Buy the way, Sweetwater is a amazing, Thanks Greg!
One thing I never liked to much about the 5150 (all revs) is that they were just too loud all the time (both in volume and noise), the volume knob was touchy. The 5150III is quiet, sounds great at ultra low volumes and is easy to adjust at low volume. Even in a small room you can dial a ton of gain, have the master near 1/4 and enjoy the tone without hearing damage. So far I am impressed, controls are simple, resonance and presence adjustment mean a huge range of flexibility, 3 channels from clean to serious metal gain and beyond.
Right now using the 1x12 alone I have the resonance fairly high 3/4, presence about 7/10, and the reamining controls near 1/2. Why use fractions? Well that is how it is marked on the faceplate. I have the gain on the blue/green channel (shared control) at about 6/10, and the red channel gain at about 4/10. I get Clean to a bit of hair depending on guitar volume, Pure EVH type crunch on channel 2 and easy metal or lead boost on the red channel. It is just about perfect.
I have not played on it too much but what I have realized is I really like it at many different volumes, eq settings, and gain levels. It is very clear and articulate and inspires playing different type of music styles. I can get some great AFD tones out of this thing too. It may be somewhat of a signature amp but it does so much more than just that signature sound, which alone is worth the price of admission.
Last edited by fly_with_v; 09-12-2012 at 12:24 PM.