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    EVH 5150 III 50W EL34 and the blue channel mod

    Hey guys!

    I love my 5150 III 50W EL34 but I'm aware that there's some controversy regarding the blue channel. I personally dig the blue channel as it reminds me of an amp like a Soldano or a little bit of Recto. Fuzzy and loose and not as tight as the 6L6 blue channel. I haven't played a 6L6 version in a loooong time but the blue channel on my LBX sounds very different. I even think the Blue channel is pretty cool for some vintage sounds. So I made this demo. All the channels are presented here but I ended up using the blue channel a lot.



    The green channel is super clean with a LOT of headroom and the red channel is great for that tight, aggressive and immediate crunch that EVH is known for. The blue channel is quite different as you can hear. To me it makes this amp so much more versatile (in the studio). But, I can't help but wonder how this amp would sound with the mod done, the one that people have been doing for themselves. What do you guys think? If the modded blue channel would sound very similar to the red channel it would not be worth it for me...

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    Sounds sick as always dude

    I dont have any real world experience with those tho so I cant comment really on if the blue mod is worth it or not.
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    "Controversy," used loosely here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leon View Post
    "Controversy," used loosely here... <img src="https://www.metalguitarist.org/forum/images/smilies/laugh.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Laugh" class="inlineimg" />
    Haha, I guess a lot of guys here don't like that blue channel? It's really good if you use it for the right things. It's great for more vintage sounding tones but I guess it could also do old school metal like Sabbath. With a boost it can get very modern. The red channel takes care of the rest.

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    I've never heard anyone here mention the blue channel at all one way or the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    I've never heard anyone here mention the blue channel at all one way or the other.
    Lol

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    I saw your video yesterday when you posted it on the Heavy Metal Amps and Pedals group on FB. Awesome video.


    I have this amp and in terms of the "Blue Channel Mod" (for those who dont know about this amp), its a very popular option. The stock blue channel can come over very loose and muddy sounding. The lead engineer of the amp informed some people that if you just snip the leg of capacitor C137 than it gets rid of this mud. Supposedly, the reason for the mud is because of EVH himself which is why that capacitor was added. I have done the mod, totally worth it. I have been debating on adding a toggle switch so I can go back and forth between the mod.

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    Blue channel with a boost is perfection. I have the LBX and have also seen the same thing on 6505+s (green channel). In the video you put the gain on 10, try a boost instead.... that and a MXR 10 band. On my nephews 5150 just a boost makes it BRUTAL.

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