Modding the 5150 III EL34 50w amp into an absolute beast - Page 2
Page 2 of 5 FirstFirst 12345 LastLast
Results 9 to 16 of 39

Thread: Modding the 5150 III EL34 50w amp into an absolute beast

  1. #9


    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: The B.L., WA.
    ME: Ibanez PGM100
    MA: Washburn
    Rig: 5150III

    iTrader: 22 (100%)

    Quote Originally Posted by Vince View Post
    Alright you sold me, two E34Ls inbound

  2. Remove Advertisements
    MetalGuitarist.org
    Advertisements
     

  3. #10


    Join Date: Oct 2016
    Location: Corpus Christi
    ME: LTD H7, KM6, 540SLTD
    MB: SR305E
    Rig: Helix

    iTrader: 0

    Makes me want to buy one now... just like everything else on these boards... no wonder I have too many guitars and 3 amps now.
    Tone Chasers Anonymous ™ - I’m not just a member, I’m the President.
    Don’t expect much, it’s not like I’m a rocket surgeon.

  4. #11


    Join Date: Jan 2014
    Location: IL
    ME: LTD EC 1000
    Rig: EVH 5150 III EL34 50watt

    iTrader: 0

    I did the C137 capacitor mod about a year ago. The 50watt should have never shipped that way(the 100watt head does not sound like this). I also experimented with preamp tube configurations as this amp is VERY sensitive to what preamp tubes you put in there (more than any other amp ive played with). I used a sovtek in v1 but i forgot what i used in the others. I know in the last tube position, I was constantly going back and forth and couldn't decide to the point where I wish I could have somehow put BOTH in and used a switch to switch between the 2. It was so obvious and lately, Glen Fricker said alluded to his opinion that tube changes don't make a difference and its all placebo. To his credit, he is doing a test/shootout video on this very subject.

    I might try these EL34L. Can you guys post a link to which ones you bought?

  5. Remove Advertisements
    MetalGuitarist.org
    Advertisements
     

  6. #12


    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: San Jose, CA
    ME: Rich Mahogany
    MA: Godin A6 Ultra
    Rig: Mesa/Fractal

    iTrader: 16 (100%)

    Quote Originally Posted by DonBot View Post
    Nice! Guess I'll be tearing into mine tonight and try the blue channel mod.

    Also, if you get a chance, try the EL34 to E34L swap I think I mentioned in one of our conversations. Supposed to give a bit more headroom but the main thing I noticed is this thing growls so good now. And the low end tightened up quite a bit.
    Quote Originally Posted by noodles View Post
    +1 since I did this to my Stiletto Deuce. Tighter bottom end and a fierce lower midrange.
    I actually didn't like E34L's in my Stiletto. I thought it neutered some of the midrange sweetness, but then, I've never had to compete sonically with a Triple

  7. #13


    Join Date: Jan 2014
    Location: IL
    ME: LTD EC 1000
    Rig: EVH 5150 III EL34 50watt

    iTrader: 0

    Quote Originally Posted by DonBot View Post
    I was shocked with the obvious difference in tone.


    You also got me in for a set of 2. Do you have sock in JJ or something? :P



    Also,

    I didnt know there were 2 other people here that had these amps. Hell, I thought I was the only one.

  8. #14


    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Woodbridge, VA
    ME: KxK ProtoVii-7
    MA: Martin D-28
    Rig: Mesa/Boobies Stiletto

    iTrader: 2 (100%)

    Quote Originally Posted by Leon View Post
    I actually didn't like E34L's in my Stiletto. I thought it neutered some of the midrange sweetness, but then, I've never had to compete sonically with a Triple
    Which mode do you most often use? I lived in Fluid Drive, which is more Recto-like, and therefore benefited from the lower mids. If you prefer Tite Gain with a boost, then I'd stick with EL-34s.

    FYI: I'm talking about the Deuce II, since the original blows.
    Noodles

    So live for today,
    Tomorrow never comes.
    Die young, die young,
    Can't you see the writing in the air?
    Die young, gonna die young,
    Someone stopped the fair.

  9. #15


    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: San Jose, CA
    ME: Rich Mahogany
    MA: Godin A6 Ultra
    Rig: Mesa/Fractal

    iTrader: 16 (100%)

    Quote Originally Posted by noodles View Post
    Which mode do you most often use? I lived in Fluid Drive, which is more Recto-like, and therefore benefited from the lower mids. If you prefer Tite Gain with a boost, then I'd stick with EL-34s.

    FYI: I'm talking about the Deuce II, since the original blows.
    Yeah... almost always a boosted Tite Gain

    Of course... I wonder if I can mix a set of EL34's and E34L's... like, set the EL34's in the '50w' slots, as I almost always run in 50w, but then the E34L's in the extra '100w' slots, so I can flip to Fluid Drive and into 100w mode? Could be fun? I'd think the mixing would be OK since they're virtually the same tube, just a different frequency response.

  10. #16


    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: The B.L., WA.
    ME: Ibanez PGM100
    MA: Washburn
    Rig: 5150III

    iTrader: 22 (100%)

    Quote Originally Posted by WombCannon View Post
    Do you have sock in JJ or something? :P


    It's been a couple years since I did mine and I can't remember what brand I got. I can't even remember how I came about finding out to use the E34Ls.

Tags for this Thread


Fractal Audio Systems  Shred Training  Angel Vivaldi
Bowes Guitarworks  NumbSkull Audio Production



VigLink badge