I'm looking to at the EVH III 5150 head and love the versatility from the cleans to the high gain (something I'm having a hard time finding). While looking at this, I see there's a $900 difference between a 50 watt head and a 100 watt head. My question is what is the difference between 50 and 100 watts? That's a big difference in price that is a big deal for me.
Also, if you have any other suggestions for a great clean and high gain amp near $1000 please please suggest away! I've looked at the hugh and kettner tubemeister 18 and and orange th 30 and think those are great, but I'm still in the search for more!
What type of music are you going to be using your new amp for? Since your considering an EVH 5150 III I'm guessing 80's type hard rock and or Metal for you hi gain crunch sound? A couple of amps in your price range you might want to check out are the Randall T2 it has an all tube preamp. Or an Engl Thunder 50W, maybe even a Line6 DT25. Most definately check out the Blackstar Venue Series Stage 100W. TTK has videos on the Line6 and the Blackstar, not sure about the others. He may have I just don't remember . When it comes to amps, it's all about the user and the sound they like. If you get a chance to plug into to any of these, take a guitar with you. Because as I'm sure your aware depending on the guitar, pickups etc the amp will sound a little different from guitar to guitar.
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the main difference is theyre both a three channel amplifier, the 50 watt has less controls which means the channel one and channel 2 share an eq and then channel 3 has its own independent eq and there is a shared presence knob. the 100 watt, all 3 channels have their own eq and their own presence knob allowing maximum tweakability. theyre both great amps.
In general – I like 50w amps better. It allows you to turn them up a bit more (unless you're playing / practicing large venues), and as you already noted – they are less in price. 100w are usually flagship amps, so you'll get more / full feature, but tone wise – I prefer 50w amps. Hope that .02 helps.
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