PSYCHO C – EVH 5150 III
Uses: Rhythm, Lead, Crunch, Clean
SCORE: 9 / 10
Peavey and EVH eventually parted ways. Peavey went on to continue releasing their own updated versions of the EVH amps with the 6505, 6505+ and 6534. EVH moved over to Fender where they collaborated on the EVH branded products.
The EVH 5150 III or 5153 is the most versatile amp I have ever used. It was the end of a couple of different tone chases I was doing with a band I was in at the time. The real deal is an incredible amp and once again, guitarists everywhere flocked to it in search of great high gain tones.
You can hear the 5150 III tones in work by Psycroptic, Revocation, Dying Fetus, Decapitated, Anthrax, Sepultura, Helmet, Steel Panther, Atreyu, Carcass, Gojira, Darkest Hour, Bad Religion, Orphaned Land, Sevendust, Trivium, Falling in Reverse and a huge list of others.
Every channel on the Psycho C plugin is very useful and well done by Kazrog. I used a lot of my personal settings from when I had the amp and the plugin really did a great job of recreating the tones with detail.
The clean channel is awesome. Many high gain amps have the clean tone as almost an afterthought sometimes but not this one. Being that the heads are made by Fender, the clean tones are guaranteed to be above average. The middle channel gives you possibly the plugin’s best tones. The middle channel works for almost any genre and it boosts so incredibly well that when I owned the amp, it almost never left the blue/middle channel. The lead channel has everything any guitarist could ever need for both leads, solos and rhythm playing for heavy music. There is almost nothing you can’t do with the Psycho C.
For a boost, I mentioned the middle channel being awesome on the real amp and the plugin is no different. I used a selection of boosts, fuzz and muff pedals. The best results coming with the BBE Green Screamer. In addition to that, I messed around with the Mercuriall Audio free chorus pedal with some nice results.
Many of the artists listed above are guys in metal bands but the Psycho C / 5153 is also an amazingly versatile amp. Hard rock, Classic Rock, Blues and even country are more than attainable with this plugin so be sure not to write it off.
EVH 5150 series impulses are literally one of the most common products on the impulse market. Every company seems to have one or several variations of them. The 3 Sigma Audio EVH Stealth 412 is one of my personal favorite impulses in existence. I tried that impulse as well as many others but nothing beat the 3SA stealth. I also tried a large number of Marshall impulses with great results. I was also thinking it would sound great through a bunch of oversized cab impulses. Give it a shot, let us know how it sounded.
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No downs on this one either. It’s a truthfully awesome plugin.
Posted Dec 2018