Re: Preamp Tubes? - Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How?
The 5150 III is the quietest high gain amp I have tried without a noise gate. That is it's greatest strength. There are alot of great sounding high gain amps but they also have alot of noise.
My goal with the EVH 5150 III is to make it sound even better. It does sound great out of the box. But your whole guitar signal goes through your tubes. Each different tube has a unique sound and characteristics.
Every product that you buy that is mass produced will never have the best components in it. I am just trying to find the best tubes that will make it sound its best.
My favorite tone is Van Halen's tone on all the albums with David Lee Roth. I know to get that tone a better purchase would have been a mojove amp but I want to get it out of my 5150 III.
I might still buy a mojove amp also though.