Peavey really established itself in the guitar amp manufacturers top ten with the first 5150 amp. While it was noisy and could become fuzzy at high gain settings, its unique aggressive tone won the Meridian brand a lot of metal and hardcore fans. While the first version is still my favorite, this second version is in itself a great amp too. Although it won’t produce cleans at high volumes, the crunch and lead channels can cover a lot of ground with class for all types of rock music.
This 5150II’s lead channel was mainly used for rhythm duties (like so many of them) by Alex, the great guitarist of the hardcore metal band General Lee. As a consequence, its voicing had too much high mids and didn’t produce enough weight for their heavy brand of music. Alex asked me to modify his amp in that respect before auditioning for the band. I guess that the fact that he is now part of it is proof of the modification’s success!