I played a 5150 Iconic Head today.....

japetus

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My buddy was at GC returning an amp, so I walked around and saw a 5150 Iconic in the "GEAR LOCKER VAULT" room. It was all ready to go, so I decided to crank it up. I have to say, it's a pretty damn good sounding amp. I could easily gig it or play it with a band. It's pretty damn aggressive, metalheads will love this amp. I could see guys playing really heavy shit REALLY liking it. It is a very, very tight feeling amp. I will be honest, I didn't take it through it's paces as far as EQ options as much as I should have due to time, I kinda just dialed in the regular ole tones. The cleans sounded really good (green). Boosted it sounded pretty hard rock. The Red channel sounded like a classic 5150 type tone to me. I did not like the "burn" button. It made it sound really harsh to my ears. I have to say for the price, I was pretty impressed.
I know this is a shit review but, I expected the amp to suck, but it really does sound pretty good.
 

LPMojoGL

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My buddy, who uses an original Peavey in his band, bought an Iconic for his practice space. He digs it.

I gave it a good playthrough and thought it had some good sounds.
I wish that the clean and overdrive on the green channel were split into 2 separate channels.
Red channel doesn't do much for me. Burn button is pointless.
Overall, I find it it be a limited functioning amp. For a few more bills, the Stealth 50w overshadows the Iconic in every way, imo.
 

japetus

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My buddy, who uses an original Peavey in his band, bought an Iconic for his practice space. He digs it.

I gave it a good playthrough and thought it had some good sounds.
I wish that the clean and overdrive on the green channel were split into 2 separate channels.
Red channel doesn't do much for me. Burn button is pointless.
Overall, I find it it be a limited functioning amp. For a few more bills, the Stealth 50w overshadows the Iconic in every way, imo.
Burn button REALLY ruined the OD, it felt like throwing on a shit harsh pedal onto it. Now that you say the 2 split channels on the green..totally agree. I would like to try a 10 band EQ in the loop with the red channel with the gain down. I do think the clean tone was pretty decent though. It's not an amp that I would ever really play (I don't play hard rock or metal), I usually play Fender Bassman and low gain shit, but for what it was..I think you could do worse..especially if you were a young metal head just looking to get something that doesn't sound like total dogshit.
 

LPMojoGL

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Burn button REALLY ruined the OD, it felt like throwing on a shit harsh pedal onto it. Now that you say the 2 split channels on the green..totally agree. I would like to try a 10 band EQ in the loop with the red channel with the gain down. I do think the clean tone was pretty decent though. It's not an amp that I would ever really play (I don't play hard rock or metal), I usually play Fender Bassman and low gain shit, but for what it was..I think you could do worse..especially if you were a young metal head just looking to get something that doesn't sound like total dogshit.
Yes, would be a great first amp, or just amp, for a metal head wanting to riff.
I still miss my 69 SF Bassman. That thing cranked, hit with a Tube Screamer was killer. Clean to bluesy to EVH, it did it good. But was too loud for my mostly home playing.
 

japetus

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Yes, would be a great first amp, or just amp, for a metal head wanting to riff.
I still miss my 69 SF Bassman. That thing cranked, hit with a Tube Screamer was killer. Clean to bluesy to EVH, it did it good. But was too loud for my mostly home playing.
Read my mind lol
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TheGreatGreen

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The Iconic is a great sounding amp, the Green channel OD mode in particular.

I bought one and almost kept it but there was so much overlap between it and my EVH 100w Stealth and 100w EL34 that I just couldn't justify it. The differences between those amps and the Iconic is extremely small, way more slight than I'd have thought. I happened to prefer the EVH's I already had but only by a hair. I wouldn't even call them flat out "better" even, just very slightly different in a way I felt more used to.

I'd absolutely recommend an Iconic to anybody interested in one.
 

glpg80

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Can anyone comment on the burn button being the reason the amp exhibits a fury type of gain character? Is it ever raw and defined gain?

I’m looking at an EL34 stealth or the iconic next. I want another grab and go channel switcher.
 

8len8

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Can anyone comment on the burn button being the reason the amp exhibits a fury type of gain character? Is it ever raw and defined gain?

I’m looking at an EL34 stealth or the iconic next. I want another grab and go channel switcher.
The Iconic isn’t grab and go. It’s big and heavy. Has the largest iron I’ve seen in a while.
 

LPMojoGL

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Here's a post on TGP with pics of the insides:
 

japetus

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Can anyone comment on the burn button being the reason the amp exhibits a fury type of gain character? Is it ever raw and defined gain?

I’m looking at an EL34 stealth or the iconic next. I want another grab and go channel switcher.
I have to head back there tomorrow, if it's still there, I will take a short iphone clip of both channels for you.
 
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