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Different pre-amp and power amp tubes or valves being used by 5150 owners. Different tube manufacturers can change the way your amp sounds. Not all 6L6's are the same. Use the tube chart and description to help identify the tubes you would like to use in your 5150.

Please help by filling out the tube survey with the tubes in your 5150. The more information the better. Survery can be found here.

Select 5150 Model
ModelPreamp TubesPoweramp TubesComments
5150 212 ComboTung Sol 12Comments about tube choice
5150sovtek12ax7lps then4 wa sovtekeh 6l6 lp40 gm4700Comments about tube choice these tubes will give you a tighter lead channel
515012ax7Comments about tube choice
5150 IIJJ'sJJ'sBest sounding tubes i've ever heard!
5150groove tubesgroove tubesComments about tube choice
51506l6 groove tubesComments about tube choice
5150 IIElectro HarmonixRubystock tubes in my 6505+ so far they sound great
5150Tung-SolSED (Winged "C")Best tubes I've found - as good as or better than NOS JAN Philips, Sylvania, etc.
5150SovtekSovtekPreamp, 12AX7WA Output, 6L6WXT+
5150tung solJJ's 6l6'sthis is the way to do it folks
5150 IImesa,JJ's, and EHJJ 6L6 GC'sI'm using a variety of tubes in my preamp right now just kind of experimenting with tone
5150JJ 12AX7JJ 6L6GCComments about tube choice
5150 212 ComboTungsolSovetekThe tungsols give an original sound back to the amp with more tone!! The Soveteks Power are close to original, I mean come on thats why we bought this amp to have the "brown" sound right? why change it!?
5150sovtekgrooveI�ve bought new 12ax7 Groove tubes so it doesn�t match at all. Then I replaced the Sovteks then it started working again. Since I�m using Grooves at the Power amp it sounds awesome. Did anybody have problem with Groove tubes pins?' )
5150 212 ComboSovtekGrooveComments about tube choice Ive bought new 12ax7 Groove tubes so it doesnt match at all. Then I replaced the Sovteks then it started working again. Since Im using Grooves at the Power amp it sounds awesome. Did anybody have problem with Groove tubes pins?
5150electroharmonixwinged "C"Comments about tube choice Awsome bottom end and very sweet sounding gain
5150Ruby-JJRubyUn-fucking-believeable. Spend some time to do some research on preamp tubes kids... there is more to it than just getting the right model number...
5150Ruby/JJRubyUn-fucking-believeable. Spend some time to do some research on preamp tubes kids... there's more to it than just getting the right model number...
5150groove tubeComments about tube choice
5150 212 ComboSOVTEKSVETLANA WINGED C
51505 12AX74 EL34Comments about tube choice
5150sovtec 6l6Comments about tube choice
5150stockstocki've had this for about a year...and my tubes have just blown. but i was very happy with the stock ones til now because i dont know what kind to get...so anyone reading this...hep me.
5150jj 12ax7EH 6L6Comments about tube choice way more gain & clarity, more depth & wider scope given to the EQ
5150Svetlana (Mesa tubes)Svetlana 2x badged Mesa 2 x normal SvetlanaBest tubes available in Canberra, Australia. Only other choice were chinese.
51509th generation chineseJJ awesome..thats about it. awesome
5150mesa12ax7mesa6l6gcbetter than factory. gives the amp some balls yet not enough to use with out a sonic maximizer. get a mesa triple rectifier. elctro-harmonics tubes are good so are ruby and groove depends on what sound you want: however make sure you re-bias your chinese toy cause they break and everything you have heard will go wrong most undependable amp ever some are good some are horrid. it is not specifically true that the early block letters are better due to circuitry blah blah blah. each amp is its own so try them all out. or do your self a favor and get a real amp or send the 5150 to voodo amps and have it moded to sound like a somewhat decent amp. over all outcome gain highs no low end in comparison to better amps. not tight and sounds terrible louder. this amp will feedback use a gate and some compression but when your done getting that toned out and somewhat happy you realize you have two channels with one eq or you just have two shitty channels with seperate eqs.
5150mesamesabetter than factory. gives the amp some balls yet not enough to use with out a sonic maximizer. get a mesa triple rectifier. elctro-harmonics tubes are good so are ruby and groove depends on what sound you want: however make sure you re-bias your chinese toy cause they break and everything you have heard will go wrong most undependable amp ever some are good some are horrid. it is not specifically true that the early block letters are better due to circuitry blah blah blah. each amp is its own so try them all out. or do your self a favor and get a real amp or send the 5150 to voodo amps and have it moded to sound like a somewhat decent amp. over all outcome gain highs no low end in comparison to better amps. not tight and sounds terrible louder. this amp will feedback use a gate and some compression but when your done getting that toned out and somewhat happy you realize you have two channels with one eq or you just have two shitty channels with seperate eqs.
5150 212 ComboRyby TubesRTComments about tube choice Very Sweet ;-)
5150Electro harmonixsJJ JJs are THE power tubes for 5150s as for there preamp stuff I didnt really like it compared to the stock ones
5150Electro harmonixsJJ JJs are THE power tubes for 5150s as for there preamp stuff I didnt really like it compared to the stock ones
5150electro-harmonixjj-teslamuch improved,no complaints.
5150 212 ComboSovtek 6L6WXTComments about tube choice
5150 212 ComboSovtekSovtekCame with the amp
5150 212 ComboSovtekSovtekComments about tube choice
5150 212 ComboMullard in V1NOS SylvaniaI thought the Groove Tubes were nice, until I found some NOS tubes cheap on eBay. The Sylvanias really bring out the classic EVH tone.
5150sovtek 12ax7wasovtek 6l6wxtComments about tube choice
5150 212 Combo3 Electro Har 12AX7EH in V1,V3,V4 1 GT ECC83 in V2 And 1 Sovtek LPS in V5Ruby 6L6GCEverything is stock except the the Groove tubes ECC83 in V2 wich cleaned up the clean channel without affecting the gain on the Lead channel.
5150 212 CombosovteksovtekComments about tube choice
5150Groove2 Grove makes you get the early VH sound at a lower level.
5150Electro Harmonix and Mullard in V1JJ/TeslaOnly one Mullard needed to get a killer sound, EHs in the mid stages and JJ for big power with a warm touch. Huge improvement.
5150jjjjComments about tube choice
5150electro harmonixsvetlana 6L6gc The power tubes are vintage sounding they have good all around sound. Pre-amp tube soud great as well!
5150electro harmonixrubythese tubes were bought with the amp brand new and they sound great
5150electro harmonixComments about tube choice
5150 212 ComboGT ECC83GT 6L6GELike a whole new amp-the clean channel is actually clean, and the lead sizzles!
5150Electro VoiceRubyComments about tube choice
5150JJJJComments about tube choice
5150groove tubesruby tubesComments about tube choice
5150Groove TubesGroove TubesI only use 2 power tubes to drop the amp down to 60 watts. This way, I can overdrive the power tubes (post gain) easier so I get a killer tone at a lower volume.
5150 212 ComboMesa BoogieMesa BoogieComments about tube choice
5150 212 ComboSovtekElectro HarmonixNew Power amp tubes needed to get this monster back to health after I bought it!
5150 IIJJ ElectricJJ ElectricI find these tubes to bring out all the gain I need and they last a very long time. The warmth is incredible.

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