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  • Peavey Ultra Plus vs 5150

    Anyone own one of these?



    How does it compare to a 5150 for 'teh brootalz' ? It's essentially the Rockmaster pre in a head right?
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  • #2
    2 Completely different sounds...the Ultra Plus somewhat resembles the XXX if you've ever played that amp.

    It has Lotsa gain on the 2 channels...Rhythm, and Ultra and has dedicated clean channel!

    The gain structure sounds completely different than the 5150.
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    • #3
      Clearer, tighter, more thrash like....
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      • #4
        If my rockmaster is any indication (it is related, though not the same) then the Ultra Plus is much clearer, tighter, smoother, and versatile. Doesn't have the same kind of brootz as the 5150 though.... I play my 5150 usually. I bet the Ultra Plus is quite similar - very good thrash/technical death metal amp and a great lead amp too.

        But I prefer more of a sludgy grindy kind of tone, and the Triple XXX's I've played nor my Rockmaster can really pull that off. Completely different kind of sound. I'm assuming the Ultra Plus is somewhere between the Triple XXX and Rockmaster tonally, but I've never actually played one.
        Move along people, nothing to see here.

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        • #5
          What DirtyBird said
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          • #6
            Thanks for the input. One of the local music shops seems to be getting a steady stream of cool used gear - last week they had a MarkIII, the week before that a Randall RM100. Now the Ultra Plus - I have to say its a bit GAS inducing

            I'm still kicking myself for selling my 5150II last year - the clips Ive heard of the Ultra/Rockmaster sound 'kinda' similar but smoother/tighter and not as aggressive. Definitely seems like a cool amp....
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            • #7
              I like it over the 5150 and the XXX.I've had mine since 1994 and if you know how I go through amps Its always been a keeper.I have had marshalls and stuff that didnt last 6 months month in my stable next to it.
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              • #8
                I picked up an ultra 112 (same voicing as ultra plus), sounds freakin killer...
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                • #9
                  I have owned an Ultra Plus, a 5150, a 6505+ and a XXX...Still have the 6505+ and XXX.

                  I would never have said the Ultra Plus was tighter than the 5150 or 6505+...The tone is more reminiscent of the XXX for sure, but IMO you can hear the similarities between all of the amps to an extent. WHen my band recorded our first CD, I used the Ultra Plus and the 6505+. Miked up and in the mix, they sound VERY similar to me.

                  I think the XXX and 6505+ have a higher degree of difference then the UP did to the 6505+, but YMMV.
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                  • #10
                    ultra plus sucks
                    stop raving about them, so their price can go back to $300, then I can buy one
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                    • #11
                      I picked up an ultra 112 (same voicing as ultra plus), sounds freakin killer...


                      Looking at this shops used gear inventory, looks like they have an Ultra 410 and 212 in stock as well - are these all pretty much the same pre/power amp as the head in combo form?

                      How does the Ultra line differ from the Rockmaster preamp?
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                      • #12
                        How does the Ultra line differ from the Rockmaster preamp?


                        probably not too much
                        they all came from the peavey classic and even the jsx is still close to the rockmaster circuit
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                        • #13
                          probably not too much
                          they all came from the peavey classic and even the jsx is still close to the rockmaster circuit


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                          • #14
                            I have owned both.

                            The 5150 is brighter, a little more aggressive, and more saturated.

                            The Ultra Plus is darker and more open sounding. It also has some surprisingly good cleans.
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                            • #15
                              How does the Ultra line differ from the Rockmaster preamp?


                              As I understand it the Rockmaster is essentially the preamp of the Ultra Plus, so the difference would mainly be in the power amp/OT. I could be wrong. Anyway, if it's anything like the Rockmaster then it's a huge bargain for the price.
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