Tag: Van halen

<aEVH 5150 Iconic Series 40W 1×12 Combo Review

The late Eddie Van Halen spent a lot of his early profession looking for what’s currently referred to as the “brown audio.” Years after cracking the code, he assisted bottle different versions of the dish right into the 5150 line of amps. Numerous models of these amps are now studio and phase staples, and are frequently used in heavy categories that go beyond Van Halen’s vision.These amps have never been economical. The new EVH 5150 Iconic Series designs provide a much more budget friendly take on 5150 layouts as well as are used in two versions: a 40W 1×12 combo that retails for a really practical $899 and also an 80W head version at $999. For this testimonial, we consider the 2-channel combo.High-Calorie Combo Platter The 5150 Iconic Combo is powered by 2 6L6 power tubes, two ECC83 preamp tubes, as well as a specifically created 40-watt

Celestion speaker, all of which are enclosed in a closed-back MDF closet for tighter, heavier bass feedback. Closed-back combos are slightly uncommon as they are more expensive to produce and also tube cooling can be a worry. Many dedicated EVH tone chasers will probably more than happy for the distinct effects of the closed-back setup, though.The combination has a thin, utilitarian ambiance. Besides a 5150 logo on the top left edge of an evh as well as the closet logo design fastened to the bottom

best edge of the grille, there’s little to differentiate it. The controls are hidden away on the leading panel. Here you’ll find gain and quantity handles for each channel, as well as shared controls for EQ( reduced, mid, high), increase, reverb, vibration, and also existence. There’s also a noise gate control specifically for channel 2. There are three mini buttons: one for network changing and also the other 2 for the additional presets for every of the channels. The back panel is house to a XLR outcome( with speaker emulation), a power amp mute button, a preamp out jack, a power degree button( which lets you choose in between 40W or 10W), and an impacts

loophole. The amazing feature of this loop is that you can utilize the return jack to bypass the preamp while the increase, vibration, power, and reverb level continue to be functional.A Ton of Gain Unchained While the 5150 Iconic is a 2-channel amp, each network has its own switchable reduced -/ high-gain setting, efficiently giving you 4 different gain accounts. Channel 1 has a button for selecting in between clean and

overdrive. The channel 2 mini-button

, on the other hand, engages the ultra-hot” melt “voicing.The overdrive predetermined of network 1 is basically a problem channel, type of like heaven channel of the 5150 III, yet with slightly even more gain. Despite having the gain at 2, the overdrive predetermined is quite distorted. Bumping the gain to simply 4.5 yields tones closer to distortion

than overdrive.Channel 1’s overdrive mode varies deep right into high-gain realms as well as can conveniently be used as a” lead” channel.Channel 1’s overdrive mode ranges deep right into high-gain realms and can quickly be used as a” lead “network. Channel 2, nevertheless, is comparatively hellacious. With gain at just 2 you’ll obtain output about equivalent to funnel 1’s overdrive

channel with the gain at 8. With network 2’s gain up to 7, I was well right into extreme modern steel territory.

But that’s simply the suggestion of the iceberg! Network 2’s shed setting adds much more warmth and saturation, producing absurd quantities of suffer. Solitary notes seemed to last for life, also without finger vibrato. Sometimes it seemed like an EBow at work.With this much outrageous gain readily available, it was a smart move for EVH to consist of a noise entrance on the 5150 Iconic. The gate is helpful, however it has its restrictions. Despite the gate threshold at optimum, a reasonable bit of hum and also amp sound lingers at the most beastly levels.The Best of Both Channels If there were a way to footswitch between network 1’s overdrive and tidy sounds, the 5150 Iconic would basically become a 3-channel amp, with tidy, problem, as well as lead noises. But that would likely make the Iconic a lot more costly. In lieu of a footswitchable third network, however, the boost function, which is footswitchable and also adds up to 10 dB of quantity, is one means to MacGyver an artificial 3-channel setup. I got a pretty convenient design template utilizing these

three setups: Channel 1 with gain on 2 and overdrive predetermined selected. Guitar volume reduced for a cleanish sound.An increased variation of that cleanish audio, with increase on 8 and also guitar volume at maximum for a crunch sound.Channel 2 with gain high for a lead sound.If only there were a way to get

  • a footswitchable configuration with four sounds to consist of the burn pre-programmed! The Verdict James Brown, the legendary amp developer that functioned closely with Eddie Van Halen to produce the original Peavey 5150 amp, was hired by EVH in 2019 to become a major
  • analog designer. He was tasked with masterminding the

5150 Iconic collection. As well as it’s safe to say Brown succeeded.The resulting 5150 Iconic Series 40W 1×12 is an unique amp. It can conveniently

do the Van Halen thing. Yet

it’s additionally remarkably flexible as well as efficient in audios from tidy to ultra-high gain to the most severe molten steel. It’s likewise simply an excellent all-around amp. As well as it’s easy to think of the 5150 Iconic becoming ubiquitous in the manner of a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe for the heavy-music set.EVH 5150 Iconic Series

Combo Demo|Look

These amps have actually never ever been economical.

High-Calorie Combo Platter The 5150 Iconic Combo is powered by 2 6L6 power tubes, 2 ECC83 preamp tubes, and also a specifically developed 40-watt Celestion speaker, all of which are enclosed in a closed-back MDF closet for tighter, heavier bass action.

The combo has a sporadic, utilitarian ambiance.

The Best of Both Channels If there were a method to footswitch in between channel 1’s clean and also overdrive noises, the 5150 Iconic would basically end up being a 3-channel amp, with tidy, crunch, as well as lead sounds.

The resulting 5150 Iconic Series 40W 1×12 is an unique amp.

Rig Rundown: Mammoth WVH

Wolf Van Halen and longtime master builder Chip Ellis discuss prototypes for EVH’s SA-126 and Wolfgang bass. Plus, the rest of the band show off their rockin’ wares.


Following in a parent’s professional footsteps is daunting. Imagine re-treading that ground in the public eye. Now conceptualize walking in the footsteps of one of the greatest guitarists to ever live. Succeeding on any level seems impossible. So where do you start when trying to find your own voice on an instrument your dad basically reconstructed?

“The main thing, when I started doing this, was that I wanted to find my own sort of sound and not do everything dad did,” says Wolfgang Van Halen. “When it came to guitar, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I just wanted to sound like myself.”

After 15 years in the family band (and working alongside Mark Tremonti for his solo project), that’s what Wolf did when he wrote and tracked all the instruments on the 15 songs for his debut album, Mammoth WVH, released last year. (The title is a nod to the original name of his father’s and uncle’s iconic band during 1972-’74.)

Things have changed since we last checked out Wolf’s setup. Back in 2012, when PG got the special treat of swooping into Bridgestone Arena to check out the rigs of Eddie and Wolf. We got to see the various Wolfgang models dad brought out, and Wolf’s custom-made one-off basses constructed by master builder Chip Ellis.

Now Wolf is playing guitar and singing lead. He’s flanked by two additional guitarists (Frank Sidoris and Jon Jourdan), while bass and drums are handled by Ronnie Ficarro and Garrett Whitlock (respectively). There’s still a lot of his dad’s thumbprint on the band’s setup, but there’s two new things afoot. This tour saw two new prototypes unveiled: a signature semi-hollow for Wolf and beefy, humbucker-loaded basses were being road-tested (or, as the Van Halens say, in the “crash-testing phase”).

“Through writing and recording that first album, and having fun, I ended up tracking most with a 335 and that semi-hollowbody sound became the baseline for all of Mammoth WVH,” says Wolf. So, he and Ellis sought to combine reverence for the EVH legacy with something fresh for not only Wolf’s sound but to expand the company’s appeal. “I want to make something that has the DNA of the EVH brand, but something that they don’t offer.”

Before a headlining show at the Signal in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on May 17th, PG traveled south down I-24 to see what was percolating in the EVH and WVH camps. We were fortunate enough to be joined by Ellis and Van Halen, who talked about the development of the new SA-126 semi-hollow guitar and then focused on the new thunder-stick 4-string prototype that’s being “crash tested” by bandmate Ronnie Ficarro. Additionally, we cover the setups of riff warriors Sidoris (also of Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators) and Jourdan (To Whom It May), who fly the EVH flag but bring their own shine.

[Brought to you by D’Addario XS Electric Strings.]

Mammoth Signature

The basis for Mammoth WVH’s core guitar tone was formed around a Gibson ES-335. Wolf tracked with that guitar the most and it helped him find his own sound, separate from his father’s. But wanting to keep things in the family, he and longtime Fender/EVH master builder Chip Ellis aimed to put the 335 heartbeat into a Wolfgang package.

Some notable Easter eggs in the guitar’s design are fret inlays that appear as M (looking down the neck) but also work as W—or E— depending on your eye angle. The SA-126 model name honors Eddie’s birthday (1/26/55). The f-hole is actually a subtle e-hole, and these guitars feature eye-hook strap buttons. (The first prototype had standard strap buttons and a side-mounted input jack, but has since been changed.)

Each one of the guitars you’ll see have different neck profiles, pickup voicings with varying heat levels (although all are humbuckers), tonewoods, and finishes. It’s worth noting that the pickups Wolf and Chip are enjoying the most are not the hottest. They said in the video that dialing back the output allowed the instrument to have a fuller, wider sound. Additional known specs (which could change at any minute) include quilted maple tops (but standard maple on this one), ebony fretboards, brass harmonica-style bridges, and 24.75″ scale lengths, and for this run all the prototypes took EVH Premium Strings (.009 –.042). (D’Addario manufactures all EVH-brand guitar strings.)

This guitar is the third prototype and was special for Wolf and Chip to put together. Eddie’s main live axe during Van Halen’s last tour was a white relic’d Wolfgang model, so they wanted to do something honoring his legacy. “It was emotional, and it felt great to build this guitar,” declares Ellis. “It was a full-circle kind of moment for me.”

Old But New

Here’s a close-up of the relic’d body for Wolf’s third SA-126 prototype, showing off the e-hole.

Backside Burns

A look around back reveals some impressive scars.

The Crown

A shot of the SA-126 headstock.

First Offering

This is Wolf’s first SA-126 prototype. It originally came with a side-mounted input jack and standard strap buttons. However, they’ve since moved the jack to the top (like an offset Fender or ES-style guitar) and opted for the eye-hook strap buttons made famous by Eddie.

Smokey Signature

And here’s the second prototype Chip Ellis built for Wolf, featuring a crisp ’burst glowing like a campfire all night and day.

Keeping It in the Family

It’s no surprise that Wolf is plugging into an EVH stack. His amp of choice for Mammoth is the EVH 5150III 50W 6L6 head matched with a EVH 5150III 4×12 loaded with Celestion G12 EVH 20W speakers. He mentions in the video that he normally lives in the blue channel and only hits the red one for solos.

Stripes

“There’s not too much I need from pedals, but it’s more for fun,” concedes Van Halen. He enlisted every EVH pedal (aside from the 5150 Overdrive that will show up later) for this run, plus a few extras. The Dunlop EVH95 Eddie Van Halen Signature EVH Cry Baby gets worked out for the solo of “You’ll Be the One.” (The recorded solo is through a talk box, but Wolf thought the wah was a simpler stand-in for live performances.) The MXR EVH 5150 Chorus and the MXR Eddie Van Halen Phase 90 have become interchangeable for him. The song “Think It Over” has become a testing ground between the two modulation effects. The MXR EVH117 Flanger gets sprinkled in for select moments, like during “Mr. Ed.” For the solo in “Distance,” he always uses the Boss DD-3 Digital Delay and the EarthQuaker Devices Afterneath.

Can’t Put It Down

“Chip did all the relic’ing, aging, and sanding of the neck and it just feels amazing. It’s hard to put that guitar down,” says Jon Jourdan. The above EVH Wolfgang is a discontinued offering, but he can’t deviate from it because of his connection to this instrument and the sturdiness of the stop-tail bridge that allows him to really dig in with his picking hand. Jourdan plays this guitar for all the standard-tuned songs.

Silver Bird

Here’s Jourdan’s PRS Custom 24 Platinum model that is decked out in an anniversary-year-only finish and boasts a 5-way rotary knob in lieu of a standard pickup selector. It comes with the company’s 58/15 humbuckers and is completely stock. Both of his guitars take Dunlop Performance+ strings (.011–.052).

British 5150

Like Wolf, Jourdan is running an 50W EVH 5150 head. His tube flavor (EL34) brings a little British bluster to the band’s sound. “We all use the 50-watt heads, so even when everything is straight up the middle everything fits in the mix and everyone has a lane,” he observes. Similar to his guitar-playing bandmates, Jourdan’s 5150 head hits an EVH 5150III 4×12 loaded with Celestion G12 EVH 20W speakers.

Open Auditions

In the video, Jourdan admits the style and design of his board makes pedal swaps a bit more work, but that doesn’t stop him from testing out new tone treats. Before this run, he traded in the Frost Giant Electronics Yama for another boost and is already looking to find a nastier, wilder fuzz in place of the Walrus Audio Iron Horse V3. The rest of the stable includes an Electronic Audio Experiments Halberd (used for “Stone”), MXR EVH117 Flanger, and Eventide H9. A Fortin Mini Zuul Noise Gate cleans up the amp and a Peterson StroboStomp HD keeps his guitars in check. A Boss ES-8 Effects Switching System is the reins for the whole system.

I’m the One

“This has actually been a longstanding project with the EVH line and it was something Ed was very passionate about when he was still with us. He was a closet bass player and loved chasing bass tones,” says Chip Ellis.

EVH has hinted at production bass models ever since Chip built several prototypes for Wolf during his run as VH bassist from 2005 to 2020. But no matter the level of buzz generated by public interest, nothing materialized. Then, in early February, they teased the upcoming tour by posting a photo of bassist Ronnie Ficarro rocking a 4-string with the caption: “Check out that sweet Wolfgang bass prototype.”

The current evolution of the company’s bass design dives off the EVH striped basses built for Wolfgang in the 2010s. The pickups are big, hot, monster-rock humbuckers that weigh about a half-pound each. “One of the earliest prototypes had a swimming-pool route and Ed kept wanting to move the pickups further and further apart because we kept getting a bigger variety of tones,” said Ellis.

Both prototypes have mahogany bodies, maple necks, and rosewood fretboards. The neck profiles are pretty close to the ones played by Wolf with Van Halen. A big-mass bridge anchors the strings and there’s actually a blend control between the pickups rather than a standard selector. (There’s a detent that lets you know when you’re in the middle, engaging both pickups.) The volume is push-pull, to coil-tap the pickups, too. Ronnie’s been riding this one during standard or drop-D tunings, since it comes equipped with a handy Hipshot Bass Xtender Key.

Bottoms Up

In a pinch, the bass’ headstock could double as a bottle opener.

Burst into Burst

The finish on prototype No. 2 almost has a Magic-Eye effect, with the opposing bursts rushing in towards each other. Another difference between No. 1 is the inclusion of a standard pickup selector (removing the blend control for a tone knob). Outfitted again with a Hipshot Bass Xtender Key, Ronnie jams on this for D-standard and drop-C songs.

Familiar and Loud

Ronnie Ficarro has been plugging the prototype Wolfgang basses into this Fender Super Bassman 300W head. The coolest part of this rig is that fact is that it’s the exact one Wolf used on the final Van Halen tour with his pops. The numbers you see above the knobs are Wolf’s settings from that VH run, and Ronnie thought it’d be a cool tip of the cap to leave those on the faceplate. In the video, Ficarro admits to being a Rig Rundown fanatic. When he’s feeling a Green Day, uh, day, he’ll open his phone and reference a screen shot of Mike Dirnt’s settings from the Rig Rundown we did in 2013.

Monsters of Rock

The Fender Super Bassman smashes into a Fender Bassman Pro 8×10.

Fundamental for Ficarro

Here’s Ronnie’s pretty basic stomp station: a trio of EVH-inspired pedals—MXR EVH 5150 Chorus, MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive, and the MXR Eddie Van Halen Phase 90—plus an Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork for approximating the low B roar that Wolf recorded on the song “Epiphany.” The non-descript silver box is a channel switcher for the Fender Super Bassman, and Ronnie’s basses are centered by the Peterson StroboStomp HD.

The Green Giant

“I never thought I’d become the green guitar guy, but it’s just become my thing over the last few years,” states Sidoris. Frank had his eye on this Gibson Custom 1964 SG Standard reissue for some time. He originally fell for its olive-drab cloak when he saw it on display during the 2020 NAMM Show in Anaheim. Fast forward through two years and Sidoris re-encounters the SG while visiting Nashville, when he sees it listed on Rumble Seat Music’s website. He went to the store and demo’d the guitar, and it was even better than he could imagine. He uses Ernie Ball 2020 Power Slinky Paradigms (.011–.048) across all his axes.

Stealthy Stinger

Sidoris also plugs into an EVH head. His flavor is the sleek EVH 5150III 50S 6L6. And, similar to the band’s other riffers, he’s relying on Celestion G12 EVH 20W speakers, but he opts for the matching EVH 5150III 100S cabinet.

Stompin’ with Sidoris

Along with his pals, Sidoris has an MXR Eddie Van Halen Phase 90, but changes it up with the inclusion of a DigiTech Whammy Ricochet, Walrus Audio Ages, MXR Carbon Copy, and a Dunlop Volume (X) DVP3. A Boss TU-3 Chromatic Tuner keeps his Gibsons in check and a MXR Smart Gate tames the EVH.