NAMM 2012: New from EVH Gear

Eddie Van Halen and his EVH Gear team have got the really hard work out of the way – designing the flagship EVH Wolfgang and 5150III amplifiers – and now they seem to be really having fun with it. Case in point: this 5150III. It’s still a 5150III as we know it, but slightly more Van Halenized. Dig the matching logo on the cabinet too.

Note the 1X12 speaker cabinets under the for the 5150 III 50 watt head. It’s┬árated at 16 ohms and is loaded with a 30-watt Celestion┬« Heritage speaker. It’s exactly 25 percent of the cubic size (by volume) of its 4×12 big brother and is available in black and ivory. I played through this rig at the Fender party the other night and it sounds INCREDIBLE. Very responsive, very raunchy and very, very rock.

The Wolfgang gets some new configurations too: a matte black finish, more fixed bridge models (with fine tuners), and flamed maple. Fixed bridge Wolfgangs with block inlays were introduced last year, but there are more options now in both the USA and Special (Japanese-made) versions. American or Japanese, all Wolfgangs feature the same pickups, the same stainless steel frets and the same Bourns low-friction volume pot for fast swells, along with regular-friction tone pot.

Here’s a closer look at the fixed bridge used on Wolfgangs, with its fine tuners and meaty, sustain-enhancing wealth of metal.

I can’t wait to see what’s next for EVH Gear. Hey Eddie, can we have a Wolfgang 7-string?