EVH Unveils Marshall-Vibed 5150III & More

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EVH Gear: ya gotta hand it to Eddie Van Halen and co. They really give fans what they want. Oh, they might not give them everything they want right off the bat – there’s still no Shark, and although the EVH Striped series is cool, there are surely fans hanging out for one with a partial pickguard, neck pickup and a pickup selector switch jammed in the middle pickup cavity – but what they have given us is a great mix of the ‘I always wanted that’ and the ‘I didn’t realise I wanted that but it turns out it makes all my dreams come true.’ Two of the newest additions to the range will definitely please die-hard Eddie fans. One is a striped Wolfgang Special which is just super cool. The other is – oh holy crap – an EL34-loaded 5150III amp based on Eddie’s old Marshall tone. Yes! YES! Here’s the press release. Read More …

The World’s First 24-Fret 7-String Shred Machine?

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I was just scanning some recent guitar auctions, as I am wont to do, and I saw something super cool at a Guernsey’s auction from February 27: Tony Mottola’s 1952 7-string, 24-fret Gibson Custom Super 400CES. Mottola was a legendary session musician who played with Frank Sinatra and Perry Como. He also played in the Doc Severinson Orchestra on The Tonight Show. This guitar has a carved spruce top with maple back and sides, and custom P90 pickups with seven pole pieces. It was offered for auction with its original hard case and a copy of the production ledger for March 1992. The serial number is A 9934. What an amazing piece of history. Following are some more guitars – including instruments belonging to Eddie Van Halen and Richie Sambora – but first here are some more pics of the 7-string: Read More …

The EVH Micro Stack. Adorable.

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Aww who’s a cute little cutie. Check out the EVH 5150 Micro Stack. It’s a one-watt, single-channel amp with one 3” speaker and dedicated controls for Gain, Volume and Tone, its own integrated tilt-back kickstand and a 1/4” headphone jack. It’s powered by 9VDC adapter or 9v batter and the look is all 5150. Could you imagine having a mini wall of these on your desk?

You can pick one (or a mini wall of them) up from VanHalenStore.com.

EVH Limited Edition Wolfgang Special W/Stripes

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I saw one of these the other day when I was visiting Sky Music: a super limited edition EVH Wolfgang Special with striped finish. Unlike the ‘Bumblebee’ finished one featured here recently, this has a Floyd Rose tremolo instead of a Tune-O-Matic bridge. These aren’t even on the EVH website but retailers have had them for a little while. Most of them have already sold out but if you poke around and are extremely lucky you can still find one.

The one pictured is from eBay seller kid-rocket. Click Here to see striped EVH Wolfgang guitars on eBay.  Read More …

EVH Working On ‘Brown Sound’-Inspired Amp

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Whoa! Eddie Van Halen has given a great, revealing interview to The Washington Times where he spills the beans on all sorts of things (such as that the band planned to release their early demos but the sound couldn’t be brought up to snuff), but perhaps most exciting to we guitar geeks is this little tidbit: “People are always screaming and yelling for that classic vintage guitar sound. The 5150 III amps are very high-gain. The main thing that we’re working on is an amp that is modeled after the old vintage Marshall that I used on the first six records. I wanted more sustain out of them.” Read More …

Van Halen Hit The Road

Van Halen fans (in the USA), rejoice! The band is hitting the road for a greatest hits tour this year, and they’ll kick off preparations with a performance for Jimmy Kimmel Live on March 30. They’ll then appear on Ellen on April 2, and the tour kicks off on July 5 in Seattle. And don’t forget, their new live album is about to land. It just arrived in my advance media streamy promo dealie and it sounds raw and wild like it should. Here’s the press release including 2015 tour dates: Read More …

EVH, Up Close And Personal

PRESS RELEASE: EVH is proud to announce the release of a brand new exclusive video of Eddie Van Halen personally demonstrating the new limited edition EVH Brand 5150 IIIS “Stealth” amplifier. Filmed at 5150 studio exclusively with GoPro video cameras, fans will for the first time be able to see what Eddie sees when he’s playing and experience Eddie’s own perspective through the eyes of multiple GoPro cameras. Read More …

New Van Halen Live Album Details

VanHalen_Live_Cover_SmallerOkay, so you’ve surely heard by now that Van Halen will release their first ever live album to feature David Lee Roth. There was, of course, Live: Right Here, Right Now back in the 90s, and I wore that damn thing out on VHS and cassette. This new album, Tokyo Dome Live In Concert, is only being released as audio, but here’s what’s super-cool about this one compared to Live: Right Here, Right Now: the band has gone for a warts-and-all approach with no vocal touch-ups, whereas Sammy Hagar revealed in his autobiography that the band very heavily re-recorded that first record. Kudos to the mighty VH for keeping it authentic. Read More …