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Hear new 15-watt Eddie Van Halen amp, the EVH 5150III LBXII

by Salil Tembe2017/01/26

There is a good news for all those bedroom players out there. Legendary Eddie Van Halen has launched the EVH 5150III LBXII. This lunch box amp has everything an aspiring guitarist needs. It packs stunning tones, enough power to bring your house down and comes in a portable form factor.

Never short of gain

The EVH 5150III LBXII is based on its elder brother, the EVH 5150III LBX. Both the models have a lot of similarities but there is one major difference in the channel scheme. The LBX has Blue and Red channel which is basically “crunch” and “more crunch” respectively. The EVH 5150III LBX received a lot of criticism for the lack of a clean channel. However, by using the Blue channel with the volume right down, you can practically end up with clean tones.

The newer EVH 5150III LBXII comes with the Green and Blue channels which stand for “Clean” and “Overdrive”. There will be a few who would start complaining the lack of Red channel but there is one thing we all need to remember. The EVH 5150III LBXII is a guitar head produced by Eddie Van Halen and they never fall short of gain. Need to experience that chest walloping crunch? Simply turn that gain knob and you will have what you need.

Many guitarists find the Red channel on the LBX too much to handle. You get so much gain on the lower settings that one might barely need to go all the way up. Once you have seen the video above, make sure to look at the one below and form a comparison yourself.

Whether you get the EVH 5150III LBX or the EVH 5150III LBXII, you have much to gain!

Black and white design

EVH has gone all monochrome while designing this amp. The white coloured grill, black control panel and black criss cross stripes on the front grill contrast each other very well. Finally, the attractive EVH logo that sits in the center contributes to the appeal of the box. The knobs and controls also follow a random black and white pattern which gives the design an artistic feel.

EVH 5150III LBXII

The new EVH 5150III LBXII

Eddie Van Halen EVH 5150III LBXII is capable of throwing 15 Watts of raw power at your speakers. That much power is sufficient to rattle your house and keep your neighbours sleepless at night. A switch on the rear side of the amp allows you to turn that power down to a one fourth of 15W without damaging the tones. Thus, making the low power mode is highly desirable for bedroom playing. Additionally, you can also plug in your effects loop, change the resonance and set your output impedance depending on the speakers you got.

EVH 5150III LBXII outputs

EVH 5150III LBXII outputs

The EVH 5150III LBXII Guitar Head will be launched on 2nd March 2017 at a cost of £488. Make sure you save money by that time.

New upcoming EVH guitars

EVH Wolfgang USA Edward Van Halen Signature

The Wolfgang guitar will make your guitar playing sessions worthwhile. The compound radius of 12 inch to 16 inch on the fingerboard is going to be interesting to try out.

EVH Wolfgang USA Edward Van Halen Signature

EVH Wolfgang USA Edward Van Halen Signature

Taking a closer look, it’s made out of  various woods including a Basswood body and a maple neck. It doesn’t end there, the ebony fingerboard has graphite reinforcement as well as a hand rubbed back finish (This all contribute to a classic feel). The dark surface with golden edges give the Wolfgang USA guitar a clean modern look. EVH custom wound Alnico 2 humbucker in the bridge and Alnico 3 humbucker in the neck are controlled with the 3 way switch. Whereas, the EVH Floyd Rose tremolo will provide really long sustain. We need to pay special attention to the EVH D-Tuna that allows for switching between the Drop-D and the standard tuning mechanism in a flick of a switch.

All in all, the Wolfgang USA guitar comes with a design approved by no other than Eddie Van Halen. All this comes at a price of £3071 from Gear4Music and it is set for a 30th May 2017 launch. A long time for you to gather enough money.

EVH Striped Series 5150

As the name suggests, the EVH Striped Series 5150 guitar has a black and white random criss cross stripes on a red surface.

EVH Striped Series 5150 guitar

EVH Striped Series 5150

The 5150 Striped series guitar is made from basswood body, quartersawn maple neck and a comfortable modified C profile. It comes with a single EVH custom wound Alnico 2 single humbucker bridge pickup and a EVH branded Floyd Rose bridge. Similar to the wolfgang USA guitar, the Striped 5150 also has a maple fingerboard, 22 jumbo fret and a EVH D-Tuna tuning switcher. The construction of the new Striped Series 5150 guitar is based on the original Striped 5150 guitar launched in 1984 which sold in thousands back in the day.

The Eddie Van Halen Striped Series 5150 guitar will be available for £1179 from Gear4Music when it launches on 28th March this year.

EVH Wolfgang Special Striped Black and Yellow

Similar to the Striped series 5150, the Wolfgang special striped black and yellow comes with a striped pattern on the front as well as the back.

EVH Wolfgang Special Striped Black and Yellow

EVH Wolfgang Special Striped Black and Yellow

Comparing the previous two guitars, the construction material remains similar. Resonating basswood body, maple fingerboard and modified C shape neck contribute to a look that feels modern yet classic at the same time. The finger board comes with hand rubbed urethane gel, black dot inlays and 22 jumbo frets. It comes with chrome hardware and rugged tuning pots that will stay intact even with your aggressive playing style.

The Wolfgang Special Maple will be launched on 28th March 2017 with a price tag of £1218 on Gear4Music.

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About The Author
Salil Tembe
Salil is an electronics engineer who loves to play around with the technology. He has a passion for expressing his love for technology through writing. Also, he firmly stands for open sourcing everything that makes our lives better, so that it can get even better.

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