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EVH’s True Colours

Reimagined 5150 models blasting from the past with modernised features

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6 April 2022

Two big names in rock ‘n’ roll joined forces in 2005 to develop the EVH brand of guitars, amplifiers, and musical products. Guitar icon and virtuoso Eddie Van Halen combined his guitar and amplifier design innovation with the expertise of the craftspeople and engineers at Fender to create a line of quality, durable instruments that epitomise the sound of rock ‘n’ roll. The result is an arsenal of powerful amps that remain unmatched in sound and form, and guitars that embody speed, style and emotion.

Like their predecessor, both models are engineered for speed, comfort and full-throttle attitude, and feature a modified Strat-style basswood body (quilt maple top on the Deluxe) with a deeper upper body curve for enhanced ergonomic comfort. The graphite-reinforced bolt-on quartersawn maple neck features a comfortable modified “C” profile, hand-rubbed satin urethane back finish, heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel and colour matched “hockey stick” headstock with EVH logo decal. Built for smooth, speedy playability, the 12”-16” compound radius fingerboard has 22 jumbo frets and dot inlays.

While the ‘striped’ original had a single humbucking bridge pickup only, the current 5150 is outfitted with a dual humbucking configuration controlled by a three-way toggle switch on the upper bout. The custom designed EVH Wolfgang Alnico 2 humbucking bridge pickup delivers the perfect amount of punchy articulation, and sustained chunky rhythms in a balanced EQ curve. The EVH Wolfgang Alnico 2 humbucker neck pickup serves up no-nonsense overdrive, and endless sustain without skimping on articulate cleans when the volume is rolled down. 

A custom designed low friction volume knob creates even-volume tapering for the smoothest volume swells, while the high friction tone knob will stay in place even if accidentally bumped. An added new feature comes by way of a lower bout kill switch, allowing players to mute the guitar for those stuttering, rhythmic effects. Decked out with a “dive-bomb” certified EVH-branded top-mount Floyd Rose bridge, the locking tailpiece features fine tuners for each string and a patented EVH D-Tuna for switching back and forth from drop-D to standard tuning in an instant.

Models include:
“Slime Green” 5150 Series Standard, Maple Fingerboard
AU$2199 / US$1,099.99

“Purple Daze” 5150 Series Deluxe QM, Quilt Maple Top, Ebony Fingerboard
AU$2699 / US$1,299.99

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