When Eddie Van Halen introduced his famous red, white and black striped 5150 guitar in 1984, he never would have fathomed the thousands of copies it would inspire. But then again, Eddie has made a car... Click To Read More About This Product
When Eddie Van Halen introduced his famous red, white and black striped 5150 guitar in 1984, he never would have fathomed the thousands of copies it would inspire. But then again, Eddie has made a career of being copied in every which way imaginable. EVH Gear proudly introduces a new Striped Series 5150 model based on his original instrument, featuring his distinctively striped 5150 motif and single humbucker setup.
The Striped Series 5150 has a basswood body identical to the original, with a bolt-on quartersawn maple neck featuring a comfortable modified “C” profile, hand-rubbed back finish and “hockey stick” headstock. The fast-playing compound-radius (12-16 in.) maple fingerboard has 22 jumbo frets, black dot inlays and a convenient heel-mounted truss rod adjustment wheel.
The 5150 is also fitted with a custom designed EVH Wolfgang alnico 2 Humbucker bridge pickup, delivering the perfect amount of power and articulation with sweet sustain and thick chunky rhythms in a perfectly balanced EQ curve. A custom designed EVH-branded low-friction volume knob provides for unmatched performance and even volume tapering for the smoothest volume swells.
Decked out with a rock solid “dive bomb” certified EVH-branded Floyd Rose bridge, each locking nut tailpiece features fine tuners and a patented EVH DTuna for switching back and forth from drop-D to standard tuning in an instant.
With its quintessential red 5150 hologram numbers and star decals, the Striped Series 5150 is a high-powered, high-performance machine that’s as sweet to look at as it is to play.
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Comments about EVH Striped Series 5150:
While this guitar sounds great for all rock music not requiring a neck pickup, it certainly sounds like it looks when throwing some VH tunes at it. If the skill and equipment setup is there, the tone is scary close to the original. Lot's of fun!! My favorite part of this guitar is the neck. It's solid and fast. The rolled fingerboard edge and hand oiled finish really enhance the feel and accuracy of playing. I played the guitar out just last night with only a few days of getting used to it and it was by far a hit with the audience as much as it felt and sounded fantastic.
A few issues and surprises prevent me from giving all 5 stars are listed below:
1) No case included with its handsome price.
2) The supplied strings would not stay in tune or settle down from an excessively bright tone. The Fix? D'Addarrio Pure Nickel 9-42 strings. Stayed in tune instantly, sounded better with thicker mids and smoother highs, and felt less prickly to the touch. NOTE: (The factory setup was tuned to Eb standard, where it remains)
3) The side marker dots are all off center! Really?? They are all shifted to the bridge side of the neck, almost enough that the double 12th fret marker looks very off.
4) Another general surprise was finding out it was made in Mexico when sales affirmed that it was a USA model when I ordered it six weeks ago and even on the EVH site there is no mention where the guitar model is actually made that I can find clearly at the time of this review.
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