K.O. wrote:Honestly it is not something I have ever worried about. When I play I like sounding like me.
I had a very enjoyable time learning to play Black and Blue and a couple other V.H. songs and learning some of Eddie's techniques (tapping etc.).
I honestly think he would say don't obsess on how to get my tone obsess on how to find yours,
Of course this is just my opinion...
clutch71 wrote:Eddie has always been somewhat conflicting when he has talked about his gear. I've heard various excuses over the years so who knows what he used and when he used it. I know there is his fabled plexi and all evidence indicates that it was modded despite other claims that it was stock. The variac usage seems to be a myth. His early tone was his best IMO and is quintessential Eddie. Regardless of what he used, at the end of the day he's Eddie. He makes music for the masses not necessarily for geeks like us who then try to disect his gear.
I've heard that he has used JCM 800's, Soldano's as well.
misterdetail wrote:I'm perplexed as to how much EVH actually used 5150 amps in the studio. I've read different accounts which say he used them a little on "For Unlawful...." and the "Right Here Right Now" live album, then more on "Balance" but he also used his old, restored Marshall. He definitely used them on the 3 new songs on the first "Best of" album and on Van Halen III. Lastly he seems to have used them on the 3 new songs on the last "Best of" album, though an interview I read from him at the time makes it sound like that wasn't entirely true. Soon after he and Peavey parted ways.
It frustrates me for there to be so little recorded evidence of a signature amp by the signature artist, especially considering they worked together for an extended period. Being a big fan of the 5150 and EVH this frustrates me. I want to crank up an album and hear the 2 doing magic together, but there's not too much to draw from, quantity or quality wise. Granted there are many other artists using and recording with the 5150/6505, but they're not the signature artist! Contrast this with the new Van Halen album that is definitely all Fender 5150 III and sounds as great as I'd expect it to. I don't say this as criticism of Peavey in any way. It just kills me that the potential was there for something much greater between the two that never really materialized.
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