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 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 satin urethane finish on the back and unique “hockey stick” headstock. The fast-playing 12"-16" compound radius maple fingerboard has 22 jumbo frets, black dot inlays and a convenient heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel.
The 5150 is also fitted with a custom-designed EVH® Wolfgang® alnico 2 humbucking 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, 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.
With its quintessential red 5150 hologram numbers and star decals, the Striped Series 5150 is a high-powered, high-performance machine that’s as kickass to look at as it is to play.
Bolt-on is a type of neck construction that joins the maple neck to the body of the guitar with screws or bolts, resulting in bright tone with more control. The quartersawn grain runs the length of the neck and as well as being visually appealing, is less susceptible to shrinking, warping or splitting. Graphite-reinforcement rods flank the truss rod for even more increased neck stability, while your fretting hand will feel right at home on the modified “C”-shape neck, which has a .790” thickness at the 3rd fret and .825” at the 12th fret.
The innovative 12"-16" Compound Radius Maple Fingerboard design gradually flattens toward the heel from its smaller and more rounded profile at the nut for unparalleled comfortable chording and riffing near the nut and seamless bending near the heel. Maple is a dense wood that produces bright, snappy tones, articulate notes with bite and a tight low end. Versus a 24-fret neck, a 22-fret layout shifts the neck pickup farther away from the bridge, centering it at the “sweet spot” and resulting in an overall warmer tone. The jumbo fret wire slightly increases the distance between string and fingerboard for seamless and comfortable bends.
Not all humbuckers are created equal. The direct mount EVH Wolfgang humbucker with Alnico 2 magnets is hotter and harnesses Eddie’s scorching signature lead tone that captivated the world of rock ‘n’ roll in the ‘70s and ‘80s. This humbucking bridge pickups deliver rich harmonics, cutting highs and snarling mids in spades.
Eddie Van Halen was the first player to popularize the innovative Floyd Rose locking tremolo, even advising Floyd Rose on his early designs to integrate round disc finger-type tuners that you would see on a cello or violin. Now universally embraced, our EVH-branded Floyd Rose bridge features our EVH logo stamped on the bridge plate, steel saddles and a solid brass block. The Floyd Rose bridge and R3 (43 mm) locking nut is a professional-grade double-locking design that secures the strings in the saddle and nut, providing ultimate tuning stability and dynamic tremolo action. Standard equipment on Eddie’s personal guitars since the early ‘90s, the EVH D-Tuna is a unique patented device that enables players to drop the E to D and back, in an instant.
Other standout appointments of this axe include a red with black-and-white striped paint job and “5150” hologram decal, EVH hockey stick headstock with matching striped paint job and star logo, and a custom-designed EVH-branded low-friction volume knob provides for unmatched performance and even-volume tapering for the smoothest volume swells.
|Color||R/B/W "5150" Striped Pattern|
|Number of Strings||6|
|Body Finish||Gloss Urethane|
|Bridge Pickup||Direct Mount EVH® Wolfgang® Humbucking|
|Controls||Volume (500K EVH® Bourns® Low Friction Pot) with Treble Bleed Circuit|
|Neck Material||Quartersawn Maple|
|Neck Construction||Bolt-On with Graphite Reinforcement|
|Neck Thickness||.790" at 3rd Fret & .810" at 12th Fret|
|Neck Finish||Hand-Rubbed Satin Urethane|
|Neck Shape||EVH® Modified "C" Backshape|
|Scale Length||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius||12"-16" Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)|
|Number of Frets||22|
|Nut Material||Floyd Rose® R3 Locking|
|Nut Width||1.685" (42.8 mm)|
|Position Inlays||Black Dot|
|Truss Rod Nut||Heel-Mount Truss Rod Adjustment Wheel|
|Truss Rod Wrench||2.5 mm Hex|
|String Trees||Floyd Rose® Retainer Bar|
|Headstock||EVH® Hockey Stick|
|Neck Plate||4-Bolt Standard|
|Bridge||EVH®-Branded Floyd Rose® Locking Tremolo with EVH® D-Tuna®|
|Tremolo Arm||Floyd Rose® 1000 Series Locking|
|Tuning Machines||EVH®-Branded Gotoh®|
|Control Knobs||Black Knurled with White Indicator|