EVH 5150 Series Standard review

A high-performance shreddable electric with killswitch, heaps of features and at a very attractive price, too

EVH 5150 Standard
(Image: © EVH Gear)

Guitar World Verdict

A veritable playground for aspiring shredders, with stacks of player-friendly features and pickups that just love gain, the 5150 Standard is fun, fun, fun, and great value, too.


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    Impressive features including killswitch and Floyd Rose.

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    Superb overdriven and high-gain tones.

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    A lot of guitar for the money.

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    Cool, stripped-back aesthetic.


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    Limited finish options.

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The stripped-down appeal of the EVH Striped Series of electric guitars will most likely never lose its enduring popularity for Van Halen fans and players alike. Even the many iterations of the Wolfgang series adopted by numerous artists continues to grow by leaps and bounds. 

But if you ask me, I’ve been digging the EVH 5150 Series Standard guitar, which combines the very best attributes of Eddie Van Halen’s famed “5150” guitar along with the refined tones of Eddie’s innovatively designed Wolfgang guitars. 

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.