EVH Iconic Series 40W 1x12 Combo review

Meet the sub-$1,000 tube amp that everyone will be calling iconic in years to come

EVH 5150 Iconic Series 40w 1x12 combo
(Image: © EVH Gear)

Guitar World Verdict

The EVH 5150 Iconic Series 40-watt combo delivers unbeatable value, including huge sounds in a portable package, an abundance of pro features and a wide variety of iconic tones.


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    Superb versatility.

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    Top value.

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    Effects loop.

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    Built-in noise gate eliminates hum and buzz.


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When EVH named its new 5150 guitar amps the Iconic Series, they hit the nail on the head. The original 5150 Eddie Van Halen signature amp introduced three decades ago is a bona fide classic that shaped and defined modern guitar tone for hard rock, metal and several other genres of popular music. 

Although EVH’s 5150 Iconic Series products are designed by James Brown, who collaborated with Ed on the original 5150 and 5150 II, the new amps are not reproductions but rather original designs that deliver all the tones of the predecessors along with a wider palette of Van Halen’s signature tones and beyond. 

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.