Eddie Van Halen Test Drives the New EVH 5150IIIS Stealth

Eddie Van Halen Studio

When developing the new EVH 5150IIIS Stealth amp head, Eddie Van Halen said he needed a little “more gas in the tank” before his band embarked on their epic 2012 tour.

It seems like the Hall of Fame guitarist accomplished his goal, as he and the EVH team came up with a hot-rodded version of his iconic line of 5150III amplifiers.

“It’s kind of like a turbocharged 5150III, and some people are like, ‘Huh?’ because the standard 5150III is a mega-beast to begin with… but it’s even hotter,” Van Halen noted.

To fully show the capabilities of the 5150IIIS Stealth, Van Halen himself ran the gear through a thorough demonstration, putting its deep bass contour and seamless switching to the test. And he did so with some of his most beloved riffs, including the ones from “Hot for Teacher” and “Dance the Night Away.”

The band is currently set to release its first-ever live album with David Lee Roth on vocals, as Toyko Dome Live in Concert - which was taped in Japan in June 2013 – is due on March 31.

In the meantime, watch the demo video below and click here to pre-order Tokyo Dome Live in Concert.