Whether on stage or in the studio, the EVH 5150 Overdrive’s controls dial up the whole spectrum-from Eddie’s groundbreaking early classic tones to the high gain, super-articulate sound he uses today. Output and Gain controls set your volume and distortion levels, while the 3-band passive tone stack EQ section shapes your sound to taste. The Boost switch kicks the 5150 Overdrive into high gear with extra gain and compression, and the Gate control-powered by the Smart Gate® circuit-tames unwanted noise.
The EVH 5150 Overdrive features true bypass switching and comes in a road-worthy housing emblazoned with custom EVH artwork.
• Designed in close collaboration with Eddie Van Halen
• Infuses any rig with legendary EVH tones
• Features 3-band EQ section for versatile tweakability
• Boost switch adds extra gain and compression
• Gate control engages noise gate
The 5150 Overdrive is powered by one 9-volt battery (remove bottom plate to install), a 9-volt AC adapter such as the Dunlop ECB003/ECB003EU, or the
DC BrickTM and Iso-BrickTM power supplies.
Run a cable from your guitar
to the EVH5150’s INPUT jack and run another cable from the EVH5150’s OUTPUT jack to your ampli er.
Turn the effect on by depressing the footswitch. Start with GATE control fully counterclockwise and all other controls at 12 o’clock.
Rotate OUTPUT control clockwise to increase effect volume or counterclockwise
to decrease it.
Rotate BASS control clockwise to boost low end frequencies or counterclockwise to cut them. Rotate MID control clockwise to boost midrange frequencies or counterclockwise to cut them.
Rotate TREBLE control clockwise to boost high
end frequencies or counter- clockwise to cut them.
Rotate GAIN control clock-
wise to increase intensity of overdrive or counterclockwise
to decrease it.
Push the BOOST switch for increased gain and compression. Rotate GATE control clockwise to engage the EVH5150’s noise
Input Impedance 740 kΩ
Output Impedance 1 kΩ
Nominal Output Level* -22 dBV
Maximum Output Level 0 dBV
Gate Open -76 dBV
Gate Closed Controls -93 dBV
BOOST Preamp Gain, +6 dB
BASS ±5 dB, 30 Hz
MID ±5 dB, 650 Hz
TREBLE ±5 dB, 10 kHz
Bypass True Hardwire
Bypassed 12.5 mA
Effect on, Gate Engaged 14.5 mA
Power Supply DC 9 volts
*All controls at mid position **A-Weighted, all controls at mid position