> That middle channel – Channel 2 – and the clean channel, that’s it. I don’t even use the gritty third channel. I just go back and forth between the two [laughs]. It’s just such a good sound. I had an experience a few years ago when we were touring with Judas Priest a few times in Europe. I remember an album they did called Painkiller in 1991, and we toured for about three months with them. I had the opportunity to go onstage and play K.K. Downing’s amps. I asked him at one point if I could try his guitar through the rig thinking it would sound just like Painkiller. It actually sounded just like me. With the EVH amps, people say, “We know you’re a big Eddie fan. You’re just trying to get his sound.” I’m like, “A lot of it is in the amp, and a lot of it is in the playing.” When I plugged into that 5150 III, It sounded like me, but better. That’s how I look at it. For me, it’s really simple. Despite all the effects and pedals that you can use, this just sounds great when you plug it in. I can’t wait to use this thing on stage. EVH interview, 2012.more
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