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Designed in close collaboration with living legend Eddie Van Halen, the 5150 Overdrive puts Eddies full range of distortion right at your feet. This ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Helps you achieve the tones that have made Eddie one of the most recognizeable guitarists in rock history.

Designed in close collaboration with living legend Eddie Van Halen, the 5150 Overdrive puts Eddies full range of distortion right at your feet. This pedals full complement of controls will take you from the groundbreaking tone heard on early Van Halen records to the high gain, super-articulate sound he uses today. After setting the Output and Gain controls where you want them, use the 3-band EQ section to shape and customize your sound. For the bumped up gain and compression Eddie digs, just hit the Boost switch. Finally, use the Gate control to engage the 5150 Overdrives noise gate, active only while the pedal is turned on. The 5150 Overdrive features true bypass switching comes in a road-worthy housing emblazoned with custom EVH artwork.


If you love Eddie Van Halen's tone, then you have to add this pedal to your board. Order today!

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MXREVH 5150 Overdrive Guitar Pedal
 
4.9

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (5)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Compact (3)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (4)
  • Home studio (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10), Yes (3)

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EVH 5150 in a Box

By Deep Purple Fan

from Alexandra, Virginia

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Pros

  • Easy To Dial In
  • Tone
  • Versatility

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Live performance
    • Practise

    Comments about MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive Guitar Pedal:

    This pedal is a 5150III in a box. I was leary at first because of the price but this is really a boutique quality pedal and worth the investment. This delivers the EVH 5150 tone, has more than enough gain, and the noise gate is a real plus. The real plus is this really does deliver not just 5150 tones but I get a great Marshall growl which is great for playing classic rock like Deep,Purple, Rainbow, Led Zep to GNR. The EQi is easy to figure out. Last word, this is not an overdrive pedal IMO, it is a hi gain distortion pedal. Highly recommended.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Better for high head room amps with limited gain options.

    By Ad3

    from NC

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    Comments about MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive Guitar Pedal:

    This pedal rocks! Flat out I've never had that liquid metal guitar tone until I purchased this pedal. So first I would say this if you have a low wattage amp odds are your amp will already compress when you play in a band setting. If that is the case for you and you have low headroom than I would pass on this and get a nice overdrive pedal such as a tube screamer or something with less gain so you could push the front end of your amp. Gain on gain doesn't sound that good to me. Also the noise gate works great unless you turn your guitar volume down. Then it swells into the note. I would says it's a great pedal but really you need a lot of head room for this pedal to work well on a band. I also found it didn't stack well with other pedals. I sold mine not long after I bought it. To be honest it was wonderful by itself and it was great with low powered amps when I was trying to practice with my kids up stairs because you can dial in tons of fantastic tones. I am glad I tried it but in the end I sold it because it wasn't useful for me and my AC15.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Outstanding!!!

    By little guitar

    from Upstate New York

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    Comments about MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive Guitar Pedal:

    It is like having the evh amp head crushed into a stompbox. It totally draws the evh sound out of your amp!!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best pedal ever

    By Greggshells

    from Heart of Dixie, Alabama

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Permanent link in pedal chain

        Comments about MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive Guitar Pedal:

        If you are obsessed with EVH tone, like me, you'll love this pedal.Just awesome.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        this is your answer to the Brown sound

        By Ed

        from Beloit, WI

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        Comments about MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive Guitar Pedal:

        I have to say that this Overdrive works very well with my Marshall amp. I didn't like the crunch channel on my TSL 100 and couldn't get that certain tone out of my amp im looking for. Got this peddle and went through the front on the clean channel...problems solved...sounds great

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice Pedal and Built to Rock

        By TW97

        from Osprey, FL

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        Pros

        • Auto Muting (very quiet, zero hum, buzz or hiss)
        • Great Tone
        • Plenty of Adjustments
        • Well Constructed

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive Guitar Pedal:

            This is a really good pedal for anyone wanting the rich warm tones and quality sound!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Beast

            By Dave

            from Michigan

            Verified Reviewer

            Comments about MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive Guitar Pedal:

            I never liked distortion Pedals until now this New EVH Overdrive
            is the best distortion pedal I've ever heard, I'm running it into a Peavey XXX I love
            the distortion from the EVH overdrive Way Better than the Amps Gain Channels.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Versatile. Workhorse OD.

            By Jim

            from Milwaukee

            Comments about MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive Guitar Pedal:

            I have always love the Van Halen brown sound.
            That said, I haven't made that the focus of my pedal board.
            As an individual that plays in a diverse cover band I have a varying degree of tones from, classic rock, to shred, to subtle overdrives of a number of variances.

            Here is the thing with this pedal.
            I want two.

            I play through a Marshall DSL 2000 100watt with a 2x12 cab that has the Zach Wylde Ev speakers.
            I have never moved from Marshall to the EVH head for three reasons:
            1.) I love the my amp.
            2.) I couldn't justify the cost of the 100watt with the three separate eq's.
            3.) I couldn't justify the move to the 50watt due to the volume jump between green and blue.

            This pedal provides the complete array of tones those amps have in one box.

            I knew I was going to purchase this pedal, but my concern was that it was going to be a one trick pony shred machine.
            It is anything but.

            Yes. You can get nuts tones that make shredders smile.
            But, the beauty of it is that you can also get subtle very usable classic OD tones that lead themselves to many different options.

            I am sure that in a year or so EVH will produce a two switch pedal with an accessible boost.
            I have now put a VOX Ice 9 in front of it and at either side of the rainbow tones can be boosted an sustained without damaging quality.

            What I now want on my board is to so that have access to those options on the fly.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great! Perfect!

            By Guinter Capelaro

            from Porto Alegre, Brasil

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            Comments about MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive Guitar Pedal:

            This is "the Eddie Van Halen perfect guitar sound". No more.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome Pedal

            Comments about MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive Guitar Pedal:

            This is and awesome pedal. It sounds more amp like than most dist. pedals I have owned and I have owned a lot. You can get everything from light overdrive to full on distortion from this pedal I love it.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Distortion Pedal for Rock

            By Joel

            from Fort Worth, TX

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            Pros

            • Built in noise gate

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive Guitar Pedal:

                This is the best distortion pedal I've ever used. It won't do death metal, but it will do most other rock tones. EVH - yes, G'N'R - yes, Aerosmith - yes. Even though it's pricey, it's well worth it in my opinion. I like the built in noise gate, it works well. Bottom line, this thing has some major tone, you won't regret buying it.

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                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                AWESOME !!!

                By Screamer

                from E NH

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                Comments about MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive Guitar Pedal:

                I didn't buy the pedal to sound like Eddie. after i tried it I had to have it. distortion is creamy, , no harshness or ear biting over tones. it seems to cover all the bases from dirt to screamin with a turn of the knob. i love the way you can pound a distorted power chord and single notes still sing clean and tight.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Industry Standard for a reason

                By Gary in Detroit

                from Detroit, MI

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                Pros

                • Excellent Sound Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive Guitar Pedal:

                    One of the best speakers of all-time. It is the standard.

                     
                    5.0

                    Great speaker!

                    By Gary in Detroit

                    from Detroit, MI

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                    Pros

                    • Excellent Sound Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive Guitar Pedal:

                        Warmed up the Marshall DSL40c, just like many of the other commenters have said. Also, I have one in a 2x12 mixed with a Vintage 30, which sounds great.

                         
                        5.0

                        Amazing Pedal

                        By Gary in Detroit

                        from Detroit, MI

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                        Pros

                        • Excellent Sound Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive Guitar Pedal:

                            An absolute beast of an overdrive! Running it through the clean channel of a Marshall DSL40c and it sounds phenomenal. I love the built in noise gate. Does crunch and metal tones well, liquid solos well. If I were building a rig, this would be the first piece of gear I'd purchase.

                             
                            5.0

                            Love this for my main guitar distortion

                            By Rocker Greg

                            from Boulder, Colorado

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                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Good Selection Of Effects
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Studio
                              • Performances

                              Comments about MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive Guitar Pedal:

                              I needed to find a good rhythm distortion that was versatile enough to do quick lead sequences. In other words I needed a pedal that had great tone on all of the strings, and it didn't hurt that it really does capture the VanHalen sound. This pedal is perfect as an all round distortion.

                               
                              5.0

                              amp in a box amazing tone

                              By mickey

                              from wisconsin

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                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Excellent Sound Quality
                              • Good Selection Of Effects
                              • Responsive
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Home Studio
                                • Performances
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive Guitar Pedal:

                                best overdrive pedal I have ever owned

                                 
                                4.0

                                Its al right

                                By Art

                                from McAllen TX

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                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Good Selection Of Effects
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                • Not Responsive

                                Best Uses

                                • Performances

                                Comments about MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive Guitar Pedal:

                                After watching all available reviews and only after the price drop I decided to buy this pedal! It's okey! I'm just not 100% satisfied b cause you need to max the volume and the gain to get good tones! Next to my OCD sound really Weak! I need to have mXR at full volume to match my OCD which is only at no more than 11 o clock!
                                I WOULD RECOMMENT BUT WOULD NOT BUY AGAIN!

                                 
                                5.0

                                Way better than expected

                                By Rainman

                                from Cherokee Iowa

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                                Pros

                                • Excellent Sound Quality
                                • Responsive
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Performances

                                  Comments about MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive Guitar Pedal:

                                  I purchased this as a gift. It was between this and an Ibanez tube screamer. Personally for myself, I would never buy a signature pedal because most of the time you are paying for a name. Well I was wrong this time. He plugged it in immediately and the pedal was insane. Built in gate works perfectly too. Played on the clean channels of an Orange Rocker 30 and a CR120. beautiful drive with many tonal options. Now to see what it does on the Dual Dark 50. This pedal is so good that I will now buy one for myself.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Stunningly good! This Pedal is the VH tone holy Grail!

                                  By Mattman!

                                  from Sarasota Florida

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                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive Guitar Pedal:

                                  Like any tone chaser weather your a novice like my self or someone with the years of knowledge and experience to find that amazingly awesome Van Halen guitar tone, this pedal will get you there! Not the playing part, the tone part. I'm really happy EVH finally decided to make an overdrive pedal. I honestly never thought the day would come. I always thought the Van Halen guitar tone was Eddies only, and with the exception of skilled and gifted players to find by themselves by their own experiences. It's a dream come true. I strongly suggest youtubing this pedal to hear the results for yourself, but make no mistake its worth every penny of the price tag. I would even recommend it to players that are into heavier music styles because it has that screaming tone that can be used for good and for evil. First musicians friend review hope it helps.

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