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MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive

MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive

MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive

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Regular Price: $199.99

Special Price: $159.99

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Product Description for the MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive

The MXR design team has collaborated with Eddie Van Halen to deliver a full range of powerful saturation and hyper-driven tones right at your feet. The resulting EVH 5150™ Overdrive joins hand-adjusted multi-stage MOSFETs with a full complement of controls to deliver overdriven tube-like tones and exceptional sonic flexibility through a wide variety of amps and speaker cabinets.

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 Brick™ and Iso-Brick power supplies.


  • GATE control engages noise gate—knob illuminates yellow when active—and sets gatethreshold
  • OUTPUT knob controls overall effect volume
  • BASS knob cuts/boosts low frequencies
  • MID knob cuts/boosts midrange frequencies
  • TREBLE knob cuts/boosts high frequencies
  • GAIN knob sets overdrive intensity
  • BOOST switch increases amount of gain and compression
  • FOOTSWITCH toggles effect on/ bypass (blue LED indicates on)


  • Run a cable from your guitar to the EVH5150’s INPUT jack and run another cable from the EVH5150’s OUTPUT jack to your amplifier.
  • 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 counterclockwiseto 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 counterclockwise to cut them.
  • Rotate GAIN control clockwise 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

Noise Floor**

  • Gate Open : -76 dBV
  • Gate Closed : -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
  • Current Draw
  • Bypassed : 12.5 mA
  • Effect on, Gate Engaged : 14.5 mA
  • Power Supply : DC 9 volts
Brand MXR
Weight 3.0000
Dimensions (WxHxD) No


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