When PG caught up with Van Halen before their April 27, 2012, performance at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, the only
thing more thrilling than getting a guided tour of Eddie’s and Wolfgang’s rigs from their techs, Craig DeFalco and
Jim Survis, was getting to sit through soundcheck and hear Ed, Wolf, and Alex pound out flawless versions of classics such as
“Unchained” and “Runnin’ with the Devil.” Sadly, we can’t share the unreal listening experience with you—but we can share our
great shots of their gear. Enjoy!
The V4 12AX7—which is labeled “Gain Tube” in big, bold
lettering right on the chassis of Ed’s main EVH 5150 III head—sets up the bulk of
the gain for channel 3.