As the saying goes, sometimes two heads are better than one.
In a new YouTube video featuring sections from four different songs, Oceanhoarse guitarist Ben Varon both demonstrated and explained why he leverages two 50-watt EVH heads — a 5150III® 50W EL34 head and a 5150III® 6L6 head.
“When we started Oceanhoarse, it took us a while to decide if we wanted to be a two-guitar band or if I was going to be the only guitar player in the group,” noted Varon. “The reason we decided to go with just one guitar player is there is this extra freedom that comes with the territory of being the only guitar player. The sound is very different; we like the vibe of the one guitar thing.”
However, Varon still wanted to replicate the layered, robust tone of a two-guitar band.
“The next question was how to make the guitar sound as big as possible,” said Varon. “One of the obvious ideas was to play in stereo. For that I’m using two different EVH heads — the 6L6 goes into one side, and the EL34 goes into the other.”
Watch Varon break down his EVH rig in the demo below.