The “just get a Marshall” chorus here seems to forget that legions upon legions of famous as well as unsung guitarists played thru plexis for ages.. and didn’t sound like that. Sure, you can get there with a “good” four hole plexi on a good day with a variac...but not every plexi gets there. And Eddie has been little help because his taste changed (nothing wrong with that but his seminal VHI tone is what so many folks want and he doesn’t use that tone anymore). Having said that, I’ve heard Eddie play thru a little Polytone combo and he sounded like Eddie, so there is the “hands” thing. Friedmans have been suggested and they certainly do modded Marshall well, but Eddie’s tone to my ear requires a bit more stiffness. Splawns are a bit stiffer than Friedmans and seem to do a good job. I don’t do EVH well no matter what I play thru, and I’ve seen guys who do Eddie well get there with Marshalls, Splawns, Friedmans, and many of the other amps suggested. Lots of these amps get you into the ball park, but you gotta swing that bat yourself.