EVH Gear: ya gotta hand it to Eddie Van Halen and co. They really give fans what they want. Oh, they might not give them everything they want right off the bat – there’s still no Shark, and although the EVH Striped series is cool, there are surely fans hanging out for one with a partial pickguard, neck pickup and a pickup selector switch jammed in the middle pickup cavity – but what they have given us is a great mix of the ‘I always wanted that’ and the ‘I didn’t realise I wanted that but it turns out it makes all my dreams come true.’ Two of the newest additions to the range will definitely please die-hard Eddie fans. One is a striped Wolfgang Special which is just super cool. The other is – oh holy crap – an EL34-loaded 5150III amp based on Eddie’s old Marshall tone. Yes! YES! Here’s the press release.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (June 22, 2016) EVH is proud to announce the all-new 5150III®S 100S EL34 Head and matching 5150III®S EL34 412ST Cabinet, as well as two new models to its Wolfgang® Special lineup.
EVH® 5150III®S 100S EL34 Head and 5150III®S EL34 412ST Cabinet
Experience classic EL34 tone the sound that helped power Eddie Van Halens ground-breaking work on his earliest Van Halen albums and lethal gold and black looks in the ferocious new EVH® 5150III®S 100S EL34 Head.
The EL34 power tubes deliver smoother contours, and greater sag and saturation that evoke a more modern British sound, all with more sustain and versatility than ever before. Channel one boasts an even finer clear-and-compressed clean tone, while channels two and three now possess even more compression and saturation.
Other features include a rear-panel Resonance control section that tailors low-frequency response for each channel and a bias testing and adjustment port that allows for fine-tuning the tubes with more ease than ever.
To complement the 5150III®S 100S EL34 Head, EVH is adding the 5150III®S EL34 412ST Cabinet. This 100 watt, 16 ohm matching black with gold trim straight-front 412 cabinet features a rock solid birch construction, Signature Celestion® G12EVH speakers, EVH casters and recessed metal handles.
Coming October 2016.
EVH® Wolfgang® Special, El Natural
Road-tested in arenas around the world, the Wolfgang® Special is a familiar purebred music-making machine, but a new and elegant El Natural finish richly accented by tobacco-stained back and sides with a matching natural headstock makes its grand entrance for summer 2016.
Features include an arched top basswood body with a robust graphite-reinforced quartersawn maple neck, speedy 12-16 compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets, direct mounted Custom Designed EVH Wolfgang humbucking pickups, EVH-branded Floyd Rose® locking tremolo bridge and EVH D-Tuna®.
Coming August 2016.
EVH® Wolfgang® Special Striped
In a class all its own, the Wolfgang® Special Striped model is decked out in Red, Black and White Stripes and pays homage to Eddie Van Halens original guitar.
Features an arched top basswood body with a robust graphite-reinforced quartersawn maple neck, speedy 12-16 compound radius ebony with 22 jumbo frets and heel-mounted spoke wheel, direct mounted Custom Designed EVH Wolfgang humbucking pickups, EVH-branded Floyd Rose® locking tremolo bridge, Floyd Rose locking nut, EVH D-Tuna®, chrome hardware and black headstock.
Coming October 2016.