Okay, so you’ve surely heard by now that Van Halen will release their first ever live album to feature David Lee Roth. There was, of course, Live: Right Here, Right Now back in the 90s, and I wore that damn thing out on VHS and cassette. This new album, Tokyo Dome Live In Concert, is only being released as audio, but here’s what’s super-cool about this one compared to Live: Right Here, Right Now: the band has gone for a warts-and-all approach with no vocal touch-ups, whereas Sammy Hagar revealed in his autobiography that the band very heavily re-recorded that first record. Kudos to the mighty VH for keeping it authentic. Continue reading
One of the cool ‘Wait a minute… what’s that I see in the corner?’ things from NAMM was this EVH Wolfgang Special with hard-tail bridge and ‘bumblebee’ striped finish. They’re only making 150 of them and the MSRP is $1,793.00. This is the first official striped Wolfgang and I hope there are many to follow. Who wouldn’t want a red, white and black striped Wolfgang with Floyd Rose, huh? Continue reading
Oh yes. I’m bloody loving the EVH Striped Series, especially how it’s now branching out into other EVH designs beyond the original trio of striped patterns. First they added the ‘Unchained’ design to the line and now this: the EVH Star based on the guitar Eddie used on the 1980 Invasion tour. I wonder if this increases the likelihood that some day we’ll see a guitar based on the Shark, Eddie’s chopped-up Ibanez Destroyer. Here’s the press release about the Star. Continue reading
Gooood… goooooooood. Eddie Van Halen’s EVH has announced the release of the long-awaited 5150III 50-watt combo amp with a single 12″ speaker and power scaling. Note that it’s a pretty damn big amp – none of this ‘just enough space to cram a twelve-incher into (hehe). So this isn’t exactly a mini amp by any stretch of the imagination – in fact it almost looks as big as the 2X12 version! I look forward to testing this beastie out some day. Here’s the press release:
PRESS RELEASE: After nearly three years in development, EVH is pleased to announce the launch of the 5150III 1×12 50-watt combo amplifier. This is not your average 1×12 combo by any stretch. In line with Eddie Van Halen’s legacy, this 1×12 is a true game changer, making players swear they’re standing in front of a half-stack. Continue reading
If I have one criticism of the EVH Wolfgang, it’s that, well… they’re infuriatingly priced at what they’re worth! They’re great guitars with killer tone and playability. And they look cool. But they justifiably cost a pretty penny, especially if you want the USA stuff. But now the Wolfgang Special series has been revamped as a made-in-Mexico model (it was previously made in Japan and then China, if I recall correctly), and a new more affordable line called Wolfgang Standard has just been introduced too. And of course you’ll still be able to get the USA stuff as well if your budget stretches that far. Here’s the press release…
PRESS RELEASE: EVH is pleased to announce the launch of the Wolfgang Standard series and revamping of its popular Wolfgang Special series, offering all the quality players expect from EVH plus features not usually found on guitars at these price points. Continue reading
Back in the early days of the electric bass, nobody quite knew what the hell a bass should be. Should it be an electric version of an upright? No, not everyone has the lower back strength to really, truly rock out on stage with one of those things. Leo Fender’s Precision Bass set a precedent that was followed by pretty much everyone pretty much instantly, and almost all basses today are descendants of that design. But in the late 50s a few companies started messing around with something else. Some call it the bass guitar. Some just call it a six-string bass. But although Danelectro were the first to bring one to the mass market, Fender also took the idea and ran with it. Picture this: an oversized guitar with six strings, but tuned a full octave down, and with string spacing that’s much more guitar-like than bass-like.
PRESS RELEASE: EVH is proud to announce that its already popular website, evhgear.com – the go-to website for all things Eddie Van Halen – has been revamped and now contains many new features designed to enhance the overall EVH online experience. Perhaps the most notable addition to the site is the “Ask Eddie” feature, which allows fans to ask Eddie Van Halen questions about his career, his gear and whatever else comes to mind. Already, Eddie has responded to questions relating to his effects chain, Wolfgang guitar design specifications and his infamous “Shark Guitar.” Continue reading
Back in January we all gasped in awe at the EVH Wolfgang Custom Relic U.S.A. on display. The particular one sitting on the wall was Eddie Van Halen’s personal guitar, but now you can own one too. Or, if you’re not into the whole Relic thang, there’s a non-dinged-up version called the EVH Wolfgang Custom Deluxe U.S.A, which is the same guitar except with different binding and inlays, and minus the fine-tuning tailpiece and locking nut. At the same time, EVH Gear has unveiled a new limited edition hand-customized EVH 5150 III 100S head and 4×12 cabinet combination which are identical to the amps and cabs Eddie Van Halen has recently been touring with. Here’s the press release: Continue reading
Does your iPhone need a little more California cool? The Van Halen Store is now selling official EVH striped iPhone cases which will wrap your iPhone 4/4S or iPhone 5 in Eddie’s iconic red, white and black stripes. You can order yours here. This is, of course, in addition to the other cool EVH striped goodies they sell, such as beach towels, flip flops, high-top sneakers, and of course guitar gear like the new limited edition 35th Anniversary Jim Dunlop EVH pedals: Eddie’s three signature effects (the Wah Wah, Flanger and Phase 90) adorned them with premium high gloss paints in a hand-placed, EVH-approved pattern based on two of the most iconic guitars in history: “Black and White” and “Frankenstein.” Continue reading
I remember it as if it was yesterday. February 24 1992 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Baby Animals were out on tour as the support act for Van Halen on the last half of their F.U.C.K. tour. We had been on tour for about a month and were having a blast! We felt as if we were part of a travelling juggernaut, 10 semi-trailers, 8 tour buses, a production that almost needed its own postcode it seemed so huge… The venues were all arenas averaging about 10,000 people and because of the good airplay that Painless was getting on MTV, the audiences were very receptive. Our show consisted of 40 minutes of the rockin’-est stuff we had, played as hard as we could then run laughing offstage to do a Meet & Greet, get changed and then prepare to watch VH play… Continue reading
Ever wanted to pick Eddie Van Halen’s brain for the answers to those burning guitar questions? I know I have. Ever since I was, like, 12 years old. Well, now you can! A new section has opened up on the website for EVH Guitars where you can submit your queries to the master, and if your question is chosen the answers will be posted online for all to see. The form to submit your question is here and you can read the first round of answers here. And speaking of EVH, I can has?
I was just cruising through some of the online retailers looking for a good price on an Ibanez Iron Label 8-string (hey, when is enough strings ever really enough? No! Nine for me please!) when I noticed that the EVH Striped guitars – which were officially announced at Winter NAMM in January – are now showing up online. Want one? So do I! Here are some shopping links for you to make your stripey dreams a reality. And of course, if these retailers don’t ship to your particular country, hit up your local retailer and support your local musical instrument industry. I can’t wait to see these guitars showing up in the wild. If you get one, post a pic on the I Heart Guitar Facebook page!