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EVH Unchains The ‘Circles’ Guitar

EVH Stripe Circles

EVH Gear has added a new guitar to the Stripe series: the EVH Circles model, inspired by Eddie’s famous “Unchained” guitar – right down to the “Bye See Ya Later” text on the back! From the EVH Gear website: “With an otherworldly black-and-white “crop circles” graphic gloss finish, the EVH Circles model is without question one of the most distinctively eye-catching guitars in the Stripe Series lineup. There’s nothing alien about the rest of this high-performance tone machine, though, with its sleek Strat®-like basswood body, rock-solid quartersawn maple neck with oiled finish, fast and smooth compound-radius maple fingerboard (12”-16”) with comfortably rolled edges and 22 jumbo frets, a single ferocious EVH direct-mount pickup with single black plastic control knob (master volume), EVH Floyd Rose® bridge and locking nut, and EVH tuners.”

CLICK HERE to buy EVH Striped Series guitars on eBay.

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EVH Revamps Website

evhPRESS 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

NAMM: EVH Gear Booth Visit

IMG_2387There’s a very particular feeling I get whenever I check out the EVH section at Fender’s room at NAMM. It’s a feeling that Eddie Van Halen (and the folks working with him like Chip Ellis, Matt Bruck and Fender) have so much experience, knowledge and creativity when it comes to guitars and amps that your tone is in the best possible hands. And that’s something that’s apparent whether you’re plugging into an EVH 5150III amp, picking up one of the EVH Striped models that made their second showing this year, or one of the much pricier EVH Wolfgang Custom Relic USA models. Here’s a look at the EVH booth at NAMM. Continue reading

EVH Releases New Wolfgangs, Special Run 5150III

evh1Back 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

NAMM: EVH Striped Series & 5150III Combo Release Nears

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Here it is: the official launch of the EVH Striped Series and 5150 III Combo. These puppies drummedup some serious interest at NAMM, and they’re bound to be an even bigger hit when they start appearing at your local music store in northern Spring 2013.

From EVHgear.com:

EVH is proud to release the EVH Striped Series guitars, which feature basswood Stratocaster®-style bodies decked out in Eddie Van Halen’s famed striped graphics. The three versions are red/white/black, black with yellow stripes and white with black stripes. This series also has a quartersawn maple neck with a hand-rubbed oil finish and thumbwheel truss rod adjustment, compound-radius maple fingerboard (12”-16”) with 22 jumbo frets and black dot inlays, plus a single ferocious direct-mount Wolfgang® humbucking pickup. Other premium features include a single volume control knob (labeled “tone”), single-ply black pickguard (on the white and black striped model only), bar string retainer and Floyd Rose® locking nut, EVH-branded Floyd Rose® locking tremolo with EVH D-Tuna®, EVH die-cast tuners, chrome hardware, vintage-style strap buttons and EVH neck plate. Available Spring 2013 Continue reading

Winter NAMM 2013: EVH Striped Series

EVH Stripe Series

YES! I’ve been hoping, wishing, and making bird offerings to my Viking forbears for this guitar for years, and finally EVH Gear is coming through with the goods! This is the EVH Stripe Series [official website]. And they’ll be surprisingly affordable, all things considered. US recommended retail is $1,199.98.

EDIT: The page on the official EVH site seems to have disappeared now. 

It features a Basswood Stratocaster-style body with EVH stripes in three finishes: red with black stripes, black with yellow stripes and white with black stripes. There’s a graphite-reinforced maple neck with a hand-rubbed oil finish and thumbwheel truss rod adjustment, compound-radius maple fingerboard (12”-16”) with 22 jumbo frets and black dot inlays, and a direct-mount Wolfgang® humbucking pickup.

Other features include a single white volume control knob (labeled “tone” which is a classic Eddie-ism), single-ply black pickguard (white with black stripes model only), bar string retainer and Floyd Rose® locking nut, EVH-branded Floyd Rose® locking tremolo with EVH D-Tuna®, EVH die-cast tuners, chrome hardware, vintage-style strap buttons and EVH neck plate.

More info on the official EVH site.

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EVH Wolfgang bass. Cool.

Notice the EVH Wolfgang bass played by Wolfgang Van Halen at the band’s Cafe Wha? gig the other night? Check out the pic below from VHND.com. I wonder if these will make it into production. Imagine one with a stained black flamed maple top. A five-string version would be pretty badass too.

COOL GEAR ALERT: EVH Wolfgang Hardtails, 5150III 50-Watt Head

Press release time!

EVH Introduces Wolfgang® Hardtail and Wolfgang Special Hardtail Guitars

The original EVH Wolfgang USA guitar is now available in two distinctive new sans-tremolo versions—the EVH Wolfgang Hardtail and Wolfgang Special Hardtail. These are special editions of the legendary high-performance guitar that started it all, this time with the addition of a TonePros® hard-tail bridge with stop tailpiece and fine tuners for the ultimate in stable intonation and precise tuning.

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NEWS: Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein humbucker available for preorder

Whoa! I just spotted this over at the Van Halen News Desk. Released on March 1 is the EVH Frankenstein humbucker. Recommended retail price is $199.99. There’s also a relic’ed, Eddie Van Halen-autographed version (see below) for $399 which, while expensive, is pretty freakin’ cool!

CLICK HERE to buy the EVH Frankenstein Relic Humbucker LTD (Signed) Standard for $399 from Music123.

CLICK HERE to buy the EVH Frankenstein Humbucker Standard for $149 from Music123.

Or if you’re feeling particularly saucy, why not CLICK HERE to splash out $25,000 for the EVH Frankenstein guitar?

A page on the Van Halen Store says:

EVH Frankenstein Relic Humbucker LTD (Signed) StandardThe legendary humbucking pickup from the guitar that changed everything.

Think of it as a brand-new version of the original Frankenstein’s battle-worn pickup, wound to the exact original specs and built to fit in any humbucking-pickup-equipped guitar. One of the most famous humbuckers of all time is now available at a competitive price and serves as a great upgrade and alternative to the popular crop of cliché replacement humbuckers.

This is awesome news. Who hasn’t wished they could leach some of that famous Van Halen I tonal magic? I think I might just have to get one of these and chuck it into the Ibanez RG370 I wrote about in my guest blog on Jemsite.

NAMM 2009: EVH Wolfgangs available now from Musician’s Friend

Musician’s Friend has opened up preordering for the new EVH Wolfgang guitars.

CLICK HERE to buy EVH Wolfgang Guitars at MusiciansFriend.com

The guitars are made by Fender but released under the EVH brand name, as with Eddie’s new 5150 III amps.

The blurb on the Musician’s Friend site states: 

Since 1978, every hard rock guitarist has tried to be like Eddie Van Halen. Whether it’s emulating his two-hand tapping; stripped-down, single-pickup, single-knob axe; the renowned “brown sound;” wild whammy bar action; squealing artificial harmonics, or his just-go-for-it attitude.


Not merely artist-approved, the EVH Wolfgang is the result of Eddie’s total involvement and commitment. The Wolfgang is the outcome of two years of exhaustive research, testing and refining, revising, and tweaking by Eddie and his EVH crew. Wolfgang prototypes were given a grueling on-tour workout every night for over a year. As an example of EVH’s relentless pursuit of perfection, more than 80 pickups were tried and rejected before the company developed in-house the pickups that produced the “hitting me in the gut” sound that Eddie demanded.

EVH Wolfgang Guitars at Musician's Friend

Reflecting on the work that went into the new Wolfgang, Eddie observed, “Every aspect and component of this guitar has been examined and upgraded to the highest standards possible. We redid everything on this guitar. The only similarity to the previous Wolfgang is the body shape, and even that’s changed. You name it—stainless steel frets, double-potted custom-wound pickups, five-piece binding on the matching body and headstock, custom-made signature tuning machines and Floyd Rose bridge, new low-friction pots, and the list keeps going… we left no stone unturned.”


In addition to black and vintage white, the EVH Wolfgang comes in an opaque tobacco sunburst finish over a gorgeous quilted maple top. The EVH Wolfgang starts at $2,999.99.

Eddie has climbed the guitar summit and now shares his achievement with you. He’s done all the refining, road testing, and tweaking for you. Now it’s up to you.

NAMM 2009: Van Halen officially launches EVH Wolfgang

This isn’t exactly earth-shattering news, since details have been filtering out for a while now, but Eddie Van Halen has officially launched the new EVH Wolfgang guitar (and finally, FINALLY updating his evhgear.com website).

It seems the biggest differences between this and the Peavey version is that the new Fender-build, EVH-brand version has a much thinner neck and new pickups. Also, you can crack open a Heineken on the headstock.

By the way, if you go to the evhgear.com site, you’ll see that soon you’ll be able to buy Eddie’s striped shoes…

Anyway, here’s the press release:

Eddie Van Halen launches the all-new EVH Wolfgang electric guitar, available worldwide beginning January 2009. The EVH Wolfgang guitar represents Eddie’s 35 years of experimenting with guitars, over two years of intense research and development, and a full year of brutal road testing during the top-grossing VAN HALEN 2007-2008 tour.

It was during the massive 2007-2008 VAN HALEN tour that the all-new EVH Wolfgang guitar went through extensive live “road-testing” performance trials. The tour kicked off in fall 2007, and Eddie punished early versions of the new Wolfgang each night; playing every updated prototype onstage under the full, unfiltered spotlight of his fans. The results are reflected in the EVH Wolfgang guitar; produced to Eddie’s exact specifications and with features identical to the Wolfgang guitars he records and performs with.

“A guitar is a very personal extension of the person playing it. You have to be emotionally and spiritually connected to your instrument. I could have just stayed at home and built this guitar for myself. I do this because a lot of people ask if they can get what I use. Well, yes you can and what you get is identical to what I use,” commented Eddie. “From the basics of the guitar to painstaking aspects like the binding and everything else-we re-did everything on this guitar.”

“Every aspect and component of this guitar has been examined and upgraded to the highest standards possible: stainless steel frets, double-potted custom-wound pickups, five-piece binding on the matching body and headstock, custom-made signature tuning machines and Floyd Rose bridge, new low-friction pots, and the list keeps going … we left no stone unturned,” said Eddie. “Everything that I’ve built, destroyed, stumbled onto, learned and experienced is in this guitar.”

When Eddie Van Halen made his debut into the rock music scene in 1978, he did so with a homemade guitar (later known as “Frankenstein”). At a time when his monster technique and tone demanded a high-performance, indestructible guitar, he created his own to reach his own seemingly impossible standards. For over 35 years, he has continued to examine and improve every variable within the instrument, all culminating with the new EVH Wolfgang guitar.

In 2007, Eddie Van Halen and Fender collaborated to launch the first EVH brand high-performance products, including the all-new EVH 5150III amplifier, the limited run of Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein replica guitars and an array of high-quality EVH brand accessories.

For more information, go to http://www.evhgear.com/.


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Peter Hodgson Hi! I'm Peter Hodgson. I write for Gibson.com, Australian Guitar, Australian Musician, Mixdown Magazine (including my instructional column, 'Unleash Your Inner Rock God,' which has been running since 2007), BluntBeat (including their weekly hard rock/metal column Crunch) and The Brag. And I'm Assistant Social Coordinator with Seymour Duncan. I've been playing guitar since I was 8 years old, and I've been writing for magazines since I was 18. I've also worked as a guitar teacher (up to 50 students a week), a setup tech, a newspaper editor, and I've also dabbled in radio a little bit. I live in Melbourne, Australia, and my hobbies include drinking way too much coffee, and eating way too much Mexican food. You can check out my guitar playing at Bandcamp or on YouTube, and feel free to email me at iheartguitarblog@gmail.com

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