NAMM: Relic’d EVH Wolfgang

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If you’ve been to the EVH Gear section of the Fender room at NAMM, you might have noticed this particular Wolfgang USA Custom hanging on the wall with a few others. If you looked a little closer though, you may have noticed something that skipped your glance the first time ’round…

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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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NAMM 2012: New from EVH Gear

Eddie Van Halen and his EVH Gear team have got the really hard work out of the way – designing the flagship EVH Wolfgang and 5150III amplifiers – and now they seem to be really having fun with it. Case in point: this 5150III. It’s still a 5150III as we know it, but slightly more Van Halenized. Dig the matching logo on the cabinet too.

Note the 1X12 speaker cabinets under the for the 5150 III 50 watt head. It’s rated at 16 ohms and is loaded with a 30-watt Celestion® Heritage speaker. It’s exactly 25 percent of the cubic size (by volume) of its 4×12 big brother and is available in black and ivory. I played through this rig at the Fender party the other night and it sounds INCREDIBLE. Very responsive, very raunchy and very, very rock.

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COOL GEAR ALERT: EVH Wolfgang Stealth and USA Custom

Remember the EVH Wolfgang Stealth and USA Custom I snapped at NAMM? (That is to say, snapped photos of them at NAMM – I didn’t actually snap the guitars). Well below is some more info courtesy of this link on the EVH Gear website.

By the way, it’s my birthday next week. Just saying. You can buy the EVH Wolfgang Stealth at Musician’s Friend.

EVH Introduces Wolfgang USA Custom and Stealth Guitars

EVH introduces two new Wolfgang guitar models, the Wolfgang USA Custom and the Wolfgang Stealth. Both are distinctive variations on the hugely successful original model, the U.S.-made EVH Wolfgang guitar designed by Eddie Van Halen.

Perhaps the most uniquely elegant instrument in the Wolfgang series, the Wolfgang USA Custom represents Eddie Van Halen’s personal tribute to the short-scale set-neck guitars of the late 1950s, combined with the distinctive modern personal touches he prefers on his own guitars. These two elements culminate in a truly magnificent tone machine embodying the best of yesterday and today.

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NAMM 2011: EVH Wolfgang Stealth, set-neck and 5150III Mini amp

Eddie Van Halen has some amazing gear on show at NAMM this year, including a set-neck Wolfgang, the Wolfgang Stealth (above), a lefty Wolfgang and a 50-watt, 3-channel 5150 III Mini amp. (Unfortunately I didn’t manage to catch EVH himself when I was at the EVH Gear booth. Oh well. Next time).

The set-neck model (the Wolfgang USA Custom) features a mahogany body and maple top (the bolt-on version is basswood with a maple top) which is almost 2″ thick. The neck is reinforced with carbon reinforcement rods that extend all the way into the headstock. The bridge is a Graph Tech Tune-O-Matic bridge with Schaller fine tuners.




REVIEW: EVH Wolfgang

Jemsite member Anthony5150 has provided I Heart Guitar with the following review and photos of his brand new EVH Wolfgang. Take it away Anthony.

I’ll start with the fit and finish. The body is basically the same shape as the older version, if not exact. The neck still has a roundish feel like the older one, but scaled down. It’s not really chunky and I wouldn’t consider it really thin either. It falls right in the middle. To me, its a perfect balance. The more I play it, the more I like it. Kind of like an old glove. The stainless steel frets are much smaller the 6105’s. They felt a little weird at first but they are growing one me, and I’m really starting to like them. The action was the best I’ve ever felt on any guitar. I have had professional level and setups and this one is right there on par, probably better. I can’t believe how close the strings are to the board, especially on the higher frets. There is a slight buzz in some areas, but no fretting out or loss of tone anywhere. I have never seen anything like it that was playable.

The knobs on this thing are on top of low friction pots, so they move really easily. This is something I could have done without, as the slightest brush of the volume knob with your pinky is gonna move it. I can see how they would come in handy but I have never played using the volume swell technique used in eddies “Cathedral”. But maybe now is a good time to learn :) The trem springs were a little loose when I received it, as the bridge was lifting with big bends. A few cranks on the screws solved that problem. Other than that the actual finish of this thing is superb: I couldn’t find any flaws whatsoever.

The sound of this thing is just amazing. Compared to what I thought was perfect in the older version, the new one made me realize I really don’t know what perfect is. This thing is a different sound all together. It’s much brighter. I think this is what really puts the sound over the top. It has a nice full sound to it and the separation is unbelievable: every note stand out on its and comes through nice and clear. At first I was having problems getting tapped harmonics to ring loud and clear, but after a day or two I got used to it and that’s not an issue. I will definitely buy another one of these in the future when the price comes down a bit, and probably trade my older one in for it.

This thing is awesome. Eddie and fender really got it right.

Buy EVH products at Guitar Center:

EVH Wolfgang Electric Guitar Vintage White Maple Top for $2,999.99.


EVH Wolfgang Electric Guitar Tobacco Sunburst Quilted Maple Top for $3,149.99.

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.