Yeah so EVH just announced my dream Wolfgang

Have you seen the new gear from EVH yet? Among the guitars announced was this beauty.

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you’d know I have a big thing for blue guitars. My main guitar right now is my blue Kiesel Vader headless, and I post blue Ernie Ball Music Man Axis guitars with tiring regularity. So this new EVH Wolfgang Special QM in Chlorine Burst is totally my jam. The only thing I would change would be to swap the pickups for a zebra set. But other than that, this guitar is everything I want.

Okay, enough of my yakkin’. Here’s the press release, which includes info on plenty new models plus something fun: a reflector kit to more accurately spec out your EVH Striped Series Frankie.

EVH® REVEALS ALL-NEW PRODUCT OFFERINGS HONORING LEGACY OF EDDIE VAN HALEN
Scottsdale, Ariz. (January 11, 2021) – The industry saw record guitar-playing interest in 2020 but also sadly said goodbye to one of the most innovative and influential players of its time. Eddie Van Halen’s singularly inventive style inspired an entire generation of players. He innovated not only in how he played but what he played and what he played through by creating some of the greatest guitars and amps the world has seen and heard. EVH® today announced a slate of new product offerings for the first half of 2021 designed to honor and continue the legacy of the late Eddie Van Halen including new models for the 5150® Series, Wolfgang® Special and Wolfgang® WG Standard.
2021 NEW PRODUCT INTRODUCTIONS
5150® SERIES
Engineered for speed, comfort and full-throttle attitude, the reimagined EVH® 5150® Series models are an iconic blast from the past that blend both throwback and modernized features, including the all-new addition of a kill switch for high-velocity rock.
The 5150 Series models feature a modified Strat®-style basswood body with deeper upper body curve, bolt-on quartersawn maple neck carved and rolled to Eddie Van Halen’s specifications with hand-rubbed satin urethane back finish and graphite reinforcement, 12”-16” compound radius fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets, heel-mount truss rod adjustment spoke wheel, hockey stick color matched headstock with logo decal, direct mount EVH Wolfgang® bridge and neck humbucking pickups, three-way toggle switch on the upper bout, kill switch on the lower bout, volume control (500K EVH Bourns® Low Friction Pot) with treble bleed circuit, tone control (250K EVH Bourns® High Friction Pot), EVH-branded Gotoh® tuning machines and top-mount EVH-branded Floyd Rose® bridge with EVH D-Tuna® and R3 locking nut. Models include:
·      The 5150® Series Deluxe Poplar Burl ($999.99 EST US Street, £899 MSRP, €999 MSRP, $1,999 AUD RRP) stuns with a unique poplar burl top that is wrapped in Aqua Burst or Black Burst. This model also features chrome hardware and an ebony fingerboard with cream dot inlays. Available April 2021.    
·      The 5150® Series Standard, Ebony ($899.99 EST US Street, £899 MSRP, €999 MSRP, $1,7999 AUD RRP) boasts spotlight-ready style in all-new Ice Blue Metallic or Stealth Black finishes with black hardware. This model features an ebony fingerboard with cream dot inlays. Available February 2021.
·      The 5150® Series Standard, Maple ($899.99 EST US Street, £899 MSRP, €999 MSRP, $1,7999 AUD RRP) screams in a Neon Pink finish with chrome hardware. This model features a maple fingerboard with black dot inlays. Available February 2021.
WOLFGANG® SPECIAL
Road-tested in arenas around the world, the EVH® Wolfgang® Special models are purebred music-making machines, designed with stunning style, giant sound and high-speed playability.
The Wolfgang® Special models feature a basswood body, bolt-on quartersawn maple neck carved and rolled to Eddie Van Halen’s specifications with hand-rubbed satin urethane back finish and graphite reinforcement, 12”-16” compound radius fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets, heel-mount truss rod adjustment spoke wheel, direct mount EVH Wolfgang® Alnico 2 bridge and neck humbucking pickups, three-way toggle switch, EVH volume control (500K EVH Bourns® Low Friction Pot) with treble bleed circuit, tone control (250K EVH Bourns® High Friction Pot) and top-mount EVH-branded Floyd Rose® bridge with EVH D-Tuna® and R2 locking nut. Models include:
·      The Wolfgang® Special QM ($1,099.99 EST US Street, £1,259 MSRP, €1,399 MSRP, $2,999 AUD RRP) is spotlight-ready in Charcoal Burst or Chlorine Burst with cream body binding and chrome hardware. This model features a baked maple neck and fingerboard with black dot inlays. Available March 2021.
·      The Wolfgang® Special ($999.99 EST US Street, £1,259 MSRP, €1,399 MSRP, $2,199 AUD RRP) is offered in an all-new Miami Blue finish with black body binding, color matched headstock and black hardware. This model features a maple neck and ebony fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays. Available February 2021.
WOLFGANG® WG STANDARD
Wolfgang® WG Standard boasts the same style and massive sound Eddie Van Halen created—at a price the everyday musician can afford.
These instruments feature a basswood body, baked maple neck with graphite reinforcement and hand-rubbed oil back finish, 12”-16” compound radius baked maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and black dot inlays, heel-mount truss rod adjustment spoke wheel, direct mount EVH Wolfgang® bridge and neck humbucking pickups, three-way toggle switch, single volume control with treble bleed circuit, single tone control and EVH-branded Floyd Rose® Special bridge and R2 locking nut. Models include:
·      The Wolfgang® WG Standard Exotic Bocote ($699.99 EST US Street, £599 MSRP, €659 MSRP, $1,4999 AUD RRP) is available in a Natural finish with black headstock and black chrome hardware. Features include a bocote top and masked-off natural body binding. Available February 2021.
·      The Wolfgang® WG Standard Exotic Koa ($699.99 EST US Street, £599 MSRP, €659 MSRP, $1,4999 AUD RRP) comes in a Natural finish with black headstock and black chrome hardware. Features include a koa top and masked-off natural body binding. Available February 2021.
·      The Wolfgang® WG Standard QM ($699.99 EST US Street, £599 MSRP, €659 MSRP, $1,4999 AUD RRP) is available in an all-new Transparent Green with a black headstock and black chrome hardware. Features include a quilt maple top and masked-off natural body binding. Available February 2021.
·      The Wolfgang® WG Standard is decked out in head-turning Silver Sparkle ($699.99 EST US Street, £599 MSRP, €659 MSRP, $1,4999 AUD RRP) or Stryker Red ($649.99 EST US Street, £599 MSRP, €659 MSRP, $1,4999 AUD RRP) finishes with black headstocks and black hardware. Available February 2021.
ACCESSORIES
EVH accessories for 2021 include new gig bags, a Frankenstein™ reflector kit, skateboard, clothing, collectibles and more. For a complete list, visit evhgear.com/accessories.
·      The EVH® Star/Shark Economy Gig Bag features an EVH logo with external storage compartments and back straps.
·      The EVH® Wolfgang®/Striped Series Economy Gig Bag features an EVH logo with external storage compartments and back straps.
·      The EVH® Wolfgang®/Striped Series Gig Bag features padded ends and sides, an EVH logo, external storage compartments, back straps and side handle.
·      The EVH® Frankenstein™ Reflector Kit set includes four round red reflectors, two orange round reflectors and two oval orange reflectors.
For technical specs, additional information on new EVH products and to find a retail partner near you, visit www.evhgear.com.

 

Meet the EVH 5150 Series Standard and Deluxe!

 

EVH 5150

Van Halen’s popularity went through the roof in the 80s with the addition of Sammy Hagar and look, let’s not get into a whole thing about Sammy vs Dave, but the fact is that the Van Halen Live Without A Net video was a landmark event in the lives of a great many guitarists of the era. At that time Eddie was playing Kramer guitars, and the 5150 Series – while clearly not a Kramer design – really represents Eddie’s reinterpretation of that era of his career. The 5150 was launched with a Striped Series model, but now it’s splitting off into its own supercharged shred-fiend line, complete with twin Wolfgang humbuckers and your option of the 5150 Series Standard in solid colours (Matte Army Drab, Rocket Red or Satin Primer Gray) or the 5150 Series Deluxe with Quilt Maple tops in Tobacco Burst or Transparent Blue Burst finish.

These guitars have so many features that we associate with the Wolfgang, including the heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel, EVH frictionless volume pot and D-Tuna. The bodies are Basswood and the graphite-reinforced bolt-on quartersawn maple necks feature comfortable modified “C” profiles, hand-rubbed urethane back finishes and 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboards with 22 jumbo frets.

Wanna hear these guitars in action?

Cool Gear Alert: MXR EVH5150 Chorus

Some of my favourite recorded chorus sounds are courtesy of one Mr. Eddie Van Halen. Whether using an actual chorus pedal or setting his Eventide harmonizers to a slight pitch-shift, Eddie’s given us a lot of great chorus sounds over the years. And now you can get ’em too with the new MXR EVH5150 Chorus pedal, based on Eddie’s chorus unit from the early 80s (think Diver Down).
What I really like about this pedal is that more than any other chorus pedal on the market, this one is totally optimised for your rig regardless of whether you prefer chorus going into your amp’s preamp or in the effects loop, with three input level and two output level settings to make it play nicely with the rest of your gear. It has mono or stereo output, controls for Tone and Intensity, and a Volume control (not something you usually see on a chorus). It’s interesting to note that there’s no Rate control for the chorus, and as Pete Thorn notes in the video below, this is a little more static like the sounds Eddie got with his harmonizer until you really crank up the intensity.
This one was announced at Summer NAMM a few days ago and isn’t on the market just yet but I can’t wait for it to hit the streets.

The EVH Micro Stack. Adorable.

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Aww who’s a cute little cutie. Check out the EVH 5150 Micro Stack. It’s a one-watt, single-channel amp with one 3” speaker and dedicated controls for Gain, Volume and Tone, its own integrated tilt-back kickstand and a 1/4” headphone jack. It’s powered by 9VDC adapter or 9v batter and the look is all 5150. Could you imagine having a mini wall of these on your desk?

You can pick one (or a mini wall of them) up from VanHalenStore.com.

EVH Working On ‘Brown Sound’-Inspired Amp

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Whoa! Eddie Van Halen has given a great, revealing interview to The Washington Times where he spills the beans on all sorts of things (such as that the band planned to release their early demos but the sound couldn’t be brought up to snuff), but perhaps most exciting to we guitar geeks is this little tidbit: “People are always screaming and yelling for that classic vintage guitar sound. The 5150 III amps are very high-gain. The main thing that we’re working on is an amp that is modeled after the old vintage Marshall that I used on the first six records. I wanted more sustain out of them.” Read More …

INTERVIEW: Arch Enemy’s Michael Amott


Arch Enemy are about to embark on the last round of touring for last year’s excellent Khaos Legions.  More melodic and with maybe a touch less death than you might expect from a melodic death metal band, Khaos Legions is also the last Arch Enemy album to feature guitarist Chris Amott, whose departure from the band was announced earlier this month. But mere line-up changes can’t keep Arch Enemy down: new guitarist Nick Cordle of Arsis has taken up the co-guitarist throne alongside Michael Amott, and the band has a lot to say and do before they put the full stop at the end of Khaos Legions.

You’re about to come to Australia for a very short tour. Only two shows. You know what that means for a lot of fans: heavy metal road trip!

Yeah! We’re happy that we got the opportunity to play Australia at all this year, but it’s just these two shows. We wanted to play it safe. And it’s at the end of an Asia run. We start in Japan and do four shows there, then we go round Singapore, the Philippines, Korea, various places around Asia. Then we got the opportunity with a new promoter to tack on these two Australian shows, Melbourne and Sydney. We’re just really excited about doing it. I guess it’s been a couple of years since we were there now.

The last time I saw you were was probably Gigantour.

Yeah. I think the last time we were there was ’09. We did Gigantour, we’ve done a few different things down there. This will be our fourth or fifth visit to Australia, and this will be the last one in a while. We’re obviously not going to come back this year after these shows, then next year, 2013 is going to be a year off for Arch Enemy mostly. We’ll probably put out a new album in 2014. So I don’t know, maybe 2015 we’ll be back, if metal is still around at that point! So it’s going to be a while, so if anybody wants to see us and get their dose of Arch Enemy this is the last one for a while.

Obviously the hot topic at the moment is Chris’s departure from the band. What’s the story?

Well, Chris informed us in October last year that he wanted to leave the band. Again. [Laughs]. He’s been out of the band, in 2005, 2006, 2007.

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INTERVIEW: Trivium’s Matt Heafy & Corey Beaulieu

We all know Trivium can play. They’ve been able to shred with the best of them ever since their first album, 2003’s Ember To Inferno, while and 2008’s Shogun veered close to progressive metal more than once, with its complex single note lines and ferocious 7-string riffage. But new album In Waves (Roadrunner) finds these Floridians exploring more restrained territory – to a point. The riffs are more direct, the tones are huge, and the songwriting is tight and purposeful. Guitarists Corey Beaulieu and Matt Heafy refined their approach without losing their edge or power, a rare feat in a world were ‘stripped back songwriting’ is usually taken to mean ‘wimpy.’ There’s still plenty of precision in the latest evolution of the Trivium sound, and there’s more than enough aggression to satisfy fans of the band’s early hardcore days, but In Waves stands out as the best sounding and most repeat-listenable Trivium album to date. I spoke with Heafy and Beaulieu about what went into the project, and what ultimately came out.

You started working on this album quite a while ago. Is that how you always work?

COREY BEAULIEU Mostly on every record, while we’re touring for the previous record, we stockpile ideas. Once we get off tour we have a lot of stuff we can start digging into and putting together. We use the tour to write and put together ideas so that when we start on the next record we’re a bit ahead. We’ve already got stuff we’ve been working on over time and that has been allowed to develop. Some of the songs go back pretty far back in the Shogun touring cycle.

What was your guitar approach on this album?

BEAULIEU It was about focusing on the songs, and writing songs that are straight to the point. It wasn’t all about technical stuff or trying to riff out a lot or show off. It was just making sure everything in the song was what needed to be there and nothing more. Taking a songwriter’s approach and not trying to be a flashy guitar player. It’s all about making the song and the riff the best it can be. It’s a lot simpler technically. We took that approach for the playing stuff, and the solos were whatever was needed for the song, whether it was a crazy solo or something more melodic. The songs dictated the lead stuff.

MATT HEAFY We were thinking about telling [producer] Colin Richardson, “We want a combination of this, this and that…” but I’m pretty sure we held all of our comments until we saw him in person. The guitar process was long. Normally, every record we’ve ever done, you get a BS scratch guitar tone and send it off to be mixed later, but Colin’s whole thing is he doesn’t want to record a second of music until he has a tone that will be the final tone of the record. I think we spent about five days on the guitar tone.

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