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.

 

Listen to Wolfgang Van Halen’s debut single. Bring tissues.

Wolfgang Van Halen has just released his debut single, ‘Distance,’ via his solo band Mammoth WVH, and it’s utterly beautiful. It’s a tribute to Eddie, and the video is an absolute tear-jerker.

From the YouTube notes:

“As my pop continued to struggle with various health issues, I was imagining what my life would be like without him and how terribly I’d miss him. While the song is incredibly personal, I think anyone can relate to the idea of having a profound loss in their life. I never intended ‘Distance’ to be the very first piece of music people would hear from me, but I also thought my father would be here to celebrate its release. This is for him. I love and miss you, Pop.” – WVH

Proceeds from “Distance” will be donated to Pop’s favorite charity, Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation MHOpus.org https://found.ee/MammothWVH https://www.Facebook.com/MammothWVH https://www.Instagram.com/MammothWVH https://www.Twitter.com/MammothWVH https://www.YouTube.com/MammothWVH

“Distance”
I’m so happy
You’ve found a place
That’s better for you
Than this rock we’re living on
I’m so nervous
Don’t know my place
A life without you
I’m not ready to move on

No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is you’ll be okay

I’m so tired
Can’t see your face
My memory of you
Slowly fades when I go on
I’m still cryin’
Don’t want this place
A world without you
I don’t think I’ll ever move on

No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is you’ll be okay

No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is you’ll be okay

No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is you’ll be okay
No matter what the distance is I will be with you
No matter what the distance is you’ll be okay

No matter what the distance is you’ll be okay
No matter what the distance is you’ll be okay
I’m so happy
You’ve found a place

Eddie Van Halen

I haven’t tackled the massive, sad news of the passing of Eddie Van Halen here yet because it just felt too immense. This guy changed everything for everyone. Do you play a Strat-style guitar with a humbucker in the bridge position? Companies make those because Eddie played them. Play a guitar with a Floyd Rose? The fine tuners were Eddie’s idea. Paid attention to metal over the last three decades? You’ve heard the amps Eddie designed. Artificial harmonics, two-handed tapping, Drop D tuning? Eddie didn’t invent them but he sure mastered and popularised them.

We all have our personal little stories about Ed and how he impacted our lives as guitarists. I wanted to tell you about the most important lesson I learned from Eddie Van Halen, although that lesson was actually imparted by someone else. 

When I was in 9th grade I returned to Peter Cominos, the guitar teacher who had taught me when I first started playing in 5th and 6th grade. Peter remains a great player. And he was the perfect teacher for me. During the first couple of years of lessons he would indulge me by breaking out of the ‘Progressive Guitar For Beginners’ book and helping me to train my ear to recognise chords and learn to teach myself songs. And so I’d figure out things like ‘It Must Have Been Love’ by Roxette, or ‘Faith’ by George Michael. In 7th grade I went it alone with my first electric guitar, getting to know this new electrified and expressive instrument, so much more versatile than my plunky-sounding nylon-string acoustic. 

By the time I returned to Peter for lessons again, I was doing pretty well with my ear training and I could play pretty fast. I didn’t really understand phrasing yet though, so that was something we worked on a lot. We’d dissect a solo phrase by phrase. One night I showed up for my lesson and Peter put a photocopy of Steve Vai’s transcription of ‘Eruption’ in front of me. As we dug into each phrase we looked at how Eddie began and ended each note, and what he did in between. And Peter said (I’m paraphrasing), “The thing that mades Eddie so special is that he’s put in the work to know exactly how to make the string do exactly what he wants, no matter what he wants it to do.” Essentially, Eddie had played guitar so frigging much that he had internalised all the tiny little micromovements that allowed him to really take control of the note.

That made a huge impression on me, and it was something I always paid attention to from then on, when listening to Eddie or just in general. It’s something that not all players have. I could name any number of great players who don’t necessarily have that kind of ultra-microscopic connection to each note.

I sort of met Eddie once, at a Fender party at NAMM. He showed up towards the end of the party and headed to the EVH section, completely surrounded by people as you may expect. We’re talking high-end retailers, artists, media… people who are used to being around famous guitarists just as a simple part of their job, and they were all grinning like kids at the sight of their hero. I couldn’t get anywhere close, so I got out of the way and looked at some guitars. Then the crowd started to shift and Eddie and I were suddenly face to face. He saw my jaw drop and he shot me that grin and saluted me. It was surreal and beautiful. In the context of a hectic NAMM party it was probably the best I coulda hoped for, and if you told that teenage-kid version of me that one day he’d even get to say so much as hello to Eddie Van Halen at a private Fender party at NAMM, he would have freaked the hell out. 

This blurry photo is the closest I got to documenting the moment.

But of course, the fact that I was even there in the first place and working in this industry is undoubtedly due in part of Eddie’s influence and example. 

Rest in peace, Ed. You left the guitar world a better place than you found it and you touched millions upon millions of hearts. Thank you. 

Peavey Resumes HP 2 Production

The story is pretty well known by now: Eddie Van Halen designs the Wolfgang with Peavey, Eddie eventually sets up his own brand in partnership with Fender, and many years later Peavey announces that it has a bunch of old parts left over since the 90s and that the model will be returned to the lineup as the HP 2. It’s been quite a while since the HP 2 was announced, but now Peavey has enlisted new luthiers in Europe to take over production, using those original parts until they run out, after which they’ll be fresh new builds.Here’s the press release from Peavey with more info. I also note that unlike the original Wolfies, the HP 2 has coil splits for each pickup. Neat. Anyway, if you follow me on social media you probably know I have a huge thing for blue guitars with zebra humbuckers, and several pics in this article have me positively fizzing.

Peavey Resumes HP 2 Production with Renewed Vintage Appeal

MERIDIAN, MS — Peavey Electronics® has officially resumed production of the HP 2® electric guitar and is giving players an incentive to pre-order one today. Peavey has entrusted some of the best luthiers in Europe to take over production of the HP 2, and the first 400 builds will be New Old Stock made from wood that’s been aging since the 1990s. For authenticity, guitars built with this aged wood will be marked with “NOS” on the back of the headstock. Available in Black, Deep Ocean, Tiger Eye and Moonburst finishes, the HP 2 was fashioned to stand out, and with high-quality materials and impeccable electronics, it’s designed for iconic vintage tone.

The HP 2 stays true to Peavey’s legacy of award-winning guitars, and is constructed with leading-edge technology, traditional handcrafted methods, professional-quality upgrades, and customizations. While the aesthetic is classic, the HP 2 brings its own unique flair with its carved top and offset, asymmetrical body design that offers comfort, proper balance, and maximum ease of playing. As a testament to its high quality, the HP 2 even bears the initials of Peavey founder and CEO, Hartley Peavey.

The HP 2 starts out with a classic cutaway design, contoured neck heel, and bolt-on construction. Peavey selected maple for the top and basswood for the back. These hardwoods were selected not only for their natural beauty and weight characteristics, but also for their excellent tonal qualities. As experienced players know, supreme sonic character is achieved when tonal woods have the opportunity to age. The woods used for the initial 400 guitars have been stored in a safe and secure environment for nearly 30 years.

The HP 2 offers an attractive birdseye maple neck and fingerboard cut from a single piece of wood and finished with stress-relieved lamination. This approach not only keeps the color and grain patterns consistent, but also provides for unmatched stability and playability. An easy-access steel torsion rod and dual graphite reinforcement bars enhance the strength of the build. The HP 2 has a 25.5’’ scale length, 22 jumbo frets, and 15’’ fingerboard radius. The 10-degree tilt-back headstock has a 3+3 tuning machine configuration complete with Schaller® tuning machines with pearloid buttons. Chrome-plated hardware polishes off the look.

Electronically, the HP 2 offers two custom-wound Peavey humbucking pickups that supply optimal output and tonal response. They’re made using a two-step, wax-dipping process that provides ultra-low noise operation and resistance to feedback. The pickups are mounted directly to the body, further reducing feedback at high volume levels and enhancing response. A Switchcraft® 3-way toggle switch allows selection of pickups in up, center, and down configurations, while two push-pull knobs for volume and tone allow the pickups to be split individually. For the finishing touch, players will find a Peavey/Floyd Rose® licensed, double-locking tremolo assembly ensuring excellent sustain.

From top to bottom, the HP 2 is a vintage-inspired guitar for modern players of various styles. MSRP is $2999.99 with hardshell case included.

Learn more and get a closer look at www.peavey.com.

NAMM 2020: EVH 50 watt 5150III 6L6 head and matching cab

EVH® ANNOUNCES NEW 5150III® 50S 6L6 HEAD AND MATCHING 5150III® 50S 212ST CABINET

Scottsdale, Ariz. (January 16, 2020) – EVH® today announces the all-new 5150III® 50S 6L6 Head and 5150III® 50S 212ST Cabinet.

The EVH® 5150III® 50S 6L6 Head is the perfect amp for players who want Ed Van Halen’s touring tone, arena volume and performance in a compact package. Three channels of road-tested sound work for any playing style—crisp cleans, chunky overdrive, tight distortion and searing leads, while newly added independent dual-concentric controls allow for gain and volume level matching.

Tweaked to meet Ed’s touring requirements, this 50-watt head delivers a full-spectrum of tone. Channel one powers crystal-clear clean tone; channel two features increased gain for greater sustain and is re-voiced for improved low-mid frequency definition; channel three also has improved range for the “low” control and oozes with increased liquid gain. Channels one and two each have dual concentric gain/volume controls, with shared EQ (low, mid, high). Channel three has its own gain, volume and EQ (low, mid, high) controls. All three channels also have global presence and global resonance controls.

The 5150III 50S 6L6 Head is also loaded with seven JJ ECC83 preamp tubes, a pair of Shuguang 6L6 power tubes, switchable output impedance (4, 8 and 16 ohms) and an adjustable bias control.

Seductively dark in black textured vinyl with a dual black EVH striped steel grille front panel, the 50-watt stealth head also comes with vintage-style “chicken head” black control knobs, red lamp jewel, dual speaker output jacks, four-button footswitch, effects loop, direct out and molded plastic handle.

A high-quality fitted cover is available as an EVH accessory.
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The EVH® 5150III® 50S 212ST Cabinet is the perfect companion to the new 5150III 50W 50S Head, with matching stealth black chrome EVH logo badges.

This 60-watt, 16 ohm front-loaded 2×12 straight cabinet features rock solid birch construction and a pair of 12” Signature Celestion® G12H Anniversary Series speakers.

Wrapped in Black textured vinyl with woven grille cloth, the 5150III 50S 212ST Cabinet comes with attached tilt-back legs, removable EVH pop-out casters and a head-mounting mechanism. A high-quality fitted cover is available as an EVH accessory.

NAMM 2020: EVH Striped Series Frankie!!!

I didn’t even dare dream this day would come to pass but here it is: the EVH Striped Series Frankie!!!

EVH® REVEALS ALL-NEW STRIPED SERIES FRANKIE MODEL, ALL-NEW WOLFGANG® WG STANDARD EXOTIC MODEL, UPGRADED WOLFGANG® WG STANDARD MODELS AND FRESH FINISHES FOR WOLFGANG® SPECIAL

Scottsdale, Ariz. (January 15, 2020) – EVH® is proud to reveal the all-new Striped Series Frankie, refreshed Wolfgang® WG Standard models including the all-new Wolfgang® WG Standard Exotic Spalted Maple and new colors for the Wolfgang® Special.

Widely regarded as the most recognizable electric guitar ever, Eddie Van Halen’s iconic and revered Frankenstein™ guitar has arrived with a price tag the everyday musician can afford in the form of the Striped Series Frankie.

Sporting Eddie’s famed red with white-and-black-striped paint job and a worn-in reliced look, the all-new Frankie features a basswood Stratocaster®-style body paired to a graphite-reinforced quartersawn maple neck. An oiled finish on the back of the neck allows for hours of playing comfort, while the 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets was designed for fast and furious playing styles.

Routed for an HSS pickup configuration just like Eddie’s original instrument, the Frankie features an EVH Wolfgang® humbucking bridge pickup with a dummy Strat® neck pickup and a dummy five-way blade housed in the middle position.

A sturdy and dependable EVH-branded Floyd Rose® locking trem and Floyd Rose locking nut work in tandem for precise tuning even with extreme changes in pitch, while the EVH D-Tuna® retunes to drop-D and back with strict accuracy at the flick of a finger.

Other unique features of the Frankie include a white skirted Strat-style single volume control knob (labeled “tone”), custom black pickguard, reliced chrome hardware, standard strap buttons and EVH neck plate.
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The Wolfgang® WG Standard has been refreshed with new colors and all-new baked maple necks and fingerboards, while the WG Standard Exotic lineup welcomes the all-new Wolfgang® WG Standard Exotic Spalted Maple.

Boasting the same style and massive sound Eddie Van Halen created with a price tag the everyday musician can afford, all Wolfgang® WG Standard models offer a basswood body with special “comfort cut” forearm contour for maximum playing ease. The bolt-on baked maple neck with graphite reinforcement rods hold strong against the ravages of temperature and humidity, while a conveniently located spoke wheel at the base of the neck makes for quick and painless truss rod adjustments.

These stylish axes also feature an oiled finish on the back of the neck and a 12”-16” compound radius baked maple fingerboard with rolled edges, 22 jumbo frets and black dot inlays.

Dual EVH® Wolfgang® humbucking pickups mounted directly to the body increase vibration transfer, resulting in sustain for days on end. Two domed control knobs have been dialed-in to Van Halen’s exacting specifications—the smooth-feeling 500k pots make it easy to find a unique sound while retaining the crisp high-end sparkle of the Wolfgang pickups. The EVH-branded Floyd Rose® Special bridge and R2 locking nut consistently keep the instrument in tune through the heaviest playing.

The Wolfgang® WG Standard is now available in Gloss Black with a black headstock and black chrome hardware, as well as in Cream White, Matte Army Drab, Neon Orange, Quicksilver, Slime Green or Taxi Cab Yellow with a black headstock and black hardware.

Capped with an elegant quilt maple top and masked-off natural body binding, the Wolfgang® WG Standard QM is available in Black Fade, Chlorine Burst, Northern Lights, Tahiti Night or Transparent Amber with a black headstock and black chrome hardware.

Featuring a spalted maple top and masked-off natural body binding, the Wolfgang® WG Standard Exotic Spalted Maple is available in Natural with black headstock and black chrome hardware.
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Designed with stunning style, giant sound and high-speed playability, the Wolfgang® Special is now available in Burgundy Mist Metallic, Deep Purple Metallic or Ice Blue Metallic finishes with a matching headstock. The Burgundy Mist Metallic model features black body binding and black hardware, while the Deep Purple Metallic and Ice Blue Metallic models feature cream body binding and chrome hardware.

The Wolfgang® Special features a basswood body with an arched top and a robust graphite-reinforced bolt-on quartersawn maple neck. The neck is carved and rolled to Eddie Van Halen’s exacting specifications and features a hand-rubbed urethane finish on the back. Primed for high performance, energetic riffing and blazing leads, the 12”-16” compound radius ebony fingerboard has 22 jumbo frets and pearloid dot inlays. Truss rod adjustments have also never been easier thanks to a spoke wheel conveniently located at the base of the neck.

A pair of flagship custom designed black EVH® Wolfgang® Alnico 2 humbucking pickups are mounted directly to the body, providing dynamic yet articulate voicing, as well as endless sustain for powerful chords and melody lines. A dependable EVH-branded Floyd Rose® locking trem and Floyd Rose locking nut work in tandem for precise tuning even with extreme changes in pitch, while the EVH D-Tuna® retunes to drop-D and back with strict accuracy at the flick of a finger, with a low-friction volume control for smooth swells and a high-friction tone control that prevents accidental tone shifting.

For more information, please visit www.evhgear.com.

Wait… wait… EVH Bumblebee Tribute guitar?

Check this out!!!

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (July 18, 2019) – In celebration of the 40th anniversary of five-time platinum-selling 1979 album Van Halen II, EVH® is privileged to unveil the ’79 Bumblebee tribute guitar. Eddie Van Halen debuted this wildly iconic black-with-yellow-stripes guitar on the cover of the seminal album, and played it extensively throughout the band’s 1979 world tour.

“The 79 Bumblebees that we’re making sound very much like how I always wanted the original to sound,” said Van Halen. “So it may have taken 40 years, but I now have everything I wanted back then — a bitchin’-looking guitar that plays and sounds great.”

Limited to 50 instruments worldwide, the meticulously recreated ’79 Bumblebee tribute model features all of the original specs, including an ash Strat® body, bolt-on birdseye maple neck with oiled back finish, straight 12” radius birdseye maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets, katalox dots and black side dots, and skirted Strat-style “Tone” volume knob.

True to Van Halen’s pickup recipe, the instrument has been outfitted with an EVH ’79 Bumblebee humbucking bridge pickup. EVH also matched the Bumblebee’s six screw holes, (hidden under the original prototype non-fine tuner locking tremolo bridge that EVH recreated just for this project), along with the original prototype locking nut. All hardware has been reliced, including the custom brass string retainer, screw-eye strap hooks, side output jack and original period-correct Schaller® tuning machines.

Its black-with-yellow-stripes paint job has also been reliced to match the wear and tear from his heavy year of touring in 1979, and the guitar is stylishly finished off with chrome hardware.

Notably, the back of the headstock of each guitar bears Eddie Van Halen’s signature, adding to the value and the once-in-a lifetime collector’s nature of this instrument.

Arriving in a custom-made Anvil® hardshell case, the package also includes ’70s-era Fender® Super Bullets strings, Van Halen ’70s tortoiseshell picks, an exclusive Bumblebee collector’s booklet, Young Guitar book Van Halen Live Tour in Japan 1978 & 1979, and several autographed items—a certificate of authenticity, 8”x10” 1979 concert photo of Eddie Van Halen and vinyl copy of Van Halen II.

Bumbleebee’s Origins

During the recording process for Van Halen II,  Eddie Van Halen sought something fresh to play other than his original “Frankenstrat,” which at the time was being heavily copied by many major guitar companies.

Van Halen had the idea to build a new guitar with an ash body and black-and-yellow-stripe paint job, with rear-loaded electronics so there would be no pickguard. While he tasked Wayne Charvel to cut the body, the maple neck was made by Lynn Ellsworth at Boogie Bodies with dot inlays on a maple fingerboard. Other features on the first-incarnation guitar (as pictured on Van Halen II) were a standard nut, single Mighty Mite humbucking pickup with transparent bobbins, single chrome volume knob, original Charvel six-screw brass tremolo bridge, and Schaller® tuning keys.

While pleased with the looks of the guitar, Van Halen was less impressed with its tone and  quickly began tinkering with it, as he was prone to do. He installed a new Boogie Bodies maple neck with a natural headstock, unfinished back (which he has always preferred) and 12”-radius dot-inlay maple fingerboard. Next to go was the Mighty Mite pickup. After selecting a DiMarzio® Super Distortion humbucking pickup, he swapped out its ceramic magnet for an alnico 2 magnet from a Gibson® PAF. He rewound the pickup by hand, dipped it in paraffin wax and put copper tape around the windings.

Van Halen also stripped out the original Charvel bridge, leaving its six screw holes behind. He instead outfitted the instrument with a prototype two-point Floyd Rose® bridge and locking nut with retainer bar, becoming the first professional rock guitarist to use a locking-nut tremolo system. He also swapped out the chrome volume knob with a Strat-style skirted “Tone” knob. After all these modifications, only the original body, striped paint job, screw-eye strap hooks and Schaller® tuners remained from the first version of the guitar.

“Bumblebee,” as it would quickly come to be known by fans, became insanely popular and remains a longtime favorite for Van Halen listeners everywhere.

In an eternal sign of deep respect, Eddie’s original Bumblebee guitar was buried alongside Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, who died tragically in 2004. Eddie Van Halen was Abbott’s main influence, and Bumblebee was Abbott’s all-time favorite guitar.

For more information, please 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?