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.

 

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.

Peavey’s New USA-Made HP2 Looks Familiar…

Look, there’s no way to get around this so let’s just dive in: Peavey has returned to building guitars in the USA again, in the form of the HP 2 Guitar. And It looks very much like the Peavey Wolfgang. Eddie Van Halen took the Wolfgang design with him when he left to set up his own company working with Fender, but I’m pretty sure Peavey wouldn’t have taken this step without some kind of legal justification for using the design. One thing’s for sure though: this thing looks hot. Seriously, look at it in this pic. 

It’ll be interesting to see what happens from here. When EVH left Peavey, large chunks of the Wolfgang design lived on in the form of the brilliant HP Special guitar for a while. Those things were phenomenal. Does the market have space to sustain two Wolfgang-shaped guitars, one of which has ‘Wolfgang’ on the headstock? I guess we’ll see. I can’t wait to try one of these though.

Here’s the press release.

Peavey® Builds Legacy of Innovation with USA Made HP™2 Guitar

MERIDIAN, MS — Building upon the legacy of its award-winning, USA made guitars, Peavey Electronics® proudly introduces the HP™2 Guitar at the 2017 Summer NAMM Show in Nashville. The HP2 is constructed with leading-edge technology, traditional handcrafted methods, professional-quality upgrades, and customizations. When a USA-made guitar bears the initials of Peavey founder and CEO Hartley Peavey, players can expect an iconic design with its own unique flair.

While the esthetic is classic, the HP2 undoubtedly stands out with its carved top and offset, asymmetrical body design that offers comfort, proper balance, and maximum playing ease. Maple was chosen for the top and basswood for the back; solid basswood construction is also available. Peavey selected these hardwoods not only for their natural beauty and weight characteristics, but also for their specific tonal qualities. Cream or black-edge binding accents the body.
At the select birdseye maple neck and fingerboard, players will find unmatched stability and playability. Dual graphite reinforcement bars and an easy-access, adjustable steel torsion rod provide additional strength, as does the bolt-on construction with contoured neck heel. The oil-finished fingerboard is cut from the same piece of wood as the single-piece neck, keeping the color and grain patterns consistent. The stress-relieved lamination also adds increased stability. The HP2 has a 25 ½’’ scale length, 22 jumbo frets and 15’’ fingerboard radius. The 10-degree tilt-back headstock has a 3+3 tuning machine configuration featuring Schaller® tuning machines with pearloid or cream buttons. The chrome-plated hardware finish completes the look.

The HP2’s construction and electronics work in harmony. Two custom-wound Peavey humbucking pickups 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 microphonic 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. Players will also find either a Peavey/Floyd Rose® licensed, double-locking tremolo assembly or tune-o-matic/stop tailpiece fixed-bridge to complete the guitar. Finishing off the guitar are two push-pull knobs for volume and tone, with the ability to split the pickups individually.

Get a closer look at the HP2 at peavey.com, or if you’re at the Summer NAMM show through July 15, stop by booth #623.

About Peavey Electronics®
Founded in 1965, Peavey® is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment. Peavey has earned more than 180 patents and distributes to more than 130 countries. Peavey and its MediaMatrix®, Architectural Acoustics®, Crest Audio®, Composite Acoustics®, Budda®, and Trace Elliot® brands and affiliates can be found on concert stages and in airports, stadiums, theme parks and other venues around the world. Chief Operating Officer Courtland Gray says, “We are striving every day to produce the world’s finest music and audio equipment.” To find out more, visit www.peavey.com.

EVH Unveils Marshall-Vibed 5150III & More

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EVH Gear: ya gotta hand it to Eddie Van Halen and co. They really give fans what they want. Oh, they might not give them everything they want right off the bat – there’s still no Shark, and although the EVH Striped series is cool, there are surely fans hanging out for one with a partial pickguard, neck pickup and a pickup selector switch jammed in the middle pickup cavity – but what they have given us is a great mix of the ‘I always wanted that’ and the ‘I didn’t realise I wanted that but it turns out it makes all my dreams come true.’ Two of the newest additions to the range will definitely please die-hard Eddie fans. One is a striped Wolfgang Special which is just super cool. The other is – oh holy crap – an EL34-loaded 5150III amp based on Eddie’s old Marshall tone. Yes! YES! Here’s the press release. Read More …

EVH Limited Edition Wolfgang Special W/Stripes

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I saw one of these the other day when I was visiting Sky Music: a super limited edition EVH Wolfgang Special with striped finish. Unlike the ‘Bumblebee’ finished one featured here recently, this has a Floyd Rose tremolo instead of a Tune-O-Matic bridge. These aren’t even on the EVH website but retailers have had them for a little while. Most of them have already sold out but if you poke around and are extremely lucky you can still find one.

The one pictured is from eBay seller kid-rocket. Click Here to see striped EVH Wolfgang guitars on eBay.  Read More …

EVH Wolfgang Special. Mmm, Stripey…

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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?  Read More …

EVH Wolfgang Standard & Revamped Special

EVH Wolfgang Standard - Quilt Maple

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. Read More …

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. Read More …