Now that Eddie Van Halen was working together with Fender on various products, it was time for him to work hard with Fender on creating a brand new guitar to sell and market under the EVH Brand.
To begin with, discussions were made with Fender about making a new guitar for Eddie. Once the 2007-2008 reunion tour was underway, Eddie Van Halen took at least two prototypes of the new collaborative guitar that he was working on with Fender. He gave Fender feedback and information about the sound and performance of this new project that he had been working on with them along the way after each night of performance onstage. This project was almost top secret, until the release of the EVH Wolfgang in January 2009.
The clever thing about the new prototypes from Fender? Similar look to the previous Peavey Wolfgang line of guitars.
Picture courtesy http://www.vhnd.com/2008/06/06/van-halen-2007-2008-tour-highest-grossing-in-bands-history/
To make things clear, this guitar, although sharing the name of the previous guitar line that Eddie Van Halen had promoted and used for some time, in actual reality the guitar itself is completely different in many aspects.
In a video recorded around the time of the release of the guitar, Eddie Van Halen had a discussion where he stated, “Everything that I have built, destroyed, stumbled onto, learned and experienced is in this guitar”. Indeed, the guitar itself is a one-of-a-kind and is basically impossible to copy. Indeed, if Eddie himself had desired to create a monster, he indeed, has.
The guitar line itself has been one that Eddie Van Halen himself has stuck by for a long time now. Although initially there was only one type of EVH Wolfgang, other models were introduced at a later date. For historical purposes, the main Wolfgang model will be observed here.
The EVH/Fender Wolfgang is here to stay.
Picture courtesy http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/EVH_Wolfgang_Special_Electric_Guitar_Review
Some of the features are very unique to the Wolfgang, such as the custom wound double potted EVH licensed humbuckers, stainless steel frets and the hand rubbed urethane oil finish. Eddie’s own EVH Wolfgang has a custom made “kill switch” on it, to cut out the sound manually, useful for tremolo sounds. The specifications for the main EVH Wolfgang are listed below, courtesy of www.evhgear.com:
Model Name: EVH® Wolfgang® USA, Ebony Fingerboard
Series: Wolfgang® USA
Body Shape: Wolfgang®
Body Binding: 5-Ply
Body Material: Basswood
Body Finish: Gloss Urethane
Neck Material: Quartersawn Maple
Neck Shape: Wolfgang Backshape
Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)
Fingerboard Radius: 12” to 16” Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
Number of Frets: 22
Fret Size: Vintage Stainless
String Nut: Floyd Rose® Original Locking
Nut Width: 1.625” (41.3 mm)
Neck Plate: N/A
Neck Finish: Oiled
Position Inlays: Block
Bridge Pickup: Custom Designed EVH® Humbucking
Neck Pickup: Custom Designed EVH® Humbucking
Controls: Master Tone, Master Volume
Pickup Switching: EVH Reverse-Style 3-Position Switching
Pickup Configuration: HH
Bridge: EVH®-Branded Floyd Rose® Locking Tremolo
Tuning Machines: EVH®-Branded Gotoh® Chrome with Pearloid Buttons
Control Knobs: Black “Speed” Knobs
Strings: EVH® Branded (.009-.042 Gauges)
Unique Features: Hard mount pickups; Magna Coatings Paint, 2 Graphite Neck Reinforcement Rods, Scaller®; Chrome String Retainer, EVH®; D-Tuna, Square Jack Plate
In short, if you are looking for the main go-to guitar that Eddie Van Halen himself has used in the most recent times, look no further than the main Wolfgang USA that is on sale for around $4,000 US from EVH Gear, depending on the colour. This is the main guitar that Eddie himself uses to this day.
Eddie Van Halen loves the good job that Fender did for his latest line of guitars, and the easygoing relations commercially shows in both of their own outlook with each other.
Picture courtesy https://hardrockhideout.com/2008/12/17/eddie-van-halen-launches-the-all-new-evh-wolfgang-guitar-available-jan-2009/
- Wolfgang USA. 2016. EVH Gear. http://www.evhgear.com/gear/guitars/wolfgang-usa/wolfgang-usa-ebony-fingerboard-5a-flame-top-3-tone-burst/
- EVH Wolfgang Guitar. 2011. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCePMSJ_0-E
- Eddie Van Halen Guitars and Gear. 2016. Ground Guitar. http://www.groundguitar.com/eddie-van-halen-guitars-and-gear/