During the supporting tour for the Tokyo Dome Live In Concert album in 2015, Eddie did not play his EVH Wolfgang Stealth that he normally held onto. Instead, Chip Ellis of EVH Gear made Eddie Van Halen a brand new guitar that was seen on the tour.
This guitar is very special to Eddie.
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The story goes that Eddie wanted a guitar that had a Relic’d paint job. So Chip Ellis got to work and designed this guitar. According to Eddie, he liked the sound of this guitar more than he enjoyed the sound of his Stealth, so he used it on tour.
Eddie reportedly shaved and sanded the back of the neck to make it easier to play, but aside from this, the guitar was left in more or less the same condition during the tour.
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The sound quality of this guitar is noticeably different to that of the EVH Wolfgang Stealth, sounding more like a natural guitar. Below are the specifications of this guitar, courtesy of http://www.evhgear.com:
Model Name: EVH® Wolfgang® Limited Tour Relic (Replica), Ebony Fingerboard, Ivory
Model Number: 5101011000
Series: Wolfgang® USA Custom
Body Shape: Wolfgang®
Body Binding: 5-Ply
Body Material: Basswood with Maple Top
Body Finish: Lacquer Relic
Neck Material: Quartersawn Maple
Neck Shape: Wolfgang Backshape
Scale Length: 25.5” (648mm)
Fingerboard Radius: 12” to 16” Compound Radius (304.8mm to 406.4mm)
Number of Frets: 22
Fret Size: Vintage Stainless
String Nut: Floyd Rose® R2 Locking
Nut Width: 1.625” (41.3mm)
Neck Plate: NA
Neck Finish: Oiled Relic
Position Inlays: Mother-of-Pearl Blocks
Bridge Pickup: Direct Mount EVH Wolfgang® Zebra Humbucking
Neck Pickup: Direct Mount EVH Wolfgang® Zebra Humbucking
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Pickup Switching: 3-Position Reverse Toggle: Position 1. Neck Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Bridge Pickup
Pickup Configuration: HH
Special Electronics: Bourns Low-Friction Pot (Volume), Bourns High-Friction Pot (Tone)
Bridge: EVH®-Branded Floyd Rose® Locking Tremolo with EVH D-Tuna®
Tuning Machines: EVH®-Branded Gotoh® Chrome with Pearloid Buttons
Orientation: Right Hand
Control Knobs: Black Plastic
Strings: NPS, .009-.042 Gauges
Unique Features: Red Monetary Kill Switch, Eye-Bolt Strap Holders, Non-Matching Black Headstock, Cream Binding on Relic Ivory Finish, Black Undercoat with Ivory Top Coat, Relic’d and Replicated to Exact Specs of EVH Tour Guitar 2015 Direct-Mount Pickups, Magna Coatings Paint, 2 Graphite Neck Reinforcement Rods, EVH® D-Tuna.
Signed Certificate, EVH Premium Leather Strap, EVH Premium Instrument Cable, EVH Strings, EVH Pick Tin w/ Picks.
Notably on the website, this is a limited edition twenty piece run, so although the price is high for this guitar, it will not be sold forever.