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A Different Kind Of Truth

The test had arrived for Van Halen to commence on a path once again with David Lee Roth. Indeed, the band had for the most part, gotten their act together. Being a reunited front with the new line up of David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen and Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie’s son the band had to deliver a new record for the Van Halen fans.

The test came when the record was released in February 2012. However, although on paper the songs were old, leftover rewrites, the record itself is an enjoyable listen, although not exactly a perfect record itself.

Van Halen have got back to work with a renewed and fresh approach to their music.

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The record begins with the trashy and enjoyable, “Tattoo”. Although the song is enjoyable, it wears out after successive listens. Still, it is way better than anything on Van Halen III, pure proof of the band’s new and more focused direction.

The glorious “She’s The Woman” is a much better song. It starts off with a brilliant guitar part, leading into a loud and catchy tune, with an interesting solo in the midsection. Not bad overall.

The chugging “You and Your Blues” follows, indicating a different side to the band’s repertoire of music. Entertaining and very listenable.

For the new Van Halen record, Eddie Van Halen used the latest in EVH Wolfgang guitars, an EVH USA Wolfgang Stealth which sounds loud and powerful as it does here.

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The next song, “China Town” is rather awful. In a way it is sort of laughable, but sounds very ordinary indeed. For those who like skipping tracks, you may be best off doing so here.

“Blood and Fire” follows, which is another rather ordinary song with a forgettable chorus. Still it is miles better than anything that Van Halen have recorded since Balance.

The pseudo-thrash of “Bullethead” follows, rather strangely catchy. It is a loud, full on roar of a song. Good listening.

Eddie Van Halen himself is back on track and happier than ever to create new music.

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“As Is” continues the rather nonsensical lyrics that seem to dominate this album. Indeed, some of the older Van Halen fans may be disappointed by this approach to lyric writing, yet is very musically viable indeed.

The rather boring and forgettable “Honeybabysweetiedoll” makes as much sense as it sounds by the song title, and the song itself. It seems as though Van Halen had put the worst tracks on the first half of this record…

It is fantastic to see Eddie’s son Wolfgang Van Halen part of the Van Halen crew, a remarkably musically talented young man.

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Next up, “The Trouble with Never” is a rather good and catchy piece which demonstrates how wonderful and well respected Eddie Van Halen should be considered and deserves every bit of respect for his great guitar skills on it. Not bad at all.

“Outta Space” is obviously a rework, but not a bad one at that. Deeming indeed that the earth is full, it continues the nonsensical slur of lyrics that predominates the album.

The “Ice Cream Man” of this record, “Stay Frosty” is an anti-religious and reveals that in life, one must Stay Frosty in terms of laidback attitude. Starting off acoustically, it becomes a loud and rocking song that is well served.

David Lee Roth and the three Van Halens have successfully buried the majority of issues between each other and work cohesively together as a unit with great success.

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“Big River” follows, which is a good rework of one of the songs on the Van Halen Zero demo. With all these wonderful songs here, one must think that the wait for a new Van Halen record was sure worth it.

The last, loudest and heaviest, and most likely, the best song of the album “Beats Workin’” shows Eddie Van Halen at his best. Indeed, those many years of tone chasing per se have proved that EVH himself can create a monstrous and undeniably brilliant sound. Legendary.

As long as their efforts continue with this new approach, Van Halen will continue to survive well into the 21st century.

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Overall, the critics all agreed that this was a good, though not great, effort from Van Halen. Indeed, it has been many years between the previous Van Halen III and the A Different Kind of Truth record. Despite all this, it is a solidly good record that shows the future direction of a reworked and re-energised band. Well done.

EVH/Fender Wolfgang WG Standard

The team at EVH Gear and Fender went further in their quest for more affordable guitars that anybody on any budget can enjoy and use for their enjoyment. The relatively new line of EVH Wolfgang guitars, the EVH Wolfgang WG Standard is a straightforward and much cheaper alternative to the other Wolfgang guitars made.

Keeping most of the features that are present on the other lines of EVH Wolfgang guitars, these guitars are the best bargain that you can find around from EVH/Fender. Coming a variety of wonderful and interesting finishes, it is a bargain not to be missed.

Let’s examine the features of this guitar, courtesy of www.evhgear.com:

Although being the low end of the price range of EVH Wolfgangs, the WG Standard is a good starting point with various beautiful finishes.

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GENERAL:

Model Name: EVH® Wolfgang® WG Standard

Series: Wolfgang® Standard

MSRP: $733.32-$816.31

Colours: Transparent Purple Burst, Transparent Blue Burst, Transparent Black, Transparent Red, Ferrari Red, Gloss Black, Silverburst, Snow White, Mystic Blue Metallic.

BODY:

Body Shape: Wolfgang®

Body Material: Basswood with Quilt Maple Top

Body Finish: Gloss Polyester

NECK:

Neck Material: Bolt-On Maple

Neck Shape: Wolfgang Backshape, 0.790” @ 3rd – .0880 @ 12th

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: Jumbo

String Nut: Floyd Rose® R2 Locking

Nut Width: 1.625” (41.3 mm)

Truss Rod Nut: Heel-Mounted Spoke Wheel Adjustment

Neck Plate: N/A

Neck Finish: Oiled

Fingerboard: Maple

Position Inlays: Black Dots 

ELECTRONICS:

Bridge Pickup: Direct Mount Wolfgang Humbucking

Neck Pickup: Direct Mount Wolfgang Humbucking

Controls: Volume, Tone

Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup

Pickup Configuration: HH

HARDWARE:

Bridge: EVH®-Branded Floyd Rose® Special

Tuning Machines: EVH®-Branded

Orientation: Right Hand

Pickguard: None

Control Knobs: Black Plastic

MISCELLANEOUS:

Strings: EVH® Branded Strings (.009-.042 Gauges)

Unique Features: Unique EVH Wolfgang Body and Headstock Designs, Exposed Basswood to Simulate Natural Wood Binding on Transparent Colours, Bar String Retainer, Side-Mounted Rectangular Output Jack Plate, Heel-Mounted Spoke-Wheel Truss Rod Adjustment, Oversized Strap Buttons.

Included Accessories: Wrenches, Tremolo Arm.        

 

There are also EVH Wolfgang WG-T Standard guitars for those who prefer models without the Floyd Rose tremolo system. Being the cheapest EVH Wolfgang guitar at a price of $666.65US to $733.32US it is very affordable indeed. Once again, specifications are listed below for those interested, courtesy of www.evhgear.com:

Note that the EVH Wolfgang WG Standard may look uncomfortable to play, yet unlike many other of Eddie’s previous guitars, there is appropriate body contouring carved into the wood.

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GENERAL:

Model Name: EVH® Wolfgang® WG-T Standard

Series: Wolfgang® Standard

Colours: Transparent Red; Gloss Back and Transparent Black

BODY:

Body Shape: Wolfgang®

Body Material: Basswood with Quilt Maple Top

Body Finish: Gloss Urethane

NECK:

Neck Material: Bolt-On 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: Jumbo

String Nut: Plastic

Nut Width: 1.6875” (42.86 mm)

Truss Rod Nut: Heel-Mounted Spoke Wheel Adjustment

Neck Plate: Oiled

Fingerboard: Maple

Position Inlays: Black Dots

ELECTRONICS:

Bridge Pickup: Direct Mount Wolfgang Humbucking

Neck Pickup: Direct Mount Wolfgang Humbucking

Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone

Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups,

Pickup Configuration: HH

HARDWARE:

Bridge: Fully Adjustable Bridge with Tunamatic-style Tailpiece

Tuning Machines: EVH®-Branded

Orientation: Right-Hand

Pickguard: None

Control Knobs: Black “Speed” Knobs

MISCELLANEOUS:

Strings: EVH® Branded (.009-.042 Gauges)

Unique Features: Unique EVH Wolfgang Body and Headstock Designs, Exposed Basswood to Simulate Natural Wood Binding on Transparent Colours, Side-Mounted Rectangular Output Jack Plate, Heel-Mounted Spoke-Wheel Truss Rod Adjustment, Oversized Strap Buttons.

 

In short, if you are longing for an EVH Wolfgang guitar and you are really short of money, the EVH Wolfgang WG Standard may be your best bet indeed.

There is no excuse to be a fan of Eddie Van Halen and to not own an EVH Wolfgang anymore, with the EVH Wolfgang WG Standard.

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EVH/Fender Wolfgang Special

After some time, the EVH Gear team realised that what was needed was a cheaper, more traditional alternative to their line-up of guitars. Along came shortly after the introduction of the main EVH Wolfgang series the EVH Wolfgang Special.

The EVH Wolfgang Special is a more traditional approach to the EVH guitars made and designed by EVH/Fender.

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The non-American made EVH Wolfgang Specials bear little difference to the main line of EVH Wolfgang guitars, except that some models come with a flame maple top and most notably on many models, with a maple fingerboard.

So for those who love the more traditional approach to maple necks and a cheaper price tag, there is a good option for those looking for a better alternative to the EVH Wolfgang line.

As indicated by EVH Gear, the Striped Wolfgang Specials are hand painted as opposed to a Graphic paint job, which is a bonus in any guitar player’s book. These guitars take around three weeks to be constructed from start to finish.

The EVH Wolfgang Special Striped is one good looking shred machine.

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There are four main models to choose from: EVH Wolfgang Special; EVH Wolfgang Special TOM, EVH Wolfgang Special Striped and the EVH Wolfgang Special Striped Black and Yellow. Note that the EVH Wolfgang Special Striped and the EVH Wolfgang Special Striped Black and Yellow versions of the EVH Wolfgang Special line are relatively recent additions to the line-up. Also note that the EVH Wolfgang Special Striped comes with an Ebony fretboard, as opposed to maple.

The standard EVH Wolfgang Special comes in an array of different colours to choose from and the price hovers around the $1,300US to $1,500US price range.

Let’s observe the specifications of the EVH Wolfgang Special, courtesy of www.evhgear.com:

The EVH Wolfgang Special comes in a large variety of colours, such as the El Natural finish.

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GENERAL:

Model Name: EVH® Wolfgang® Special

Series: Wolfgang® Special

Colours Available: El Natural; Satin Red; Matte Army Drab; Gold; Gloss Black; Stealth Black with Ebony Fingerboard; Vintage White; Burnt Cherry Burst; 3 Tone Cherry Burst; Tobacco Sunburst.

 

BODY:

Body Shape: Wolfgang®

Body Binding: Yes

Body Material: Basswood

Body Finish: Gloss Polyurethane

 

NECK:

Neck Material: Bolt-On 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: Jumbo

String Nut: Floyd Rose® Locking

Nut Width: 1.625” (41.3 mm)

Neck Plate: N/A

 

ELECTRONICS:

Bridge Pickup: Direct Mount Wolfgang Humbucking

Neck Pickup: Direct Mount Wolfgang Humbucking

Controls: Volume (500K EVH Bourns Low Friction Pot). Tone (250K EVH Bourns High Friction Pot)

Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup.

Pickup Configuration: HH

 

HARDWARE:

Bridge: EVH®-Branded Floyd Rose® Locking Tremolo with EVH D-Tuna®

Tuning Machines: EVH®-Branded

Orientation: Right-Hand

Pickguard: None

Control Knobs: Black “Speed” Knobs

 

MISCELLANEOUS:

Strings: EVH® Branded (.009-.042 Gauges)

Included Accessories: Tremolo Arm, Wrenches, D-Tuna Accessories

 

The EVH Wolfgang Special TOM is also a consideration for those looking for an EVH Wolfgang Special without the Floyd Rose tremolo system, as some players may prefer this option with prices not dissimilar to the regular EVH Wolfgang Special. Below are the specifications for this part of the EVH Wolfgang line-up, courtesy of www.evhgear.com:

 

GENERAL:

Model Name: EVH® Wolfgang Special TOM

Series: Wolfgang® Special

Colours Available: Burnt Cherry Sunburst; Gloss Black; Vintage White.

 

BODY:

Body Shape: Wolfgang®

Body Material: Basswood with Flame Map Top

Body Finish: Gloss Polyurethane

 

NECK:

Neck Material: 1-Piece Quartersawn Maple with Graphite Reinforcement

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: Jumbo

String Nut: Graphite

Nut Width: 1.625” (41.3 mm)

Neck Plate: N/A 

Neck Finish: Hand-Rubbed Urethane

Fingerboard: Maple

Position Inlays: Black Dot

 

ELECTRONICS:

Bridge Pickup: Direct Mount Wolfgang Humbucking

Middle Pickup: Direct Mount Wolfgang Humbucking

Neck Pickup: Direct Mount Wolfgang Humbucking

Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone

Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup.

Pickup Configuration: HH

 

HARDWARE:

Bridge: Fully Adjustable Compensated Bridge with Tunamatic-Style Tailpiece

Tuning Machines: EVH®-Branded

Orientation: Right-Hand

Pickguard: None

Control Knobs: Black Plastic

 

MISCELLANEOUS:

Strings: EVH® Branded (.009-.042 Gauges)

 

Please note that although the EVH Wolfgang Special Striped and the EVH Wolfgang Special Striped Black and Yellow are not covered here, they will be covered in another area as this is a relatively new addition to EVH Gear. If these guitars sound like that they are ideal for you, please visit www.evhgear.com for more information.

Now there are no excuses for those who love Maple fingerboards to pick up an EVH Wolfgang Special.

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References:

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uecAYTUgtNw