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EVH/Fender Wolfgang Special Striped

Given the fact that Eddie himself wanted to show that we was not just an one trick pony, the team at EVH Gear went out there to provide a more refined fan based guitar range: the EVH Wolfgang Special Striped guitars.

These three guitars differ in typical comparison to other EVH guitars in that they are collectable pieces of art in terms of artwork and their playability.

The EVH Wolfgang Special Striped Series is an awesome creation by Eddie Van Halen in collaboration with Fender.

Eddie Van Halen's EVH Wolfgang Special Striped Series

Picture courtesy http://equipboard.com/pros/eddie-van-halen/evh-wolfgang-special-striped-series

Indeed, the team at EVH Gear hand paint these guitars. Aside from this, they have all the typical features that one would expect from the EVH Gear Special range.

These guitars come in three different paint based finishes: Red, White and Black; Black and Yellow; Black and White. All three are priced around the same price range, so we can choose (or collect) as we please. Each retails around $2,100 MSRP to $2,200 MSRP respectively.

For those who love statistics and the details of these guitars, they are listed below, courtesy of www.evhgear.com:

For those who like the artwork of the typical Van Halen stripes and the sound of the EVH Wolfgang series of guitars, this may be an ideal choice of guitar for you.

EVH® Wolfgang® Special, Ebony Fingerboard, Red with Black and White Stripes

Picture courtesy http://www.evhgear.com/gear/guitars/wolfgang-special/evh-wolfgang-special-ebony-fingerboard-red-black-and-white-stripes/

RED, BLACK AND WHITE:

 

GENERAL:

Model Name: EVH® Wolfgang® Special, Ebony Fingerboard, Red with Black and White Stripes

Model Number: 5107701515

Series: Wolfgang® Special

MSRP: $2237.75

Colour: Red with Black and White Stripes

BODY:

Body Shape: Wolfgang®

Body Material: Basswood

Finish:  Urethane

NECK:

Neck Material: Bolt-On Quartersawn Maple

Neck Shape: Wolfgang® Backshape .805” @ 3rd Fret / .890 @ 12th Fret

Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)

Fingerboard Radius: 12” – 16” Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)

Number of Frets: 22

Fret Size: Jumbo

String Nut: Floyd Rose® RS Locking

Nut Width: 1.625” (41.3 mm)

Headstock: EVH®-Branded

Neck Plate: None

Neck Finish: Hand-Rubbed Urethane

Fingerboard: Ebony

Position Inlays: Dot

ELECTRONICS:

Bridge Pickup: EVH® Wolfgang® Humbucking

Neck Pickup: EVH® Wolfgang® Humbucking

Controls: Volume (500K EVH® Bourns Low FrictionPot), Tone (250K EVH® Bourns High Friction)

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 Gotoh® Chrome

Orientation: Right-Hand

Hardware Finish: Chrome

Pickguard: N/A

Control Knobs: Black Plastic

MISCELLANEOUS:

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

Included Accessories: 3/2.5 hex wrenches Tremolo Arm

 

BLACK AND YELLOW:

There are three different finishes in this new lineup of EVH Wolfgang guitars, designed to appeal to those with a historical throwback to early Van Halen guitars.

 Wolfgang® Special Striped, Maple Fingerboard, Black and Yellow

Picture courtesy http://www.evhgear.com/gear/guitars/wolfgang-special/wolfgang-special-striped-maple-fingerboard-black-and-yellow/

GENERAL:

Model Name: Wolfgang® Special Striped, Maple Fingerboard, Black and Yellow

Model Number: 5107701516

Series: Wolfgang® Special

MSRP: $2167.18

Colour: Black with Yellow Stripes

BODY:

Body Shape: Wolfgang®

Body Material: Basswood

NECK:

Neck Material: Maple

Neck Shape: Wolfgang Backshape

Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)

Fingerboard Radius: 12”-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)

Headstock: EVH®-Branded

Neck Plate: N/A

Neck Finish: Hand-Rubbed Urethane Gel

Fingerboard: Maple

Position Inlays: Black Dots

ELECTRONICS:

Bridge Pickup: EVH® Wolfgang® Humbucking

Neck Pickup: EVH® Wolfgang Humbucking

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

Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup

Pickup Configuration: HH

HARDWARE:

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

Tuning Machines: EVH®-Branded

Orientation: Right-Hand

Hardware Finish: Chrome

Pickguard: N/A

Control Knobs: Black “Speed” Knobs

MISCELLANEOUS:

Strings: NPS, .009-.042 Gauges

 

BLACK AND WHITE:

The black and white EVH Wolfgang Special Striped is a hybrid of the original Frankenstrat look – and in addition the latest tonal explorations from Eddie Van Halen himself.

EVH Wolfgang Special, Maple Fingerboard, Black and White Stripes

Picture courtesy http://www.evhgear.com/gear/guitars/wolfgang-special/evh-wolfgang-special-maple-fingerboard-black-and-white-stripes/

GENERAL:

Model Name: EVH Wolfgang Special, Maple Fingerboard, Black and White Stripes

Model Number: 5107701517

Series: Wolfgang® Special

MSRP: $2167.82

Colour:

BODY:

Body Shape: Wolfgang®

Body Material: Basswood

Body Finish: Urethane

NECK:

Neck Material: Maple

Neck Shape: Wolfgang Backshape

Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)

Fingerboard Radius: 12” – 16” Compound Radius (304.8 mm to

Number of Frets: 22

Fret Size: Jumbo

String Nut: Floyd Rose® RS Locking

Nut Width: 1.625” (41.3 mm)

Headstock: EVH®-Branded

Neck Plate: N/A

Neck Finish: Hand-Rubbed Satin Urethane

Fingerboard: Maple

Position Inlays: Black Dot

ELECTRONICS:

Bridge Pickup: EVH® Wolfgang® Humbucking

Neck Pickup: EVH® 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

Hardware Finish: Chrome

Pickguard: N/A

Control Knobs: Black “Speed” Knobs

MISCELLANEOUS:

Strings: NPS, .009-.042 Gauges

 

To summarise, these guitars are a basic hybrid of the EVH Wolfgang Specials and the EVH Striped Series guitars. They do appeal to those who like the sound and tone of the former, and the art-based paint work of the latter.

Eddie is still constantly creating new and innovative guitars via his EVH Brand to this day.

Picture courtesy http://www.evhgear.com/extras/catalogs/

VH2 “Bumblebee” guitar, Floyd Rose and Charvel

Little is actually known about this particular guitar. When Eddie Van Halen was in the process of recording the second Van Halen album, Van Halen II, he wanted something that would be different to his original Frankenstrat. Since the release of the first Van Halen album, copycats began emerging trying to emulate not just Eddie’s playing but also his original Frankenstrat.

 

In an attempt to remedy this, he created the “Bumblebee”, more or less the same sort of guitar that the Frankenstrat was, including the same type of neck on the guitar, constructed at the Charvel factory. But there was one large difference. Initially a Fender Vintage Tremolo was installed. But Eddie made rock history when he became the first ever professional rock guitarist to use a Floyd Rose tremolo system on the guitar1.

The Floyd Rose tremolo system is very vital to the Van Halen sound. Picture courtesy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Floyd_rose_original.jpg

Floyd Rose is an interesting addition to the Van Halen story, but one that is often overlooked. Floyd Rose began by playing a Fender Jazzmaster as his first guitar with a tremolo bar, but after experiencing severe problems using the tremolo bar and arm itself, he sought out a solution. He managed to develop a couple of crucial modifications to a standard tremolo system: inserting a ¼ inch steel bar in place of the whammy bar (which he tested and did not break); and changing some of the string arrangements on the tremolo. Although these were not the only modifications that he did, it did begin exploration of a device which could be a usable tremolo system. Over the years various improvements of the tremolo system emerged but Eddie Van Halen was the first notable guitarist to use it on the VH2 “Bumblebee” guitar, which made both become even more notable in rock history2. There was also the Charvel story. Eddie used to visit the Charvel guitar shop in Los Angeles to pick up parts and seek advice on building his own guitars. Wayne Charvel himself confirmed that he made the VH2 guitar for Eddie in his guitar factory. However Wayne Charvel later sold the business to Grover Jackson. A fallout ensued later between the new Charvel administration and Van Halen, with the matter being settled legally3.

Charvel and co. played an important part in the sound of early Van Halen.

Picture courtesy http://imgarcade.com/1/fender-guitars-logo/

On a sadder note, when ‘Dimebag’ Darrel Abbott passed away, Eddie placed the guitar with him in his burial place, after hearing that Dimebag himself loved the guitar.

Dimebag loved the VH2 guitar, stating it was his all time favourite.

Picture courtesy http://www.dravensworld.net/2011/12/rip-dimebag-darrell-putain-7-ans.html

Nonetheless, it is still a guitar that fascinates many to this day. The materials used to create this particular guitar are more or less the same materials used to create the original Frankenstrat, with the exception of the paint job, which was yellow stripes on black respectively. It originally had a green headstock, but was later changed. Still if you are not up to building a VH2 lookalike, there is the option of picking up the EVH Gear Striped Series Bumblebee lookalike. Below are the specifications for this guitar, retailing at $1 199US4:

The EVH Striped Series is the best bet for a close copy of the VH2 guitar.

Picture courtesy http://images.evhgear.com/misc/new2013/stripe-yellow.png

Body: Body: Basswood Body

Finish: Gloss

Neck:

Number of Frets: 22

Fret Size: Jumbo

Position Inlays: Dot

Fretboard Radius: 12” to 16”

Compound Radius: (304.8mm to 406.4mm)

Fretboard: Maple

Neck Material: Maple Neck

Finish: Hand-Rubbed Oil

Nut Width: 1.6875” (42.8 mm)

Scale Length: 25.5” (648mm)

Headstock: Standard Stratocaster®

Neck Plate: EVH®-Branded

Electronics:

Pickup Configuration: H Bridge

Pickup: Direct Mount Wolfgang

Humbucking Controls: Master Volume

Hardware:

Hardware: Chrome

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

String Nut: Floyd Rose® Locking

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

Unique Features: EVH® Neckplate, Bar String Retainer, Thumb Wheel Truss Rod Adjustment, Vintage Strap Buttons, 1-Ply Black Pickguard (576 Only)

Accessories: Control Knobs: One White “Tone” Knob On Volume Pot

Once again, little information exists on this particular guitar as it is not as well-known as other Eddie Van Halen guitars such as the Frankenstrat or otherwise, but is still worth exploring the sound and tone of it on the Van Halen II album. For this reason, it is still relevant exploring today.

Van Halen 2 is a remarkable exploration in sound and tone, and the VH2 guitar reflects this. It is crucial in the Van Halen back catalogue.

Picture courtesy http://www.theaceblackblog.com/2011/04/cd-review-van-halen-ii-by-van-halen.html

References:

  1. Bonta, Mark Steven. 2010. Van Bonta’s Guitar Collection. http://vanbontasguitars.blogspot.com.au/2010/03/vhii-bumble-bee.html
  2. Unknown author. Unknown date. Floyd Rose – The Man. http://www.floydrose.com/about-floyd-rose/floyd-rose-the-man
  3. Steven Rosen. 2008. Rock Chronicles. 1980s – Wayne Charvel. http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/interviews/rock_chronicles/rock_chronicles_1980s_wayne_charvel.html?no_takeover
  4. Unknown author. Unknown date. EVH Striped Series at EVH Gear. http://www.evhgear.com/en-AU/gear/subpage/?partno=5107902528