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EVH/Fender Wolfgang USA Edward Van Halen Signature Model

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Eddie Van Halen put out this model of guitar for people to enjoy after much interest in the EVH Gear label.

The continuous evolution of Eddie’s sound and tone over the years has had many twists and turns. The result is this, EVH’s signature model guitar. It is exactly what Eddie himself uses and plays today.

Eddie Van Halen is a living legend, as shown here in the special Smithsonian lecture for which he was an honourable guest at. He fully deserves the credit for his musical development, of the latest main development is the guitar next to him, which this article is about.

Guitarist Eddie Van Halen has been honored by the Smithsonian Institution for his contributions to American music. (Smithsonian Institution)

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So, what differs to the main line of EVH Wolfgang guitars? Coming in either an Ivory (White) or Stealth (Black) finish, there are a few key differences to the regular line of Wolfgangs here.

Firstly, the Basswood body is complemented with a Maple top. The pickups are also somewhat different from a traditional Wolfgang, being that the neck pickup is an Alnico 3 type humbucker, with the bridge pickup being an Alnico 2 humbucker. Prior to this, all EVH Gear guitars had Alnico 2 pickups on them in both positions.

The EVH Wolfgang USA Edward Van Halen Signature also comes in an Ivory finish. As mentioned by EVH marketer Matt Bruck, the Ivory version of this line of guitars is intended to be a halfway house between the Stealth version, and the Tour Relic Replica that Eddie recently played in 2015 on the live tour.

Wolfgang® USA Edward Van Halen Signature, Ebony Fingerboard, Ivory

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Additionally, there is the kill switch. This is on Eddie’s own guitar which acts as a push-push volume cut, which Eddie notably uses on “You Really Got Me” in live performances, and other songs he plays. Additionally, instead of the regular strap buttons come key clasps, ideal for the dog-lead style strap that Eddie Van Halen uses on his guitars for a more secure strap setting.

In any case, below are the specifications of the guitar, courtesy of the www.evhgear.com website:

GENERAL:

Model Name: Wolfgang® USA Edward Van Halen Signature, Ebony Fingerboard, Stealth

Model Number: 5107920868

Series: Wolgang® USA

MSRP: $4475.51

Colours: Choice between Ivory (White) or Stealth (Black)

BODY:

Body Shape: Wolfgang®

Body Binding: 5-Ply

Body Material: Basswood with Big Leaf Maple Top

Body Finish: Satin Urethane

Body Back: Basswood

Body Top: Big Leaf Maple

NECK:

Neck Material: 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 406.4mm)

Number of Frets: 22

Fret Size: Vintage Stainless

String Nut: Floyd Rose® Locking

Nut Width: 1.650” (42mm)

Headstock: EVH®-Branded

Neck Plate: NA

Neck Finish: Hand-Rubbed Urethane Gel

Fingerboard: Ebony

Position Inlays: Pearloid Dot (Stealth) or Block Inlays (Ivory)

ELECTRONICS:

Bridge Pickup: EVH® Wolfgang® Humbucking

Neck Pickup: EVH® Wolfgang® AL3 Humbucker

Controls: EVH® BI Tech HPU Low Friction Volume, EVH® Bourns High Friction Tone

Pickup Switching: EVH Reverse-Style 3-Position Switching: Position 1: Neck Pickup, Position 2: Neck and Bridge, Position 3: Bridge.

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

Switch Tips: Black

MISCELLANEOUS:

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

Is there anything Eddie Van Halen himself cannot do or has not done in his pursuit of the perfect tone? Eddie truly is the master of tone chasing and this guitar is the last step (so far) in that tone chasing nature of his. 

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Notably, this guitar is the final step (to this date) of Eddie Van Halen’s most recent evolution, although future changes could be done to this guitar and line up of guitars. If you are fascinated by the most modern and recent addition to the evolution of the Brown Sound, or just need a fantastic shred style guitar to add to your collection, look no further.

 

References:

  1. Wolfgang® USA Edward Van Halen Signature. EVH Gear. http://www.evhgear.com/gear/guitars/wolfgang-usa/wolfgang-usa-edward-van-halen-signature-ebony-fingerboard-stealth/
  2. EVH Wolfgang USA Edward Van Halen Signature Electric Guitar – New From NAMM 2017. Musician’s Friend, YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WF0fdY3gAiI

EVH/Fender Wolfgang Limited Tour Relic (Replica)

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.

The EVH Gear brand is here to stay and produces new and exciting equipment with each passing year.

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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:

 

GENERAL:

Model Name: EVH® Wolfgang® Limited Tour Relic (Replica), Ebony Fingerboard, Ivory

Model Number: 5101011000

Series: Wolfgang® USA Custom

MSRP: $13,888.88

Colour: Ivory

BODY:

Body Shape: Wolfgang®

Body Binding: 5-Ply

Body Material: Basswood with Maple Top

Body Finish: Lacquer Relic

NECK:

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)

Headstock: EVH

Neck Plate: NA

Neck Finish: Oiled Relic

Fingerboard: Ebony

Position Inlays: Mother-of-Pearl Blocks

ELECTRONICS:

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)

HARDWARE:

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

Tuning Machines: EVH®-Branded Gotoh® Chrome with Pearloid Buttons

Orientation: Right Hand

Pickguard: None

Control Knobs: Black Plastic

MISCELLANEOUS:

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.

Included Accessories:

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.

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.

Picture courtesy http://www.evhgear.com/gear/guitars/wolfgang-standard/evh-wolfgang-wg-t-standard-maple-fingerboard-transparent-red/

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.

Picture courtesy http://www.evhgear.com/gear/guitars/wolfgang-special/

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.

Picture courtesy http://www.evhgear.com/gear/guitars/wolfgang-special/

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