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EVH Eddie Van Halen Wolfgang Special Electric Guitar (with Case)

Play the guitar Eddie Van Halen plays! This "Special" flat-top version of the EVH Wolfgang gives you Gotoh tuners and a D-Tuna on the Floyd Rose tremolo. (40) Read 29 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Features: What it does for you:
EVH Wolfgang pickups Voiced by Eddie Van Halen himself; dynamic and hot
Floyd Rose locking tremolo with EVH D-Tuna Built-in "drop-D" lever on tremolo bridge
Quartersawn neck Strong straight grain; sweet tone
Stainless steel frets Increased strength and material integrity

The Wolfie Special -- Designed and Refined by a Guitar Demigod!

The EVH Eddie Van Halen Wolfgang Special -- the flat-top edition of Edward's signature instrument -- is an exceptional high-end electric guitar, designed and refined by one of the greatest guitar players of all time. No mere collector's item, the Wolfgang Special was designed with the needs of true musicians in mind. This Wolfie combines a lightning-fast neck design with two proprietary EVH humbucking pickups to create a guitar that will inspire you to a whole new level of musicianship.

Because Perfection is a Continual Process

The EVH Wolfgang Special is a flat-top adaptation of the celebrated EVH USA Wolfgang, with a solid basswood body and beautiful maple-veneer top. The neck is carved from a single piece of high-grade quarter-sawn maple. You'll see that the fingerboard is made from AA birdseye maple, which is pleasing to the eye and incredibly satisfying under the fingers. It's got a 12-16 inch compound-radius cut as well, which means that every note will intonate evenly at every point in the fretboard, even through your most savage bends and tremolos. It is set with 22 stainless steel frets with "vintage" size specifications. You'll also feel immediately comfortable with the standard 25.5-inch scale length. The nut is a Floyd Rose R2 locking nut, measuring 1.625 inches across.

Ingenious Hardware Designs

The EVH Wolfgang Special lends itself to expressive playing, with its EVH-branded Floyd Rose authentic locking tremolo system -- complete with the pre-installed D-Tuna drop tuning system designed by Edward Van Halen himself. The EVH D-Tuna is a patented design that puts a string locking screw switch on the saddle of the lowest note on the bridge. With this, you can simply flip the switch to drop the E string down a whole step to D, so you can fret your power chords even faster. When you want to switch back to a standard tuning, just flip the switch and you're back with no loss to tuning stability on the string. A simple but ingenious innovation! It's really no wonder that so many great guitarists have been using the D-Tuna since it was introduced in the early 1990s. A set of chrome EVH-branded Gotoh tuning machines with pearloid buttons completes the top-shelf hardware on this beast.

Humbuckers Reconsidered from the Ground Up

The electronics on your EVH Wolfgang Special are the result of no less innovation. The design process for these custom humbuckers allegedly went through more than 80 prototypes before EVH himself approved them for release. Through a clean amp, you'll marvel at their sparkling response, rich in overtones and perfectly suited to a heavily chorused clean sound. Then, as you open up more and more crunch on your signal, you'll have your breath taken away by the character these pups impart to sustaining leads and shred sounds. The two Bourns pots onboard offer you a wide spectrum to craft the tone and level you need, and a standard 3-position switch lets you combine the pickups in whatever configuration you desire.

Features:

- Basswood body
- Maple veneer top
- Quarter-sawn maple Neck
- 22-Fret AA Birdseye Maple Fingerboard
- EVH Humbucking Neck and Bridge Pickups
- EVH-branded Floyd Rose locking tremolo
- Striped SKB EVH Case included
- Chrome Hardware
- Chrome EVH-branded Gotoh tuning machines with pearloid buttons
- EVH-branded Floyd Rose bridge with locking tremolo
- 3-way pickup switch
- 2 Bourns low-friction pots

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- Body: Basswood core with maple veneer top
- Neck: Quartersawn Maple
- Fingerboard: AA Birdseye Maple, 12" to 16" Compound Radius (304.8-406.4 mm), Stealth Black has Ebony Fingerboard
- Frets: 22, Stainless steel frets, Vintage Size
- Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
- Nut: Floyd Rose(R) R2 locking nut
- Nut Width: 1 5/8" (41 mm)
- Hardware: Chrome
- Tuning Keys: EVH-branded Gotoh(R) tuning machines, chrome w/pearloid buttons
- Bridge: EVH-branded Floyd Rose(R) locking tremolo

- Pickups:
- - Neck: EVH(R) humbucking pickup
- - Middle: N/A
- - Bridge: EVH(R) humbucking pickup

- Pickup Switching: 3-way switch
- Controls: 2 Bourns(R) low friction pots (1x250k, 1x500k)

- Included Accessories:
- - Case: SKB(R) EVH Striped Case
- - Floyd Rose(R) tremolo wrenches
- - Owner's manual
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 480-596-7195

EVH Wolfgang Special Guitar

Eddie Van Halen is the guitarist's guitarist, and the EVH Wolfgang series guitars are a dream to play. The Wolfgang Special is a flat-top edition of EVH's USA Wolfgang's offering single ply body binding between the basswood body and maple veneer top, a 22 fret AA Birdseye maple fingerboard with a 12 to 16 inch compound radius and with an EVH branded Floyd Rose that includes Eddie's own D-Tuna drop tuning system built right on the tremolo.

Features:

- Basswood body with Maple veneer top
- Quarter-sawn Maple Neck
- 22 Fret AA Birdseye Maple Fingerboard, Stealth Black has Ebony Fingerboard
- EVH Humbucking Neck and Bridge Pickups
- EVH-branded Floyd Rose locking tremolo
- Includes SKB EVH Striped Case

Wolfgang model guitars are the result of a painstaking process to create a guitar that plays and sounds the way that Eddie wants -- and the Wolfgang Special does not disappoint.
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Overall: I had read many reviews of this guitar online before my final purchase. I knew that at some point in my life I would own an actual Van Halen signature model, but I always thought I would hold out for the American model. If you are in the same boat and don't need your guitar to be an arch top, press buy now and get this magnificent guitar! The guitar plays the a dream! The neck is soft as butter and the frets were cut perfectly. The floyd in the bridge is great and I have had zero tuning issues. One thing I will say, and it should be common knowledge, is that if you are using the drop d tuna then you CAN NOT float this bridge. I made the mistake of trying this on a day that I played with two separate bands playing in two separate tunings and it made my life a living hell until I realized my mistake and screwed that bridge down tight. The pickups on this beast are hot as hell. It was definitely made to be played with an amp that reacts to finding a clean sound by rolling back the volume knob, so be forewarned that most gain levels on a clean channel will need to be rolled back. The volume knob on this is superb! The low friction turn makes whale sounds and swells a breeze! The only issue i have is that i have to adjust my pinky so as not to bump this when I am playing. Minor fix for maximum results. I was overly surprised at the case for this guitar. More like a rifle case than anything else! I have owned this for a little over a month and it has already been banged around as much as any touring musician normally would. I do not baby my equipment and it has nary a scratch on it. Seems like it will stand the test of time. You will definitely need to make use of the cubby hole in the case because it is a form fitted case and makes no room for the whammy bar or a strap. Whether your are a van halen fan or not, this guitar will outplay most instruments in the market at this price.
Style of Music: Rock, Metal, Acoustic, Pop, Hip Hop, Country
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Overall: I almost sent it back initially. The fret ends were protruding upon delivery and still after a couple of weeks. But the frets were perfectly level and I was able to set up great low action on a perfectly straight neck--no relief, the way I like it. There is a simple solution, however (see below). And there was/is one inlay dot that was not perfect--you can see a little bit of space on two sides--nothing that would affect playability, but given the fit and finish of everything else, it stood out. Everything else was perfect out of the box. My star ratings are based on the fact that I paid less than $800 for the guitar on zzounds. At full price, I don't know where I would account for the inlay (which is my guess as to why it was returned originally) but I would dock a star for that. I know it's an easy fix, but for a MSRP of $1800 and original out-the-door prices of around $1400, I would have sent it back for a replacement. The frets. Beautiful stainless steel frets. But sticking out a bit too much. Realizing the neck is unfinished maple and that it was manufactured and shipped from a high humidity locale, I placed a humidifier in a room, turned it on low, and opened the guitar case. I checked on it daily and you know what? After a couple of days of adjusting to the humidity and temperature, the frets were 100% better. I have been alternating between this and my MM Axis since then and the EVH feels better to me now. (This has more to do with limitations on the setup of the Axis, which admittedly has much better fit and finish across the board.) To give a comparison, since it has been raised, the Axis is a little bit brighter. Both guitars have great pickups that respond very well to player cues, but the EVH is a little more mellow and warm. You can also dial the tone back on the EVH, where you can only roll the volume back on the Axis. The big difference for me (other than price point) is that the Axis bridge is much more limited if you want to get the string very close to the fretboard: you can get it low, but the EVH gets lower while staying perfectly playable. Aesthetically, pick your appeal. I generally like solid colors, but the Axis is just plain beautiful. The book-matched top and neck are as good as I have ever seen (deep, detailed, yeah). And it has a belly cut, which isn’t a selling point for me, but is a plus for some people. I haven’t played the other Wolfgang/MM iterations, so I can’t comment. However, I can confidently say I received a great guitar that is darn close to my Axis in most regards, is a little better inothers, and that I would not hesitate to recommend. In fact, I’m probably going to buy another one. It’s made in China. I know. But, so is your television and probably everything else you own except your car. If we could make guitars this nice here for the same money, people would be doing it. This guitar stomps on a lot of US-built iconic guitars that I’ve played. Don’t get me wrong, there are some very nice domestic guitars, but not on par with this guitar and not at this price—unless it’s a Japanese Fender, which have always impressed me. This is a very good rock n’ roll guitar. Others have described its sound adequately. It cleans up, but it cannot sound like a Rickenbacker. You can play good clean tones and then dial it up to drive some tubes without fear it is going to sound like Poison’s first album through every amp. It is surprisingly versatile for non-split buckers, a switch, and two control knobs. You just have to know what you want out of it. Oh, and harmonics are impressive, everywhere on the fingerboard. The combination of the compound neck and pickups, with a little bit of pick and finger love, brings out a little bit of extra sound. If you want it to. And the case? You just have to see it. Might be the nicest stock case I've seen too. Very compact and reasonably light for something built to withstand a tank assault.
Style of Music: Rock, Alternative, Southern Rock
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