If you're a Van Halen fan, you already know the Wolfgang as the guitar that Eddie Van Halen endorses and plays on tour. But you may not know the extent of Eddie's involvement with the design and testing of this incredible instrument. Collaborating with Fender to redesign his signature guitar from the ground up, EVH tested a series of Wolfgang prototypes in the most rigorous real-world conditions possible: Van Halen's 2007-2008 world tour. For a full year, Eddie played Wolfgangs night after night, song after song -- adjusting components and swapping out parts until he was satisfied with the sound, feel and looks of the instrument. The result of this trial-and-error process is the EVH Wolfgang USA: the archtop edition of Eddie's main axe, built to his exact specifications.
Looks Worthy of a Guitar Legend
Named after Eddie Van Halen's son (and an eighteenth-century composer you may have heard of), the Wolfgang is an guitar unlike any other. With an instantly recognizable body shape and distinctive headstock, you can tell at a glance that this is a singular instrument. Built of solid basswood, the body has a 1/2" maple arch top with 5-ply binding and matching headstock. The Stealth Satin Black finish employs a sleek ebony fingerboard with 22 vintage-style stainless steel frets. Chrome hardware like a square jack plate and Schaller string retainer, along with pearloid dot or block inlays, complete the look of Eddie's signature instrument.
Built to Withstand the Rigors…
of the RoadThis Wolfgang is more than a work of art -- it's made to be played. That's why it comes with a Floyd Rose locking tremolo with EVH D-Tuna dropped-D tuning system pre-installed and ready to rock. Made to withstand the rigors of a Van Halen tour, the Wolfgang's quartersawn maple neck is reinforced with graphite rods for ultimate stability. The compound-radius fretboard, which flattens out toward the upper frets, is designed for ultimate playability. And the Wolfgang USA comes complete with Bourns low-friction volume and tone pots, custom-made Gotoh tuning machines, and two double-potted custom-wound humbucking pickups hard-mounted to the body with a three-way pickup selector switch -- all specified by Eddie himself for the instrument he uses on stage and in the studio.
Features:- 1/2"AA quilt maple arch top
- Ebony or birdseye maple fingerboard
- 5-ply binding
- Hard-mount EVH Wolfgang Custom USA bridge and neck pickups
- 3-position pickup-switching toggle with black switch tip
- EVH Bourns custom low-friction volume and tone pots
- Floyd Rose locking tremolo with EVH D-Tuna
- Comes tuned in E flat
- Compound radius fretboard
Eddie Van Halen could choose to play any guitar on Earth. So isn't it telling that the guitar he chooses is a Wolfgang? More than a collector's item, the EVH Wolfgang USA is a premium guitar that begs to be played.