EVH Eddie Van Halen Striped Series Shark Electric Guitar, with Pau Ferro Fingerboard

Featuring an eccentric design, the EVH "Shark" pays detailed homage to Eddie's iconic guitar, with modern touches such as dual Wolfgang alnico 2 humbuckers.
What's special about this item?
Feature: What it does:
Ash body Strong, snappy responsive tone
Maple neck Bright tone, full sustain and strength
Pau Ferro fretboard Delivers strong midrange presence and punch
Satin-finished neck Fast, smooth and easy playing feel
After years of receiving requests for this famed instrument, EVH is proud to release the Striped Series Shark model. This high-performance axe features an angular ash body that is paired with a rock-solid set maple neck, carved to a comfortable modified "C" profile. The neck also features a "hockey stick" headstock and the same striped paint job on the back, while the fast-playing 12"-16" compound radius Pau Ferro fingerboard has 22 jumbo frets and white dot inlays.

Eddie Van Halen is known for infusing his iconic guitars with their own identity. With his visionary hands-on approach to personally modifying his style and tone, Eddie has created some of the most memorable guitars in rock 'n' roll history.

One of those guitars became as iconic to Van Halen's sound as tapping was to Eddie's playing. Aptly named the "Shark," Eddie took his angular offset axe and sawed a chunk out of the body, leaving jagged edges in the wood that resembled teeth. After applying a coat of silver paint, Eddie added tape in his famed striped pattern and then grabbed a rattle can of burgundy Schwinn bicycle paint to finish the job. The final striped creation was initially seen live during the first Van Halen World Tour in 1978, but became more widely known and adored by fans after appearing on the back cover of Van Halen's 1980 album, Women and Children First.

The Shark is fitted with custom designed EVH Wolfgang alnico 2 Humbucker bridge and neck pickups, delivering the ideal amount read more of power and articulation with sweet sustain and thick chunky rhythms in a perfectly balanced EQ curve. Adding to the unique style of this instrument, the bridge pickup features parchment bobbins with metal braid wire, while the neck pickup features black bobbins with metal braid wire. A low-friction volume knob with treble bleed provides for unmatched performance and even-volume tapering for the smoothest volume swells, while a chrome-plated solid-brass harmonica bridge provides massive attack, presence and sustain.

In addition to its instantly recognizable Burgundy with Silver Stripes paint job, the Shark boasts other eye-catching features including black numbered speed knobs, three-way toggle switch housed on a brass mounting plate, brass nut, gold and chrome custom EVH-stamped Gotoh tuners and chrome eye hooks with turnbuckles.
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- Series: Striped
- Body Material: Ash
- Neck: Maple
- Neck Finish: Satin
- Fingerboard: Pau Ferro, 12"-16" Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
- Frets: 22, Jumbo
- Position Inlays: White Dot
- Nut Material: Brass
- Nut Width: 1.6875" (42.86 mm)
- Tuning Machines: EVH-Branded Custom Gotoh SG381 (Chrome & Gold)
- Scale Length: 24.75" (629 mm)
- Bridge: EVH Chrome-Plated Solid-Brass Harmonica
- Bridge Pickup: EVH Wolfgang Parchment Pickup with Metal Braid Wire
- Neck Pickup: EVH Wolfgang Neck Black Pickup with Metal Braid Wire
- Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle:
- Position 1: Bridge Pickup
- Position 2: Bridge and Neck Pickups
- Position 3: Neck Pickup
- Controls: Volume (500K EVH Bourns Low Friction Pot) with Treble Bleed, Tone
- Control Knobs: Numbered Black Speed Knobs
- Hardware Finish: Chrome/Gold/Aluminum/Brass
- Strings: Nickel Plated Steel .009-.042 Gauges
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Burgundy Silver
Shipping Weight: 15.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 50 x 24 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): EVH 5107922 505
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-856-9801
Email: consumerrelations@evhgear.com
Web: https://www.evhgear.com/support
(1 ratings)
Submitted June 4, 2020 by Matt B in Dallas, TX
"The “Shark”"
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
First off, I want to say that I’m a big Van Halen fan and Eddie is a huge influence on me. The Shark is my favorite guitar he ever played and when they made one I had to get it. The guitar is beautiful made even tho is was crafted in Korea, and some are skeptical or even picky about where their stuff comes from, that didn’t matter to me. It has an amazing matte finish, burgundy w/silver stripes paint job that resembles the original in every way. Everything is like the original, the turn buckles, the chrome/gold tuners, the custom EVH humbuckers that capture Ed’s sound, the neck profile, and the neck is one piece into the guitar instead of bolt on. It feels, sounds and plays great. But..there are 3 things I must mention. I’m giving it 4 1/2 stars because of #1. 1. The box was partially damaged and open when it was delivered. Nothing was wrong with the guitar but that could’ve been serious due to lack of proper shipping care. 2. I noticed that there’s only one volume nob for both pick ups, so you can’t imitate the classic kill switch sound Eddie produced at the end of the “You Really Got Me” guitar solo. There ways to play that part without the kill switch sound, but it would be nice to be able to have individual volume knobs for each humbucker. You can always modify the guitar if it concerns you. It doesn’t bother me that much. 3. The headstock is not exactly like the original, and that was one of my biggest issues with this guitar, but seeing it in person has grown on me read more and it looks good. Overall, this guitar is great. It will definitely catch people’s attention and is a must have for guitarist who love Eddie Van Halen. And as always, zZounds has been excellent in the past with shipping and all their products I’ve purchased. This time isn’t going to stop me from doing business in the future. Thank you, Zounds and thank you, Eddie Van Halen for a timeless guitar!

Musical Background:
16 + years guitar/piano

Musical Style:
Classic rock, blues, jazz
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