It’s Winter NAMM Show week and while the big guns such as Fender won’t be exhibiting there this time, it hasn’t stopped them from announcing an impressive batch of new gear, including new guitars from the EVH brand. Honouring the enduring legacy of legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen, Fender® is thrilled to unveil a remarkable collection of new products from the EVH® brand. With an unwavering commitment to delivering Eddie’s vision, these exceptional offerings embody the spirit of innovation and musical excellence that defined his illustrious career. Guided by Eddie’s son, Wolfgang Van Halen, the brand is embarking on a fresh direction that seamlessly merges tradition and innovation, paying tribute to his father’s influence while forging a path of its own. Together, Fender® and the EVH® brand are poised to take Eddie’s legacy to new heights, ensuring his indelible impact continues to resonate with musicians and fans worldwide.
EVH® Striped Series Circles ($1,399.99 USD, £1,299.00 GBP, €1,499.00 EUR, $2,399.00 AUD, ¥187,000 JPY) With an otherworldly black-and-white “crop circles” graphic painted satin finish, the EVH® Circles model is without question one of the most distinctively eye-catching guitars in the Striped Series lineup. There’s nothing alien about the rest of this high-performance tone machine, though, with its sleek Strat®-like basswood body, rock-solid quartersawn maple neck with oiled finish, fast and smooth compound-radius maple fingerboard (12”-16”) with comfortably rolled edges and 22 jumbo frets, a single ferocious EVH® direct-mount pickup with single black plastic control knob (master volume), EVH® Floyd Rose® w/D-Tuna® and locking nut and EVH® tuners. EVH® Striped Series gig bag, included! Available in White and Black Circles painted graphic finish.
EVH® Striped Series Shark ($1,899.99 USD, £1,499.00 GBP, €1,749.00 EUR, $3,199.00 AUD, ¥324,500 JPY) After years of receiving requests for this famed instrument, EVH® is proud to release the new Striped Series Shark model, now with gigbag included! 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. The Shark is also fitted with custom designed EVH Wolfgang® alnico 2 Humbucker bridge and neck pickups, delivering the ideal amount 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. EVH Striped Series Shark gigbag included!
Available April 2024.
WOLFGANG® STANDARD EXOTIC
Wolfgang® WG Standard Exotic ($799.99 USD, £689.00 GBP, €799.00 EUR, $1,399.00 AUD, ¥140,800 JPY) The Wolfgang WG Standard offers a basswood body with special “comfort cut” forearm contour for maximum playing ease, along with attractive natural body binding and a distinctive poplar burl top. Its bolt-on baked maple neck with graphite-reinforcement rods holds strong against the ravages of temperature and humidity, while a conveniently located spoke wheel at the base of the neck makes for quick and painless truss rod adjustments. Designed for comfortable playability and speed, this stylish axe also features an oiled finish on the back of the neck and a 12”-16” compound radius baked maple fingerboard with rolled edges, 22 jumbo frets and black dot inlays. Dual EVH® Wolfgang® humbucking pickups mounted directly to the body increase vibration transfer, resulting in sustain for days on end. Two black knurled control knobs have been dialed-in to Van Halen’s exacting specifications —the smooth-feeling 500k pots make it easy to find a unique sound while retaining the crisp high-end sparkle of the Wolfgang® pickups. The EVH-branded Floyd Rose® Special bridge and R2 locking nut consistently keep the instrument in tune through the deepest whammy dives and horse whinnies. Available in Zebrawood and Black Walnut.
Available Spring 2024.
Wolfgang® Special Striped ($1,499-1,599.00 USD, £1,299.00 GBP, €1,499.00 EUR, $2,699.00 AUD, ¥231,000 JPY) Loaded with player-oriented features and iconic style, the Wolfgang® Special Striped is a highly-responsive and huge-sounding instrument that was born to crank out some serious rock. Sporting some eye popping striped finishes, black headstock and chrome hardware, the Wolfgang® Special Striped features a basswood body with arched top, robust graphite-reinforced quartersawn maple neck —carved and rolled to EVH’s exacting specifications and a speedy 12”-16” compound radius ebony fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets for facilitating energetic riffing and blazing leads. A heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel also makes for quick and easy neck relief tweaks, a feature guitar techs everywhere will thank you for. The crystal clear custom-designed EVH® Wolfgang® Humbucking pickups are mounted directly to the body, supplying girth and sparkle, as well as near-endless sustain to power chords and melody lines. Every component of this guitar has been selected and positioned for high-speed playing. The low-friction volume knob lets you perform speedy violin-like volume swells with ease while the tone knob resists easy turning —avoiding unwanted tonal shifts as your picking hand flies furiously across the strings. The rock-solid EVH-branded Floyd Rose® locking tremolo bridge combines with the Floyd Rose® locking nut to maintain precise tuning, no matter how insane your whammy-bar histrionics get. The EVH® D-Tuna® re-tunes to Drop-D and back with strict accuracy at the mere flick of a finger, making this the only guitar you’ll need onstage. Available in Red, Black and White; Black and Yellow; Black and White.
Wolfgang® Special, Ebony Fingerboard ($1,249.99 USD, £1,169.00 GBP, €1,349.00 EUR, $2,099.00 AUD, ¥236,500 JPY) The Wolfgang® Special features a basswood body with an arched top and a robust graphite-reinforced bolt-on quartersawn maple neck. The neck is carved and rolled to Eddie Van Halen’s exacting specifications and features a hand-rubbed satin urethane finish on the back. Primed for high performance, energetic riffing and blazing leads, the 12”-16” compound radius ebony fingerboard has 22 jumbo frets and pearloid dot inlays. Truss rod adjustments have also never been easier thanks to a spoke wheel conveniently located at the base of the neck. A pair of flagship custom-designed EVH® Wolfgang® Alnico 2 humbucking pickups are mounted directly to the body, providing dynamic yet articulate voicing, as well as endless sustain for powerful chords and melody lines. A sturdy and dependable EVH-branded Floyd Rose® locking trem and Floyd Rose® locking nut work in tandem for precise tuning even with extreme changes in pitch, while the EVH® D-Tuna® re-tunes to drop-D and back with strict accuracy at the flick of a finger. The volume knob with treble bleed circuit has a 500K EVH® Bourns® low friction pot for smooth swells and a tone control knob with a 250K Bourns® high friction tone pot that prevents accidental tone shifting. Available in Silverburst.
Wolfgang® Special QM, Baked Maple Fingerboard ($1,299.99 USD, £1,299.00 GBP, €1,499.00 EUR, $2,299.00 AUD, ¥247,500 JPY) The Wolfgang® Special QM features a basswood body with an arched quilt maple top and a robust graphite-reinforced bolt-on quartersawn baked maple neck. The neck is carved and rolled to Eddie Van Halen’s exacting specifications and features a hand-rubbed satin urethane finish on the back. Primed for high performance, energetic riffing and blazing leads, the 12”-16” compound radius baked maple fingerboard has 22 jumbo frets and black dot inlays. Truss rod adjustments have also never been easier thanks to a spoke wheel conveniently located at the base of the neck. A pair of flagship custom-designed EVH® Wolfgang® Alnico 2 humbucking pickups are mounted directly to the body, providing dynamic yet articulate voicing, as well as endless sustain for powerful chords and melody lines. A sturdy and dependable EVH-branded Floyd Rose® locking trem and Floyd Rose® locking nut work in tandem for precise tuning even with extreme changes in pitch, while the EVH® D-Tuna® re-tunes to drop-D and back with strict accuracy at the flick of a finger. The volume knob with treble bleed circuit has a 500K EVH® Bourns® low friction pot for smooth swells and a tone control knob with a 250K Bourns® high friction tone pot that prevents accidental tone shifting. Available in Indigo Burst.
Available Spring 2024.
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