Saturday, March 26, 2011

Eddie Van Halen: New Wolfgang guitars available

Some new Eddie Van Halen guitars are now on the market.

EVH introduces two new Wolfgang guitar models, the Wolfgang USA Custom and the Wolfgang Stealth - both are distinctive variations on the hugely successful original model, the U.S.-made EVH Wolfgang guitar designed by Eddie Van Halen.

The new models were unveiled at the 2011 NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show in January; Eddie even stopped by his booth to check things out.

NAMM – Anaheim, CA - January 12, 2011

Perhaps the most uniquely elegant instrument in the Wolfgang series, the Wolfgang USA Custom represents Eddie Van Halen’s personal tribute to the short-scale set-neck guitars of the late 1950s, combined with the distinctive modern personal touches he prefers on his own guitars. These two elements culminate in a truly magnificent tone machine embodying the best of yesterday and today.

The guitar’s mahogany body has a ½” arched maple top and seven-ply binding, a bound mahogany set neck with dual graphite reinforcement rods, and a 24.75″ scale length. Features include a compound radius (12″-16″) ebony or rosewood fingerboard, 22 vintage stainless steel frets, seven-ply headstock and body binding, mother-of-pearl headstock logo inlay on ebony, dual EVH Wolfgang Custom nickel-covered humbucking pickups with three-position switching, stop-tail bridge with fine tuners, EVH custom tuners, dual EVH custom low-friction 500k volume pots, dual EVH custom high-friction 250k tone pots and an EVH molded-stripe case by SKB®. Available in Black, White and Vintage Cherry Burst.

In designing an especially sleek all-black addition to the Wolfgang series, Eddie Van Halen decided to try something he previously wasn’t known to prefer - an ebony fingerboard. He liked it so much that the resulting guitar - the Wolfgang Stealth - now resides at the very forefront of his arsenal.

Features include an arch-top basswood body, quartersawn maple neck with dual graphite reinforcement rods, compound radius (12″-16″) ebony fingerboard with 22 vintage stainless steel frets, dual hard-mounted EVH Wolfgang humbucking pickups with three-position switching, dual Bourns® low- (volume) and high-friction (tone) potentiometers, EVH-branded Floyd Rose® locking tremolo with EVH D-Tuna®, black hardware, EVH-branded 14-1 Gotoh® chrome tuners with pearloid buttons, Schaller® chrome string retainer and EVH molded-stripe case by SKB®. Available in Stealth Black.

Check your local music retailer for availability; more details at EVHgear here.

Van Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen – Catherine (EVH Studio Cut) (2006)
Sacred Sin DVD

See also:

Sammy Hagar: Charlie Sheen reminds me of Eddie Van Halen
Sammy Hagar: “Eddie Van Halen turned into a monster”
Gary Cherone talks Van Halen
Van Halen: new album due for summer release?