'Greatest guitarist of all time' is a phrase that gets thrown around a lot. Let's face it, everybody has their favorites and opinions differ. But if you really had to attach that lofty praise to one person, it just might be Eddie Van Halen. When Van Halen exploded onto the scene in the late '70s, no one had ever heard the guitar played with such a potent blend of innovative technical ability and pure, unbridled energy. Eddie's solos are like musical roller coaster rides, filled with unexpected turns and exhilarating, edge-of-your-seat speed. Amazingly, Eddie has influenced the way the electric guitar is designed just as profoundly as the way it is played. Always frustrated by the limits of traditional guitars, Eddie has chopped, soldered, tweaked and modded his guitars to suit his demanding style.
All of his hard work and persistence have now paid off in the form of the brand new EVH Wolfgang. This is Eddie's ideal guitar, and no aspect, however small, has been overlooked. Every element of the Wolfgang has been fine tuned with merciless precision to create a guitar that not only looks and sounds amazing, but can stand up to the brutal treatment it's bound to get from Eddie on tour. In fact, it already has. Eddie played several pre-production Wolfgang guitars throughout the recent Van Halen tour.
It took over two years to create a guitar that lived up to Eddie's demanding vision. The pickups alone were a massive undertaking, and over 80 versions were tried and rejected before Eddie gave them a 'thumbs up.' EVH humbuckers are double-potted for incredible resistance to feedback, even at stage volumes with tons of gain.
Another tour-tested feature is the stainless steel fret wire. When you play as aggressively as Eddie does, you can wear through frets pretty fast. Stainless steel offers the best of both worlds — super smooth playability and incredible strength. Simply put, The EVH Wolfgang never needs to be re-fretted... ever.
Eddie Van Halen has broken the rules and rocked millions of fans around the world for over 30 years. The Wolfgang is the culmination of all his knowledge, passion and experience. Play one for yourself at Guitar Center.
Could this be magic? We think so.