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EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar Red with Black Stripes 

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Based on the original artwork Eddie created for the guitars he rocked the stages with during Van Halen's heyday of the late-'70s through the early '9...Read More

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An ode to the guitars made famous by Eddie Van Halen when he was blowing minds on and off stage.

Based on the original artwork Eddie created for the guitars he rocked the stages with during Van Halen's heyday of the late-'70s through the early '90s, this line of EVH guitars includes three color combos, white with black stripes, black with yellow stripes, and red with black and white stripes. Underneath the recognizable artwork are basswood Stratocaster-style bodies with quartersawn maple necks, a hand-rubbed oil finish and thumbwheel truss rod adjustment, compound-radius maple fingerboard (12"-16") with 22 jumbo frets and black dot inlays, plus a single ferocious direct-mount Wolfgang humbucking pickup.

Other premium features include a single volume control knob, single-ply black pickguard (on the white and black striped model only), bar string retainer and Floyd Rose locking nut, EVH-branded Floyd Rose locking tremolo with EVH D-Tuna, EVH die-cast tuners, chrome hardware, vintage-style strap buttons and EVH neck plate.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Basswood Stratocaster-style bodiy
  • 3 color patterns inspired by Van Halen's own design from his career (while supplies last)
  • Quartersawn maple neck
  • Floyd Rose locking nut
  • EVH-branded locking tremolo
  • Hand-rubbed oil finish
  • Thumbwheel truss rod adjustment
  • Compound radius maple fingerboard (12'-16")
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Black dot inlays
  • Direct-mount Wolfgang humbucking pickup
  • Single volume control knob
  • Bar string retainer
  • EVH die-cast tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • Vintage-style strap buttons

If you're going to rock some of Eddie's licks why not do it in his aesthetic style too? Order now.

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EVHStriped Series Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (2)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (24)
  • Good feel (23)
  • Good pick up (20)
  • Good tone (19)
  • Solid electronics (16)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (20)
    • Practicing (18)
    • Recording (10)
    • Rock concerts (9)
    • Small venues (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (19), Professional musician (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Worth the money!

    After 3 1/2 months of waiting for this guitar, I finally received it yesterday. Out of the box, the EVH Striped Series (Red, White, Black) guitar had a great setup...Read complete review

    After 3 1/2 months of waiting for this guitar, I finally received it yesterday. Out of the box, the EVH Striped Series (Red, White, Black) guitar had a great setup and straight neck. The finish is exactly what I had hoped for (no flaws), and I was very satisfied.

    I was also impressed by the fretwork. Frets are beveled and polished - much nicer than I had expected, and far better than on my old Charvel EVH Art Series (I also own the Black/Yellow Charvel Art Series guitar.) I experienced no fret buzz and don't have any notes fretting out when I over-bend, which I experience often with Fender Stratocasters in the upper 17th + frets on the 1st and 2nd string. Overall, this is a great guitar.

    Although the Musician's Friend description does not state that the neck is the same as a Wolfgang with a different headstock, I believe this to be the case. The neck does have a great feel. It is very different from the Charvel EVH Art Series - not as "thick" and a bit flatter. I like both,but my personal preference is the Charvel Art Series. I also prefer the pickup in the Charvel Art Series over the Wolfgang. They are definitely NOT the same pickup. The Wolfgang pickup seems a bit too bright to me, at least in this guitar. Definitely not going to get the classic "brown sound" with this pickup, but you will get 5150 era and beyond. It sounds a lot like a Duncan Custom Custom, with a 500K pot in a basswood guitar. If I planned on using this guitar to gig, I would change the volume pot to a 250K pot to cut back on the high mids. This is a personal preference, but I think that the pickup is too bright for this guitar's maple neck/basswood body.

    Floyd and D-tuna work perfectly, although the D-tuna is very close to the surface of the guitar body and is in danger of scratching the finish when being used - exercise caution when using it!

    Finally, the picture on Musician's Friend site indicates no "EVH" logo on the headstock. This is not the case. There is an EVH logo on the headstock of the Red/White/Black model as well as the others. This was not a surprise to me, but it is worth mentioning for those that might not be expecting a logo on this model.

    I gave it 4 out of 5 stars due to the pickup and D-tuna issues, mentioned above.

    I bought this guitar as more of a collector's item than for regular use. It would not be my go-to guitar for gigging, other than for the effect, if I were to play a VH song. All in all, this is a very solid guitar and I am very satisfied with my purchase. A great value for the price! I only wish that there was an optional EVH hardshell case that you could purchase with it.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar

    The paint job on the body is mint. Nice light weight body.The hardware seem's to be good quality.
    The BAD - Fret end's you could shave with, The Bridge is not Stabilized....Read complete review

    The paint job on the body is mint. Nice light weight body.The hardware seem's to be good quality.
    The BAD - Fret end's you could shave with, The Bridge is not Stabilized. Tightening the bridge springs so the bridge tilt's back and touches' the body is not what they mean.You almost can't use the D-Tuna .

    From EVH web site: http://www.dtuna.com/setup.php

    1. Stabilize Bridge:
    If your bridge is flush mounted against the body of your guitar (does not pull up) you can skip this step.
    If your bridge "floats," then it must be stabilized. There are two different ways to do this. The easiest way is to "block" the bridge so it doesn't pull up. Use a shim or wedge on the block of the bridge in the tremolo cavity. Make it snug so that the tremolo base plate is level with the body and will not pull back.

    The other option to stabilize and still be able to "pull up" on the bar is to install a tremolo stabilizer or stopper. There are many options for this, please consult D-Tuna customer service for a personalized solution to meet YOUR needs best.

    WHAT IS UP FENDER?

    Buy a Fret end File.

    Do you want to spend $xxx.xx on something that need's Work?

    Eddie Should go to Mexico.

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    5.0

    Love it- sounds like the 80s!

    By Jjf

    from San Diego ca

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming

      Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

      Love this guitar. Got one for christmas.
      Now I can get the vh sound! And it's so choice! If you have the means, I highly suggest you pick one up. I'm so into the 80's again, and this guitar has me spending my time relearning classics like you really got me, somebody get me a doctor, dance the night away... It makes it so much easier to get those sounds, and it's such an awesome superstrat- the first real superstrat! It's so lightweight, I can play all day and night. My other strat is in it's case- too heavy.
      Love tapping and dive bombing all day, and getting that horse whinny, and breaking glass harmonics- wow! Fun! It's what vh was all about and it looks so cool.
      Best guitar I got in a while, my favorite toy, makes me want to play all the time!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Guitar

      By RJ

      from Grand Rapids, MI

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

        I purchased this guitar just last week, and it's definitley a player. It had one small issue in the lock nut that was easily fixed. This guitar has a great feel and is very easy to play. It sounds great and was setup well right out of the box. You can dive bomb all day long, make it scream and it comes back still perfectly in tune. You use the d-tuner for some drop tuning songs and it is perfectly in tune, then slam it back in place and it is still perfectly in tune. The intonation is perfect, I can play anywhere even with my heavy fingers, where it is perfectly in tune and sounds great.

        I have a tube amp with the gain all the way up, so this guitar screams, then I just back down the volume a little bit and it cleans up beautifully. My Gibson Les Paul doesn't even cleanup as well as this Wolfgang Pickup does when you back down on the volume. I get that really nice brown sound tone, just as you would expect from an EVH Striped Series guitar. All I have to say is... That is a fantastic purchase and one of the best guitars I have purchased in a long time.

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        (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Bah to the neh sayers

        By IbanezGem

        from Limerick, Pa

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

            This guitar has made me come up with some new interesting sounds and combinations.. Yes I was worried about ordering a EVH guitar but I have 2 and they both play like butter.. The neh sayers really must have had a bad batch or are busting on the EVH name.. I would highly recommend this guitar because it is what King Edward is all about.. Oh and as for the neck feeling dirty because your bodies oils sink in and make it play better.. Sorry but it does not play slow it plays just the way it is supposed too.. Enjoy it if you buy it :)

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            (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Not that great

            By As Cold as Norway

            from San Diego

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Looks good

            Cons

            • Flat Sound

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

            The guitar body feels good, and looks very good, however i cant say the same for the neck and the fretboard. The neck feels sloooooowwwwww and it gets dirty nasty and grimmy really quickly, it wouldve been much better if they had the light coating that fender typically uses for the necks. Also the fretboard feels dryyy and slow. The tone of the humbucker was not that great for metal, speacially not for thrash, deathmetal and black metal. for classic rock and classic hard rock its good though. So thats that, at this price point theres much better options like jacksons, charvels, or fenders

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            EVH Black and Yellow

            By AG1026

            from Middletown, CT

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Great graphics
            • Great Neck
            • Solid Electronics
            • Sounds Great

            Cons

            • Frets Needed To Be Filed

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

            Great guitar, sounds and looks great, probably will purchase an other one in another color! Very light and the neck feels awesome. Glad I purchased it.

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Got it last week.. gigged with it on Sat

            By Mark

            from Massachusetts

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

              Fantastic all around and great finish on the body.. great feel, good set up, Great tone, sustain, feels balanced/plays easy.. love it!

              Comment on this review

              (11 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Poor craftsmanship! Beware!

              By Rob

              from Baltimore, MD

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play

              Cons

              • Poor Pick Up
              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

              Best Uses

              • Jamming

              Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

              I received the first EVH Striped guitar a week or two ago. Completely set up poorly/improperly. Guitar could NOT stay in tune even with Floyd Rose engaged even after flexing strings. De-Tuner? In: Perfect E. Out (detuned) - C#. Its supposed to be 1 step only. Returned that guitar...received replacement. Was working great for 5 days - then the pick-up completely died out of the blue. Extremely disappointing! Plus, the D-Tuner is set-up ANGLED TOWARDS THE BODY - you cannot use the microtuners on the bridge, if you do, you'll lower the DTuna INTO the body scratching up the paint. I own a wolfgang EVH and, while not expecting the same level of quality, was expecting at least FUNCTIONALITY. I know the guitar is cool looking - but seriously, think twice...maybe take some more time and save up for the Wolfgang.

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              (22 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar

              By vernzx11

              from CT

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

              The paint job on the body is mint. Nice light weight body.The hardware seem's to be good quality.
              The BAD - Fret end's you could shave with, The Bridge is not Stabilized. Tightening the bridge springs so the bridge tilt's back and touches' the body is not what they mean.You almost can't use the D-Tuna .

              From EVH web site: http://www.dtuna.com/setup.php

              1. Stabilize Bridge:
              If your bridge is flush mounted against the body of your guitar (does not pull up) you can skip this step.
              If your bridge "floats," then it must be stabilized. There are two different ways to do this. The easiest way is to "block" the bridge so it doesn't pull up. Use a shim or wedge on the block of the bridge in the tremolo cavity. Make it snug so that the tremolo base plate is level with the body and will not pull back.

              The other option to stabilize and still be able to "pull up" on the bar is to install a tremolo stabilizer or stopper. There are many options for this, please consult D-Tuna customer service for a personalized solution to meet YOUR needs best.

              WHAT IS UP FENDER?

              Buy a Fret end File.

              Do you want to spend $xxx.xx on something that need's Work?

              Eddie Should go to Mexico.

              Comment on this review

              (8 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Bad electronics - seriously EVH?

              By Sledgehammer

              from Charleston, IL

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • Electronics Quit

              Best Uses

                Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

                After 5 months, the electronics quit. Like a piece of junk. PERIOD. Love the guitar, but that's WRONG. I've only played it at home, it's never been played out. For 900 bones, I got robbed.

                I've bought some pieces of junk from Musician's Friend for beater practice guitars and they still work and serve their purpose.

                This one died after 5 months.

                I've got two Les Pauls over 20 years old, worth thousands, that I've played on stage for years and they're always reliable.

                The problem with this EVH "art" might be an easy fix, but y'know what, I'm a player not a tech, and I shouldn't have to fix ANYTHING on brand new Eddie Van Halen endorsed guitar.

                Beyond disappointed!

                I bought it to get a feel for Eddie's set up. But NOW I think it's all just a SCAM.

                Selling art instead of integrity.

                Comment on this review

                (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Nice Guitar

                By nottosay02

                from Sanford, North Carolina

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                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone
                • Simplistic
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • Pricey

                Best Uses

                  Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

                  I don't own this guitar, but I have played it over and over everytime I do into my local Guitar Center. It's a simplistic, no frills powerhouse. I love the feel of the unfinished neck. The only downside is the price. But it's a great guitar and I would recommend it.

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