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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.

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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
 
4.4

(based on 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (35)
  • Good feel (35)
  • Good pick up (28)
  • Good tone (28)
  • Solid electronics (21)

Cons

  • Poor pick up (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (29)
  • Practicing (26)
  • Recording (15)
  • Rock concerts (14)
  • Small venues (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (28), Professional musician (14)

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.

VS

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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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(25 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar

By vernzx11

from ct

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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.

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Worth the money!

By Richie Dee

from Pittsburgh, PA

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Workmanship
  • Great Collector's Item
  • Great Finish
  • Setup - Action

Cons

  • Wolfgang Pickup

Best Uses

  • Collector's Item
  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

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.

(11 of 18 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.

(10 of 18 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.

    (10 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful Guitar

    By Erik Maness

    from Fort Worth, TX

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    Pros

    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is beautiful.... It just came in the mail, and is everything I hoped for. I haven't had a chance to play it yet because I'm having a professional gloss finish put on the neck... What good is a guitar with an unfinished neck? A couple of years of shredding with it unfinished will warp the neck, not to mention get sweat stains all over it making it look like doo doo.

        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I can die happy!

        By JRN

        from Houston

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

            Well, I was very skeptical purchasing this made in Mexico guitar. I was so wrong. As others have stated the guitars craftsmanship and components are top notch. It came setup right out of the box!!! To me the pickups sound brown and less bright than the EVH wolfgang usa. I believe these are the same pickups, but the wood is making a minor difference. I also think Fender has tweaked the EVH wolfgang pickups to make them less bright on the new models. I own a 2013 EVH wolfgang USA and had a 2011 EVH Wolfgang usa. One thing to mention is that they have decked the tremolos and this causes them not to sit level. I don't see it as a problem, but I just wanted to mention it. I think maybe the neck cavity was not cut deep enough. Anyways, you can't go wrong with this guitar. Don't second guess your purchase of this guitar. It's well worth it. It's an evh fans must have item. I really want to buy every color and just hang them on the wall, but they are too good to use them as art!

            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fun guitar to play and sounds amazing..

            By Sdub

            from So Cal..

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

              Good looking guitar and fun to play. I'm amazed how well the Wolfgang PU sounds. Warm, fat, chunky and great sustain.

              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              worth the mony

              By chris

              from six mile run pa.

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

                everything was great right out of the box. i have many guitars but this ones my favorite. love the feel of the neck, the pickup sounds great through my v3 carvin and digitech 250. not quite brown sound but close enough. would like to purchase all three.

                (5 of 5 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.

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  EVH Black and Yellow

                  By AG1026

                  from Middletown, CT

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                  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.

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