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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 '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.

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

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 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (29)
  • Good feel (29)
  • Good pick up (25)
  • Good tone (24)
  • Solid electronics (18)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (23)
  • Practicing (20)
  • Recording (10)
  • Rock concerts (10)
  • Small venues (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (23), Professional musician (13)

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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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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4.0

Nice guitar, needs to come with a case!

By Bones

from Portland, OR

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming

    Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

    Just a follow up. My tech set this up and it's very nice! Action is better, Floyd stays in tune and the d tuna does its job. Yes it close to the body so I still use the whammy to lift and then pull the d tuna out. It's a great axe for the price and if it came with a case I'd go 5 stars.

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    5.0

    Awesome Guitar!

    By Bradly

    from Auburn, AL

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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:

        This guitar is awesome! Lightweight, super easy to slide chord fingerings up and down the fretboard, and looks great! I was afraid that it wouldn't have good tone for playing chords, but in my opinion, the tone is as good or better than the Taylor T5z electric-acoustic I recently got. Absolutely pleased with this guitar. By the way, you can't use the drop-D AND the tremolo at the same time - you have to have the bridge hard mounted if you want to use the D-tuna because otherwise it changes the note by about a half step rather than a whole step and has trouble locking in or out. Another bad thing is that when you try to play muted with your right hand muffling the strings close to the bridge, it's super easy to flick the volume knob way up or down. Tremolo works great and is a lot of fun!

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        3.0

        Cool Mexican made EVH. Plays and sounds nice.

        By Bones

        from Portland, OR

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

          This is a very nice looking axe. I have the white with black stripes. I love the neck! Very nice feel and easy to play. The jumbo frets are really nice and I can easy work up high on the neck. I would spend the money on the more expensive USA built model for the neck alone. The D tuna is a little rough on this as it does rest close to the body. Use the whammy and then engage it. Needs some fine timing after you switch. Normally anything made outside the USA gets hardware and a pick up after I buy it but this pick up does sound good and I easily get the EVH sound with my Marshall. Overall, nice guitar, built decent and fun to play. I am just using it at home, practices, etc. It does not replace my top shelf guitars for live performances. EVERY DECENT GUITAR SHOULD COME WITH A HARD SHELL CASE! This comes with NOTHING.

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          5.0

          Love this guitar!!!

          By The Butler...

          from Cincinnati, OH

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

            I had ordered a Schecter Hellraiser first, but after playing it for a week or so, I just didn't like it. It was my first guitar with active pickups, and I wasn't that impressed, honestly. So, back it went, and this was my second choice. It's the same configuration as my main electric, which is a vintage Kramer, so this type of guitar suits my playing very well. Sure, it's not as versatile as other guitars with multiple pickups and configurations, but for the music I play (classic rock), it's perfect. The feel of the neck is very good, and it plays and sounds great! One thing to note is that the Floyd Rose is configured to rest on the body (NOT floating), so out of the box, you can only dive-bomb with the tremelo. This is my preferred configuration, which I didn't know prior to ordering it, so it's nice that I don't have to hassle with adjusting it.

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            4.0

            Pretty Darn Good Guitar

            By thlh51

            from Flat Rock, MI

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            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone

            Cons

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                Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

                I have owned a few of the EVH Wolfgang guitars and liked them, so I thought I would give this a try. I have always wanted a Bumblebee since seeing the Van Halen II album sleeve.
                First the neck- this is NOT a shredder neck. It is actually kind of chunky like a Fender D shape. Not fat like a U, but far from a Wizard. I find it very comfortable though and the super thin finish makes it ultra fast. They also appear to use some of the better wood for these as it was ultra clear.
                The body- I love basswood because it is very light and resonant and consistent. Unlike other woods which are pretty hit or miss, you know what to expect with basswood. The finish looks great, thick, but very flashy which is the whole point.
                The pickup - I was very surprised at how hot is was since it uses an Alnico II magnet. Definitely loads of gain, but be aware it is very dark compared to an Alnico V. I had to bring the mids and treble up a fair amount to find my tone again. Not a big deal, but something to think about.
                The tremolo- Seems to work as well as any other Floyd once it is set up correctly. HOWEVER, they did NOT block it so if you want to use the D-TUNA you will need to put a stop in somewhere. As far as quality, it looks a bit cheap to me so time will tell how long the knife edges last.
                Over all a very good mid-price guitar. I wouldn't buy one at full price (your paying for the paint) though.

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                5.0

                Very good instrument

                By Stevo

                from Houston, TX

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Anything

                Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

                I don't understand some of the negative reviews of this guitar. I suppose it depends on the shipping or quality of factory personnel.

                I got a black/white striped. It wasn't in tune out of the box but I would'nt have expected to be. It was, however set up properly and ready to play. I like this guitar more than the Wolfgang series because it's a bigger guitar - Wolfgangs are small. I play through Messa Boogie, I have to say when I plugged in the tone was very obvious - warm, heavy. The first song I played was Panama, the tone sounded a lot like the actual record.

                I understand why the neck is unpolished, you can really feel the wood of the neck and it seems to help with expressing yourself better. The simplicity of this guitar verses it's versatility is sort of a paradox. Back of the volume knob and the sound cleans up nicely. Strum the guitar where a neck pickup would be and you get a nice acoustic feel.

                If you stop and think that Ed actually made the original years ago, it's sort of amazing. Ed is kind of like the Michael Jordon of guitar playing, he's transcended a guitar that has inspirered many of who may not of even thought about playing guiar in the first place.

                There are bound to be factory defects when you are mass producing a musical instrument and especially when shipping it through out the US. I would imagine the number of defects versus the number of non-defect guitars would be low.

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                5.0

                Love it- sounds like the 80s!

                By Jjf

                from San Diego ca

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                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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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent Guitar

                  By RJ

                  from Grand Rapids, MI

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                  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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                    (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Bah to the neh sayers

                    By IbanezGem

                    from Limerick, Pa

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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:

                        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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                        4.0

                        Not that great

                        By As Cold as Norway

                        from San Diego

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                        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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