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EVH Wolfgang USA Custom Set Neck Electric Guitar   

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Perhaps the most uniquely elegant instrument in the Wolfgang series, the EVH Wolfgang USA Custom combines the time-tested short-scale set neck design...Click To Read More About This Product

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Eddie Van Halen's personal tribute to the short-scale set-neck guitars of the late 1950s.

Perhaps the most uniquely elegant instrument in the Wolfgang series, the EVH Wolfgang USA Custom combines the time-tested short-scale set neck design with the distinctive modern personal touches Eddie prefers on his own guitars. These two elements culminate in a truly magnificent tone machine embodying the best of yesterday and today.

The EVH Wolfgang Custom's mahogany body has a 1/2" 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 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®.

  • Series: EVH
  • Body shape: Wolfgang®
  • Body material: Mahogany with 1/2 maple top
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Fingerboard radius: 12 to 16 Compound-radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
  • Frets: 22, vintage-style stainless
  • Headstock binding: 7-ply
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck binding: Yes
  • Scale length: 24-3/4" (62.9 cm)
  • Nut width: 1.6875" (43 mm)
  • Pickup configuration: H/H
  • Pickups: Wolfgang® Custom nickel covered bridge pickup, Wolfgang® Custom nickel covered neck pickup
  • Pickup switching: 3-position toggle
  • Bridge: Tune-o-matic style with fine tuners
  • Tuning Keys: EVH® Custom tuners
  • Strings: EVH® Branded strings, (.009-.046 Gauges)

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EVHWolfgang USA Custom Set Neck Electric Guitar

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Super high quality Les Paul alternative

By slayer1968

from Brigg, North Lincolnshire, England, UK

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  • Mini Me Dinky Guitar Case
  • Superb Build Quality
  • Super Fast Slim Neck
  • very versatile


  • No Case Candy

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about EVH Wolfgang USA Custom Set Neck Electric Guitar:

first impressions this is a short stubby heavy lump of wood. Comes in a mini me guitar case which looks super cool.

The neck is very similar to my Jackson USA Soloist. Build quality is as good as you get anywhere on a production guitar. This is in a different league to the Gibson les Paul Billy Morrison signature model I tried. Hence looking elsewhere for a mahogany solid bodied based guitar. The guitar tuned up easily and I doubt the fine tuners are necessary, perhaps they could have gone with locking tuners and a PRS Tremonti trem set-up as an alternative.

Sound wise the guitar is as expected for a mahogany set neck. Surprisingly my Jackson USA soloist SL2H mahogany with FU-tone big brass block sounds deeper and has more meat to it. The guitar cleans up nicely and comes alive when on crunch and overdrive channels. The pickups are a little harsh compared to the Seymour Duncans on the Soloist when playing through my JVM410HJS + 1960ADM.

For such an expensive guitar I would have expected more case candy with a proper COA similar to my Hamer USA's or especially my cheaper Fender Custom Shop Tele. However this is a fabulous alternative to a Les Paul, ESP Eclipse or discontinued Hamer USA Monaco Elite I was looking at.

Big thumbs up for this set neck. A keeper.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Unreal tone,sustain and playability


from columbia sc

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


    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about EVH Wolfgang USA Custom Set Neck Electric Guitar:

    I have a large collection of 40+ guitars from vintage to new releases. In it I have 4 early EVH EBMM and 2 Wolfgang American arch tops. I have been staring at this guitar for awhile but with the lack of reviews held off. I love oddball,unique guitars and this is one. Some hardcore EVH fans may write it off seeing it has no bar,4 knobs and worst of all.... Set neck!
    Well I am here to tell you the marriage of Wolfgang pickups and heavy mahogany is a winner. The sustain is incredible. I had to do a double take and make sure my Keely Compressor I took off my board months ago was not on! Through either my Orange or Mesa clean its smoother, warmer sound deeper than the ligher Wolfgangs. The sustain and tone again is noticably higher. I am talking up their with my 59 LP RI which is legendary for its sound. Under heavy distortion,OD its thickness,deeper tone does muddy up whereas the regular Wolfs cut though.
    Playing this instrument is a delight. It feels simular to the Wolfies. The painted neck is smooth and does not drag. Frets are ss,small making for big bends and super fast runs. I noticed that even with the bridge set really high,the action is very low. So if you like high action or run heavy strings it may or may not be a issue.
    Easily imo the most classy of the Evh lineup. My matched up flamed top looks incredible. Binding all around,Prs attention to detail and also a ss fret job worthy of the best. This one guitar moves the EVH lineup up a notch from pretty shredders to one worthy of being THE EVH flagship guitar. Not much more can be done to improve the sound and playabilty so I consider this the pinacle of the Wolfgangs. Now Eddie needs to come up and release a new body style as I and others have grown tired of the same body.

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)



    By JRN

    from Houston

    Comments about EVH Wolfgang USA Custom Set Neck Electric Guitar:

    It's a great guitar... I think people should not write it off as a LP, but take it for what it is. It's a strat type guitar thats in the construction of a Les Paul. With the pickups as they are it will be a high gain rocker guitar and that's what it is. I feel like it has a little bit more warmth than the standard version of the wolfgang, but haven't done a side by side. It's van halen without a whammy... I like it. I want to say i'm not biased on the guitars, because I originally purchased a Japanese version and hated it... Then I sold it and got a USA version and was amazed... Then from there I bought the custom shop version. So anyways I wasn't sold on these guitars at first until I started buying the US versions and realized the quality was much better.

    I am happy with my purchase from MF. They did a great job.
    This guitar has some great features, but some are unnecessary. The fine tuners are not really needed, but they are kind of cool. The individual tone nobs are pretty cool... Using a combo of the pickups helps to get a blusy sound. It's practically a les paul, but with hot rodded pickups. Don't expect to play this guitar with a Marshall amp. It just won't sound right, but it works great with the 5150.
    The quality is far superior than other comparable guitars except maybe prs. I would say it's on par with PRS. The guitar came setup really well from the factory... It was very easy to play. I checked the nut action and it was all good as well as the bridge action. It gets the proper amount of buzzing when strumming and fretting each note... You know the buzz when you hit the note too hard, because of low action... Yes this is perfect no need to take to a luthier for setup like a LP. Setup included, but hey for this price it should be right. USA versions are much better than Japanese. If you have the money spend it on a USA model...Better wood and build.
    Well, I would say it's kind of pricey, but it's high quality. I'll let you decide whether it's a good value. I would say I paid the same price as a LP, but I didn't have to take to a luthier for setup plus It has stainless steel frets. So for the value compared to a LP it's phenomenal... I always cringe on value of guitars this expensive, because I'm not sure I can rank it accurately if I was to compare it to say a PRS. I mean some prs are cheaper and play just as good. I really think value could be in the eye of the beholder. Value in my mind diminishes once you hit a certain price point. It's not so much the wood cost more, but that it's an EVH lp style guitar. I'm suprised EVH allowed them to make it, because I think he was always against these at the other manufacturers... I'm happy he did though.

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