Exclusive! Eddie Van Halen Talks About His New EVH Wolfgang Guitar

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eddie van halen is not full of it he has been playing for years so he has every guitar company looking at him so you need to shut the f$#k up

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straycat113

The two most inovative rock guitarist in history without a doubt Hendrix-old testamenr Eddie-new testamentThrough all the bullshit that has gone on with this band from Dave to Sammy we never thought the problam could be the eternaly youthful looking rock god of rockgods.Well the booze took its toll he now looks older than what he really is,the 25,009 dollar guitars (how greedy you want to be ED)BUT AFTER HE GAVE MICHAEL ANTHONY THE BOOT I FINALY RELIZED ed IS A BIT OF A PRICK AND VERY DIFFICULT.cAN EVERYONE BE WRONG?tHAT ASIDE HE IS THE GREATEST GUITARIST EVER.What cant the guy do.REINVENT GUITAR PLAYING,MAKE ONE OF THE GREATESET AMPS EVER,INVENT THE D-TUNA.MAKE AN ALLTIME CLASSIC GUITAR-PEAVEY WOLFGANG.NOW IF HE WOULD JUST DO A SOLO ALBUM OF GUT BUSTING FROM THE HEART OF JUST PURE GUITAR PLAYING LIKE OMLY HE CAN DO HE CAN SHUT EVERYONE UP.CMON ED WE WAITED LONG ENOUGH YOU OWE US THAT

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steveblueangel

he's a string stretcher tone chaser wether its his design or he's shredding something else.If Dodge wanted to make "your" next Challenger and fill your wallet,say no.Would you?

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steveblueangel

without having had one in hand,it appears to me,a smaller bodied PRS.Reasearch shows materials are excellent, and that Vanhalen a string stretching tone chaser did'nt use Schwinn red bicycle paint on this one.His comment on an instrument,being an extension ofmind spirit and talent,reflects the aproach whe starting this project,so what if fender is involved.If Dodge wanted to produce "YOUR" next Challenger,say no,I dare you.#6 callsign trouble,opposing solo.

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pickerngrinner

Eddie Van Halen has been one of the best influences on rock guitar in the history of rock guitar. He has lived a life that only a few people can aspire to live and he still lives a life that few of us can aspire to live. The second everyone, that judges Ed in a negative way, realizes this and stops being jealous will be the very moment you can all get on with your lives... and stop trying to wear his face like you could handle the weight on his shoulders. Eddie has played in front of stadiums full of people who love him. Half you bone heads who talk smack about Eddie would piss yourselves if you had to play in front of a thousand people. And that ain't many people in a crowd... you bunch of ninnies.

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reynowm

One thing that can be said of the Music Man and Peavy Wolfgang's.......made in USA........Baby!! Have you noticed there has been no mention of where all of the new EVH products are made (amps, guitar, etc). At a recent guitar show I did some snooping around - Made in China or Mexico. Let me explain this to everyone, offshore the product, charge the same amount or more than you would if it were made in America and viola! more money in the CEO pocket book.

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egghead56

A DEBATE IS IN ORDER ON THIS SUBJECT OF EVH GUITARS.

I firmly believe a good debate is the way to go right now with the various EVH guitars and amps out there.
We will need a commitee of unbiased judges who just listen to a handful of great players playing each model of the EVH/Peavey/Fender guitars that Edward Van Halen has put out there into the market place.
The players to be a part of this debate, which should be televised by the way, for all of us to watch and listen should be limited to 4-6 well know rock guitarists.
In my opinion, that line up it should be:
1. Angus Young from AC/DC
2. Chad Kroeger from Nickelback
3. Leslie West from Mountain
4. Kim Mitchell from The Kim Mitchell Band/Max Webster
5. Alex Lifeson from Rush
6. Zakk Wylde - Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society

A few more suggestions might be:

7. Tony Iommi - Black Sabbath
8. Ritchie Blackmore - Deep Purple, Rainbow, Blackmores Night
9. Jimmy Page - Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, The Firm
10. Eric Clapton - Yardbirds, Cream, Derek & The Dominos, Solo
11. David Gilmour - Pink Floyd, Solo
12. Richie Sambora - Bon Jovi

Now, you can have each player come up individually to start by selecting one of each model of the line up of all EVH promoted guitars, beginning with the very first guitar Edward put out on the market, up to his latest model produced.
Each and everyone of the guitars must be played through the same amp.
The players must play a list of the same songs, for consistency and for ease of judging the sound produced by the players.
The only rule that can be flexible is each player can use their preferred set of strings that they use regularly when they play shows.
The room that this excercise would take place in would have to be acoustically excellent, temperature and humidity must be monitored carefully and maintained to a normal setting for the entire time of the event.
The above listing is a basic set up for such an event to take place.
It would be great fun and would give all guitar players a chance to see and hear how the EVH products measure up in a controlled setting.
Back to the judges, 4 judges would be ideal. Those who could be the judges, I think should be well known unbiased producers, for instance; David Foster, Mutt Lange, Bob Rock, Eddie Kramer, Steve Holroyd to name a few. Daniel Lanois also has a wealth of experience with various genres of music as well.

Cheers,
Egghead56

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tweeky

I'ts really rather simple...if you want it, buy it!..if you can't afford it...save up!. If it's not to your taste or for some insane reason it bothers you that Mr VH scratches his Arse with two fingers instead of three then get a life!.Come off it now...does it matter that the guitar looks the same...it could be peagreen with a yellow border for all I care...if it plays good so what....oh and the strat has been basically the same for over 50 years and there's been a shitload of companies copied the model-it doesn't stop people buying. As for Eddie being a "drug addict" or an "alcoholic"...Is that really any of our business?!-"He who casts the first stone" etc. I don't ever recall not buying a Hendrix album because he overdosed on certain mind enhancing chemicals and a few glasses of wine!(SAD AS THAT WAS)..As for someone who "doesn't make music"...if Eddie decided to give up playing altogether and concentrate on making guitars with his chosen company-that shouldn't be a problem as he's already done more than enough to secure his heritage on the pages of guitar publications beyond his lifetime!...Sadly it seems that no matter what he does,there are people out there who are always gona have a pop at him!.."Life" and "Get one" ,spring to mind.Oh and point of fact is that had he not done the things he has with a guitar there's a fair possibility that this topic or even guitar magazine wouldn't exist!

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rcknrllrog

There are those few chosen individuals who are far beyond just great players. Edward Van halen is one such individual. In the early days when he was rumaging through the dumpsters behind the Charvel factory to scrounge the seconds they then dicarded he did so because he was trying to do something dofferent...something unique. I know because I was right next to him digging in those same dumsters. Back when he had all his gear hidden from view inside that old dummy bomb he used to use...with the four uni-vox cassette tape echoplex's running in sequence to "fatten" the tone. He did this too to do something different...something unique.
It has been said, and written that he has the tone to die for. You can not cite another player (save for Jimi) who has influenced as many players & wannabe players for decades now. There is only ONE Eddie Van Halen period.
Yes he has had previous marketing deals, and all of those fell flat for whichever reason...the primary one has always been the quality of the finished product. Kramer began (if any of you folks can remember) as an american company that made aluminum neck guitars. Well the Barretta's & the Focus lines were out sourced to tim-buck who knows where, and the quality sucked! The associations he had with other companies wilted on the vine. The original Frankenstein was in fact a strat copy of sorts, and it pleases this players heart to see Eddie finally hooked up with the out-fit that really hit the nail on the head the first time...Fender. Any of you readers remember a fellow by the name of Leo? How about George Fullerton? They too did things a little different...a bit unique in an industry where artistry & functionality could not co-exist Leo, and the company which bears his name put forth products that screamed "why not?" Even Leo Fender himself went forward & continued to inovate & create with new companys & ne products.
Few "signature" guitars actually get intense input from the sinaturee. This is not the case with any of the axes that have carried the Wolfgang name.
I praise Eddie & Fender for continuing to be the inovators that they have always been.
I doubt I'll ever be able to afford one of these new Wolfie's...or old ones for that matter.
The point is they continue to do it all a little different...sort of unique in today's cookie cutter world.

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rgofla

If you look closeley at Ed's words, you will see.....

Quote; from Ed

A guitar is a very personal extension of the person playing it. You have to be emotionally and spiritually connected to your instrument.

Regarding the slim profile of the Wolfgang neck, Van Halen commented, “It was a matter of closing my eyes and feeling it.

Me.
Ed always makes "cool" looking guitars............However............what the HELL does a cool looking guitar do for you if it is pc-of-junk???

Pretend Ed was blind.....yeah sure he would still want it to look cool.....but, most importantly,does is feel like butter in your hands?? Does it do what you want it to..melt in your hands? (like Ed describes as a sexy women!) Does it have the capability of both the guitar and the player bonding and melting in a very, very sexy relationship? Well anything Ed makes dose and always willS!

I am so glad that he hooked up with Fender. The best necks ever maid ..of course, next to Angelina Jolie................I think that this guitar WILL show Ed's 35 year compilation of try and error (which has made him so awsome) to produce a astonishing sounding and most importantly, relationship between its owners and the guitar itself....I can't wait for the 2010 version!

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hammersley

Happy HOLIDAYS to Van Halen and Family , plus all the other Rock'n Elfs. The last Van Halen tour was AWESOME , the new Wolfgang guitar sounds great and seems top quality. Everyday I like rocking to Van Halen sounds, the band is a legend. Can't wait to hear a new Van Halen Album. Congratulations Ed on getting married and Wolfie becoming a Rock'n Roll SCHOLAR !!!! Take care of yourself Ed, from all of us
we love you like a BROTHER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Holidays and God Bless,
Dave Hammersley

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acm925

So many posts criticizing Eddie for a lack of loyalty. Tell me, do each one of you stay at the same job or do you switch as you grow, mature (hopefully) and look for new opportunities.

And the attacks about why it's not different. I don't get it. Anyone searching for tone knows that you land on a body type, pick-up set, strings and switch that makes you happiest.

Sure tastes change, but part of the pursuit is getting closer to what you believe perfection is.

I own 30+ guitars. A few of them are Peavey Wolfgangs, a couple are the Peavey HPs and I own the Fender 5150III amp (love it). Eddie's collaborative products have been well made and I'm happy he's doing it. And, when the new Fender EVH comes out, I'll buy one.

In life there are creators and editors. Editors sit around and complain about everyone else's efforts to create and take risks. So, please stop your complaining and either offer constructive criticism, or, just be quiet.

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fairwarning

I think for the most part, the deal with Fender has been a widely documented and impressive culmination of people who are willing to extend and go beyond the norm and pay attention to detail. Sometimes in life, you have to take the long road around to arrive back home and frankly if this is where Ed parks the car and is happy with the garage, who cares?

One can only surmise by pure speculation as to the past failures of former products and partnerships internally, but I can factually comment on two of the past partnerships that left negative thoughts toward the EVH brand or endorsement, so much so, I even wrote a letter to one as a very angry and pissed off teenager who traded off a Steve Lukather Ibanez for a Kramer simply because of Ed's endorsement of Kramer at the time. The guitar was an absolute abomination of supposed craftsmanship. I am quite sure I was not the only one mugged by a strong presence behind a weak guitar. Perhaps that is why Ed left Kramer, as well as a whole flock of other endorsers.

The other is Peavey and as a former guitar instructor and sales person, we were hampered with the "oh well" attitude when we approached Peavey sales and marketing about having the Wolfgang displayed in our store. It was apparent after negotiations we did not sell enough guitars to even display the guitar, but lucky for us, we were good enough to at least have the brochures on hand to give to people who wanted to drive maybe a few hours away to procure one at an outrageous price.

Some people take pride in what they produce or how they do their job. My name is not on any product (nor anybody else who has commented negatively) so I can only assume that some of the same reasons I chose to dislike a particular brand or company that Ed endorsed, may be the same reasons why he in turn left.

As far as price, nothing has even been stated concerning a general price range (more details in January I am sure) but if the guitar remains in the $2,500.00 arena, it is still within the range of mid range Strat/Les Paul.

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jetcityguitars

By the way, this is for the rumors and people who can not come to grips that there star guitarist could do no wrong. Peavey did the best job they could with him and his unreasonable personality. The fact is hartley peavey cut him loose because he is an idiot and on top of it is a drug addict. It was bad PR for hartley. Hartley is a upstanding guy in the business. Remember it was ED that was bitching about how he left ernie ball because he wanted to get his guitar to the masses, well peavey did that. ED is just a lying douche bag. I want the media to start giving new talent some exposure. Some one that is writing music !

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jetcityguitars

Ed caters to the sheep! That is how he treats people. He is not loyal. He stumbles in and out of everything. I believe it is the other way around, ed payed fender to get this started by using there factory and marketing. Go out and buy the peavey, they will be great deals on them, because people will dump them just to run out and buy a fender, Then a few years later they will regret it !

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griffin6002

What is with the headstock on the new Wolfgang? It looks either like a lobster claw or a bottle opener. Either way it's extremely ugly. It reminds me of the Ibanez headstock, which is also extremely ugly. The thing about the old Wolfgang's headstock was it looked right whether you were playing rock or country or anything else. It looked classy, even though when it first came out it was really different. I think Ed just lost a lot of sales to the non-rock crowd. I'm interested to see what the MSRP on this is going to be and what is so different about the new tailpiece.

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youwish

Edward Van Halen has worked his ass off to be a great guitar master!Before he even came out of his bedroom. Now guitar and amp makers are standing in line to give him money and make alot themselves.You wish it were you, and you would take all you could, so don't be so self rightous. tkguitarist@yahoo.com

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ztmcire60

I've always thought Eddie was the greatest until I
saw him in concert several years ago. He was not the same Eddie Of the 70's and maybe the early 80's. He could not play or remember some of the best music of our time.. He could barely stand up. It was so so sad to see my idol in this condition, I had to leave. Eddie, man your the greatest, hope you get well. I still remember seeing VH when JUMP came out. Man it was and is the best concert I've ever been to. I wish him the best on his new guitar and upcoming marriage.

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blakesnow

you said this tour he was just at sucked? get the wax out of your ears. i hope your talking about the 04 tour

hippinator13

My Ibanez RG 120 will blow this thing away ! When you gonna' make some muzick worth listenin' to Eddie ? Who cares bout some big name guitar ? Whats really goin' on ? You can't make muzick anymore so you come up with some lame guitar that only collectors can afford ? Whata' POZER!

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blakesnow

Obviously you havent played on a wolfgang before. Try one at your nearest Guitar Center Store or an OLP. In best advice. To play at your best dont play Ibanez. I can even fret them things. Love to another guitar player...

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rjonsolo1

Stop talking, you just lowered my IQ.

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murdock

The new Wolfgang looks great ! If Eddie put his nane on it, IT WILL ROCK !!!I have the Peavey Wofgang Special in ivory(white) and I just made myslf a white strat (like on the first album)only took me 30 yrs to do it..I'm about to turn 48...LOL...I'll have to start saving for one of these Fender models...Mr. VH is the greatest living guitar player...he changed it all for guitar players and "back-room" players like me back in 1978 ...my hat goes off to Fender for finally building a guitar with my "hero"....Thank You,Eddie & Fender....Larry Murphy South Williamson,Ky.

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allanf64

I respect Eddie's talent, he's a great guitar player, but, he is so full of crap! How many guitar companies? Charvel, Kramer, Ernie Ball, Peavey...now Fender...How about a little loyalty? What's next? New sponsors every year & stickers all over your guitar like Nascar?

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blakesnow

Obviously the guy didnt like how the companies ran his equipment. I'd switch too!

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scinque

There is one thing that I can say about Ed that nobody else can compare, back in the 70's electronics were more of an experimental thing. Zappa, Howe and hell, even Tom Scholz were all secretive on how they created their sounds. Eddie was more perplexed, I don't think HE knew what he was doing. He started a revolution. Nobody bought a guitar and reconstructed it like a car to the driver's liking. Is there a similarity to other brands in the past?? Well, yea but it was a impeccable product. The day we heard the name was finally retailed we all ran out to put it in our hands. And I am proud to say that I wanted one...I never could afford one but I did. It was tapered to all my liking. Is that good marketing? No, that is history, research and dreams coming true for everyone!!

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mrswolfgang

whats up people,the new wolf is going to be great.i have 2 wolfgangs now and the evh 5150iii,and yes i will have the new ax also.thanks ed.your still the greatist.wolf

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shredmorosini

Looks like the headstock is the kicker boyz.
Totally DIFFERENT.
Killer axe.

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guitarwannabee

Total Quality, What I really want is that amp..........GW see ya back on YOUTUBE

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kdellis

I HAVE FOLLOWED VAN HALEN FROM THE VERY FIRST WORLD TOUR! I AM AN ADVANCED GUITARIST, HERE'S WHAT I USE? A FENDER STRATOCASTER WITH THE UNFINISHED MAPLE NECK MEDIUM JUMBO FRETS ALDER BODY! I HAVE CUSTOMIZED IT WITH A CUSTOM WOUND SEYMOUR DUNCAN BRIDGE PICKUP HUMMBUCKER TB-11 CUSTOM CUSTOM, TREMBUCKER! RUNNING THIS GUITAR THROUGH A YAMAHA EARLY 80s AMPLIFIER WITH A DIGITTECH RP 2000 EFFECTS PROCESSOR! NOW, SEYMOUR DUNCAN SAYS THAT THE TB - 11 IS THE CLOSEST WOUND PICKUP FOR THE BROWN SOUND THEY OFFER! WHEN I PLAY THIS STRATOCASTER OF MINE THAT'S CUSTOMIZED IT'S LITERALLY LIKE LISTENING TO THE EARLY VAN HALEN ALBUMS, AS FAR AS WHAT I THINK ABOUT THE NEW WOLFGANG COMING OUT IN JANUARY OF 2009 I THINK IT'S ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! I FEEL THE GUITAR IS SOUND WISE PRETTY MUCH NO DIFFERENT THAN HIS EARLY FRANKENSTRAT! USING THE SAME HUMMBUCKER PICKUPS SAME MAPLE NECK! ONLY DIFFERENCE IS I THINK THIS NEW WOLFGANG GUITAR IS MADE AT BETTER TOLERANCES WITHOUT A DOUBT, WHOEVER'S A EDDIE VAN HALEN FAN OUT THERE AND WANTS THE SAME TONE I THINK HE COULDN'T GO WRONG WITH THE WOLFGANG!!! I BELIEVE EDDIE AND I BELIEVE IT IS 35 YEARS OF EXPERIMENTATION TO GET TO THIS WOLFGANG GUITAR! YOU CAN FIND MY NAME AND MY E-MAIL ADDRESS ON BANDMIX.COM WHERE I HAVE ADVERTISED MY TALENT AND EQUIPMENT AND MY INTEREST TO GET WITH A CLASSIC ROCK BAND AS LEAD GUITARIST! OUT OF CLIFTON COLORADO! SINCERELY DENNIS.

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mrswolfgang

hey the amp is unreal best money ive ever spent.wolf

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jaymzv

The old Ernie Ball/Music Man EVH (aka. Axis) guitars still blow these one's away!

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bobbymarshall

Actually, I believe Mr. Van Halen has the copyrights, trademarks, etc. on the designs. So he only needs a manufacturer to build them. Fender probably offered a bigger payday. That's what life is all about, getting a better deal elsewhere and screwing the person who helped you along the way.

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rjonsolo1

I actually heard that Peavey was cutting corners, I knew a guy that worked at the factory in mississippi, he said that Eddie was really really, particular, almost to the point of being unreasonable. Peavey kept wanting to put out low end models to get more buyers.

If I was going to have my name on a guitar I'd like it to be the best. I love my wolfie. Best guitar I've every owned and it's soooo solid feeling. Stays in tune, the neck just keeps getting silkier and silkier.

I'm nothing but proud to own my Peavey Wolfgang and appreciate the pickiness that he put into it. Though he should settle on one maker. It does kinda look bad.

By the way... Charvel is owned by Fender now.

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carodon

WOW! Looks just like his other guitars probley just as expensive too..

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rjonsolo1

Looks just like the Peavey I've got! Wonder how they handled the copyrights.

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spyfunkr

Its weird -- all this negativity about EVH and his guitars, whos building them, etc., everyone I ever talk to about him has respect, and everyone who ever touches my Wolfgang(Peavey), and HP Special(Peavey)RAVES about them, and usually buys one. Maybe its the anonymity of posting on the internet? Dunno.

I was shopping PRS guitars, in every store I could find, including some exclusive dealers in Annpolis. I always thought they were beautiful and well made, and possessed a great reputation. But while I was trying them out, i was trying to convince myself that $3000 was worth it. Then I ran into a new $1400 Wolfgang, almost by accident. It was perfect for me. The neck is most remarkable, Its extreme C shape was very different, and didnt make sense, until you play one.

Then, I needed a trem tail. When I found out that the HP Specials were specifically designed to compliment Wolfgangs on stage, it made sense to try one. The contoured back and slightly wider neck were even more perfect for me.

Anyway, EVH has always owned the design, and probably licensed a bit of it to Peavey to allow them to keep on with the HPS and Music Man to continue with the Axis. Pretty cool I think.

Loyalty? Please. EVH has enough successes in the music business to command anyones attention. And why not, when he divorces you, he lets you keep a set of keys to the Lambo.

~Spy
www.wiredshutband.com

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