“If Ed were here today, he would not stop talking about this guitar. He would love this guitar”: Wolfgang Van Halen’s long-awaited EVH SA-126 signature model is officially launched – after 3 years of development

EVH SA-126
(Image credit: EVH)

Back in January, EVH formally announced the SA-126 Special – Wolfgang Van Halen’s flagship signature guitar, which was created in collaboration with brand managing director Matt Bruck, Masterbuilder Chip Ellis, and pickup guru Tim Shaw.

After years of waiting, the unveiling of the hugely anticipated electric guitar came on what would have been Eddie Van Halen’s birthday – the instrument’s name is a direct tribute to this date – following various sightings of Wolfgang playing the guitar in the wild.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.