“The goal was to put together a guitar that didn’t exist yet”: After years of anticipation, Wolfgang Van Halen’s long-awaited EVH SA-126 signature guitar is finally here – and it’s arrived on Eddie’s birthday

EVH SA-126 Special
(Image credit: EVH)

After nearly two years of patiently waiting for its official release, Wolfgang Van Halen’s flagship EVH signature guitar – the EVH SA-126 Special – has finally arrived.

Of course, the arrival of the long-awaited instrument brings to an end 20-plus long months of anticipation, but the significance of the drop stretches far beyond that. Indeed, today (January 26) marks Eddie Van Halen’s birthday – the very day the guitar itself was named after.

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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.