“A semi-acoustic with aggressive character and punch that outshines many solidbody designs”: EVH SA-126 Special review

Wolfgang Van Halen’s new signature model ushers in a new era of the hot-rodded super-semi – and it might just be one of the most versatile rock machines on the market today

EVH SA-126 Special
(Image: © EVH Gear)

Guitar World Verdict

The EVH SA-126 Special is an impressively versatile electric that combines the dynamic responsiveness and “air” of a semi-acoustic with aggressive character and punch that outshines many solidbody designs, making it ideal for a comprehensive range of musical styles.


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    An impressively wide range of tones.

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    Stellar dynamic responsiveness and touch-sensitivity.

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    No feedback even at high volume.


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    Pickup height is moderately adjustable (however, height is ideally adjusted from factory).

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Edward Van Halen named his Wolfgang model signature guitars after his son. Now that Wolf has conceived his own EVH signature guitar, the SA-126 Special, he has returned the tribute by naming the model number after Edward’s January 26 birthdate.

Representing a new chapter in the evolution and future of the EVH brand, the SA-126 Special is Wolfgang Van Halen’s brainchild and the company’s first guitar developed without input from Ed, although the elder Van Halen’s spirit is present in the meticulous attention to detail in every aspect of the guitar’s design. 

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.