EVH Striped Series Frankie review

The ultimate Eddie Van Halen guitar with the go-faster stripes and the go-faster neck

EVH Frankie
(Image: © EVH)

Guitar World Verdict

The EVH Striped Series Frankie is the closest interpretation of Eddie’s iconic guitar in a production model, but more importantly, you won’t find a better instrument that hits the trifecta in EVH looks, feel, and massive tone.


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    Very authentic finish and wiring.

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    Oiled finish neck offers unparalleled comfort.

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    The Alnico 2 EVH Wolfgang humbucker is a screamer.

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    Good value.


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    You'd rather build your own?

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The shock heard around the guitar world came on October 6, 2020, when Wolfgang Van Halen heartbreakingly announced on Twitter, “I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning…” 

For many, it’s hard to imagine a musical landscape without the likes of legendary musician and pioneering guitarist Eddie Van Halen

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.