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Based on the original artwork Eddie created for the guitars he rocked the stages with during Van Halen's heyday of the late-'70s through the early '90s, this line of EVH guitars includes three color c... Click To Read More About This Product

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Based on the original artwork Eddie created for the guitars he rocked the stages with during Van Halen's heyday of the late-'70s through the early '90s, this line of EVH guitars includes three color combos, white with black stripes, black with yellow stripes, and red with black and white stripes. Underneath the recognizable artwork are basswood Stratocaster-style bodies with quartersawn maple necks, a hand-rubbed oil finish and thumbwheel truss rod adjustment, compound-radius maple fingerboard (12"-16") with 22 jumbo frets and black dot inlays, plus a single ferocious direct-mount Wolfgang humbucking pickup.

Other premium features include a single volume control knob, single-ply black pickguard (on the white and black striped model only), bar string retainer and Floyd Rose locking nut, EVH-branded Floyd Rose locking tremolo with EVH D-Tuna, EVH die-cast tuners, chrome hardware, vintage-style strap buttons and EVH neck plate.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • Basswood Stratocaster-style bodiy
  • 3 color patterns inspired by Van Halen's own design from his career (while supplies last)
  • Quartersawn maple neck
  • Floyd Rose locking nut
  • EVH-branded locking tremolo
  • Hand-rubbed oil finish
  • Thumbwheel truss rod adjustment
  • Compound radius maple fingerboard (12'-16")
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Black dot inlays
  • Direct-mount Wolfgang humbucking pickup
  • Single volume control knob
  • Bar string retainer
  • EVH die-cast tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • Vintage-style strap buttons
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EVHStriped Series Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 60 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (39)
  • Good feel (39)
  • Good tone (33)
  • Good pick up (31)
  • Solid electronics (25)

Cons

  • Poor pick up (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (33)
  • Practicing (31)
  • Recording (19)
  • Rock concerts (18)
  • Small venues (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (32), Professional musician (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Worth the money!

After 3 1/2 months of waiting for this guitar, I finally received it yesterday. Out of the box, the EVH Striped Series (Red, White, Black) guitar had a great setup...Read complete review

After 3 1/2 months of waiting for this guitar, I finally received it yesterday. Out of the box, the EVH Striped Series (Red, White, Black) guitar had a great setup and straight neck. The finish is exactly what I had hoped for (no flaws), and I was very satisfied.

I was also impressed by the fretwork. Frets are beveled and polished - much nicer than I had expected, and far better than on my old Charvel EVH Art Series (I also own the Black/Yellow Charvel Art Series guitar.) I experienced no fret buzz and don't have any notes fretting out when I over-bend, which I experience often with Fender Stratocasters in the upper 17th + frets on the 1st and 2nd string. Overall, this is a great guitar.

Although the Musician's Friend description does not state that the neck is the same as a Wolfgang with a different headstock, I believe this to be the case. The neck does have a great feel. It is very different from the Charvel EVH Art Series - not as "thick" and a bit flatter. I like both,but my personal preference is the Charvel Art Series. I also prefer the pickup in the Charvel Art Series over the Wolfgang. They are definitely NOT the same pickup. The Wolfgang pickup seems a bit too bright to me, at least in this guitar. Definitely not going to get the classic "brown sound" with this pickup, but you will get 5150 era and beyond. It sounds a lot like a Duncan Custom Custom, with a 500K pot in a basswood guitar. If I planned on using this guitar to gig, I would change the volume pot to a 250K pot to cut back on the high mids. This is a personal preference, but I think that the pickup is too bright for this guitar's maple neck/basswood body.

Floyd and D-tuna work perfectly, although the D-tuna is very close to the surface of the guitar body and is in danger of scratching the finish when being used - exercise caution when using it!

Finally, the picture on Musician's Friend site indicates no "EVH" logo on the headstock. This is not the case. There is an EVH logo on the headstock of the Red/White/Black model as well as the others. This was not a surprise to me, but it is worth mentioning for those that might not be expecting a logo on this model.

I gave it 4 out of 5 stars due to the pickup and D-tuna issues, mentioned above.

I bought this guitar as more of a collector's item than for regular use. It would not be my go-to guitar for gigging, other than for the effect, if I were to play a VH song. All in all, this is a very solid guitar and I am very satisfied with my purchase. A great value for the price! I only wish that there was an optional EVH hardshell case that you could purchase with it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar

The paint job on the body is mint. Nice light weight body.The hardware seem's to be good quality.
The BAD - Fret end's you could shave with, The Bridge is not Stabilized....Read complete review

The paint job on the body is mint. Nice light weight body.The hardware seem's to be good quality.
The BAD - Fret end's you could shave with, The Bridge is not Stabilized. Tightening the bridge springs so the bridge tilt's back and touches' the body is not what they mean.You almost can't use the D-Tuna .

From EVH web site: http://www.dtuna.com/setup.php

1. Stabilize Bridge:
If your bridge is flush mounted against the body of your guitar (does not pull up) you can skip this step.
If your bridge "floats," then it must be stabilized. There are two different ways to do this. The easiest way is to "block" the bridge so it doesn't pull up. Use a shim or wedge on the block of the bridge in the tremolo cavity. Make it snug so that the tremolo base plate is level with the body and will not pull back.

The other option to stabilize and still be able to "pull up" on the bar is to install a tremolo stabilizer or stopper. There are many options for this, please consult D-Tuna customer service for a personalized solution to meet YOUR needs best.

WHAT IS UP FENDER?

Buy a Fret end File.

Do you want to spend $xxx.xx on something that need's Work?

Eddie Should go to Mexico.

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5.0

Want all Three of them!

By JohnnyBGood

from Byron, Il

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

    Used for Jamming and Practicing mostly at this time. Looks pretty close to the original to have fun with. The pickup isn't placed exactly like the real one, it doesn't have the eye hooks to hold the guitar strap like the real one. But like I said it is close enough to have fun with!

     
    4.0

    i will keep this one

    By Ernest Legato

    from Riverside, ca

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

      Out of the box was ok. was able to setup 1mm action on 12th fret with very minimal buzz.
      I would have given it a 5, but the floyd was bottomed out against the tail end.
      Pulling the d tuna out can scratch the guitar.
      Proper floyd is setup parallel to the body. this setup cannot be set up to pull sharp and have the d tuna work properly.
      I put a back brace inside the guitar against the sustain block.
      Easy job, although some people who don't work on guitars allot will have an issue.
      It was like it is shipped incomplete. If you set it up like a regular floating floyd, the second you pull the d tuna out, your tuning is all out of wack.
      For a Fender made product, this mexican made guitar is priced to give EVH probably and additional $300 in royalties. , and will say that there is extra care put into it than other mexican made guitars i own such as the fender made jacksons.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      So much fun to play,its hard to put it down!

      By Redneck rocker

      from Durham,NC

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

        This thing is just a blast to play.The unfinished hand-oil rubbed finish on the neck feels very smooth and the jumbo frets are just awesome.A lot of people are saying it's just a one trick pony.I beg to differ because all I have to do is roll back the "tone" knob and get a nice,crisp,clean tone out of this thing.If you love tapping,then hold on to your hat because it's a breeze to do some rapid-fire,"eruption" like tapping on here.You really can't beat this for the money and yes,the paint job is KILLER!!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My dream guitar

        By Adam

        from Texas

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

        This is hands down my favorite guitar out of the 6 that I own. This is a must have for any Van Halen freak but also for people who want Eddies play ability

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great guitar; but they should change wood!

        By Dustin S

        from Cleveland, OH

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Great looking

        Cons

        • Basswood Body w/Floyd Rose

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

        Okay I am going to say that all in all this is a great guitar. If you like the sound of EVH's sound in the early 80's this is a great guitar. The feel of the neck and the pickups sound great. Obviously the look of this guitar is AMAZING! The only thing I would personally change in this guitar is that I would change the body wood to something less soft than Basswood. You have a Floyd Rose right against the body with a hollow cavity underneath. This is a recipe for disaster with cracks and chipping. I know incidents where someone could accidentally slip and snap the Floyd back and damage their guitar in the process from what I was told. Other than the Basswood; I would say this is a beast of a guitar, and it has great quality; it also has the Fender warranty behind it, and Fender is a great company to work with!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Brown Sound Explained

        By Steven Dion

        from Cor

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

          I play Blackstar amps set to full Marshall. Since this isn't a multi stage pre amp I had to adjust. The electronics that comes with this guitar does not contain a capacitor because it's designed for multi stage pre amps. The guitar is just weak with out the right amp. Most of the articles you read states it doesn't matter. Well it does. Paralleling the capacitor in line adds volume and character. The articles are thinking about the circuit backwards. If you want the old school sound such as the first album you will need several things. For the plexi sound you will also need analog delay and chorus. This just adds more character to the rig. Some people think that's a phaser on but it's just an analog chorus except for the string raking. Now back to the capacitor. As for myself, I keep it and the tone knob in the cavity tucked away. Before that it was just weaker than my LP with the same set up. So this isn't theory speaking but trial and error. If you have a muti stage pre amp, then you should be in good shape for hours of enjoyment. As for companies going to basswood, well it is what it is. The guitar is a little brighter but still a blast to play.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Post Response

          By Steven Dion

          from Corpus Christi, Tx

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

            This is a reply to my other post. After changing the pick up to a Gibson 500T and also a Gibson volume pot, it's so close I could sleep with it. The pot was acting like a Fender meant for increased mids and highs. I guess due to Trademarks some things you just have to learn for yourself. The basswood isn't really a problem, the tone is there and I love it! ( in all tunings and just not 430)

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Being Straight Up

            By Steven Dion

            from Corpus Christi, Tx

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Poor Pick Up

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

            Well I'll be straight for you. The guitars EVH used in the studio may not be what he used on stage. I can heard the difference between a ceramic hum bucker and alnico by the mud and thinness. If you are expecting Jamie's Crying you will be disappointed. Everything is do able but the pick up won't cut it. The alnico doesn't work well on the amp but it does a decent job on Guitar Rig with 6L6's or so. It's a bright pick up similar to a 59 and the height on the thing is just too close. You really need to lower a pick up to get out of the treble range. If you put in a hot ceramic be sure to get it as low as possible and rock on. Other than the pick up, you have something to mod to your taste. I don't fight alnico anymore, too much of a battle just to get mud. Go ceramic and it will surely help it.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Running with the devil

            By AstroZombie66

            from Earth............

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

              I will keep this short..........If you want to shred and have a ball and dig EVH, you will get a winner ! Easy setup and you are on your way . Great neck and the fret work was very well done.

               
              5.0

              Awesome Guitar!

              By Bradly

              from Auburn, AL

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about EVH Striped Series Electric Guitar:

                  This guitar is awesome! Lightweight, super easy to slide chord fingerings up and down the fretboard, and looks great! I was afraid that it wouldn't have good tone for playing chords, but in my opinion, the tone is as good or better than the Taylor T5z electric-acoustic I recently got. Absolutely pleased with this guitar. By the way, you can't use the drop-D AND the tremolo at the same time - you have to have the bridge hard mounted if you want to use the D-tuna because otherwise it changes the note by about a half step rather than a whole step and has trouble locking in or out. Another bad thing is that when you try to play muted with your right hand muffling the strings close to the bridge, it's super easy to flick the volume knob way up or down. Tremolo works great and is a lot of fun!

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