The Wolfgang has become a modern classic, with its design pioneered by the legendary tone-tinkerer Eddie Van Halen. With its distinctive offset body shape, high-output pickups and Floyd Rose tremolo system, this instrument is made for performance thanks to its comfortable build and premium hardware appointments.
Formed of a Basswood body, this tonewood is not only a great ergonomic option due to its light weight, but its balanced tonal qualities make it a great foundation for the characterful and vibrant-sounding pickups.
Joined with a bolt-on Quartersawn Maple neck, you can expect a bright and articulate sound, as well as a snappy response with a fast attack. This is great for tight palm-muted riffing in particular, but the clear and defined tone can also allow lead playing to cut through in heavy, energetic mixes.
A compound radius fretboard is an excellent high-end feature of this instrument. Rounded at the lower end of the neck to make chords easier and more comfortable to play, the fretboard flattens out in the higher register to make shredding a breeze. This also helps to prevent notes from fretting out when performing string bends, making it another ergonomic design addition.
Electronics and Hardware
This high-performance instrument is powered by a pair of direct-mounted EVH Wolfgang humbuckers, versatile enough to handle high doses of gain whilst also offering warm tones with clean settings. With a three-way switch you can get the pure, unbridled bite of the bridge pickup, the smooth and creamy tone of the neck pickup for leads, or a combination of both for balanced cleans.
A double-locking EVH-branded Floyd Rose tremolo will keep this guitar in tune incredibly well, no matter how extreme your Van Halen-style divebombs may be! With the D-Tuna also fitted, you can detune the low E string down a whole step for classic Drop D tuning, without the pain of unlocking the nut.
Here's what EVH say about the Wolfgang Special in Black/White Stripes:
Loaded with player-oriented features and iconic striped style, the Wolfgang® Special Striped B/W is a highly-responsive instrument, born to crank out some serious rock.
This high-performance axe features an arched top basswood body with a robust graphitereinforced bolt-on quartersawn maple neck, carved and rolled to Eddie Van Halen’s exacting specifications and with a hand-rubbed urethane back finish. Experience ultra-high-speed playability from its 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and black dot inlays, and make quick and easy truss rod adjustments (even between songs) thanks to the conveniently located heel-mounted spoke wheel.
A pair of flagship custom designed EVH® Wolfgang Humbucking alnico 2 pickups are mounted directly to the body, providing dynamic yet articulate voicing, as well as near-endless sustain for powerful chords and melody lines. The low-friction volume knob lets you perform speedy violin-like volume swells with ease while
the tone knob resists easy turning—avoiding unwanted tonal shifts as your picking hand flies furiously across the strings. A sturdy and dependable EVH-branded Floyd Rose® locking trem and Floyd Rose locking nut work in tandem for precise tuning even with extreme changes in pitch, while the EVH D-Tuna® retunes to drop-D
and back with strict accuracy at the flick of a finger.
Spotlight ready in White with Eddie’s signature Black stripes, this huge-sounding Wolfgang Special also comes with chrome hardware, a three-position toggle switch, black speed knobs and EVH-branded tuners.
- Series: Wolfgang® Special
- Body Material: Basswood
- Body Finish: Urethane
- Neck: Bolt-On Quartersawn Maple
- Neck Finish: Hand-Rubbed Satin Urethane
- Fingerboard: Maple, 12” to 16” Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
- Frets: 22, Jumbo
- Position Inlays: Black Dots (Maple)
- Nut (Material/Width): Floyd Rose® R2 Locking, 1.625” (41.3 mm)
- Tuning Machines: EVH®-Branded
- Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)
- Bridge: EVH®-Branded Floyd Rose® Locking Tremolo with EVH D-Tuna®
- Pickguard: N/A
- Pickups: EVH® Wolfgang Humbucking (Bridge), EVH® Wolfgang Humbucking (Neck)
- Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge And
- Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
- Controls: Volume (500K EVH Bourns Low Friction Pot) , Tone (250K EVH
- Bourns High Friction)
- Control Knobs: Black “Speed” Knobs
- Hardware: Chrome
- Strings: NPS, .009-.042 Gauges