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. Adorned with a stunning Quilt Maple top, this instrument will surely grab your audience's attention!
Joined with a bolt-on 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 Special tremolo will keep this guitar in tune very well, no matter how extreme your Van Halen-style divebombs may be!
Here's what EVH say about the Wolfgang Standard in Zilla Burst:
The Wolfgang® WG Standard QM boasts the same style and massive sound Eddie Van Halen created, at a price the everyday musician can afford.
Offering many of the blazing features as its more expensive brethren, the Wolfgang WG Standard QM features a basswood body with special “comfort cut” forearm contour for maximum playing ease, along with attractive masked-off natural body binding and an elegant quilt maple top. Its one-piece bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement rods hold strong against the ravages of temperature and humidity, while a conveniently located spoke wheel at the base of the neck makes for quick and painless truss rod adjustments. Designed for comfortable playability and speed, the WG Standard also features an oiled neck back finish and a 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard with rolled edges, 22 jumbo frets and black dot inlays.
Dual EVH® Wolfgang humbucking pickups mounted directly to the body increase vibration transfer, resulting in sustain for days on end. Two domed control knobs have been dialed-in to Van Halen’s exacting specifications—the smooth-feeling 500k pots make it easy to find a unique sound while retaining the crisp high-end sparkle of the Wolfgang pickups. The EVH-branded Floyd Rose® Special bridge and R2 locking nut consistently keep the instrument in tune through the deepest whammy dives and horse whinnies.
Tested where it counts— live onstage— the Wolfgang WG Standard QM is decked out for playing performance and comfort, and is available in Cherry Sunburst or Zilla Burst with a black headstock and black chrome hardware.
- Series: Wolfgang® Standard
- Body Material: Basswood with Quilt Maple Top
- Body Finish: Gloss Polyester
- Neck: Bolt-On Maple, Wolfgang Backshape, 0.790” @ 3rd - .0880” @ 12th
- Neck Finish: Oiled
- Fingerboard: Maple, 12” to 16” Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
- Frets: 22, Jumbo
- Position Inlays: Black Dot
- 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® Special
- Pickguard: None
- Pickups: Direct Mount Wolfgang® Humbucking (Bridge and Neck)
- Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
- Controls: Volume, Tone
- Control Knobs: Black Plastic
- Hardware: Black Chrome
- Strings: EVH® Branded (.009-.042 Gauges)