Eddie Van Halen Signature wah

In a somewhat unexpected but retrospectively obvious move, Jim Dunlop has announced the EVH Signature wah to take its number of EVH stompboxes up to three. Hardly known as a purveyor of all things wacka wacka, the unit is based Ed´s own battered Crybaby and, as befits much of the man´s signature gear, Dunlop have recreated the worn-out pot of the original: we´re told this gives a more pronounced mid-range…


Look, there are no greater fans of EVH than us but we can´t help feeling that the cash cow is close to being milked dry: slapping a bunch of stripes onto any old thing does not make it an EVH signature model, especially a unit that has at best a tenuous connection with the artist in question.

What next; Steve Harris plectrums? The Angus Young multi-effects box?

Bah humbug! It´s bound to be a very good wah: RRP is £219 and will be available from JHS.

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Simon Bradley is a guitar and especially rock guitar expert who worked for Guitarist magazine and has in the past contributed to world-leading music and guitar titles like MusicRadar (obviously), Guitarist, Guitar World and Louder. What he doesn't know about Brian May's playing and, especially, the Red Special, isn't worth knowing.