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EVH celebrates Eddie Van Halen's legacy with the return of the 5150 Series and stunning new Wolfgang models

EVH 5150 Series
(Image credit: EVH)

GEAR 2021 (opens in new tab): EVH has announced the return of the shreddable 5150 Series plus new Wolfgang Special and WG Standard electric guitars in a collection designed to "honor and continue" Eddie Van Halen's legacy.

Let's take a closer look at what are sure to be some of the most sought-after guitars of the year... Especially for metal players looking for a high-speed, easy ride with a double-locking vibrato for stunt guitar.

• NAMM 2021 is cancelled, but we'll be covering all the big January gear announcements right here on MusicRadar.

EVH 5150 Series Deluxe Poplar Burl – £899, $999, €999 

EVH 5150 Series

EVH 5150 Series Deluxe in Poplar Burl Aqua Burst (Image credit: EVH)

EVH 5150 Series

EVH 5150 Series Deluxe in Poplar Burl Black Burst (Image credit: EVH)
  • Modified Strat-style basswood body with poplar burl top and deeper upper body curve
  • Bolt-on quartersawn maple neck carved and rolled to Eddie Van Halen’s specifications with hand-rubbed satin urethane back finish and graphite reinforcement
  • Compound radius (12”-16”) ebony fingerboard with cream dot inlays 
  • 22 jumbo frets
  • Heel-mount truss rod adjustment spoke wheel
  • Hockey stick color matched headstock with logo decal
  • Direct mount EVH Wolfgang bridge and neck humbuckers
  • 3-way toggle switch, kill switch, volume control (500K EVH Bourns Low Friction Pot) with treble bleed circuit, tone control (250K EVH Bourns High Friction Pot)
  • EVH-branded Gotoh tuners
  • Top-mount EVH-branded Floyd Rose® bridge with EVH D-Tuna and R3 locking nut 
  • Chrome hardware 
  • Available April 2021

EVH 5150 Series Standard – £899, $899, €999

EVH 5150 Series Standard Ice Blue Metallic

EVH 5150 Series Standard Ice Blue Metallic (Image credit: EVH)

EVH 5150 Series

EVH 5150 Series Standard in Stealth Black (Image credit: EVH)

EVH 5150 Series

EVH 5150 Series Standard in Neon Pink with maple fretboard (Image credit: EVH)
  • Specs as per the 5150 Deluxe but with plain basswood body.
  • Finish options: Neon Pink, Ice Blue Metallic, Stealth Black
  • Hardware: Black, chrome
  • Available April 2021

EVH Wolfgang Special QM – £1,259, $1,099, €1,399

EVH Wolfgang Special

EVH Wolfgang Special in Chlorine Burst (Image credit: EVH )

EVH Wolfgang Special

EVH Wolfgang Special QM in Charcoal Burst (Image credit: EVH)
  • Basswood body with quilted maple top
  • Bolt-on quartersawn maple neck carved and rolled to Eddie Van Halen’s specifications with hand-rubbed satin urethane back finish and graphite reinforcement
  • Compound radius (12”-16”) baked fingerboard with black dot inlays
  • 22 jumbo frets
  • Heel-mount truss rod adjustment spoke wheel
  • Direct mount EVH Wolfgang® Alnico 2 bridge and neck humbucking pickups
  • 3-way toggle switch, kill switch, volume control (500K EVH Bourns Low Friction Pot) with treble bleed circuit, tone control (250K EVH Bourns High Friction Pot)
  • Top-mount EVH-branded Floyd Rose bridge with EVH D-Tuna and R2 locking nut
  • Available March 2021

EVH Wolfgang Special – £1,259, $999, €1,399 

EVH Wolfgang Special in Miami Blue

EVH Wolfgang Special in Miami Blue (Image credit: EVH)
  • Spec as Special QM except plain basswood body and ebony fingerboard with pearloid dot inlay
  • Miami Blue finish with black body binding, color matched headstock and black hardware
  • Available February 2021

EVH Wolfgang WG Standard Exotic Bocote – £599, $699, €659

EVH Wolfgang Standard Exotic

EVH Wolfgang Standard Exotic Bocote (Image credit: EVH)
  • Basswood body with bocote top and masked-off natural body binding
  • Baked maple neck with graphite reinforcement and hand-rubbed oil back finish
  • Compound radius (12-16") baked maple fingerboard with black dot inlays
  • 22 jumbo frets
  • Heel-mount truss rod adjustment spoke wheel
  • Direct mount EVH Wolfgang® bridge and neck humbucking pickups
  • 3-way toggle switch, single volume control with treble bleed circuit, single tone control
  • EVH-branded Floyd Rose® Special bridge and R2 locking nut
  • Available February 2021

EVH Wolfgang WG Standard Exotic Koa – £599, $699, €659

EVH Wolfgang Standard Koa

EVH Wolfgang WG Standard Exotic Koa  (Image credit: EVH)
  • Basswood body with koa top and masked-off natural body binding
  • Baked maple neck with graphite reinforcement and hand-rubbed oil back finish
  • Compound radius (12-16") baked maple fingerboard with black dot inlays
  • 22 jumbo frets
  • Heel-mount truss rod adjustment spoke wheel
  • Direct mount EVH Wolfgang® bridge and neck humbucking pickups
  • 3-way toggle switch, single volume control with treble bleed circuit, single tone control
  • EVH-branded Floyd Rose® Special bridge and R2 locking nut
  • Available February 2021

 Wolfgang WG Standard QM – £599, $699, €659

EVH Wolfgang Standard

Wolfgang WG Standard QM in Transparent Green (Image credit: EVH)
  • Spec as Exotic models except with Quilted maple top.
  • Available February 2021

Wolfgang WG Standard – £599, $699, €659

EVH Wolfgang Standard

EVH Wolfgang Standard Stryker Red (Image credit: EVH)

EVH Wolfgang Standard Sparkle

EVH Wolfgang Standard Silver Sparkle (Image credit: EVH)
  • Spec as per other WG Standard models except with plain basswood body and solid colour finishes.
  • Available February 2021

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars and guitar culture since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitar World. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.