EVH Striped Series
EVH Gear introduces the EVH Striped Series, affordable production models of Van Halen's famous striped Frankenstrat.
The Mexico made EVH Striped Series made waves at the 2013 NAMM Show, making EVH's stamp of approval more accessible to his legions of fans.
Some call it an answered prayer, fans call it a granted wish and some even call it a dream come true, EVH guitars finally gave in to the Striped guitar request. In addition to finally seeing the stripes back, the production models come at a relatively affordable price - finally staying true to what made the Frankenstrat popular in the first place - a cheap personalized instrument that made great music.
The Stripe Series come with a Stratocaster-style basswood body that features Eddie Van Halen's Striped Graphics in three variations. The three color schemes include a neat looking black with yellow stripes, a white with black stripes and black pickguard model, and the more popular red with black and white stripes finish.
Black with Yellow Stripes
The body is connected to a reinforced maple neck that features a compound-radius maple fingerboard (12"-16") built to Eddie's preference. It has 22 jumbo frets, black dot inlays and a Thumbwheel truss rod adjustment. The headstock features EVH die-cast tuners and has the EVH logo.
White with Black Stripes and Pickguard
In keeping with the original guitar that Van Halen made famous, the EVH Striped Series come with a simple and straightforward rock design - featuring a single humbucker directly mounted near the bridge. The EVH Wolfgang humbucking pickup is controlled via a single volume knob, incorrectly labeled as "Tone" much like the original Frankenstrat. Obviously there tonal versatility will be lacking, but you do get EVH approved tone and rock mojo to make up for it.
Red with Black and White Stripes
Rounding up its features is an EVH branded Floyd Rose locking tremolo that Van Halen helped popularize and it is equipped with an EVH D-Tuna for instant drop D tuning. If you are wondering how much these instruments cost, I looked around and found some EVH Striped Series guitars currently retailing online for just below $900.
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