Seldom in the history of rock - in the history of guitar playing, period, can monumental change be attributed to a single guitarist whose own individual contributions amount to nothing short of an astounding re-imagining of the instrument's possibilities and whose playing abilities and design innovations are so utterly dazzling as to be considered truly revolutionary. Such is the case with Edward Van Halen.
Here was a wild, ambitiously swaggering rock band from Los Angeles that boasted a skinny, smiling 20-something kid who was so utterly musically ferocious that you were left with no choice. And what was that weird guitar he was playing?
"At the time, no guitar did what I needed mine to do, so I built my own that did," he said. Thirty-five years later, he's still doing it—studying and improving everything about the instrument. It's personal for him, and that's where the Wolfgang comes from.
“A guitar is a very personal extension of the person playing it,” he said. “You have to be emotionally and spiritually connected to your instrument. I could’ve just stayed at home and built this guitar for myself. I do this because a lot of people ask if they can get what I use. Well, yes you can, and what you get is identical to what I use. We redid everything on this guitar. That’s why it took so long.”
Eddie Van Halen and Fender partnered and launched EVH products in 2007, introducing a limited run of Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein replica guitars, the EVH 5150 III amplifier and EVH guitar accessories.