Hello all, Yesterday, I fell into a totally unplanned New Guitar Day. I went to Guitar Center to pick up some pickguard screws, and just happened to see an EVH Striped Series guitar hanging in the used section. I'd never really had any interest in trying out these guitars, because I'd read online that the necks are super thin. Personally, I prefer necks on the chunky side, so I never bothered. I guess GC had the guitar in stock for awhile, because it was marked down off the used price. I figured I'd just try it out for a sec, confirm my suspicions, and hang it up again. I have to say, for a cheap import, the Striped was really nice. The body is basswood, which has been Ed's favorite for quite sometime. I don't know if it's because he likes the tone, or because it increases the profit margin on his signature guitars. Basswood isn't my favorite tonewood by a long shot, but I don't hate it. It certainly doesn't get my panties in a bunch. The paintjob was what drew me to the guitar. The white body with black stripes looked amazing on the cover of Van Halen 1, and it looks great on this guitar. The neck has a 1-11/16 inch wide nut, which I prefer. Older EVH signature guitars used 1-5/8, which is a little narrow for my tastes. The neck is a little thin from front to back, but nothing like what I'd read online. It's not nearly as thin as something like an Ibanez Wizard. To me, the profile feels almost exactly like the new EVH (not Peavey) Wolfgang. The big difference is the frets are nickel-silver medium jumbos, versus the vintage stainless steel frets on the new Wolfies. I have to say, I'm simply blown away by the fretwork. I don't know if the prior owner had them dressed, or they came like this, but the fret ends are perfectly rounded, perfectly level, and have no dead spots. With the oil finish, this is a FAST neck. The Striped Series uses the EVH Wolfgang pickup. It's a pretty sizzling hot pickup. The Wolfie sounds awesome, especially with gain. Harmonics leap out of the guitar, and it sustains a long time. It also cleans up nicely with the volume knob. The trem is a Floyd Rose 1000 with the EVH logo stamped into the baseplate. Supposedly, they're made overseas...Korea I think. But they say they use the same metals as the German made units that Schaller makes for Floyd. The prior owner had it set up to float, which rendered the D-Tuna useless. When I got it home, I slapped a big brass sustain block on it, set it flush, and set the intonation. It's perfect now. All in all, I'm impressed with the Striped Series. Mine is an early one...serial number 00292. I paid a whopping $561 for it. Let me say this right now...IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR THE EARLY EVH BROWN SOUND, THIS ISN'T IT!!! The basswood body, Floyd Rose trem, and Wolfgang pickup sound cool and modern, but Van Halen 1 it is not. I'd definitely prefer an ash body, vintage trem, and 9k-ish Alnico 2 pickup. However, for not much cash it plays great, sounds great, and looks great. It's a ton of fun. Check 'em out!