So I was talking to my neighbor about EVH, and he tells me he has an old EVH guitar under the bed...

And man is it a looker!! He's letting me borrow it and here it is:



My neighbor is a super great guy and is a casual drummer. He loves VH as much as me or anybody who grew up in this era. He told me he bought this guitar second-hand, on a whim back in the early-mid 90's and since he's not a player, it sits in its case. Literally sitting in its case for decades. I told him I'd love to hear it through my rig and I'd be happy to change strings, polish it up, set the action, etc.

I'll admit, I love EVH, but only really got to know his guitars up to 1984 and didn't really get familiar with EBMM, Peavy, or EVH Wolfgangs. I've always associated EVH with strat shapes/partscasters, etc., so never really took an interest or researched any of his guitar post-1984. Initial impression after getting this one polished, cleaned, re-strung, and action adjusted: Man this neck is SOOOOO perfect. What a great feel, insane figuring, and it's so nicely worn in (from the factory I presume) feeling. Just so perfect. The pickups are bright and hot, but clean up quite well. Great for Drop Dead Legs. The pickup selector takes some getting used to, as the throw is very slight. The trem is great, dive-only, and the resonance of the guitar is brilliant. Man, did I mention how nice the neck feels?!? Very balanced and comfortable to play instrument.



My neighbor told me that he believes purple from the factory had some problems as a lot of owners noted theirs fading, and I see a bit of that on the headstock towards the signature and it's darker by the floyd retainer bar. I looked at sold prices on these and they're all over the place, so hard to gauge. I know right now, EVH prices are peaking in the last week for obvious reasons. Any way, my neighbor is letting me borrow the guitar for as long as I want as he says that somebody needs to play it! I'm happy to be a good neighbor and help out!!

 

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And man is it a looker!! He's letting me borrow it and here it is:



My neighbor is a super great guy and is a casual drummer. He loves VH as much as me or anybody who grew up in this era. He told me he bought this guitar second-hand, on a whim back in the early-mid 90's and since he's not a player, it sits in its case. Literally sitting in its case for decades. I told him I'd love to hear it through my rig and I'd be happy to change strings, polish it up, set the action, etc.

I'll admit, I love EVH, but only really got to know his guitars up to 1984 and didn't really get familiar with EBMM, Peavy, or EVH Wolfgangs. I've always associated EVH with strat shapes/partscasters, etc., so never really took an interest or researched any of his guitar post-1984. Initial impression after getting this one polished, cleaned, re-strung, and action adjusted: Man this neck is SOOOOO perfect. What a great feel, insane figuring, and it's so nicely worn in (from the factory I presume) feeling. Just so perfect. The pickups are bright and hot, but clean up quite well. Great for Drop Dead Legs. The pickup selector takes some getting used to, as the throw is very slight. The trem is great, dive-only, and the resonance of the guitar is brilliant. Man, did I mention how nice the neck feels?!? Very balanced and comfortable to play instrument.



My neighbor told me that he believes purple from the factory had some problems as a lot of owners noted theirs fading, and I see a bit of that on the headstock towards the signature and it's darker by the floyd retainer bar. I looked at sold prices on these and they're all over the place, so hard to gauge. I know right now, EVH prices are peaking in the last week for obvious reasons. Any way, my neighbor is letting me borrow the guitar for as long as I want as he says that somebody needs to play it! I'm happy to be a good neighbor and help out!!

Always like the Kramers and Music Mans. The Peavey and EVH are kinda ugly to me. Love the Welch's finish!
 
If price is a concern, I would recommend looking for a Sterling by MusicMan AX40D. Same basic config (same basic wood types and Dimarzio Axis pickups) aside from the pickup selector location, import hardware, and some neck attributes (slightly wider, slightly flatter fretboard radius, similar overall profile). Of course it is an import with cheaper hardware and limited wood figuring, but this will likely get 90% of the way there for most people and the higher end SBMM guitars have been fantastic for the price.

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Configuration is one thing. I'd be after the neck shape, fret wire, pickups. Skeptical as to whether the Asian guitar would acknowledge those things.
 
When I was (much) younger I had a purple OLP Axis which is essentially a very cheap version of this/the generic EBMM equivalent once EVH left for Peavey. I quite enjoyed the shape, but the cheapness really, really stood out to me.

This is basically the hypothetical ideal of that guitar.
I used to own a few OLPs back in the day and sold them all eventually for this reason. They were almost too cheap, Sterlings are too expensive and the real EBMM Axis I am still saving for!
 
I have a 90's Axis Sport with MM90s. The only complaint is the thin neck is easy to bend a string off it. But the MM90s sound like the Beatles Revolver Epiphone Casino tone. OMG, amazing. Ballz to the Wallz rock. And it's made for fast playing (I don't) but the unfinished hand-shaped neck is crazy.

Only other issue is the coating is brittle and cracks/chips just looking at it. I eventually chipped it all off and pimped it with stickers. Never would sell it. It's a treasure. These 90s guitars are KEEPERS. The newer Axis Super Sport? Bleh. Had 2 of them, sold them after a year. They can't hold a candle to the 90s versions.
 
Purple is one of the 4 most common colors on the EVH Music Man, along with amber, red & blue.
True, it was one of the most common but the problem with that is that a huge number of the purples faded to the point of not being purple anymore..so a true original purple EVH is rare now.
 
I have a drummer friend who has some restaurants and kick ass guitars who doesn't play, like your friend, but let's guitarists plug them in during jams. He has the 1959 Les Paul because guitarists mentioned this was a great one, and a pre CBS strat. His one post CBS era Fender is a tele owned by The Beach Boys with flight case and "Beach Boys" spray painted on it and other stuff.

But in later years I met other drummers who didn't play who had guitars better than what we usually play. I was told when you have a big set you are sick of carrying around then you build a studio around your set and get all the moving parts.

Probably the craziest and most expensive thing I have ever seen a drummer do is (illegally) build a room inside of a room inside an apartment and it was a fully soundproof studio they had built little by little over the years. It was pretty permanent so the guys can't ever move out, lol.
 
And man is it a looker!! He's letting me borrow it and here it is:



My neighbor is a super great guy and is a casual drummer. He loves VH as much as me or anybody who grew up in this era. He told me he bought this guitar second-hand, on a whim back in the early-mid 90's and since he's not a player, it sits in its case. Literally sitting in its case for decades. I told him I'd love to hear it through my rig and I'd be happy to change strings, polish it up, set the action, etc.

I'll admit, I love EVH, but only really got to know his guitars up to 1984 and didn't really get familiar with EBMM, Peavy, or EVH Wolfgangs. I've always associated EVH with strat shapes/partscasters, etc., so never really took an interest or researched any of his guitar post-1984. Initial impression after getting this one polished, cleaned, re-strung, and action adjusted: Man this neck is SOOOOO perfect. What a great feel, insane figuring, and it's so nicely worn in (from the factory I presume) feeling. Just so perfect. The pickups are bright and hot, but clean up quite well. Great for Drop Dead Legs. The pickup selector takes some getting used to, as the throw is very slight. The trem is great, dive-only, and the resonance of the guitar is brilliant. Man, did I mention how nice the neck feels?!? Very balanced and comfortable to play instrument.



My neighbor told me that he believes purple from the factory had some problems as a lot of owners noted theirs fading, and I see a bit of that on the headstock towards the signature and it's darker by the floyd retainer bar. I looked at sold prices on these and they're all over the place, so hard to gauge. I know right now, EVH prices are peaking in the last week for obvious reasons. Any way, my neighbor is letting me borrow the guitar for as long as I want as he says that somebody needs to play it! I'm happy to be a good neighbor and help out!!

That’s a beautiful guitar. I have a black Peavey Wolfgang Standard Pat. Pending and an Ivory EVH Wolfgang Special. Anything Eddie designed are fabulous instruments. Enjoy
 




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