Van Halen Guitars.............

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by OldSchool, Aug 14, 2006.

Which Van Halen Signature would you grab?

  1. Ernie Ball Music Man Axis

  2. Peavy Wolfgang

  3. EVH Signature Charvel

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  1. OldSchool

    OldSchool Senior Member

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    Ok. Your looking to cop some VH vibe and Tone. Do you reach for a New EVH Charvel, a Ernie Ball Axis (Forget the signature version.......its not worth the Extra $$$ for a silkscreen signature.) or a Peavy Wolfgang?

    Eddie seems to Favor the Wolfie........the arch Top and the different PUPS. I kinda dig the Neck on the Music mans myself.......is there a better playing guitar on the planet? I've never played the Charvels .
     
  2. Gradinger

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    Get a well-used Kramer Pacer Special, and get out the masking tape and Krylon. There's no sense in dropping big money on what's essentially a parts mutt.
     
  3. Boomer

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    The frets have been too tall and skinny on anything that had Eddie's name on it I've played. If I had one of Eddie's actual guitars, there might be some vibe but a mass produced copy just makes me feel like a wanna be! I can't think of any signature guitars I've wanted to own with the possible exception of a Lennon/McCartney Casino. I'll stick with my Lentz and fake it.
     
  4. deluxemeat

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    star body, dano neck.
     
  5. Pete Galati

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    Getting an EVH vibe doesn't interest me at all. But I've been hearing positive comments on the Peavey Wolfgang for a few years, so that's my vote. But I've never liked how they look.
     
  6. pesocaster

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    strat style ... single bucker..... everything else is Vanhagar IMO ... ha ha ha
     
  7. Pete Galati

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    Damn!

    I wish I'd said that!
     
  8. BluePowder

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    Ain't no substitute for a Music man neck! :dude

    I'll take one please, make it a figured purple, blue or pink top!
     
  9. '70 RS

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    I wasn't very impressed with the Charvel Art Series. The fit and finish was great, it just sounded a bit dark and lifeless.
    The Peavey and Ernie Ball models are great guitars, but just the wrong era Van Halen for me.
    I would track down a real San Dimas Charvel (not the RI's) or like was previously stated, make or buy a mutt.
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  10. HEY!YOU!

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    Definately the Music Man. It was "His" guitar. That is the design that he came up with when he had the chance to have his own instrument. And I'm talking the EVH model. MM's guality has gone down. I've seen Axis models with gaps in the neck big enough for a credit card to slide in.
    Why he left EB, who knows, it seems like cashing in on his name is the name of the game these days. Made a fortune w/Wolfgangs, then on to the Fenderized Charvel's, which he never really played to begin with, but hey, mo money. I just wish he would get back to being a guitar player.
    OT: Is it me or are the new Charvel necks like the Jackson imports of the past decade's?? I remeber the original Charvel necks, and these reissues ain't even in the same ballpark.
     
  12. carbz

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    His tone goes far beyond the guitar itself. That being said you could most likely get the same typical sound with any guitar you throw together using the same kind of parts and pickups. I have owned a wolfgang and played a few EB's and the Charvel. The wolfgang is probably the nicest guitar of all of them but because it and the EB's don't have forarm contours they are just not as comfortable to play as the Charvel so If you gave me my choice I would go with the Charvel mainly for that reason. Of coarse you don't get the front pickup but EVH's classic sound was all the rear pickup. The EB's have smaller frets which I don't care for so it would be last.
     
  13. Ron4406

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    Yeah. Although the Sig guitars are great axes (and they all are!), you cant beat the custom made sound and feel.
    I was gettin some customer input lately. Found out that different people with different styles like different necks. From Neck profiles-Fat, Wolfgang, Fender standerd. To scale length- Gibby, Fender. To fret size. small to railroad tracks. The last thing I wanna do is lose a customer cause I cant make an axe that he can play comphy. So now I can get custom necks with any combination a player wants.
    Yeah, they look great on the wall. But the magic has to be when you plug her in. :AOK
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  14. Dana

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    My favorite was always the black and yellow one from VHII, but I believe Eddie didn't like that one much, which is why it didn't stay around long.

    Second favorite is the black and white one.

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  15. Ron4406

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    Thats awesome. Not to many have that axe as their favorite. From what I read, Eddie dug the look, but not the tone. Now it sits 6 feet under in Dimebags coffin.
    I got a nice one though.

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  16. carbz

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    You VH fans may dig this. I put this together about 2 years ago. I always had a thing for his shark guitar but wanted my own version... http://[​IMG]
     
  17. Ron4406

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    That is cool! Original as all get out. I like it.
     
  18. DualRectifier

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    My vote is for the Music Man Axis because Eddie designed it completely himself. The neck is a 3D digitized exact copy of his own No. 1's neck...you can't even buy a replacement neck from Ernie Ball. Have to send in the whole guitar. He also designed the DiMarzio pickups (which people generally believe are an Air Norton Neck and Tone Zone without dual resonance in the bridge), but he's still mad that EB got the patent/rights on the design.

    Even though it's not the prettiest guitar, the Axis Super Sport is very well made, and puts my Hamer to shame. The Hamer is an overweight, overfinished plank next to the Axis. I even just had the Hamer coil tapped to make it more versatile, but it's still nothing compared to the Axis, quality and playability wise.

    As for the Van Halen sound, well, I'll never play nearly as well as him, so I don't try. I think his sound is more in the amp and setup than in guitar specifications. That Frankenstrat he played on the first few albums was just a partsocaster with an old PAF in the bridge, that Eddie wax potted and wired himself.
     
  19. Ron4406

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    Well, Im not gonna get into the details on how your just a little misinformed cause that always gets me in trouble (unless you want me too.;) ) Theres always been theorys and speculation on Eddies pickups. But through 20 some years of research, I think I got it nailed. As far as the amp. A good old stock Marshall did the trick in the early years.:AOK Not to much fancy tricks. It was all in the style.
     
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    Out of all the models (and I've tried several of each) I think the Music Man's sound the best (but the neck is to uncomforable for me). I prefer the necks on the Charvels. I actually thought the Charvel's sounded quite good. The pickup was great.
     

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