New Toys: EVH Striped Series Shark

A metal guitar innovator and pioneer of the highest level, Eddie Van Halen captivated and spun guitarists all over the world with his incredible sound and fingerboard virtuosity in the late ‘70s. His iconic and standout striped motif guitars are instantly recognizable as his “signature.” The EVH Striped Series guitars put Eddie Van Halen’s historic and authentic design in the hands of players everywhere. These high-powered, high-performance machines are as bold in their looks as they are to play.

EVH®, a division of Fender Guitars, adds to the already popular Striped Series by introducing the Striped Series Shark model. Crafted to meet the demands of discerning musicians clamoring for this iconic instrument, the Shark boasts a high-performance design that stands out in both style and substance.

Featuring an angular ash body complemented by a sturdy set maple neck, carved to a comfortable modified “C” profile, the Shark offers both durability and playability. Its distinctive "hockey stick" headstock and striped paint job on the back of the neck add a touch of flair to its aesthetic.

The fast-playing 12”-16” compound radius Pau Ferro fingerboard boasts 22 jumbo frets and white dot inlays, ensuring smooth navigation across the fretboard. The Shark is outfitted with custom-designed EVH® Wolfgang® Alnico 2 Humbucker bridge and neck pickups, promising a blend of power, articulation, and sustain, with a balanced EQ curve ideal for both sweet melodies and chunky rhythms.

Adding to its allure, the bridge pickup features parchment bobbins with metal braid wire, while the neck pickup boasts black bobbins with metal braid wire. A low-friction volume knob with treble bleed ensures seamless volume control and smooth volume swells.

The chrome-plated solid-brass harmonica bridge provides the Shark with massive attack, presence, and sustain, further enhancing its sonic capabilities. Other eye-catching features include black numbered speed knobs, a three-way toggle switch housed on a brass mounting plate, a brass nut, and gold and chrome custom EVH®-stamped Gotoh® tuners, along with chrome eye hooks with turnbuckles.

Available in the instantly recognizable Burgundy with Silver Stripes finish, the EVH® Striped Series Shark model is a testament to both craftsmanship and style. Plus, with the inclusion of the EVH® Striped Series Shark Gigbag, this instrument is ready to hit the stage or studio straight out of the box.

Check out this Shark guitar (list price is $1,899.99) as well as the rest of the EVH line.