Left Handed EVH Guitars 2021 – Fantastically Effortless To Play

Left Handed EVH Guitars
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Last Updated on September 14, 2021 by Chris

Left Handed EVH Guitars

EVH are, of course, the initials of one of the world’s most renowned guitar players, Eddie Van Halen. Through the music he played with his band Van Halen from the late ’70s onwards, he forever changed and redefined how the guitar was played ever since.

With the release of their self-titled debut album, Eddie Van Halen’s distinctive fast playing and aggressive sound became known as the Brown Sound.

His company EVH, which is owned by Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, was launched in 2007, making his guitars available to mere mortal guitar players around the world.

Let’s take a look at which left handed EVH guitars are available.

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Who Are EVH Guitars?

Before we look at EVH the brand, let’s take a look at the man, Eddie Van Halen and his guitars before they were recreated for everyone else to own…

In the early days, Eddie Van Halen famously created his now iconic guitar, the Frankenstein Strat, which he used as his main guitar for Van Halen’s first five albums, and was also nicknamed Frankie.

Eddie Van Halen playing his Frankenstein Stratocaster

Like the infamous fictional monster from which this guitar takes its name, the Frankenstein Strat’s parts came from several different donors, and like Doctor Frankenstein of the book, Eddie Van Halen pieced these parts together to form the uniquely famous axe.

It comprised several different parts:

  • A $50 northern ash factory second body from Wayne Charvel and Lynn Ellsworth. It had a knot in the wood, hence the super low price.
  • A $80 factory reject maple neck also from Wayne Charvel and Lynn Ellsworth.
  • Fender tremolo system from a 1958 Strat, later to be replaced by a Floyd Rose
  • A single PAF pickup from a Gibson ES-355 screwed in the bridge position, later to be replaced by a Seymour Duncan humbucker.
  • Eddie’s own wiring. He removed both tone pots and replaced the volume knob with one of the removed Tone knobs.
  • Eddie’s own paint job; painted black, with gaffer tape and then repainted white. Later he re-taped the body and gave it a coat of red, turning his guitar into what has become Eddie Van Halen’s most iconic guitar.

Years later, in 1991, a collaboration with Ernie Ball Music Man, resulted in Eddie Van Halen’s first signature guitar, the Ernie Ball Music Man EVH model. Along with Dudley Gimpel at Music Man, Eddie had designed a new guitar that was a kind of cross between a Les Paul and a Telecaster.

This guitar had two custom DiMarzio pickups, created by DiMarzio’s Steve Blucher in collaboration with Eddie and Dudley, though Eddie had traditionally only used the one bridge pickup on his Frankenstein Strat.

Like his Frankenstein Strat, this new guitar also had a Tone knob on a single volume pot.

In 1996, Eddie teamed up with Peavey Electronics to produce the Peavey EVH Wolfgang guitar series, Wolfgang being the name of his son, who was born in 1991.

This guitar was a collaboration between Eddie and Peavey’s Jim DeCola and was kind of a continuation of the Music Man model, but with various changes and updates. This guitar had a single volume and tone, a D-Tuna in the bridge (for instant drop-D tuning), and also a contoured maple top, among other changes.

Eddie demoed the new Peavey EVH Wolfgang at NAMM 1996.

By 2004, Eddie left Peavey and then released his Art Series guitars with Fender-owned Charvel guitars.

Eddie Van Halen playing an EVH Wolfgang, sitting on top of two EVH 5150 amplifier heads

At NAMM 2007 it was announced that he had joined forces with Fender to create the EVH brand we know today.

They began by releasing amplifiers, and then a limited edition replica of the Frankenstein Strat. In 2009, work began on a new version of the Wolfgang model, and after painstaking refining and testing, the first EVH Wolfgang model was made available later that year.

Eddie immediately took it on tour and into the studio and ever since then was his go-to guitar. There have been various other Wolfgang models developed since then.

Eddie Van Halen leaping in the air, playing an EVH Wolfgang guitar

What Do I Think of EVH Guitars?

There’s no denying the impact that Edward Van Halen has had on the guitaring world ever since those heady days of the late ’70s. He really did revolutionize the way the electric guitar was played and what kind of sounds could be produced from them.

I love the look of the Frankenstein Strat; all dog-eared and taped together. A real DIY feel to it, complete with road-worn battle scars! It’s great that there’s a version of this available to guitarists nowadays.

The various Wolfgang models are really cool instruments too, and the fact that Eddie and his team had spent so long developing this guitar and getting it just right for Eddie’s style of playing, speaks volumes of the care and attention to detail given to this guitar.

Different Types of EVH Guitars

EVH currently produces six different types of electric guitar:

  • Wolfgang USA
  • Wolfgang Special
  • 5150 Series
  • Striped Series
  • Wolfgang Standard
  • Wolfgang Standard Exotic

Left Handed EVH Electric Guitars

In the current lineup, there are three left handed EVH electric guitars available. Check ’em out below!

Please note: Some of the links on this page are affiliate links, which means that at no extra cost to you, if you decide to make a purchase when you click through I will get a small commission. If you do buy something, then I’d like to say “thank you so much”! It helps me keep this website going.

Striped Series LH, R/B/W

Left handed EVH Guitars - Striped Series LH

Specs:

  • SCALE: 24.75″ / 628.65mm
  • BODY: Basswood
  • BODY FINISH: Gloss Urethane (Red with Black and White Stripes)
  • NECK: Bolt-On Quartersawn Maple with Graphite Reinforcement
  • NECK FINISH: Hand-Rubbed Satin Urethane
  • FINGERBOARD: Maple
  • FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 12″-16″ Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
  • NUT WIDTH: 1.6875″ (42.86 mm)
  • NUT TYPE: Floyd Rose R3 Locking
  • FRETS: 22 Jumbo
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Chrome
  • TUNERS: EVH-Branded Gotoh
  • BRIDGE: EVH-Branded Floyd Rose Locking Tremolo with EVH D-Tuna
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Direct Mount EVH Wolfgang Humbucking

Wolfgang Special LH

Left handed EVH guitars - A Stealth Black Wolfgang Special LH

Specs:

  • SCALE: 25.5″ (648 mm)
  • BODY: Basswood
  • BODY FINISH: Satin Urethane (Stealth Black)
  • NECK: Bolt-On Quartersawn Maple with Graphite Reinforcement
  • NECK FINISH: Hand-Rubbed Satin Urethane
  • FINGERBOARD: Ebony
  • FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 12″-16″ Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
  • NUT WIDTH: 1.625″ (41.3 mm)
  • NUT TYPE: Floyd Rose R2 Locking
  • FRETS: 22 Jumbo
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Black
  • TUNERS: EVH-Branded Gotoh
  • BRIDGE: EVH-Branded Floyd Rose Locking Tremolo with EVH D-Tuna
  • NECK PICKUP: Direct Mount EVH Wolfgang Humbucking
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Direct Mount EVH Wolfgang Humbucking

Wolfgang USA Left-Hand

Left handed EVH guitars - 3-Tone Sunburst Wolfgang USA Left-Hand

Specs:

  • SCALE: 25.5″ (648 mm)
  • BODY: Basswood
  • BODY FINISH: Gloss Urethane (3-Color Sunburst)
  • NECK: Bolt-On Quartersawn Maple with Graphite Reinforcement
  • NECK FINISH: Hand-Rubbed Satin Urethane
  • FINGERBOARD: Ebony
  • FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 12″-16″ Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
  • NUT WIDTH: 1.625″ (41.3 mm)
  • NUT TYPE: Floyd Rose R2 Locking
  • FRETS: 22 Vintage Stainless
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Chrome
  • TUNERS: EVH-Branded Gotoh
  • BRIDGE: EVH-Branded Floyd Rose Locking Tremolo with EVH D-Tuna
  • NECK PICKUP: Direct Mount EVH Wolfgang Humbucking
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Direct Mount EVH Wolfgang Humbucking

Left Handed EVH Acoustic Guitars

EVH does not make acoustic guitars, so there aren’t any available to both lefties or righties!

Left Handed EVH Basses

EVH doesn’t make bass guitars in either left or right handed orientation.

Final Thoughts

EVH is a company that Eddie Van Halen himself was involved with at every step of its guitars’ and amps’ design. He was involved with everything from designing, to testing and tweaking until everything met his exacting standards. Only then would EVH’s guitars, amps, and equipment be ready for the public.

Eddie had said:

“I am involved in every phase because I am not endorsing a product – this is my company.”

Eddie Van Halen playing an ivory EVH Wolfgang USA signature guitar

It’s cool that there are three EVH guitars available for us lefties, all with the same high-performance specs that Eddie Van Halen himself wanted, to create his awesome music.

It’s a tragedy that his untimely death in October 2020 has cut short an illustrious career, but his name will surely live on for generations to come.

What do you think of EVH guitars? Let us know in the comments below.

Image credits: evhgear.com

Left Handed EVH Guitars 2021 – Fantastically Effortless To Play

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