A new ‘wallet-friendly’ version of the EVH Striped Series Frankie has been announced and it looks great. Time to dive-bomb on a budget!
EVH has just announced a brand new ‘affordable’ version of Eddie’s original Frankenstein guitar, a guitar that has now become almost as well-known as its owner.
The basswood Strat-style body has that iconic striped finish that is synonymous with early Van Halen and 80’s partscasters/superstrats. The guitar has an EVH-branded Floyd Rose locking tremolo, Floyd Rose locking nut and EVH D-Tuna. 2020 marks 40 years in the business for Floyd Rose and this guitar is the epitome of the era that launched the guitarist as well as the guitar.
Striped Series Frankie
The EVH Striped Series Frankie has the classic HSS pickup route configuration like Eddie’s original and, as per the original, uses a single EVH Wolfgang humbucker in the bridge position, a dummy single coil in the neck and a dummy five-way selector switch in the middle route.
This model comes with a graphite-reinforced quartersawn maple neck and a 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard.
The fanboy in me wants one, and as it should be more affordable than some other versions we have seen over the years, there is a high chance I might buy one. But wait… oh, it’s still over two grand, so you would have to really want one. That means I’m out.
There is no denying the influence Eddie Van Halen has had in the world of guitar, and this instrument brings us one step closer to the tools of his choice.
RRP – USD 2344.81