Eddie Van Halen rarely does interviewsbut he has granted one to Guitar World magazine for the cover of their February issue, on sale Dec. 16. In the exclusive one-on-one interview with the Van Halen legend, Ed discusses the making of his new EVH Wolfgang guitar from Fender.
Van Halen tells Guitar World, "This guitar is a culmination of my 35 years of experimenting with guitars. Everything that I've destroyed, stumbled onto, learned and experienced in my journey to get to where we are now is in this guitar. And there is a lot more to come."
Throughout the interview with Guitar World writer Chris Gill, which took place in a workshop at the EVH/FMIC (Fender Musical Instrument Corporation) factory, Van Halen details the painstaking process of designing and constructing the EVH Wolfgang.
"The tolerance of things on this guitar is like NASA standards. It had to be tight, and it had to be quality. Le Mans is probably the most important race on the planet. It's 24 hoursa grueling, brutal race. There's a reason why an Audi R8 won that race three years in a row [2000-2002]. Those guys did what we did with this guitar. They paid attention to every damn detail. You can't say, 'Oh, that will do.' No, it won't do."
On the subject of new Van Halen music, the guitarist had this to say:
"I'll be making music 'til the day I die. I've done all kinds of stuff, and more is coming. I can't tell you exactly when right now. Wolfgang is in the 12th grade and he needs to graduate first. Then I'm getting married in June. We'll pick it up after that."
To read more of this interview, and to see new photos of Ed and the EVH Wolfgang guitar, click here.