EVH Striped Series Shark

EVH Striped Series Shark

EVH Striped Series Shark

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Eddie Van Halen is known for infusing his iconic guitars with their own identity. With his visionary hands-on approach to personally modifying his style and tone, Eddie has created some of the most memorable guitars in rock ‘n’ roll history.

One of those guitars became as iconic to Van Halen’s sound as tapping was to Eddie’s playing. Aptly named the “Shark,” Eddie took his angular offset axe and sawed a chunk out of the body, leaving jagged edges in the wood that resembled teeth. After applying a coat of silver paint, Eddie added tape in his famed striped pattern and then grabbed a rattle can of burgundy Schwinn bicycle paint to finish the job. The final striped creation was initially seen live during the first Van Halen World Tour in 1978, but became more widely known and adored by fans after appearing on the back cover of Van Halen’s 1980 album, Women and Children First.

After years of receiving requests for this famed instrument, EVH® is proud to release the new Striped Series Shark model. This high-performance axe features an angular ash body that is paired with a rock-solid set maple neck, carved to a comfortable modified “C” profile. The neck also features a “hockey stick” headstock and the same striped paint job on the back, while the fast-playing 12”-16” compound radius Pau Ferro fingerboard has 22 jumbo frets and white dot inlays.

The Shark is also fitted with custom designed EVH Wolfgang® alnico 2 Humbucker bridge and neck pickups, delivering the ideal amount of power and articulation with sweet sustain and thick chunky rhythms in a perfectly balanced EQ curve. Adding to the unique style of this instrument, the bridge pickup features parchment bobbins with metal braid wire, while the neck pickup features black bobbins with metal braid wire. A low-friction volume knob with treble bleed provides for unmatched performance and even-volume tapering for the smoothest volume swells, while a chrome-plated solid-brass harmonica bridge provides massive attack, presence and sustain.

In addition to its instantly recognizable Burgundy with Silver Stripes paint job, the Shark boasts other eye-catching features including black numbered speed knobs, three-way toggle switch housed on a brass mounting plate, brass nut, gold and chrome custom EVH-stamped Gotoh® tuners and chrome eye hooks with turnbuckles.


24.75” scale length

Ash body

Maple set-neck

12”-16” compound radius Pau Ferro fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and white dot inlays

EVH® Wolfgang® alnico 2 Humbucker bridge pickup with metal braid wire and parchment pickup bobbins

EVH Wolfgang alnico 2 Humbucker neck pickup with metal braid wire and black pickup bobbins

Brass nut

Engraved EVH truss rod cover

Chrome-plated solid-brass harmonica bridge

Gold and chrome custom EVH-stamped Gotoh® tuners

Eye hooks with turnbuckles

Volume (500K EVH Bourns® Low Friction Pot) control with treble bleed circuit and tone control

Three-way toggle switch housed on a brass plate

Available in Burgundy with Silver Stripes


Model Name
EVH Striped Series Shark, Pau Ferro Fingerboard, Burgundy with Silver Stripes
Model Number
Striped Series
Burgundy w/ Silver Stripes
2 Humbucking


Case/Gig Bag
Included Accessories


Body Finish
Satin Urethane
Body Material
Body Shape


Fingerboard Material
Pau Ferro
Fingerboard Radius
12"-16" Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
Fret Size
Hockey Stick
Neck Finish
Satin Color Matched
Neck Material
Neck Plate
Neck Shape
EVH® Backshape .790" @ 3rd Fret, .825" @ 12th Fret
Number of Frets
Nut Material
Nut Width
1.6875" (42.86 mm)
Position Inlays
White Dot
Truss Rod Nut
Truss Rod Adjustment at Nut
Truss Rod Wrench
5 mm Hex (Allen)


Bridge Pickup
EVH® Wolfgang® (Parchment w/ Metal Braid Wire)
Pickup Configuration
Volume (500K EVH® Bourns® Low Friction Pot) with Treble Bleed, Tone
Neck Pickup
EVH® Wolfgang® (Black w/ Metal Braid Wire)
Special Electronics
Treble Bleed Circuit
Pickup Switching
3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup


EVH® Chrome-Plated Solid-Brass Harmonica
Bridge Mounting
Control Knobs
Numbered Black Speed Knobs
Hardware Finish
Tuning Machines
EVH®-Branded Custom Gotoh® SG381 (Chrome & Gold)


Nickel Plated Steel (.009-.042 Gauges)