EVH Striped Series Shark Review & Prices

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EVH Striped Series Shark Review
  • From EVH's 2019 Striped series
  • Made in Mexico
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Ash body
  • Maple neck
  • Pau Ferro fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EVH Wolfgang Shark Humbucking (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: EVH Wolfgang Shark Humbucking (Humbucker/Passive)
  • EVH Chrome-Plated Solid-Brass Harmonica bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • EVH Modified C Backshape Set neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • EVH-Branded Custom Gotoh SG381 (Chrome & Gold) tuners
  • Weight between 7.15lbs (3.2kgs) and 8.35lbs (3.8kgs)
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  • From EVH's 2019 Striped series
  • Made in Mexico
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Ash body
  • Maple neck
  • Pau Ferro fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EVH Wolfgang Shark Humbucking (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: EVH Wolfgang Shark Humbucking (Humbucker/Passive)
  • EVH Chrome-Plated Solid-Brass Harmonica bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • EVH Modified C Backshape Set neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • EVH-Branded Custom Gotoh SG381 (Chrome & Gold) tuners
  • Weight between 7.15lbs (3.2kgs) and 8.35lbs (3.8kgs)
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Verdict: is The EVH Striped Series Shark a Good Guitar?

Made in Mexico with great craftsmanship while keeping the price as low as possible. It's a guitar with decent playability. It has good pickups but might be lacking in terms of versatility. It favors playing solos more than chords. You can find other models with valuable features (locking tuners, stainless steel frets, etc) for a lower price. Overall, a good guitar for the price.

Final Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 78
Sound 73
Build quality 67
Value for money 68
Overall Score 73
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
EVH Striped Series Shark
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Not from a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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EVH Striped Series Shark Prices

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Is the EVH Striped Series Shark a Good Deal?

Its average competitor's price is $1100, which means that the EVH Striped Series Shark costs around 73% more than the competition. It might be due to it having additional features, but know that you can find cheaper similar alternatives. This takes into account all guitars of the same category in our database with 6 strings and Fixed bridge that are made in Mexico.

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Is The EVH Striped Series Shark Easy to Play?

The EVH Striped Series Shark meets 6 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's a good guitar to start with as a complete beginner. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players to get used to.

EVH Striped Series Shark
New Player Friendliness
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Tall frets
  • Wide nut
  • Short scale
  • Comfortable neck
  • Comfortable shape
  • Locking tuners

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the EVH Striped Series Shark's construction favors people with relatively small hands.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this guitar—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

Big Hands
Balance
Small hands

How Lightweight is it?

We found that the EVH Striped Series Shark weighs between 7.15lbs (3.2kgs) and 8.35lbs (3.8kgs). This was recorded from some online retailers that publish the weight of the guitars they sell.

Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the EVH Striped Series Shark's 24.75" scale length compared to other common sizes:

EVH Striped Series Shark Scale Length Comparison
EVH Striped Series Shark's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is the scale length used in most Gibson guitars. If you like the playability of a Gibson, this guitar will feel pretty similar. It's a lot shorter than the typical Stratocaster (25.5'')

As you can see from the picture above, a shorter scale length also means shorter separation between frets. If you got really small hands, you probably will feel more comfortable playing this guitar than a Fender Stratocaster.

This scale length also allows for easier bends and vibratos because the strings will have lower tension due to the shorter scale.

Finally, another thing affected by scale length is tone. A shorter scale will give less room for the harmonics, thus resulting in a warmer, more 'bassy' tone.

Still, remember that you string gauge plays an important part in all of this. A lighter gauge will make it easier to perform bends, vibratos and will also give you a brighter tone.

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Neck Profile

EVH Striped Series Shark Neck Profile
EVH Striped Series Shark's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

The EVH Striped Series Shark's neck thickness is approximately 0.79'' (20.1mm) at the first fret, and 0.81'' (20.6mm) at the twelfth.

These measurements were taken either from the official EVH website, or, in case this information wasn't provided, by researching multiple online marketplaces and forums where owners of this model have posted their measurements.

It has a C type neck. C-shaped necks like this have been the most popular for the last years. The reason is that they feel good in most hands. It's generally a thin neck that doesn't get in your way when playing fast, but that also has enough mass to give your hands a comfortable grip for chords if they aren't too big.

Thin necks like this make it easier to move your hand across the neck and it helps when playing fast solos, especially if you like to leave your thumb free while playing high on the fretboard. However, thinner necks are also weaker and will need adjustment more often than a thicker neck.

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Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

EVH Striped Series Shark Fretboard Compound Radius
EVH Striped Series Shark's Compound Fretboard Radius

The EVH Striped Series Shark has a compound fingerboard radius of 12" to 16".

A compound radius is the best you can get because you'll get the best of both worlds. It starts curved at the nut, but it flattens as you get closer to the guitar body. This means that you'll get great comfortability for chords on the first few frets, but also a flatter fretboard for playing solos without problems on the higher frets.

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Playability compared to main competitors

24.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.625'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.625'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.625'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.685'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

EVH Striped Series Shark Nut Width
EVH Striped Series Shark Nut Width

The EVH Striped Series Shark has a nut width of 42.9mm (1.688''). This size is also known as 1 11/16'' and it's the most common size. It offers a good balance of string separation at the nut. It's the size that most guitarists prefer as it gives them just enough space to play open chords without muting the strings, but without spreading the strings too wide and making bar chords difficult to perform.

Frets

The EVH Striped Series Shark has 22 frets. Even though 24 frets has become really popular, there's still a good reason to get fewer frets; the pickup at the neck position will be further away from the bridge. This makes the neck pickup achieve a warmer tone. You might want this if you're playing Jazz or similar genres.

However, if you don't care about the warmer neck pickup, more frets will always be better. It's always nice to have the option to play higher notes if you want to.

It comes with nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you might need to replace the frets after a few years. But this is unlikely as most people change instruments before this happens.

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Fret Size

EVH Striped Series Shark Fret Size Comparison
EVH Striped Series Shark's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The EVH Striped Series Shark's frets are Jumbo size. This is a tall fret size that is becoming increasingly popular because it makes it easier to press down the strings cleanly. With this fret size, you won't feel the fretboard when playing, so if you press down too hard, you will get the notes out of pitch. However, this is something you can overcome by getting used to the taller size.

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Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 85
Chord Playability 70
Solo Playability 80
Playability 78

Does the EVH Striped Series Shark Sound Good? Tone Analysis

Wood will have little influence in the final tone of an electric guitar. Instead, the hardware, especially the pickups, will be the most important thing to look at. Bur first, let's see the quality of the wood.

Wood Used in the EVH Striped Series Shark

Ash wood pattern used for guitar building
Ash Body
Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple Neck
Pau Ferro wood pattern used for guitar building
Pau Ferro Fretboard

Ash Body: The most popular Ash wood for guitars is swamp Ash. It has a really light color with beautiful patterns, which makes it perfect for a natural-looking finish. It's not as lightweight as Alder, but also not as heavy as Mahogany. It's known for producing a bright tone with solid mids and lows.

Maple Neck: This is one of the most popular types of wood used in all kinds of guitars. It's heavy, strong and compact, which makes it great for necks. However, it's also used for fretboards, bodies and tops due to its light color, resistance and beautiful patterns. When it comes to tone, it highlights the mid and high frequencies.

Pau Ferro Fretboard: It's a beautiful wood used mainly for fretboards. It has a high density and looks very similar to Rosewood with its straight grains and dark brown color. According to Fender, it has a warm tone with a fast attack.

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Pickups

This guitar comes with pickups from one of the top brands: EVH. So you can expect well built pickups with great sound that shouldn't need an upgrade anytime soon.

These are passive pickups, so you can expect a moderade level of hot output instead of the overwhelming output that distinguises active pickups in metal.

The EVH Striped Series Shark's configuration is HH. With this pickup combination, you'll get warmer tones and more output than using single coils. Humbucker pickups cancel the noise that single-coil suffer from, which also results in a warmer tone. This pickup combination isn't only for high-gain music like Hard Rock or Heavy Metal. Their warmness is also popular for Jazz, Indie, R&B, Blues and more.

Versatility

It comes with the popular 3-way switch that is present in most guitars. For more versatility, guitarists tend to prefer a 5-way switch, although it all depends on what you want to use your guitar for.

Unfortunately, it doesn't come with more options for coil split or coil tapping. This makes it less versatile than some competitors.

Diagram

EVH Striped Series Shark pickups switch and push knobs diagram
EVH Striped Series Shark's switch options

What music genre is the EVH Striped Series Shark good for?

As a 6 strings, Solid Body guitar with HH configuration and Passive pickups, we'd recommend it for genres like Hard Rock or similar. However, you can use almost any guitar for any genre. This is just the typical type of music for this kind of guitar.

Sound Score

Pickups 90
Sustain 80
Versatility 50
Tuning Stability 70
Sound 73

How well is the EVH Striped Series Shark Built?

Where is the EVH Striped Series Shark Made?

Knowing where the guitar is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive guitars are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The EVH Striped Series Shark is made in Mexico. This is the country that some American brands choose for building really good, but cheaper guitars. You can expect a guitar that offers a good price-quality relationship, although they don't get the same quality control as the ones built in Japan or the United States.

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Bridge

EVH Chrome-Plated Solid-Brass Harmonica: The advantage of fixed bridges is that they don't require any kind of set-up. This makes it extremely easy when changing strings because you don't need to adjust anything besides tuning the guitar. Also, the fact that the bridge is directly attached to the body will help to increase sustain. The disadvantage is the lack of versatility since you can't create the same vibrato effects as with tremolo bridges.

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Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your guitar. A well-cut nut will make sure the guitar stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the EVH Striped Series Shark has a Brass nut. This material was more common in the 70s and 80s, but it was slowly replaced by Bone as the better material. This type of nut gives the guitar a brighter tone and more sustain for the open strings. However, it's one of the softest metals, so it will wear down eventually and doesn't have the slippery nature of Bone, which helps with tuning stability.

Neck Joint

The neck joint is the part where the neck of the guitar meets the body. There are three main techniques to attach both parts together: Set-In, Bolt-On and Neck-Through. The latter two provide different advantages, although neck-throughs are the most expensive.

This guitar has a Set neck joint. This type of neck joint consists of using different pieces of wood for the neck and the body of the guitar. Both pieces are then glued together. This is more expensive to make than a bolt-on neck, but it's cheaper than a neck-through guitar. Some people believe that this gives more sustain than a bolt-on neck due to both pieces having a 'better connection' than with bolts. Still, it's something difficult to prove.

However, this type of neck joint does have the disadvantage of not allowing you to easily swap the neck for another. This makes this type of neck joint less mod-friendly.

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Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 61
Features 60
Quality Control 80
Build Quality 67

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EVH Striped Series Shark Specs

General
Brand: EVH
Year: 2019
Configuration: HH
Strings: 6
Made in: Mexico
Series: Striped
Colors: Gray
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Type: Solid Body
Body Material: Ash
Bridge: EVH Chrome-Plated Solid-Brass Harmonica
Neck
Neck Joint: Set
Tuners: EVH-Branded Custom Gotoh SG381 (Chrome & Gold)
Fretboard: Pau Ferro
Neck Material: Maple
Decoration: White Dot
Scale Size: 24.75"
Shape: EVH Modified C Backshape
Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.79'' (20.1mm) - 12th Fret: 0.81'' (20.6mm)
Frets: 22 Jumbo
Fretboard Radius: 12" to 16"
Nut: Brass
Nut Width: 42.9mm (1.688'')
Electronics
Switch: 3 Way
Knobs: Speed
Volume Controls: 1
Tone Controls: 1
Bridge Pickup: EVH Wolfgang Shark Humbucking (Humbucker / Passive)
Neck Pickup: EVH Wolfgang Shark Humbucking (Humbucker / Passive)