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The Peavey EVH Custom Shop "was" a group of 4 highly talented craftsman each with their own specialty.  The shop closed to Wolfgang orders in 2004 with the departure of EVH but has re-opened for the HP Special in 2005 (Click this link to see a review of the first HP - HP Review).   The Custom Shop operated out of the Leakesville guitar facility, which was closed in April, 2003.  It opened in January of 2002.  The EVH Custom Shop was moved to Peavey's main facility in Meridian, MS in May of 2003 along with the rest of guitar production.   I originally had no idea the Custom Shop was a such a small group.  During the slightly more than a year that they operated out of Leakesville, so much time was spent on each guitar that they were only producing an average of little less than one Wolfgang Custom Shop model per day.  Approximately 285 Custom Shop Wolfgangs were produced in Leakesville, of which 92 of these were specific orders and the rest were produced for the Vault or the NAMM show..  The attention to detail really showed in the finished product.  Another 130 specific customer orders were produced in Meridian after mid 2003 and another 70 or so Vault guitars, many of which are not really true Customs as they were using up remaining materials inventory.  Thus, approximately 500 Custom Shop Wolfgangs were built from 2002 through 2004 (220 were specific customer orders).  More than 100 of those have made it to this site thus far and are pictured here.  Again, some of the last 50 were really put together using whatever parts and pieces they had in order to help move the remaining inventory and shouldn't be viewed as the same quality as a prior Custom Shop guitar.  Any Wolfgang where the only upgrade is a rosewood fretboard is technically called a Custom Shop, but most really are not.   EVH didn't want the production guitars to have rosewood fretboards so the only way they could produce them like this was to call them Custom Shop guitars.  While these guitars are not really Custom Shop guitars, the rosewood fretboard is less common.  They only had this option the last 3 years after the Custom shop opened.   For now I would say about 450 real Custom Shop models is a good number.  The Custom Shop models were/are the ultimate rock guitar.  The HP Special model may even go further, but time will tell.

It is my guess that the Custom Shop was conceived and implemented as a way to showcase the best of what Peavey can do with guitars and the Wolfgang.  It is an image builder and a marketing program for the company and not a profit center.  Those are my words, not theirs.  With such a limited production, this just adds to the special nature of this guitar.  In addition to incredible quality, tone and unique configurations, you have a very limited supply.  Many of the guitars produced by the Custom Shop are one of a kind. 

When I started ordering guitars from the Custom Shop I wanted to try everything.  I wanted to try each of the different woods they offered for the body.  I had to try different tops and different configurations.  I am just as excited (maybe more so) when I receive a new guitar from the Shop today or find one in the after market.  There is that great anticipation of opening the case for the first time.  And then plugging it in and firing it up!  Wow!   I also view them as my art collection!

Following is a list of Custom Shop models, along with a description and link to a page for each with pictures.  About 1/3rd of these guitars are mine but as people send me pictures and descriptions of theirs I will create a listing and a page for them and give them credit.  If that person would like to include their e-mail address for questions from others I will include it.

Custom Shop Options -  The Custom Shop would do special things if you asked them to, which I really appreciate.  One was a string through bridge, another was a birdseye maple top.  The others were generally custom top colors, body colors or fretboard inlays.  They also produced some guitars for the NAMM shows and the EVH Vault with some special options such as solid Koa or Korina construction, mahogany neck, special inlays, decorative pick-up rings, Lucite body, etc..  Following was what they let you configure on-line:

After selecting whether to start with a Special, Special Deluxe, Standard or Standard Deluxe, the basic options that anyone could select in building a Custom Shop Wolfgang on-line were; the body wood; top wood; fretboard wood; fretboard inlays; bridge type; hardware color; top color / graphic and matching/standard headstock.  The body wood options were basswood (standard), Alder, Ash or Mahogany.  You could get Koa as a body wood but it wasn't a standard option.   You could get a stop tail bridge or a Floyd Rose Tremolo system (same price for either).  You could choose the hardware color as chrome (standard), gold or black.  The Specials came with the birdseye neck, which was an upgrade from a production special.  For the fretboard you could select Birdseye (standard), Rosewood or Ebony.  For the inlays they had pearl or black dots (standard), EVH Blocks, Tribal Flames, Skulls or if you asked them they would leave the inlays off.  For the top you could select flame maple (standard), quilted maple, Koa or none (solid body construction).  There were about 30 colors to choose from including graphics and a custom graphic option.  I did this with my Luna De Fuego guitar.  I supplied the art and they got it on the guitar with their artist.  And finally you could get a matching headstock, which I always did.  I also love the stop tail bridge, especially with the more exotic woods.  It overall just has a better feel on the action and provides for a little better sustain.  However, sometimes you just got have that trem and so if I only had one Wolfgang it would have a trem.  Fortunately, I have a few to choose from!

Custom Inlays - All of the Custom Shop special inlays were done by Ron Thorn.  You can see Ron's site at: http://www.thornguitars.com/.  I asked Ron if he did any custom inlays for the Wolfgangs beyond the 5 that were available through the Custom Shop standard offering.  This is what he said:  "As far as 'custom' inlays went, I recall one that I inlaid that read 'Les Paul' in pearl in a 50's style font.  That apparently was going to be a gift from EVH to Les.  I never saw it completed.  There were a handful of other ones, such as wolf heads, diamonds, and I think a koa hot-rod flame board....  There were a couple that I did in pin-stripe flames using a silver acrylic for the outside edge of the flames and a black pearloid for the center.... those looked pretty hip."  You should check out Ron's site.  He does some really cool stuff.

  <Click the thumbnail pictures below for a larger image and the links to the left where available for more pictures>

 
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Greenburst Quilt String-thru
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Gorgeous greenburst string-thru quilt. Shipped out as last order. Had this on order for 20 months. The issue was parts for the string-thru. It isnt what I originally ordered as they ran out of time but I love it just the same. It did go back and get the matching headstock completed per the original order and I am happy about that! I cant say enough about this top and it plays and sounds great as you would expect.

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Cyanburst Quilt Top - ST
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This guitar is beautiful.. It is Ocean and Sand. The top is the ocean and the neck and fretboard are the sand. The colors on this guitar are gorgeous. This is a custom color the Custom Shop did for me I call Cyanburst. The materials they picked out for this guitar are outstanding. The color of the neck is the lightest I have seen and goes so perfectly with this guitar. The black binding was also their call and it turned out great. And what a sweet sound!

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Orange Quilt Top - Ash ST
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I was very surprised to see this guitar become available in the EVH vault right at the end as during the wind down I have not seen anything like this. Really nice uniform quilt, ash body, matching headstock (a must for me) and trans orange body rather than the standard gloss black which I like to see. No inlays on a super nice fretboard, but does have black side dots. I would have ordered a guitar just like this if I could have so I was very happy to be able to get this one. They only made a couple in this color.

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Blue Flames Custom
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Created for the 2003 winter NAMM show as a 50s car theme (with a matching amp), this is the only one of its kind and the only one with turquoise inlays. I looked for this guitar for a year. I put a a listing on this page that I was looking for this guitar. I would sincerely like to thank the people who e-mailed me and let me know this guitar was for sale in Austria. I would have never found it on my own. I saw this guitar at the 2003 NAMM show and liked it but didnt get it at the time. It was painful to pay more than double three years later but it is after all one of a kind and very cool. Built in Leakesville.

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Safety Orange 3 Humbucker
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I am pretty sure this is the only guitar done in Safety Orange. This was the very last Custom Shop guitar produced. In fact, it came to me unfinished and had to go back because they didnt have time when it was all ending. They made a few others like this in black. It is an Ash body, with volume controls on the neck and bridge pick-ups and it has coil tap switch when you pull out the 2nd volume knob. You can get some unique tones out of this one. It has an ebony fretboard with just side markers, and Orange body and a matching headstock.

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Dark Cherryburst String-thru
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Don Smith from the mountains of West Virginia sold me this guitar. He waited over a year for it and they must have completed it at the same time as the greenburst as I know they didnt have the parts to do a string-thru for almost two years. I did not know it existed until I received the pictures. It is gorgeous like the green one. It has a one piece mahogany back as well. There are only a handful of Wolfgang string-thrus ever produced.

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Birdseye Top - Mocha Burst
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This guitar is very unique in that you dont see many birdseye tops and I am not sure why when you consider it is maple and it has such a great look. I love the colors and the birdseye really gives it a different look that is striking, especially in different lighting . I really am surprised you dont see more of these. The body is a very dark burgundy. Another Custom Shop masterpiece!

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Custom Deluxe Special
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This guitar is about as one of a kind as you can get. I am not a big fan of paintings on guitars, but when I came up with this picture I just felt like it would come out great and that is an under statement. The art was put on the guitar by John Douglas (www.johndouglas.com) through the Custom Shop. John does a lot of work with Peavey. The art is based on a painting by Manuel Nunez. The painting, from the early 90s is called Luna De Fuego (Moon of Fire). This guitar has no neck pick-up or toggle switch.

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Custom Candy Apple Special
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I have come to love the solid basswood Custom Shop Special. I have two of them and the tone is awesome. The key with the Custom Shop is that you get the much nicer birdseye neck/fretboard and the better tuners. The better necks make all the difference. This one is a custom Candy Apple Red color. I wasnt sure I would like this one because I didnt know if it would have the quality feel, but it absolutely does.

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Candy Apple w/Black Hardware
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Same as the one above only with black hardware, all black pick-up covers and black dots on the fretboard. Has matching headstock as well.

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Orange Flame ST
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Produced on the very last day of production this is a rare burnt orange color. They only did a couple of these towards the end of production. 5A Flame top with an Ash body, mother of pearl flame inlays on a rosewood fretboard, gold hardware and a matching headstock. Too bad they didnt have time to do a transparent finish on the body.

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Tiger Eye Flame ST
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The serial number on this guitar suggests it might be a special project Custom Shop guitar as it begins with 110. It is a 5A tiger eye flame top with a rosewood fretboard and black headstock.
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