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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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Mahogany Flame - ST (Gold)
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I purchased this guitar from the 2004 January NAMM show. It is solid mahogany and the tone was surprising in that it has a beefy mid range. This one might turn into my regular player or one of them. The natural mahogany flame is unique. I might have gone with chrome hardware so when the one below became available.... Like all of the Custom shop models there is tons of birdseye in the neck.

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Mahogany Flame - ST (Chrome)
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This is the configuration as the one above only this one has chrome hardware and a natural finish on the body. The picture above is taken in direct sunlight and this one is taken in natural light but not direct. The color is the same. I am going to eventually sell one, I just cant decide which one. I bought this one from the EVH Vault when the Custom Shop closed down because I really loved the tone from the other one and I liked the chrome hardware better on this one. I bought it to having something to sell and now .............

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Vintage Sunburst Flame Top
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This is without a doubt one of the coolest flame tops I have ever seen. The wood is alive and it has a great vintage look. Pictures dont do it justice. The fretboard has black dots which is the only thing I might change. I find I lose my point of reference sometimes without clearer markings. For a better guitar player I am sure it wouldnt be an issue. The body is Basswood for that classic Wolfgang sound.

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Black Violet Quilt Top - ST
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This is a beautiful black violet quilt top. I put this guitar next to my best purple, original year quilt and this color is more vibrant. This is a high quality quilt. It is a basswood body.

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Garage graphic Special
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I had to get confirmation from someone at Peavey that this was an actual Custom Shop guitar before I bought it. When Leakesville closed and the person running the custom shop left the company this completed guitar body was on his desk. They were trying out a young guy from Alabama (last name Hodson as signed on the guitar) for doing Custom painting and this is the one and only guitar that he did. He did a nice job but I guess it took a really long time. This is a Special. I dont think it has a top but I am not positive.
Harvestburst Quilt Top
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I received this guitar on March 3rd, 2003. This is one of my favorites. It is an incredibly beautiful guitar with a tone that matches its beauty. The workmanship on this guitar is as good as it gets. It has a superior tone and is something special. Also, the Mahogany on this guitar is much lighter than the harvestburst flame top below, which is heavy like a Les Paul.

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Harvestburst Flame Top
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The Custom Shop has only produced 5 or 6 string through guitars. Three are this harvestburst color and two of them are right here. The third was made for the January 2003 NAMM show and is a quilt. There is also a greenburst and a red one shown here. The holes are straight across on this string through and in an arc pattern on the quilt above. The quilt also has Wolfgang and EVH in white lettering, while the lettering is all gold in this one. The quilt has a white toggle switch and the knobs are also gold. This flame has abalone dot inlays.

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Natural Flame Stop Tail
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A beautiful natural flame stop tail produced in Meridian on 10/26/04. Mahogany body with natural stain finish. No inlays. This is a very pretty guitar with a great tone.

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Snakeskin Archtop
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Very well done Snakeskin graphic. Pearl dot inlays on Birdseye neck and fretboard. Produced 12/09/04 in Meridian.

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American Flag w/Skulls
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Notice what looks like shadows on the American Flag graphic. That is part of the detailed paint job to make it look like there are shadows that are not there. Produced on 12/08/04 in Meridian.

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Prototype Birdseye - No Finish
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This was a prototype Custom Shop model that was left without any finish at all. It is a Mahogany body and a birdseye top. There is so serial number on the headstock. It was gigged and the owner thought this was just the greatest sounding and playing guitar. The top is perfect, but the back is scuffed up (character!). However, since it isnt finished it could be easily sanded and finished. The fretboard is in great shape too. This guitar lives in Australia now.

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EVH Striped
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Peavey produced a few striped Wolfgangs the first year for promotional purposes. This was long before the Custom Shop, but it is still a Custom job. I believe this to be one of those based on the serial number and talking to people at Peavey. Ed refused to allow them to produce a striped Wolfgang even though they tried repeatedly. I think there are only three of these. The guitar is in perfect condition.
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