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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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Peacock Blue Quilt
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This one also belongs to Tim Joyce. Nice Peacock Blue Custom with matching headstock.
Greenburst Flame Top
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This is from the collection of Robert Letizio. It is a greenburst flame top with a rosewood fretboard, pearl dot inlays. It was one of the last ones built with a date of 12/22/04.
3 Humbucker Stop Tail
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This is from the collection of Robert Letizio. In Leakesville they cut 5 ash bodies for a 3 pick-up model but never used them. They were cut for a stop tail bridge as well. When the Custom shop was winding down in Meridian and they were using up any remaining inventory they completed them. 4 were in black and I was able to get the last one in Orange. There is no tone knob, but dual volume controls allowing the center pick-up to work independently of the other two, creating a deep and rich sustain according to Robert (mine is not completed as of this date). This one was born on 10/30/04.
Root Beer Quilt Stop Tail
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This is from the collection of Bennett of Montville, NJ. It is a gorgeous quilt top. New old stock, never played as of the date the pictures were sent to me in February of 2008. It has a maple neck with an ebony fretboard, matching headstock.
Tribal Flames Special
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Also from the collection of Robert Letizio, this ivory special has hand painted black tribal flames, pearl dot inlays on an ebony fretboard, all black hardware and pick-ups. The neck is hardrock maple. It was born on 11/11/04.
Dark Cherry Flame Top Special
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This guitar belongs to Steve Polin. It is a really nice dark cherry flame top Special with flames painted around the edges on both the back and the front. Birdseye fretboard with no inlays. Black headstock.
Natural Quilt Arch Top
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Part of Steve Polins collection. Natural quilted maple top Custom Deluxe (no finish), The body is ash with just an oil finish and cream binding. The neck is birdseye with an ebony fretboard and pearl block inlays. This is Steves personal favorite.
Ash Vintage Sunburst Arch Top
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Another of Steve Polins collection. It is solid ash construction with a birdseye fretboard with block inlays. The body is stained to match with the burst on the back as well. The guitar also has the matching headstock.
Solid Ivory Custom
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This guitar belongs to Milan Kordlup from Zemun, Serbia. This guitar has an outstanding neck. Milan was lucky enough to somehow find this like new Custom shop guitar in his local area!
Alder Natural Flames Special
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This is Steve Polins Ivory custom Special with see through alder body flame (front and back). This one has gold hardware and a birdseye maple neck/fretboard with pearl dot inlays and matching headstock.
Chocolate Quilt
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10A Maple top, Mahogany body, rosewood fretboard with black dots. Very pretty. I wish I had ordered one like this!
Silver Special with skulls
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This guitar was on eBay. I hope to get better pictures from the owner. The back is silver as well. I dont know if it has a matching headstock. This one shows the skull and crossbones inlays which was an option but you dont see it too much.
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