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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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Dark Cherryburst Quilt
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Dark Cherryburst quilt with ebony fretboard and EVH block inlays. Matching headstock. Great combination. This guitar is owned by Louis Kruska and is one of the last Custom Shop guitars to get completed in Leakesville.

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Moonburst Flame Top
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This is a really pretty Moonburst Flame top owned by Dirk K.. It has a rosewood fretboard and stock black headstock.
Tiger Eye Quilt
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This guitar belongs to Xavier Bradley from Sacramento. It is a really nice Tiger eye quilt with black hardware and matching headstock. I have more pictures I will put up later. Xavier wrote me the following, which is worth sharing: It is hard to explain they are just on a whole different level and until you play one you cant appreciate or understand ( at least I couldnt) Anyways I am hooked on these guitars. They are definitely the best money can buy Period.
Purpleburst Special
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This is a purpleburst Special with an ebony fretbooard and pearl dots. The headstock is black. It was for sale on eBay on 11/22/05. I am not sure who purchased it.
Clear Acrylic Wolfgang
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They made three of these guitars that I am aware of. One went to Ed and another showed up on eBay awhile back. The third belongs to a record producer named Kevin Shirley. When they produced this guitar it was a novelty guitar. It is VERY heavy and I am told doesnt have the greatest tone by the guys who produced them. On the other side it is said that EVH loves his so he must be happy with how it sounds. Any way you look at it, it is definitely a unique Wolfgang.
Hot Rod Flames Arch Top
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This is a cool Custom arch top painted with Hot Rod Flames that belongs to Scott Pickens. The pick-ups are all black instead of the zebra look and there are decorative pick-up rings installed in gold to match the gold hardware. That was something they rarely did but it gives it the vintage look. The headstock is standard black.
Ocean Blue Quilt Special
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This is a real nice Ocean Blue Quilt Special with matching headstock and a birdseye neck & fretboard. The fret protector was left on in the picture so you cant see the fretboard as well. This guitar was owned by Mike Rees. He solid it for $2,300 on eBay on 12/15/04.

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Purple Flames Special
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This guitar belongs to Craig Squires aka Lemmy Hangslong lead guitarist for Blakkstone Hexx out of Airdrie Alberta. This Wolfgang was purchased used at Long & McQuade Calgary in October 2013. Blakkstone Hexx - Unwind: http://youtu.be/IQRRg7gc51Y
Natural Quilt Special
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This natural quilt Special belongs to Mark Reres. He was the first one to grab this guitar the morning it showed up in the EHV Vault. There were dozens of other people asking for it as the demand in October 04 far out paced supply. This guitar has an ebony fretboard and no inlays. The headstock is standard. It has a birdseye neck and regular Special tuners.
Sunburst Flame - Mahogany
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This is a gorgeous sunburst flame with the very thin flame pattern in the wood grain. The rosewood fretboard is exceptional and darker in color than the other 3 I have. The set-up on this guitar is perfect. It plays great. The mahogany body makes it a little heavier giving it a little more versatility for clean tones and probably slightly more sustain. It just has a great feel to it.

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Light Blue Flame
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A beautiful Custom Shop, lighter blue flame top. I would have liked to have seen this one have a matching headstock if they could have matched the body. It has a standard black headstock. The guitar is owned by Rob S.
Dark Cherryburst - Solid Ash
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This guitar was built for the Winter NAMM 2004 show and is owned by David Grant. It is solid Ash construction with matching headstock and abalone bar inlays. The actual color is a little darker than this, but the direct natural light brings out the wood better.
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