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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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Tiger Eye Flame - Alder body
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This guitar is stunning but it doesnt exist anymore as pictured. Mark Aziz is the owner but he wanted something different so he sent it to GMW in LA to have it re-topped. What it turned into is the next guitar down. It is an Alder body with black binding. The back is the regular gloss black and the headstock is the standard black. The fretboard has the black flames (obviously).
Spalted Maple retop from GMW - Alder Body
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This guitar is the one above with a new Spalted Maple top from GMW. The picture is from GMW before they shipped it back. I am curious what kind of binding they did as the Wolfgangs come with a poured binding. I doubt that was duplicated but you never know. GMW does great work. Spalted maple was something I had on the list to get but they never got to it. I had it on order for close to 2 years but supposedly they lost the piece of wood they had picked out. Thus, Peavey never built a Spalted Maple Wolfgang so this is the only way to get one and in all likelihood the only one that exists. For anyone interested GMWs price was $1,000 to do this.
Harvestburst Quilt
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This guitar is owned by Rob S. It is a really nice harvestburst quilt with matching headstock and gold hardware.
Las Vegas Custom
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This guitar is owned by Chris Bettiol from Australia. It is the Las Vegas custom graphic. The guitar has a maple top, matching headstock and EVH block inlays on the fretboard. The guitar is in new condition. There is another one of these out there with a rosewood fretboard and cool dice inlays on the fretboard.
Amber / Red Flames Special
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This guitar belongs to David Turner. It was displayed at the summer NAMM show 2004. Very unique. This one has the tribal flames inlays. Headstock is standard. Looks cool in the light.
Burnt Orange Quilt Archtop
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This guitar also belongs to Scott Flood. It is a nice burnt orange quilt they called TRCORAL. It has gold hardware and a matching headstock. Very few in this color.
Koa Special
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This is a gorgeous natural oiled finish special deluxe with a flame like Koa top. The guitar is owned by Mike Crisel from Santa Cruz. The guitar has an ebony fretboard with pearl block inlays, all black pick-ups and I think a Koa body since the build sheet just says Koa in describing the guitar. It does look a lot like Mahogany though. Either way it is a great guitar.

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Red Quilt Special
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This guitar belongs to Jason Chanyi. He won this as the last guitar given away in the Eddies Dozen contest promotion, that was started when the Custom Shop opened. They gave one guitar away each month. This is a Special with what I believe is a quilt top that happens to have a bit of a flame look to it. It has an ebony fretboard with block inlays. The neck is the hard rock maple rather than the birdseye. The headstock is black and it has the Special tuners.
Green Quilt Top
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This guitar is owned by Rob Sinclair. This is a beautiful green quilt with black binding, black hardware, matching headstock and black tribal flames on the fretboard. It was built in Leakesville.

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Dark Cherryburst Quilt Spcl.
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This guitar belongs to Chris Dixon. It is a Cusom Shop special, dark cherryburst with rosewood fretboard. Chris says it is heavy so it might have a mahogany body. It was created on 9/17/04 in Meridian. Chris is the original owner, purchasing it from a music store in Canada.
Custom Graphic - USA Flag
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This guitar is owned by Bjorn Zengaffinen from Switzerland. Bjorn needs to sell this guitar. His price is $2,500 if anyone is interested. His e-mail address is bbgain@gmx.ch
Koa on Mahogany
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This beautiful Koa Custom Shop guitar belongs to Hide-VH of Japan. The first picture came off eBay when it was for sale and the 2nd from Hide-VH. Notice the color difference. The first has a lot of light and the 2nd is probably more representative of the actual color. It has a black binding, black hardware, mahogany body and an ebony fretboard. The headstock is black.
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