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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 Cherry Flame
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This guitar belongs to Krishna Crichton of Australia. It was produced on August 7th, 2001. It has the R3 original Floyd Rose locking nut on the trem instead of the R2 licensed one.
Amber Mahogany Quilt
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This guitar also belongs to Krishna Crichton of Australia. Serial number 51243878 means it was produced in Meridian, MS. It has a semi-chambered mahogany body in a natural finish. Ebony fretboard. Krishna says the special warm tone on this one makes it is holy grail of guitars!
Swiss Flag Archtop
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Thanks to Mark from Switzerland for sending me some pictures of his guitar and him playing live. I posted that I was looking for pictures of this guitar and eventually Mark found the site and contacted me! The power of the Internet to reach across oceans! Most of the flag guitars were done custom before there was a custom shop,
All Yellow Custom
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This guitar also belongs to Mark from Switzerland. It is yellow with a black binding and pearl dot inlays.
Checkerboard Flame Special
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This guitar is owned by Don Weed. It is a really nice Checkerboard flame special with matching headstock.
Sunburst Quilt Top
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This Guitar belongs to Glenn Lundberg. It is a great classic look. I am hoping to get some additional pictures to create a page for it. It has a matching headstock and ebony fretboard as well as a mahogany body.
Blue Flame Custom Special
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I love the light dark pattern in this blue flame. This was one of the last Custom Shop models. It was produced on December 9th and sold to a buyer in IL who turned around and sold it because he bought an EVH Art guitar. Say it isnt so Jim! It has the standard headstock. It sold for $2,250.
Red Quilt Top
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This guitar is part of the collection of Scott Garrand. It is a red quilt top with matching headstock. It has a Basswood body, birdseye neck and fretboard.

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Green Quilt Top
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This guitar is owned by Tom Sutton and is truly unique. It was originally built for a Peavey endorsee at the time named Steve Henderlong of 39 stripes. Steve is with Gibson now. Steve ordered his guitars with coil tap switch where the tone control was. There are a couple of pictures of him playing it live on the link to the left. This guitar was a pre-Custom Shop Custom model. It has an ebony fretboard with abalone bar inlays and a Mahogany body. It has been wired to split all 4 coils and Tom says the sound is Amazing. The Peavey logo is also abalone while the EVH & Wolfgang markings are in black. Tom owns 6 other production Wolfgangs.

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Blue Satin Sheets Archtop
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This guitar is owned by Mike Wilks. It is the only blue version I have seen of this design. I have seen it in purple. It has a rosewood fretboard with pearl bar inlays and the regular black headstock. The fretboard protector is on in the picture for anyone wondering what that is above the neck pick-up.
Credit Card Special
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This guitar was showcased at the NAMM show (03). Its top is made out of cut up credit cards. It is a Special. I did not play it but I thought it looked cool and was very creative. This is not one of mine.
Purple Leopard Archtop
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This purple leopard archtop was for sale on eBay. The owner has a couple of Custom Shop guitars. This is likely a one of a kind. It is a rosewood fretboard and the headstock is the regular black. The owner had changed the neck pick-up and it looks like when he put back the original to sell it he put the neck pick-up in reversed.
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