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When the Peavey – EVH split became known and it was clear the Custom Shop would close, it was a sad day.  I thought, well it was great while it lasted.  An American Made Custom Shop guitar that fit my taste exactly, of great quality at a surprisingly low price was a thing of the past.   Many people who had thought about ordering a Custom Shop Wolfgang were seriously bummed out.  I know because I heard from them.   It was always about the guitars for me.  Having EVH’s name on them and having him associated with them added to the image (and the price!) and brought the Van Halen fans, but it was the art, quality, tone and the way the guitars played, along with the thrill of creating them in your mind and seeing them come alive that was the thing for me.  So I went from sad resignation to hopeful when the word started to leak that the Custom Shop would keep going with a new and maybe even better guitar.  But what would it be?  

They said it would be better, because you could get more options and it would appeal to Wolfgang fans but it wouldn’t be a Wolfgang.  I was skeptical.  What was first important to me is what would be the same?  The same people building them (at first but not now), with the same quality of materials in the same facility with the same mandate to build the best guitar they possibly could.   And the same neck, with similar pick-ups but more versatile.  That meant it would play very similar and sound very similar.  What would be different?  A floating trem for one, although it can be locked down to only go flat very easily.  Actually it comes locked down.  You could never get a floating trem on the Wolfgang. A nice body contour on the back to make it more comfortable to play (I like that).   Pick-ups that are designed to be split and a coil tap (nice).  And a slightly different body shape and headstock.  I think the shape of the Wolfgang is really nice, but I have grown to like the HPS even a little bit better.  Side by side the HP looks a little better to me.  I like the slightly pointer top horn that gives the guitar nice lines and makes the new headstock work.  I really didn’t want a Wolfgang clone anyway.  What I wanted was a neck like the Wolfgang, pick-ups that were at least as good (they are more versatile) and then all the same options and quality.  That is what we got.  So I got pretty excited about it.  I got so excited I became a Peavey dealer in December of 2004.  I am pretty sure I have sold considerably more custom Shop Peavey guitars than any other dealer.  The hard part is I never want to sell them!

Here is a link to a review I did of the first HP Special delivered:  HP Special Review

Here is a link to the pricing of the Production Models from the January 2006 Peavey guide:  HPS Production Model Prices

Here is a link to the pick-up specifications and the operation of the controls:  HP Special Pick-ups and Controls

Here is a picture of Peavey's unique and proprietary trem stop mechanism.  There is a small opening in the back of the guitar where you can easily loosen the two screws and slide the bracket forward to make the trem fully floating.  Click for larger image.

Special Peavey patent pending tremolo stop device for the HP Special to instantly make the trem floating

See an excellent video demo and Guitar World Review of the guitar.  Click this link... Peavey HP Special Video Demo (This video is courtesy of Guitar World Magazine.  It was originally published in August of 2006.  GW gave the Peavey HP Special their highest honor <Platinum Award> for Quality and Design in the review).  You will need to have the Flash player installed.  If it is a little jerky streaming for you, let it run through once and then click the play button again.  The 2nd time through it will be cached so it will run clean.

All the guitars below are Custom Shop models.  Click this link to see the Production Models:  HPS Guitars

 
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THE BUMBLE
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This Custom Bumble Bee HPS started as an idea a couple of years ago that I worked on with Tim (he did all the work!). Getting the natural flame to have the contrasting yellow without it turning greenish in the staining process was the hard part that Tim finally figured out. The bumble bee inlays turned out great as did the whole guitar. This guitar just looks different, which I have heard more than one person say. Basswood body, flame maple top, ebony fretboard, black hardware and binding, yellow back, matching flame veneer on the headstock. I took pictures with 3 different lighting situaitons to try and do it justice. It is hard to capture. Delivered May 30, 2006.
Custom Blue/Green CT Quilt
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This is another 10 top quilt with a totally custom color that is kind of an army green bursting to a blue. The matching quilt headstock also has the burst. The basswood body color matches the burst. The Custom Shop has already produced quite a few very unique HPS master pieces. Arrived 3-13-06. I have this one hanging on my wall in my office as I am trying to decide if I can really sell it, which was the intent. I put it up for sale and then took it right down. I will put it up for sale again when I find the strength!
HP Special Autumn Quilt - Numero Uno!
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Here it is. HP Special #1. Received May 10th, 2005. It is essentially a prototype since it is slightly different than the final version and was hand built. It doesnt have the final trem stop mechanism and the pick-ups are slightly different. Peavey must have shot a few pictures of it before it left on its way to me because it showed up in a few publications.

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Autumn Quilt Flat top
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The sister to the CT autumn quilt above, this flat top version is one of the most beautiful quilts I have seen. Even though they were doing the same color as the one above you can see they really are pretty different. This one has more green and red and the other more brown. That is why I like these custom colors as no two seem to be exactly alike.

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Korina CT, String-Thru with Mahogany neck
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This is one of the finest guitars I have ever owned. I dont want to over do it but this guitar is special. Solid, one piece Korina string-thru, arch top with mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard. This must be the right combination. The tones hold together beautifully from heavy distortion to the cleanest tones and the sustain goes on and on. Very warm feel to it. This guitar really shows off the HPS pick-up attributes. And of course the pictures show what a work of art this guitar is. The guitar was built by Tim Litchfield, master craftsman (been with Peavey since 1979).
Dark Purple Quilt CT
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This is my very first customer order received on 12/15 for Mike Davis. He waited a long time for this guitar and it looks like it is worth the wait. Arch top custom color (dark purple) with black binding, ebony fretboard, matching headstock and pearl bar inlays. It also has custom control knobs. Speed knobs also included. Note the controls are not recessed. This is not an option going forward. They only agreed to do the original orders like this since the decision not to had not been made yet. Serial number is 51402080.

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Greenburst Quilt String-Thru
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This guitar arrived just a little late for Christmas (2005) for Andrew Schultz who ordered it way back in March. It was worth the wait as this is about as nice as they get. I was surprised when I heard the Custom Shop had agreed to do a String-Thru for Andy as the previous word was they didnt want to do these right now. I guess they just like to make their customers happy! This is the first string-thru HP Special. Hopefully there will be more. It has a Mahogany body

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Solid Alder Flat top
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The pictures just wont do this guitar justice. This guitar is elegant and has a beautiful smooth feel to the wood. A classic. This guitar is going to Gary Gould. Very lucky guy! I ordered another as soon as this came in. The back is as pretty as the front. Played it for 5 minutes. Great tone. Feels super as all three that I just received do. This is a versatile guitar.

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Trans Black Quilt Flat top
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This is just the coolest trans black guitar I have ever seen. This is not a color I am in love with, but I am with this one. It is alive. I wasnt planning on keeping this one but I couldnt sell it. I asked Peavey if they could make me another just as nice and they said they could so I ordered one, which I will offer for sale when it arrives. Maybe that one was the NAMM 06 trans black quilt?

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Custom Purple CT Quilt Top
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It doesnt really get any nicer than this purple CT quilt built for the 2006 NAMM show. The headstock is fully matching with the quilt veneer.
Custom White Sparkle
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Very original and retro looking white sparkle flat top built for NAMM 2006. I had to keep this one but that lasted less than two months and I ran out of room and....... White headstock to match. I have ordered several more like this in different colors to offer for sale.
Custom Tobacco Burst Quilt Top
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Peavey is calling this color tobacco burst instead of sunburst like they did on the Wolfgang. This is a nice quilt flat top built for NAMM 2006. Headstock is a matching color on birdseye.
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