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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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CT Moonburst Quilt HPS
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Delivered on 2/27/06 this top of the line archtop has a custom shop quality top and an extra nice neck and fretboard.
CT Amber Quilt Custom
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Delivered on 3/4/06 and built on 2/24/06 this is a Custom Shop amber quilt with a superb neck and matching headstock. It also has larger than normal black dots on the fretboard.
Custom Green Pearloid
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Delivered on 3/7/06 this is unique and stunning. Pearloid flat top with black hardware, black binding and a trans green finish on a basswood body. Beautiful custom shop neck and fretboard.
Custom AlderSunburst CT Quilt Top
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This is Custom shop vintage sunburst quilt top with a smaller, lighter burst. It is not the tobacco burst production color. Super nice fretboard and neck. Matching quilt headstock. This HPS has an alder body. Delivered on 3/7/06.
Custom Burnt Orange CT Quilt Top
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This is a burnt orange Custom shop quilt top with matching quilt veneer headstock. As you can see the top is another aweseome one and so is the Birdseye neck and fretboard. Delivered on 3/7/06.
Custom Black/Black CT
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This Custom Shop CT is Nasty. I dont know how to do this guitar justice with pictures as this all black arch top with ebony fretboard is very difficult to photograph. No binding and the hardware is black, the pick-ups are all black. It really makes the blood red lettering on the headstock stand out. The fretboard has pearl dot inlays. This guitar just screams play something nasty. Received on 3/16/06.
Custom Black/Black CT
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This came the next day after the one above with the red lettering. It is the first one I received with recessed controls. It looks cool on this guitar. The ebony fretboard is a perfect tone match for the all basswood body adding a little brightness. The Custom Shop guys loved this guitar for tone and look. The gold dots on the fretboard look great and there are even little gold dots for side markers. This is the best guitar to me for gold hardware. Pick-ups are all black as a custom option too. Received 3-17-06.
Custom Mochaburst Quilt
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Love this mochaburst color. This a flat top custom color quilt with matching veneer headstock and gold hardware. The back is the regular gloss black and it does have the cream binding rather than a natural binding. Received 3-30-06
Custom Pearloid
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Totally unique Aqua Ice Pearloid Custom Shop HPS. The top almost glows with blue ice. This has a pearloid top (not a real top as far as tone goes) with a subtle blue burst paint job. The construction is solid basswood and the body has a matching transparent finish. Black hardware, black binding and abalone dot inlays finish this custom shop guitar off. Be honest, have you ever seen a guitar that look like this? The action feels great as does the neck. Received 4/14/06.
Custom Pearloid
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Custom Shop Pearloid top HPS. Pearl dot inlays with more contrasting side markers. Cream binding, black headstock. This is solid basswood construction. Delivered 4/14/06.
Custom Pearloid
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After seeing the NAMM Pink Pearloid I ordered this one as I had to have one pink guitar. This has a pearloid top (not a real top as far as tone goes). The construction is solid basswood and the body has a matching finish. Cream binding with all cream pick-up tops, matching headstock and abalone dot inlays finish this custom shop guitar off. The neck an fretboard are also exceptional. Received 4/17/06.
Custom Pearloid
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This purpleburst Pearloid is another unique Custom Shop pearloid creation. It has a pearloid top (not a real top as far as tone goes). The construction is solid basswood and the body has a matching finish. black binding with all black pick-up tops, and abalone dot inlays finish this custom shop guitar off. The headstock matches the body. Received 4/17/06.
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