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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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Candy Apple Red Quilt CT
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Real nice Candy Apple Red Quilt CT. Basswood Body, Chrome Hardware, Natural binding, matching headstock. Delivered May 22, 2006.
Natural Solid Alder
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This was a special order for Lars from Sweden. This only took 9 weeks to get and is the fastest turn around yet on a custom shop order. Gorgeous guitar. Love the rosewood fretboard on this with black hardware and pick-ups. I wasnt sure I would like this combo but I think it turned out great. Received June 8, 2006.
Gunbarrel Blue Quilt
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This is the first one of exactly this color I have seen personally from Peavey. It is hard to describe. It has a lot of nice dark tones in the blue. Gunbarrel Blue. I love it! The neck and action feel great. This is a really nice custom shop guitar. The upgrades are the custom shop quilt top and custom color. Headstock is matching. The body is black and the binding natural. Chrome hardware. This sold just a few hours after I put it up. Received June 8, 2006.
Birdseye top CT string-thru (mahogany body)
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When you wait well over a year for your custom guitar like Dave Anderson did on this one, this is what it should turn out like. Very nice birdseye top with lots of figuring in a mochaburst finish, with matching headstock. Mahogany body. This is the string-thru I have received with this set up. I wanted to play it since Dave offered but I was afraid of something happening to it. The neck is a great piece of birdseye as is the fretboard. There are only dot markers on the 5th and 12th frets. The body is finished in a dark burgundy. Black binding, black hardware. Nice!
Ivory Stop Tail CT (solid mahogany body)
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This is the very first stop tail I have received. It was ordered over a year ago. It is a solid mahogany CT with gold binding, gold hardware and a thick birdseye fretboard. It is not white like the Wolfgang ivory but this ivory has a little yellow tint to it giving it a more retro look that also goes with the Gold binding and hardware. The neck is dark and figured. Due to the slightly thicker fretboard the neck feels like some of the Wolfgangs did where you get the rounded feel of the back of the neck more vs. the flatter feel. It was received 6/19/06.
Fireburst CT Quilt
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Super nice CT Quilt in a custom fireburst color that is similar to a harvestburst but a little darker. The was a custom order guitar for a customer that was turned around in a couple of months. Really nice fretboard and neck as well. Top quality custom shop piece. Received 8-10-06.
Black Violet CT Quilt
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Outstanding Black Violet burst quilt top with black binding, matching headstock, ebony fretboard and abalone block inlays. The body is a dark purple that matches the guitar. Basswood body. Highly figured birdseye neck. Received 8-14-06
Vintage Sunburst CT Quilt (Klaas Ottens)
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Klaas Ottens from Holland waited for this guitar for well over a year, but it appears the wait was worth it. This is a top quality custom shop HPS in vintage sunburst with an ebony fretboard with pearl bar inlays. The headstock is matching. The neck is outstanding with highly figured birdseye. Received 8-15-06.
1 Piece Mahogany CT
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One of 10 (each is different) solid, one piece mahogany CTs ordered many months ago. Peavey had these fantastic one piece bodies looking for a home and I couldnt resist. These guitars are very classy. They are heavy and have a very nice tone. All the one piece mahogany CTs are 1/4 thinner to compensate for the heavier wood. They have a great feel.Received late August 2006.
1 Piece Mahogany CT
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One of 10 (each is different) solid, one piece mahogany CTs ordered many months ago. Peavey had these fantastic one piece bodies looking for a home and I couldnt resist. These guitars are very classy. They are heavy and have a very nice tone. All the one piece mahogany CTs are 1/4 thinner to compensate for the heavier wood. They have a great feel.This red one has an ebony fretboard. Received late August 2006.
1 Piece Mahogany CT
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One of 10 (each is different) solid, one piece mahogany CTs ordered many months ago. Peavey had these fantastic one piece bodies looking for a home and I couldnt resist. These guitars are very classy. They are heavy and have a very nice tone. All the one piece mahogany CTs are 1/4 thinner to compensate for the heavier wood. They have a great feel. Received late August 2006.
Cherryburst Quilt CT
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This is the only one of its kind. A cherryburst quilt CT with a mahogany body in a transparent natural finish. This is a great combo. This guitar went to a buyer in Germany. Received in October of 2006.
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