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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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Lefty - Red CT Quilt
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This guitar took over 18 months to arrive. It was hand made. It is the only left handed HPS (they never made a left handed Wolfgang) in existence as of October of 2006. Received in October of 2006.
1 Piece Mahogany CT
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4th of 10 (each is different) solid, one piece mahogany CTs ordered many months ago. This one has a hand rubbed oil finish (no clear coat). The dots on the fretboard are larger than normal. Peavey had these fantastic one piece bodies looking for a home and I couldnt resist. All the one piece mahogany CTs are 1/4 thinner to compensate for the heavier wood. They have a great feel. Received January 12th, 2007. The first guitar received in over 3 months!
1 Piece Mahogany CT
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This is the 5th of 10 (each is different) solid, one piece mahogany CTs. I asked for two in a splatter paint design (white and a black). I they both turned out awesome. The neck, fretboard and set-up on this guitar make it one of the best ones I have gotten. All the one piece mahogany CTs are 1/4 thinner to compensate for the heavier wood. They have a great feel. This one was received February 15th, 2007.
1 Piece Mahogany CT
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This is the 6th of 10 (each is different) solid, one piece mahogany CTs. Love the splatter job on the black! Brian (the painter) keeps getting better! All the one piece mahogany CTs are 1/4 thinner to compensate for the heavier wood. They have a really nice feel to them. The set-up on this guitar is excellent. They have a new and talented young guy doing them now. This one was received February 22nd, 2007.
1 Piece Mahogany CT
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This is the 7th of 10 (each is different) solid, one piece mahogany CTs. All the one piece mahogany CTs are 1/4 thinner to compensate for the heavier wood. They have a really nice feel to them. This is a nice custom color turquoise with black hardware and binding. This one was received February 22nd, 2007.
1 Piece Mahogany CT
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This is the 8th of 10 (each is different) solid, one piece mahogany CTs. All the one piece mahogany CTs are 1/4 thinner to compensate for the heavier wood. They have a really nice feel to them. This is a nice custom color Yellow with black hardware and binding. This one was received March 1st, 2007.
1 Piece Mahogany CT
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This is the 10th of 10 (each is different) solid, one piece mahogany CTs. All the one piece mahogany CTs are 1/4 thinner to compensate for the heavier wood. They have a really nice feel to them. This is a nice custom color Safety Orange with black hardware and binding. This one was received May 7th, 2007.
Koa CT on Basswood
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This is the first Koa top HPS I have seen. It was ordered over 2 years ago. Black hardware, black pick-ups, dark maroon basswood body, nice rosewood fretboard and black binding. Very classy guitar. Received March 1st, 2007.
1 Piece Mahogany CT
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This is the 9th of 10 (each is different) solid, one piece mahogany CTs. All the one piece mahogany CTs are 1/4 thinner to compensate for the heavier wood. They have a really nice feel to them. This is a nice custom color Black with Red binding, black and red pick-ups and red knobs (havent seen that before). This one was received March 1st, 2007.
Koa top CT Stop Tail
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This guitar was ordered for a customer in February of 2005 and is the longest outstanding order (25 months). It is a stop tail string-thru and the only one of its kind as of now. It has a gorgeous mahogany body with custom matching control cover plate. This guitar has a very high quality feel to it. Received March 7, 2007.
Lefty Sunburst CT
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This guitar is probably the last left handed one. This was special ordered by a customer who is extremely lucky to get this piece. Nice custom sunburst finish on an execptional quilt top with as good a neck as I have seen. The headstock is birdseye. This was received in early May, 2007.
Black Violet Quilt CT Stop Tail
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This guitar was ordered many months ago as my main player. It turned out great. I really would like to see them offer a stop tail version as a standard offering. It has a beautiful top and an exceptional neck. Received May 10th, 2007.
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