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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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White Alder String Thru
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Ordered in July of 2006, I could not track down the person who ordered it when it finally arrived. It is a solid alder string-thru with a matching headstock, all white pick-ups, pearl dots, stainless frets and a superb neck and fretboard. Received June 1, 2007.
Korina on Walnut CT
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This one is truly one of a kind. Beautiful Korina top with a walnut body and walnut neck. Never seen that before! Add to that P90s for pick-ups and a stop tail, string-thru bridge and matching headstock. The neck on this feels a little chunkier and a little rounder at the edges. I can see someone really liking this (or not). The guitar is a little heavier due to the walnut body as well. It is a gorgeous guitar. Shown at the Austin NAMM show in late July 2007. Receieved August 3rd, 2007.
Solid Basswood CT
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This is a solid basswood Custom Shop CT. It has a Candy Apple Red custom finish on the top, body and headstock. I think this is one of the best solid colors out there. The Red Rocker..Sammy Hagar would love it! The binding is for show as there isnt a top on this guitar. It has a really nice birdseye neck and fretboard. Shown at the Austin NAMM show in late July 2007. Receieved August 3rd, 2007.
Birdseye / Basswood FT
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Very nice natural Birdseye maple top on a basswood body. This is the perfect guitar for someone who wants the true HPS configuration (tone) but wants something very custom as well. Excellent birdseye neck and fretboard. Shown at the Austin NAMM show in late July 2007. Receieved August 3rd, 2007.
Solid Basswood CT
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This is a solid basswood Custom Shop CT. It has a very appealing custom cobalt blue finish on the top, body and headstock. The binding is for show as there isnt a top on this guitar. It has an ebony fretboard, which is a good combination with the solid basswood guitar for tone. Shown at the Austin NAMM show in late July 2007. Receieved August 3rd, 2007.
Koa on Mahogany CT
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This is a very custom, custom shop HP Special. The big thing is the pick-up configuration, featuring two single coil pick-ups in addition to the humbucker in the bridge position. Awesome clean tones with lots of versatility. The top is flame Koa and the body is mahogany. The neck is also mahogany. The fretboard is rosewood. Attention to detail on the back is great with custom wood cover plates. Headstock is matching. This is a stop tail trem (not sure what else to call it). It has a hand rubbed oil finish. The tones are smooth on this guitar. Austin NAMM show guitar.
Solid Basswood CT
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I really struggled with this color in taking pictures. Each picture looks a little different. It is a great color in person. Kind of a cross between silver and gold. BMW built a 6 series in this color and called it mineral silver. It is a solid basswood Custom Shop CT. It has a Cashmere custom finish on the top, body and headstock. It is a very nice rosewood fretboard. The binding is for show as there isnt a top on this guitar. The top and body are NOT two different colors as it looks in one of the pictures. In that picture the top is what the color looks like. Austin NAMM show guitar.
Teal Quilt Top CT
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This is a custom color teal quilt top, with a superb top. If you are going to do abalone block inlays this is a great color to do it with. The guitar has a matching headstock and ebony fretboard along with an excellent birdseye neck. The body is basswood and painted gloss black. Shown at the Austin NAMM show in late July 2007. Receieved August 3rd, 2007.
Koa on Mahogany
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This Koa top with Mahogany body Custom Shop CT is another gem. It features a stop tail - string thru bridge for maximum sustain. It has a birdseye neck and fretboard with a matching headstock. It has a great feel and it is another very high quality guitar. Shown at the Austin NAMM show in late July 2007. Receieved August 3rd, 2007.
Bumble Bee Flame CT
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A 2nd bumble flame top. This is one a special order with an original Floyd Rose supplied by the customer and a d-tuner with cut out to work properly when the bridge is floating. Basswood body, flame maple top, birdseye neck and fretboard. Sweet! Received 8-14-07.
Red Flame CT
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This guitar was custom ordered as a flame top but the flame is quilty to the point of being a quilt. A very nice guitar! Received 8-30-07
Autumn Quilt CT
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They have perfected this color with this guitar. The colors are brighter and more vibrant with more contrast and the color name autumn really fits on this one. The guitar has a beautiful mahogany body with matching cover plates and gold hardware works on this guitar. This finish is one of the most beautiful they have done. The close up shot really is the colors you see. It is not a lighting trick! Received 8-31-07
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