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Fender EVH Wolfgang
I went to the Fender booth at the NAMM show in
January to check out the "new" Wolfgang. I have been getting a lot of
questions regarding what I think about this guitar. I wish I could get
excited about it, but I can't. While they have gone to some effort to
say it is meaningfully different than the Peavey Wolfgang, I just don't see
it. To me, it is a "replica" of the original. I listened to a
very good player shred on it for about 10 minutes and it could have been a
Peavey Wolfgang. The real problem for me is the price and the limited
options. Right now it comes in Ivory, Black and Tobacco Sunburst.
The price is $3K for ivory or black and $3,150 for the quilt top.
Maybe it is just me but that seems expensive. I suppose that could be
considered a bargain next to the EVH "art" guitar that came out a couple of
years ago at $3,300. The good news
is that this new offering will likely boost the value and popularity of the
original Peavey EVH Wolfgang. I will eventually buy one of the
Fender models when they hit the after market at lower prices in a year or
two. How about an EVH striped version?,... although they would likely
charge $4K for that! Click on the thumbnail pictures below
for the larger image.
Sammy Hagar - Nice Interview / Article
Whatever your opinion about Sammy vs. Dave,
you have to give the man his due. He has a tremendous amount of energy
and enthusiasm for life and what you see is what you get. He has built
the perfect life for himself. He builds Cabo Wabo clubs in great spots
and he can go play there anytime he wants until he wants to go someplace
else. He has his own tequila brand (2nd best selling specialty brand)
and is now in the Rock'N Roll hall of fame. Interesting that he
says he has made more money off his Tequila than the music! This is a
good interview with him. I have the utmost respect for what he has
accomplished in his life. He knows who he is and he doesn't try to be
anything else. March 7, 2007. Click here:
Sammy Hagar Interview.
GuitarShredShow.com - Mr. Fastfinger
This is a very cool site that must have taken
the creators an incredible amount of time on the animation. It is very
well done. I hope they keep adding to it. If you read the bio on
the site you can see it was a pretty big project tha/t they had even bigger
The Worst Album Covers Ever
This was making its way around the Internet.
It is pretty funny so here it is (click the link).
Worst Album Covers Ever
The real number of first Year Quilt Wolfgangs may be
closer to 1,000?
Over the more than three years I have been
doing this site I have been surprised at how few first year quilts show up.
I see more Custom Shop models and they only made about 500 of those. I
was using a number of 2,000 on the first year quilts given to me by someone
at Peavey as a "not more than" number. I have done further research
and I now have reason to believe there may have been closer to only 1,000
first year quilts produced. If so, this is going to boost the value.
I am trying to gather some hard facts on the numbers now. I do feel
confident that the 2,000 number is too high. I will provide more
information as I have it. (4-6-06)
Have you tried a vintage Peavey
Peavey's very first guitar that can be
considered a market changer due to the revolutionary manufacturing
techniques employed and new innovations featured on the guitar, was in
production for 10 years from 1977 to 1987. These guitars are much
better and cooler than most people would imagine. You can pick them up
dirt cheap. Check it out... Peavey T-60
How does the cheaper Ernie Ball Axis compare to it's predecessor the
Music Man EVH?
That is what I asked Rollie Delgado who was head guitar tech
at Ernie Ball from 1991 to 2000 and worked on thousands of these guitars.
Here is what he said: "The only differences between the Axis and the EVH
signature are: The pickup switch was moved from the horn to down next to the
volume knob; The axis also has a body bevel on the back, which the EVH does
not; The neck width above the twelfth fret is also slightly wider on the
AXIS. Pickups are the same as the EVH. Finally, The electronics routing on
the AXIS is also a little different. If you look on the back of both and
compare, the cavities are different. Other than that they are the same, same
tone and feel. And the AXIS is much cheaper!"
Dave Barry Electric Guitar Piece
This is a Dave Barry piece from 1998 that I ran across that I
thought was pretty funny for any of us "older" electric guitar enthusiasts.
Click this link to read.
Dave Barry on Electric Guitars
Buying and Selling on eBay
I have overall had good experiences with eBay
but there have been some real problems too. Click here for some tips
on buying and selling on eBay:
Hollow Body Wolfgang Guitars Shown for First Time Ever
They are not supposed to exist.
The story is that EVH has never seen
them, much less played them but I can't verify that. Here they are and the story that goes with them.
Click this link:
Hollow Body Guitars.
Triple XXX and JSX Amps
I was at the PRS (yes - PRS) NAMM Jam at the
Grove in Anaheim on Friday night of the NAMM show (January 2005). I went to see Mark Tremonti and Alter Bridge play. At the show I got to talk to James
Brown for a little while since it was late and the crowd had thinned by at
least 2/3rd. James worked for Peavey for 18 years until recently when
he left to go to work for Kustom. He designed the 5150 with EVH and
was Mr. Amp for Peavey. He is a super nice guy. I took the
opportunity to ask him of all the amps he helped design and build for Peavey
if he had a favorite. He said "Without a doubt the Triple XXX".
I believe James left before the JSX came out, which is really a version of
the Triple XXX. I have one
of each and I love them both. If I could only keep one it would be the
JSX. The new Penta is a great amp too. I bought it with the idea
I would try it and sell it and I ended up keeping it. Right now
I can't say enough about the Triple XXX, JSX and Penta. I like them
all better than my
5150. It is truly ridiculous to have all these amps to play at
home, but one amp for all these guitars also just doesn't seem right!
EVH - Peavey Split
The official signs started with the
removal of the Custom Shop from the Peavey website, followed a couple days
later by the total removal of the Wolfgang guitar line. Interestingly
enough, as far as I know, no official announcement has been made by EVH.
Peavey didn't make one until late December and then I believe they pulled it
from their site. It is the end of an era with the Peavey
Wolfgang and the end of a 13 year relationship between EVH and Peavey that
started with the 5150 amp. The Wolfgang lasted over 8 years.
The people at Peavey gave it their all for Ed and Peavey on the Wolfgang and I know
there is some genuine sadness and even some bitterness (well placed) about
this all ending and maybe more to the point, the way it ended. I think there are lot of interesting things about what happened
here, but I will say that most of it is a side show. I think the net of it
is that Ed just got bored and wanted to do something different and the rest
of what happened are just reasons and excuses that support that, although if
you had to pick a turning point it may have been when Joe Satriani joined
Peavey on the JSX project. This is the feeling among some people at
Peavey. Of course there are other circumstances, which contributed to
the split. Who knows if any of them had been different if this might
not have happened. My sense is that it still would have. Ed is
not an easy guy to deal with, or so I hear repeatedly. I have no
first hand knowledge of this.
By now everyone likely knows about the Charvel
deal and the guitars Eddie sold on eBay.
Originally the limited edition of EVH Art series guitars that would be
striped and signed by Ed were announced and the first couple went up on
eBay. On July 23rd, 2004 in conjunction with the NAMM - Nashville show
Charvel and EVH announced a production EVH striped Charvel guitar that is
still being offered for sale. The entire idea for the custom striped
models and all
the details (minus eBay) was conceived for Ed by Peavey but he didn't follow
through. I have heard this from multiple people at Peavey. This
included striped 5150 amps / cabinets to match. Of course they would have sold them through the dealers and
not eBay. The Charvel lists for $3,300 and is generally being offered
for about $2,500. I think the guitar is worth less than $1,000.
It is a single pick-up guitar, basswood body, hard rock maple neck, with a
basic paint job. Prices have already started to fade and demand seems
to as well.
In the end what came out of the EVH – Peavey
relationship was an awesome guitar that will be with us for a long time.
There are plenty of great production models out there, so that anyone who
wants a really nice one can find one and will be able to for a very long
time to come. They should also hold their value, and some may rise
quite a bit. I wish anyone reading this who is interested in these
guitars could see the quality in my Custom Shop models and feel and play
them. Some of them are just incredible, and especially at the price point.
They rival ANYTHING else out there, period! I don't know if Ed fully
appreciates what the Custom Shop produced. I have heard he has never
even given them as much as a "thank you" for a job well done on his behalf.
Will there be another Wolfgang? Ed owns
some of the
design to the Wolfgang and has the right to take it somewhere else to be made if he
wants to with limitations that may be a point of dispute in the future. On October 3rd, 2005 Ed did an informal interview with the
two radio DJ's from Iowa who seem to be able to get him regularly for these
interviews at his studio. Their site is
www.TwoDorks.com. In this
interview Ed says toward the end he has to go because he is completing a new
Wolfgang design he needs to ship out so it can be available for the Winter
NAMM show. He doesn't say who he is shipping it to but I would think
it is Charvel / Fender. So maybe we will see a new Wolfgang. Peavey does
own most of the design to the 5150 and is already producing a replacement
(6505). At the January 2006 NAMM show there was no new Wolfgang.
The following picture is from the VHND.com
site. Click the thumbnail for the bigger image. At the time I wondered what name
would be on the headstock later this year? I guess we know the answer to
that now (Charvel of course!)
Peavey Wolfgang Strings are GHS
You can't get the Peavey
Wolfgang Strings anymore (other than old stock), but not to worry.
They came from GHS anyway and I am pretty sure they are the GHS Boomers.
I asked GHS and they Recommend the Boomers for the Wolfgang, which I don't
think GHS can actually say.
I believe Peavey just had them repackaged and branded for them. Peavey
didn't produce their own strings for sure and they have used more than one
brand over time, but mostly GHS on the Wolfgang.
See how the Wolfgang Guitar
Peavey use to have on their site a 25 minute
tour of their Leakesville guitar production facility with the presentation
focused on the building of the Wolfgang guitar. This presentation is
well done and shows how they were built in Leakesville. It is very interesting for those of us not previously familiar with
how a guitar is built. This piece is narrated by Hartley Peavey and is
from 1996/97. I was unable to find it to link to, but Peavey
graciously supplied it to me. The Leakesville facility they
highlight in the presentation closed in April of 2003. Guitar production, including the EVH Custom Shop
was moved to Peavey's
main facility in Meridian. Here is a link to the presentation. It says it is 29
minutes but it actually runs for 25 minutes.
The Birth of a Wolfgang - Peavey Wolfgang Factory
Tour. It requires Windows Media Player. If it doesn't run
for you, make sure you have this installed.
Finding the Build Date of your Guitar from the Serial
One of the most common questions I get is how
do I find the date my guitar was built from the serial number. The
only way to do this is to contact Peavey and ask them. They have a
database and they will look it up for you if you ask. The place to ask
is on the Guitar Forum at the Peavey website. Here is the link:
Some Pictures of EVH Playing Different Wolfgangs
According to someone at Peavey, they have
produced over 200 guitars for Ed since the relationship was formed.
Who knows what has happened to some of these as they certainly are not all at
Ed's house. Here is a link to some pictures of Ed playing different Wolfgangs.
Thanks Matt! If you have other pictures please forward them to me!
EVH with Wolfgangs.
The Coolest Guitar ever from Rock's loudest guitar
See the coolest guitar ever, created by Rock
n Roll's loudest guitar player from Rock n Roll's loudest band. Click
the link to see "Mr. Horsepower"!
Music - What I like
I suppose the music I like is somewhat
relevant to the guitars as it shapes the framework of the sound I like.
Of course I am a Van Halen fan, and I like all the other things you might
expect from the same era such as Aerosmith, Montrose (my favorite when I was
16), Bad Company, Led Zeppelin, Frampton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Outlaws, The Allman
Brothers, Golden Earring, Robin Trower, Boston, AC/DC, Skid Row, Billy Idol, Ted Nugent,
Alice Cooper, The Doobie Brothers, ZZ Top, Deep Purple, Jimmy Hendrix
...... You get the picture! They say most people stop listening to new
music by the time they are 30. I tried very hard with three daughters
to embrace the new music and I must say that it has opened up a whole new
world for me and given me something to share with my daughters. I rely
on them to keep me in new music. A lot of it is absolute crap, but
there is some good stuff too.
When is a "Custom Shop" Wolfgang not really Custom?
Peavey wanted to produce a Wolfgang with a Rosewood
fretboard but EVH had to approve all Wolfgang variations and he wouldn't
approve this. Peavey had already started producing them a few years
back. They put them in storage. Their solution was to call these
guitars "Custom Shop" models because that got them around the problem.
I would have done the same thing.
I don't blame Peavey for wanting to move these perfectly fine guitars, but
the people who end up with these guitars and then sell them on eBay should be up front about what they really
are. Of course this may not happen. There is nothing custom about most
of these guitars other than having a rosewood fretboard, which does not cost
anymore. Peavey didn't charge the dealers Custom prices for these.
They only charged production prices regardless of whether it was called
"Custom" on the dealer invoice. It is simply a preference item. Unless the guitar has
other Custom options besides the rosewood fretboard it probably isn't a
Custom Shop model where you could expect a better grade of wood for the top
and neck among other things. There are quite a few of these hitting the
market as Peavey has emptied their warehouse of these guitars. A lot
of them are green. A foreign distributor bought the remaining inventory
of 107 Wolfgang guitars that included about 70 of these guitars.
Almost all of these are stop tails. Others were sold previously (trems
and stop tails) and
have been showing up on eBay and being advertised as Customs.
Essentially Peavey sold off all the Wolfgangs that were still in inventory. Again, there is nothing wrong with
any of this on Peavey's part and I don't wish to suggest there is..
I just don't want to see people buying what they think is a Custom Shop
model, paying top dollar and then finding out what they really bought is
just a regular production guitar with a rosewood fretboard.
The value of these guitars is the same as any other production model with
the same configuration.