Here’s a great example of everything you’ve ever needed in a rock guitar. Designed in collaboration with Eddie Van Halen and Peavey, the Wolfgang EVH is designed to cover as many tonal bases as possible, as simply as possible. From silky smooth playability on its super fast neck to a thick scooped sound that can just as happily colour in the background as it can tear through to the forefront.
From Peavey – “For as long as I’ve been playing guitar, I’ve always been searching for a certain feel and tone…I’ve experimented by tearing apart and reassembling hundreds of guitars in different ways searching for these qualities. Although I’ve ruined a lot of great guitars by having done this, I have learned what it takes to make a truly great guitar. The Wolfgang, after years of trial and error, (for me) is that guitar. Our collective efforts in designing the Wolfgang guitar have resulted in a versatile, quality-crafted guitar that feels great, sounds great and is truly inspiring to play. I’ve already put mine to the test in the studio and on tour and now it’s your turn.”
It features a carved top, body binding, two knobs (volume and tone), three-way pickup toggle switch, two Peavey/EVH-designed humbucker pickups, oil-finished bird’s eye maple neck and rosewood fingerboard with dual graphite reinforcement rods, ten-degree tilt headstock, a tune-o-matic bridge and hard tail piece, plus Schaller mini M6 tuners.
The body is made of basswood and has a maple cap. This combination is considered by some, such as renowned luthier John Suhr, “the Holy Grail of tone”.
If you’re looking for a guitar good enough for Eddie Van Halen that can do pretty much everything except empty your bank account, the Wolfgang Special is the way to go. The sound is thick and heavy but retains a crisp definition that can be heard even with gobs of distortion. The neck is super fast and comfortable everywhere, bends are easy and lightning fast runs are effortless. The upper register on this guitar is really something special. All the way up to the 22nd fret, full step bends and heavy vibratos are not only easy but still have the same dynamic responsiveness as the rest of the neck, making for a true singer of a guitar. The body is extremely comfortable sitting or standing, and the light weight allows for hours of practicing and performing. The construction is impeccable – this guitar can take tons of abuse and still play wonderfully.
· Solid basswood body
· Carved maple top
· Bolt-on construction with contoured neck heel, no neck plate
· Unique offset cutaway design
· Birdseye maple neck and fingerboard, oil-finished
· Dual graphite reinforcements and adjustable torsion rod
· 25 1/2″ scale length
· 22 jumbo frets
· 15” fingerboard radius
· Straight headstock with 3+3 tuning machine configuration
· Precision die-cast tuning machines (based on the Schaller M6L)
· Two custom-wound Peavey humbucking pickups
· Master volume control
· Master tone control
· Switchcraft® 3-way toggle switch and output jack
· Chrome-plated hardware finish
· Weight is 7.8 lbs
· 1.618” Nut Width
Van Halen specifically requested to reverse the toggle switch so as to accommodate more room for a wide rhythm strum, and the neck pickup is a little hotter than the bridge pickup to meet Eddie’s specs. This guitar was a special order – there no Floyd Rose but rather a standard bridge & stopbar tail piece.
This guitar was built in Leakesville, Mississippi, and was one of the last models to come out of the USA Peavey Wolfgang Custom Shop.
It is in outstanding condition and plays just as Eddie envisioned. The total control from the player and balance of tone and power makes it a worthy instrument that will stand the test of time everywhere from a bedroom learner to a stadium crowd showstopper.
Comes in its original hard case in good condition, apart from one sunken stud near the rear hinge – see pics.
Video Demo from Guitar World – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBAN6c0GNuE