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There are lots of beautiful production model Wolfgangs.  Some of the flame tops are exceptional.  This section is dedicated to showcasing the rest of the Wolfgangs that Peavey produces.  Following is a quick run down of all Wolfgang models from the cheapest to most expensive:  Also, check out the new Peavey HP Specials (follow up to the Wolfgang) HP FAQ's

Special EXP (Korean Made) - List Price of $899.00

Unless price is a major concern, I would avoid this guitar.  While some of these guitars are OK, the quality on many is bad.  You can read about it below.  It is the ONLY Wolfgang made outside the U.S.  It can be identified by a quilt top (Maroon, Blue, Amber or Sunburst) and only one knob (volume but no tone).  Actually, you can't call it a top as it is a .020 thin slice of veneer that is glued on.  Thus, this guitar will not have the tonal qualities of one with a maple top.  The tops look nice on these, but that is where it ends.  Cheaper hardware, neck, etc.  These were first offered in 2003.

 

Wolfgang Special - List Price of $1,199.00

This is solid basswood (no top).  It came in solid colors and sunburst.  The necks are not birdseye maple and without the top you don't have the same tonal qualities (lacks some brightness), although the tone is great and I could see how someone would argue they like it better.  They can be identified by having one knob and a flat top.  They also would not have a binding, since there is no top.  The tuners are cheaper as well (metal rather than the pearloid).  Pick-ups are the same on all Wolfgangs up until 2004.  The Special was first offered in 1998. 

 

Wolfgang Special Deluxe (flame top) - List Price of $1,649.00

If money isn't the main concern and you prefer the flat top look and/or feel (like the Music Man EVH) then I would recommend this guitar.  The only drawback is it doesn't generally have the birdseye neck either or the better tuners you get on the Standard, although they did inexplicably ship some with the birdseye necks.  Maybe they ran out of hard rock maple necks and needed to deliver the guitars?.  This guitar can be identified by a flame maple top and only one knob like all Specials.  The Special Deluxe has a 1/4" flat maple top where the Standard Deluxe starts with a 5/8" (before carving) maple arch top.  The Special was first introduced in 1998.

 

Wolfgang Standard - List Price of $1,799.00

This is the top of the line arch top and original model, without a top.  It is solid basswood construction (3 pieces of basswood).  The Standard can always be identified by having two knobs (volume and tone) and an "arch top", although it can be hard to tell in pictures sometimes if a guitar has an arch top.  The guitar has a binding for looks, but there is no top.  Standards came in Black & Ivory.  LOTS of black ones.  In some cases the black ones will have a top where they painted over a flame or quilt top that didn't come out right.  If you look real close at the finish you can see whether or not it is two piece or 3 piece construction.  If it is two piece it has a top.  You can see the end of the 1st Year Quilts section for more details on this.  On a black or ivory standard, assume it has no top and thus it won't have the little extra brightness in the tone that a maple top gives you.  Very first guitars were late 1996.  The Standard and Standard Deluxe were the only models until 1998.  A stop tail bridge version first was offered in late 1997 or 1998.

 

Wolfgang Standard Deluxe - List Price of $2,199

Other than a Custom Shop guitar, this is the one I recommend.  The first year only they made this in a quilt top.  They made less than 2,000 in four colors before switching to flame tops.  See the 1st Year Quilt section.  Since that time they have only come in a flame maple top.  The solid color gold tops also have a top as does the solid "seafoam green" color.  They painted a lot of guitars gold or Seafoam when the top was rejected for one reason or another.  They also used a lot of $10 tops on gold and seafoam.  This would be fine tonally speaking but just would not be good for anything but a solid color cosmetically.  The Standard Deluxe has an arch top like a Les Paul.  It is a 5/8" thick top (before carving). This Wolfgang has all the best stuff for hardware and materials.  It will have both a volume and tone knob like the Standard as it is a Standard with a maple top.

 

Wolfgang Custom Shop - List Price (based on what you ordered) - $200 higher to start (I assume for better materials).  In the Custom Shop there was no difference in price between a Floyd Rose trem model and a stop tail bridge.  Only about 450 real Custom Shop guitars were ever produced and nearly half were made to order, while the rest were produced for the EVH Vault and the NAMM shows.  The Custom Shop opened in January of 2002 so it ran a full three years.  About half of the guitars were produced in Leakesville prior to it closing in April of 2003.  You could get any of the American Made Models above in a Custom Configuration.  The price was based on what you ordered.  Most are one of a kind guitars.  The materials used on the Custom Shop guitars were superior.  The people building them were their best craftsman.  See the Custom Shop Section.  I think the difference between the production models and the Custom Shop models is significant in the Specials because you usually get a top of the line birdseye neck and the better tuners, which you wouldn't otherwise.  I can't say that I have ever had a Custom Shop guitar I just didn't like much.  I certainly like some more than others but they are all great.  Watch out for "Custom Shop" models that are not really custom.  See the Misc. Stuff section for this subject.

 

I have gotten a lot of questions about the Korean made Wolfgang Specials, which I think is a cheap guitar.  It isn't a Wolfgang as I know it.  I have to question Peavey's decision to introduce this guitar as I think it really hurt sales of the higher priced American made specials and cheapened the brand.  The tone is similar but definitely not the same as the Wolfgang Standard.  The pick-ups were produced in Korea.  I have found the quality is suspect on many of them.  There are also some good ones. The quality varies greatly from one guitar to the next. The action and neck don't feel quite as good as a regular Wolfgang.  It is certainly acceptable at this price point but again it isn't a Wolfgang Standard.   Don't buy this guitar and judge the Wolfgang line by it.  In my opinion they should have called it something different and slightly changed the shape. The Standards are very noticeably better in the way they play and the tone, which they ought to be for the big price difference. The difference in quality is dramatic.  Click this link to go to another page on this site to get some great information on this guitar.  Korean Wolf.  Peavey uses a 4A grade flame for their tops.  The Korean EXP is a 5A quilt. Again, it really isn't a "top" but it sure looks nice.

<Click the thumbnail pictures below for a larger image and the links to the left where available for more pictures>

Blue Quilt Prototype Chris Jones is the very fortunate owner of this beautiful blue quilt prototype.  Click the link to get the story on this guitar.  It was built as one of the special project guitars Peavey often did to show new ideas. In this case it was an example of a new color.  My guess is they were giving EVH and others a look at a blue quilt with the idea they might introduce this color.  Of course they did introduce blue with the flame tops.  I have also heard it may have been used for a photo shoot..
Dark Cherryburst Flame This guitar is a dark cherryburst.  This color was introduced a couple years ago and is one of the most popular colors even though you don't see a lot of them.  It was born on 2/18/03 and sold in April to a collector who didn't play it and then decided he needed the money.  I never understand that but it happens all the time.  It is new and in unplayed condition, although I have tried it out.

Cherryburst Flame
I was never a big fan of the cherryburst until I saw this guitar.  Now it is one of my favorites.  Click the thumbnail to see the bigger picture and the beautiful wood grain on this guitar.  This guitar is in nearly new condition.  There is only the slightest hint of playing on the fretboard.  The neck and fretboard quality is also better than the average production Wolfgang. 
Green Flame This green flame top is brand new.  Less than an hour of playing.  Still has the tags.  This is a favorite color of lot of people who see the guitars in person. 
Blue Flame This guitar is in almost new condition with only slight evidence it has been played by looking at the fretboard, which I could easily eliminate, although I would want to oil it afterwards.  This blue color is another favorite.  The color really comes out in the direct sunlight.  Another beautiful Wolfgang! 
Red Flame This is one the best flame tops I have seen on a production model Wolfgang.  The story on this guitar is that it was hand picked from the production floor by a Peavey rep for the customer and that it stood out for its flame over all the rest.  This is what the guy who sold it to me told me.  I believe it because the flame is the most dramatic and accentuated that I have seen.  The guitar is in close to new condition.  The top is perfect. 
Green Flame Top This is Dario Lorina playing a guest spot with the Atomic Punks.  He was 15 when he did this.  He is 16 now.  He is awesome.  There is a video of Dario doing two songs with the Punks in Las Vegas.  Go to www.DarioLorina.com  You can also see his band Cyrus Zain and check out their CD.  You will enjoy the video with the Atomic Punks. 
Sunburst Flame Top Frank Rodriguez plays his '98 sunburst flame top live with his band at BB King's Blues Club in Hollywood.  www.officialmadam.com
Purple Flame Arch top. This is Klaas Ottens playing his purple flame Wolfgang live with his band called The Very 80's.  Here is the link.  Check them out!  www.thevery80s.nl
Vintage Sunburst Flame This is Leon from Holland playing a nice Sunburst flame top Standard Deluxe. 
Vintage Sunburst Flame ST This was my non-trem main player for a couple of years.  I keep it in good condition although it does show that it has been played on the fretboard, which there is no way to avoid.  Not much I can do about that without more work than makes sense on this one at this time! 
Gold Special Gee from The Plastix in the U.K. Plays his gold Wolfgang Special live.  Their website is theplastix.com.
Purple Standard flame This is Gee with his purple flame top standard (on the right!).  I checked out the site.  These guys are having a great time!
Purple Flame Special Kyle Alton from Canada plays his Wolfgang Special live.  Kyle even has his Wolfgang EVH shirt.  Too bad you can't still get those!  Kyle is 16 and a Wolfgang guitar worshipper!
Black - 7437 This is a Black Stop tail in like new condition and one of the first ones made based on the serial number.  If it were hanging in a guitar store you would think it was new. 
Amber Flame This is an amber flame, standard deluxe, stop tail.  It is in nearly new condition. 
NAMM - Amber Flame I got this guitar from Tom Dunn.  It was originally produced for the January NAMM show a few years back.  That means the top was hand picked, which puts it somewhere between a Custom Shop model and a regular production Wolfgang.  The guitar has a caramel hue to it and the flame is dramatic.  While the picture was taken outdoors the sun had gone down already so it isn't in direct light like the production model above it, creating some of the color difference between these two.  The flame is more even on the right side than the picture shows.
EXP Special Maroon Quilt I got this guitar just to try the EXP so I could talk intelligently about it.  I was "at first" impressed and I have to question Peavey's decision to offer this guitar.  There really isn't enough "obvious" quality difference or noticeable difference in the tone between this guitar and the American made Special to justify the difference in price.  And I think the quilt tops (thin sheet of the real thing) on the EXP looks nicer than the flames on the American made version.  You have a 5A quilt vs. a 4A Flame.  Which would you rather have?  I eventually sold it back to the dealer after having problems with it.  I think the quality is questionable on these.
Purple Flame This purple flame top is near perfect condition.  The color is very dark and indoors it almost looks solid purple.  If you like that solid purple look then this guitar is it.  In the light you can see the flame as in this picture.
Blue Flame - Stereo This might be a prototype from 2002 that was likely built by a Peavey employee.  I don't believe it is a Custom Shop guitar.  I would say it is likely aftermarket work if it wasn't for the fact there is no serial number on the headstock.  Peavey won't deliver a guitar or sell necks that are blank in regards to the serial number so this had to have been a prototype.  It has the two input jacks for stereo and all gold hardware.  I am trying to obtain more information about this guitar but right now I am hearing Peavey didn't officially produce a stereo guitar even as a prototype.
Gold Top This is an early Gold Top that is also in close to new condition.  The neck is very smooth and has been oiled a few times.  The condition of the top is perfect.  The gold tops are very pretty up close.  This guitar has a great feel to it.  The Gold Tops do have a maple top, so this is a Standard Deluxe.
Mystery Quilt? Flame? This is an interesting top.  It looks like a quilt but the headstock has a patent number so it can't be a first year.  There is no serial number on this gorgeous neck.  The guitar is in almost new condition and it is near the top in how it feels, plays and sounds.  The neck feels like what you would expect on a first year and has far more birdseye than most.  I can only guess on what the story might be on this guitar.  I bought it from a collector who got a from a dealer several years ago.  My guess is it came in the transition between the quilts and the flames and wasn't originally sold through regular channels due to the strange top.
Purple Flame Special with Rosewood Fretboard. This is a nice purple flame Special with a rosewood fretboard.  Sometimes these get called Custom since Peavey sold them that way in order to get around the rosewood fretboard option, although this one may have been built by the custom shop since it came from the Vault at the end of the Wolfgang production.  This guitar is owned by Chris Liddall.  There are not that many of these with rosewood fretboards.
Custom Graphic This guitar was submitted by Jason Price who had this Wolfgang Special customized by a 3rd party with this graphic.  Very nice!
Fair Warning Special This guitar belongs to Jeff Goebel.  It is a USA Special with a 3rd party custom Fair Warning graphic that looks great.
Custom TX Graphic This guitar was submitted by Chad Russell.  He had this Wolfgang Special painted with his state Flag (Texas).  You can visit Chad's site at http://www.chadmrussell.com
Zakk Wylde This guitar is a Wolfgang Special with the Zakk Wylde graphic on it.
Custom Pain Archtop This guitar belongs to Scott Duda and is an after market custom paint job that was professionally done. 
Junior - Dark Cherryburst This is one of 13 Wolfgang Junior (.75) guitars ever made.  Peavey had an idea to go to market with this but not really a plan.  They made 3 and sent them to EVH and then 9 more, 6 of which went to EVH for production approval.  The other 4 went to the NAMM show in January of 2003.  The problem is the dealers didn't take to them and I think they only had 4 orders.  I have also heard EVH didn't give final approval.  Both sources are credible so I am not sure on that.  The dealers were not sure why they should sell this rather than a regular Wolfgang and I guess Peavey wasn't sure either so they never went into production.  That is one story.  It is a Special with string through fixed bridge and a tone control.  Same pick-ups.  Three trem models were produced but all went to EVH.  They sound and play great. Check out the distinct "V" in the quilt below the trem.  Pretty cool!  I think I saw the virgin Mary somewhere in there too!
Junior - Caramel Quilt Another of the 13 Wolfgang Juniors made.  This is one of the first three built in Leakesville. The other 10 were finished in Meridian. 9 went to EVH, Peavey kept one for posterity, I got two and a Peavey employee (who really deserves it) got the trans black one.  These were all made by hand.  I have made a deal on this one to sell it for $5K as I can really only justify keeping one of these unique guitars.  The top is a real one just like a Special Deluxe.
Blue Quilt Re-Top This is an example of a beautiful "re-top" job.  This guitar was born a purple flame in 1998, but the owner had a new top put on it.  It was also a stop tail and it was changed to a trem.  GMW Guitar works in Los Angeles can do this for you, although this one was not done by them.  You can pick the quilt pattern you want but not the actual piece of wood. One thing to consider is that it may be more difficult to cut the tops off the Wolfgangs due to the unique way Peavey poured the bindings.  The re-topped guitar would have to have the tape binding as well so it wouldn't be exactly the same but I doubt anyone would notice.

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