EVH Wolfgang TR review by Peavey

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.6 (27 votes)
Peavey: EVH Wolfgang TR
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Price paid: $ 457.5

Purchased from: Sounds Great

Sound — 10
The guitar suits my style to a T. The only problem is, it is very difficult to get a good clean sound oput of it, but when you look at the signature on the headstock, it's easy to see why. With some dirty overdrive, lots o' treble, an inch of bass and half a mid, with some reverb thrown in, you can get some wild noises out of this beast. I play mostly old rock from the '70s and '80s, so it suits very well. It is a wee bit noisy on overdriven settings, especially with both pickups on, but that's not really a problem, not as if you need to wonder which one of your controls is volume. The guitar, for a signature, can make an interesting variety of noises. It can be bluesy and deep when you want som, e tinged licks, and can punch you in the face when you crank up the gain for some '80s stuff.

Overall Impression — 10
I play old rock, and it suits that perfectly. I have been playing now for 18months, and also own an Epiphone Les Paul Model, a Marshall Guv'nor, and an old Fender 25 watt amp. I wish I had asked for some tips on how to change the strings, it's a nightmare, but, mind, so is undiong a locking nut and tuning the hard way. I would buy it again, if I could, they're not made any more, so I would have to hunt one down. I love to play it, and the way it sounds, and my favourite feature is the D-tuna. I hate nothing about it.I briefly compared it to the EVH Ernie Ball signature, and the lines that they and Peavey have done to replace the Wolfgang, but this stood head and shoulders above them. A D-tuna for the high E as well would be nice!

Reliability & Durability — 10
This will withstand live playing without a doubt. It's hard-wearing, but light, and everything on it is solid. The hardware will probably outlast me, and I'm only 15! It's all solid, all perfect, but importantly, it doesn't compromise on anything. The strap buttons are solid, no need for locks, unless you are thinking of playing upside down or something. I would use this with no backup, definitely. The finish seems as though it will last, it's a very thick laminate, and it doesn't look suceptible to wearing or dulling over time, with the proper care of course.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This guitar is the most perfect action I have ever played on. Apsolutely delicious. Everything was perfect. The action was low, and I mean low, but not too low, so there was no buzz as is the case normally with such a low action. The pickups screw direct into the body, so there isn't really a complaint on them, they are fine where they are. The top has been properly bookmatched, and the bridge properly routed, come on, this is EVH. The guitar has no flaws. No loose this or rusty that or mis-cut things, all round perfect.

Features — 10
This is a 2003 US Wolfgang. It has 22 frets on an unfinished neck that is one piece of maple. It has a solid, laminated quilted top in a dark burst, and it suits the guitar very nicely. The body style is pretty unique, double cut so the access is brilliant. The bridge is a Floyd Rose, designed by EVH, so it doesn't float, but it's still amazing, it holds the tuning superbly, and has a D-tuna so you go into drop quickly without fiddling around on the locking nut. The electronics are quite stunning, passive, and wound by EVH. They blow your mind when you want them to, make you sound amazing in front of your mates, and are so responsive. There is a 3-way selector Switch, and a volume pot, that's it, no messing with tone "The louder it ism, the better the tone". There are two humbucking pickups, they're Zebras, not sure if they're Duncans or not, but they are amazing, as I said, wound and waxed to EVH's specs, so they have to be good. The tuners are Grovers, and are solid, They feel like they've been hewn out of German mountain ranges, so solid. The shop threw in a Gator flight case cause we paid in cash, awful nice of them.

11 comments sorted by best / new / date

    iVeR
    LOL i just saw an idiot asking to trade a Wolfgang for a spanking $2500 JS-100 on eBay.
    wesciante
    Amazing guitar, been playing it for over 3 years and besides a slight rust problem it's one of the best guitars out there
    JBEADAM
    Christ! why do companies stop making these? They could make so much freakin' money!
    Blanco
    JBEADAM wrote: Christ! why do companies stop making these? They could make so much freakin' money!
    I love these guitars, my mate has one of the first batch with the one piece quilt maple and no serial number. I really want an archtop black verison. To answer your question EVH moved to musicman and took the rights to his guitar with him. Peavey now make the HP which is pretty much the same guitar.
    whencowsfart101
    E V H 5150 wrote: If you think this guitar is crap, I dare you to name something better...
    I accept your challenge. Michael Kelly Hex Deluxe,Patriot Custom, Washburn X series, Washburn Idol series, any Ibanez RG/GRG/Prestige/JEM, Jackson X/Pro/USA Select/JS series, any ESP or Ltd Deluxe series, MusicMan John Petrucci, BC Rich KKV, KKW, NJ Deluxe Warlock, NJ Deluxe Jr. V, Revenge Warlock, Epiphone Les Paul Custom, Gibson Les Paul Standard, Dean Razorback, Razorback V, Razorback 255, Razorback V 255, '79 V, CFH, Dime-o-Flame, Soltero, 1980 Cadillac, Caparison Horus, Angelus, TAT, Daemoness Antichrist Flying V, Peavey Rockingham, EXP, HP, Paul Reed Smith Custom 22, Custom 24, Mayones Regius 6, Dommenget Explorer '90, Fernandes Vortex, Charvel San Dimas, Kramer Baretta, Vanguard, Maverick X-1, Parker Nitefly Mojo, P-44, Schecter C-1, Hellraiser, Avenger, Damien FR, Zerberus Hydra, Bernie Rico Jr Vixen Bloodbath, Hellicon Deluxe, Jekyll Archtop, Ran Vader custom, Pat O' Brien custom. That wasn't particularly hard. Why have a Floyd Rose if you can't bend the whammy up?
    Fear3001
    whencowsfart101 wrote: E V H 5150 wrote: If you think this guitar is crap, I dare you to name something better... I accept your challenge. Michael Kelly Hex Deluxe,Patriot Custom, Washburn X series, Washburn Idol series, any Ibanez RG/GRG/Prestige/JEM, Jackson X/Pro/USA Select/JS series, any ESP or Ltd Deluxe series, MusicMan John Petrucci, BC Rich KKV, KKW, NJ Deluxe Warlock, NJ Deluxe Jr. V, Revenge Warlock, Epiphone Les Paul Custom, Gibson Les Paul Standard, Dean Razorback, Razorback V, Razorback 255, Razorback V 255, '79 V, CFH, Dime-o-Flame, Soltero, 1980 Cadillac, Caparison Horus, Angelus, TAT, Daemoness Antichrist Flying V, Peavey Rockingham, EXP, HP, Paul Reed Smith Custom 22, Custom 24, Mayones Regius 6, Dommenget Explorer '90, Fernandes Vortex, Charvel San Dimas, Kramer Baretta, Vanguard, Maverick X-1, Parker Nitefly Mojo, P-44, Schecter C-1, Hellraiser, Avenger, Damien FR, Zerberus Hydra, Bernie Rico Jr Vixen Bloodbath, Hellicon Deluxe, Jekyll Archtop, Ran Vader custom, Pat O' Brien custom. That wasn't particularly hard. Why have a Floyd Rose if you can't bend the whammy up?
    if you want to you can remove the d-tuna to pull up you doof
    Hobo69
    whencowsfart101 wrote: E V H 5150 wrote: If you think this guitar is crap, I dare you to name something better... I accept your challenge. Michael Kelly Hex Deluxe,Patriot Custom, Washburn X series, Washburn Idol series, any Ibanez RG/GRG/Prestige/JEM, Jackson X/Pro/USA Select/JS series, any ESP or Ltd Deluxe series, MusicMan John Petrucci, BC Rich KKV, KKW, NJ Deluxe Warlock, NJ Deluxe Jr. V, Revenge Warlock, Epiphone Les Paul Custom, Gibson Les Paul Standard, Dean Razorback, Razorback V, Razorback 255, Razorback V 255, '79 V, CFH, Dime-o-Flame, Soltero, 1980 Cadillac, Caparison Horus, Angelus, TAT, Daemoness Antichrist Flying V, Peavey Rockingham, EXP, HP, Paul Reed Smith Custom 22, Custom 24, Mayones Regius 6, Dommenget Explorer '90, Fernandes Vortex, Charvel San Dimas, Kramer Baretta, Vanguard, Maverick X-1, Parker Nitefly Mojo, P-44, Schecter C-1, Hellraiser, Avenger, Damien FR, Zerberus Hydra, Bernie Rico Jr Vixen Bloodbath, Hellicon Deluxe, Jekyll Archtop, Ran Vader custom, Pat O' Brien custom. That wasn't particularly hard. Why have a Floyd Rose if you can't bend the whammy up?
    Tool.
    straycat113
    WHENCOWSFART101 i DOUBT YOU EVER HAD YOUR HANDS ON 5 OF THE GUITARS YOU LISTED FIRST OF ALL. sECONDLY i OWN QUITE A FEW OF THEM AND KNOW FOR A FACT YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. lASTLY WHY OWN A fLOYD IF YOU CANT PULL UP- WELL THAT ONE i WILL LEAVE YOU TO ASK ED SINCE HE HELPED DEVELOP IT AND PUT IT ON THE MAP. ALL HIS FLOYDS SIT FLUSH AND YOU CAN PULL IT OVER, UNDER AND SIDEWAYS AND WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO DO WITH A FLOYD WHAT HE CAN.
    childofbodem
    Or, just go into the back of the guitar and loosen the bridge claw. The bridge will pull up because of the string tension. You'll need to re-do intonation, action, and it'll be a bitch to tune (Which won't matter when you clamp the nut), but it will definately be worth it.