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So I always read really good things about the EVH Wolfgang models. Everyone seems to have their favorite version of it (MM, Peavey, Fender), but the one thing everyone seems to agree on is that Eddie's obsessive attention to detail and insistence on approving everything with his name on it always results in an excellent product.

So if it's such a great guitar, how come nobody else (who is well known) plays one as their main axe? Sure, a lot of high profile guitarists have their own signature models and don't need to play anyone else's, but there are also a ton of touring hard rock/metal guitarists who are not big enough to get their own signature line and therefore have to play the same gear as the rest of us. But I've never seen anyone else rockin' a Wolfgang. Why is that?

I suppose this question could apply to any signature model out there, but the Wolfgang is a good one to focus on since it has classic aesthetics (no cheesy graphics, for instance) and good versatility. It also happens to be a model on my mind at the moment because a buddy of mine is offering to sell me one at a really good price, and it got me thinking about how I never see one being played by anyone (again, who is well known) other than Eddie.
 

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My guess is most of the guys out there touring have either got their own signature, go for the classics (LP, Strat, Tele, standard Super Strat etc), or don't want to be labelled as an EVH clone. I have seen the odd few use them in the past, so it is definitely out there. Some of the specs also make it slightly specialised (down-only Floyd Rose, D-Tuna etc)

For what it's worth, I played one of the non-USA made ones years ago and absolutely adored it. Brilliant guitar, felt great and definitely worth the price. If I had more free cash at the time I would have bought it in a heartbeat.
 

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The USA ones are super fantastic. I would love to own one but the only downside for me is that they are tiny. The scale is fine but much like a Washburn N4(which I also love), it looks like a little toy on me. :(
 

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The USA ones are super fantastic. I would love to own one but the only downside for me is that they are tiny. The scale is fine but much like a Washburn N4(which I also love), it looks like a little toy on me. :(
This is what put me off the EBMM model years ago, felt like the body was the size of a high school text book. :(
 

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Like others said, endorsments have alot to do with it as well as changing manufacturers. I have a 98 Wolfgang Archtop stop tail (non trem) and it is the flat out best sounding guitar I have ever played including hand made custom guitars. As a buisness traveller I hit every music store and most custom shops over a decade and never played anything better. She is a tad bit smallish but man what you get sound wise is awesome. Just by changing the volume setting I can go from semi crisp spanky clean to mild plexi to Heavy gain to endless solo heaven sustain. Have tried hand made guitars that dreamed they could do that. I love hearing people talkin smack about basswood and direct mount PUPs and changing everything out to get the "right" sound.. I have done "0" to this thing besides a few tweeks of her neck and a fret polish. It does have small frets compaired to shredder type necks and its 22 fret so i guess it cant shred or djent according to popular opinion.
 

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The USA ones are super fantastic. I would love to own one but the only downside for me is that they are tiny. The scale is fine but much like a Washburn N4(which I also love), it looks like a little toy on me. :(


Okay, but do you think that is a possible explanation for why no touring pros out there, other than Eddie himself, play one?
 

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Okay, but do you think that is a possible explanation for why no touring pros out there, other than Eddie himself, play one?
Not really. Any well know player probably has some sort of endorsement or some other deal(see bulb, for example) that allows them to get custom guitars spec'd out to their tastes.
I seem to remember a while back that maybe Marc Rizzo use to play the Peavey Wolfgangs quite a bit. Might have been somebody else but for some reason his name pops into my head.

However, I have seen plenty of regular "joes" playing them. The Peavey ones have been one of my best friends main choice of guitars since they came out. In fact, I think that's all he owns.
 

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Okay, let's shift the focus to something other than the Wolfgang: the JPx models.

These are also solid designs with tremendous versatility and good ergonomics. They don't have a Floyd trem, but the JP trem is reportedly one of the best non-Floyd, not-double-locking trems out there. Who else aside from Petrucci himself plays one as his primary, or even secondary, axe?

I mean, I know that sometimes a signature guitar has too many quirky elements peculiar to the signature artist's unique preferences, and so it is naturally going to have very limited appeal beyond that individual. But some models are critically acclaimed by enough folks that it seems only natural you'd find others playing them rather than some stock offering. Yet that doesn't seem to happen very often.

I suppose that guitarists who are still in the "starving artist" phase can't afford expensive signature models, and by the time they've "made it" enough to be able to afford them, their management is dictating what models they play as part of some sort of touring/production deal with a manufacturer. :shrug:
 

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The USA ones are super fantastic. I would love to own one but the only downside for me is that they are tiny. The scale is fine but much like a Washburn N4(which I also love), it looks like a little toy on me. :(
You know what was built for guys like you? The Double Rhoads.



A King V is smaller than a Rhoads. They shrunk it for Dave Mustaine, so he would look bigger. The original King V, now called the Double Rhoads, was made for Robbin "King" Crosby, and looks positively ridiculous on anyone under 6'2".

For comparison:



You can see how much smaller a King V is.
 

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One of the guitarists from Pagan's Mind plays a Wolfgang, and they fucking slay.
I forgot about Jorn Viggo Lofstad (the only guitarist in Pagan's Mind, I believe). He's about the only famous guy I can think of who plays a Wolfgang regularly. And he has awesome tone, to boot.

It's funny, too, because he's this very tall Norwegian dude, and the Wolfgang looks comically small on him.
 

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You know what was built for guys like you? The Double Rhoads.



A King V is smaller than a Rhoads. They shrunk it for Dave Mustaine, so he would look bigger. The original King V, now called the Double Rhoads, was made for Robbin "King" Crosby, and looks positively ridiculous on anyone under 6'2".
:agreed: I'd kill for a double Rhoads.
 

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Steve Stevens has regularly played Music Man EVH models and Wolfgangs.
 

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Okay, let's shift the focus to something other than the Wolfgang: the JPx models.

These are also solid designs with tremendous versatility and good ergonomics. They don't have a Floyd trem, but the JP trem is reportedly one of the best non-Floyd, not-double-locking trems out there. Who else aside from Petrucci himself plays one as his primary, or even secondary, axe?

I mean, I know that sometimes a signature guitar has too many quirky elements peculiar to the signature artist's unique preferences, and so it is naturally going to have very limited appeal beyond that individual. But some models are critically acclaimed by enough folks that it seems only natural you'd find others playing them rather than some stock offering. Yet that doesn't seem to happen very often.

I suppose that guitarists who are still in the "starving artist" phase can't afford expensive signature models, and by the time they've "made it" enough to be able to afford them, their management is dictating what models they play as part of some sort of touring/production deal with a manufacturer. :shrug:
That one guy that was in Born of Osiris then quit/got kicked out and is now in Acacia Strain or what ever band it is now.. Justin something.. He plays a JP7
 
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