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Rare Electric Guitars "Wolfganger" Build

posted Oct 18, 2013 14:30:06 by Rob
My plan was to buy one of the replicas of the evh and strip it and add the proper tuners, Floyd Rose, Dtuna, pups, etc. I couldn't find one seller who'd make one without that huge route around the Floyd Rose! I contacted REG back in August and gave them all the info and specs and pics I could find and via email correspondence I was assured this could be built to my specs.

I was emailed pictures of the guitar near the end of September and here is what I was shown. The routing was there as was some bubbling in the paint job. Since I don't have to pay for it upon my approval I told them I either get a discount to cover they repair by my luthier, fix it, or keep it. They sent me a picture of the US Wolfgang and tried to say the routing was the same!

Again, discount, fix it or keep it! They agreed to fix it! We'll see how they do!
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Rob said Jan 15, 2014 13:09:37
Yeah, I know! But my work schedule won't allow it until this Saturday. Believe me, I am excited!
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Rob said Jan 15, 2014 15:51:55
Went into Mickey D's last night in Cromwell, CT and this is how they had their "lounge" area painted. Being a VH fan, I took notice. Off topic, I know...
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Rob said Jan 18, 2014 14:37:02
I picked up the Wolfganger this morn bright and early at my local P.O. My first thoughts were, "Wow, this thing is light as hell in the box!" I carried it with one hand out of the office. I got it home and opened up the styrofoam case and forgot how small these guitars are! I'm 5'11" and I workout so my frame dwarfs this guitar a bit. After unpacking the case candy, a strap, various pics and a few hex wrenches I unwrapped the guitar itself. I'm mixed on this one right now so I will give you guys the good and the bad. Like anything, I will do more pondering in the hours and days to come and give my final approval on this particular build.

The Bad and the Ugly:
1)It seems they visibly filled in the routing behind the trem. There is a distinct line you can see which is not visible in the pics. You have to get close to it to see it.

2)It is a flat top body and not arched like I requested. I checked my emails and I did mention this and was very specific.

3)One hex nut in the back of the neck which holds the locking nut in place in stripped out.

4)The trem arm bushing was unassembled. The outside piece which the arm screws onto was not screwed into the bushing on the inside of the trem. As a result the outside bushing fell out when I picked up the guitar and the hex nut and inside bushing were rattling around inside the trem cavity.

5)There is a visible neck blemish, or divot on the neck.

6)The Floyd Rose II trem really sucks.(Kind of a no-brainer there!) It's not seated properly and it's pot metal crap. Fine tuners barely move.


The Good!!
1)Finish is perfect, love the antique white. The binding is spot on as is the logo!

2)The neck looks and feels great. Very comfortable and all frets are in order.

3)The guitar tuned up just fine out of the box. Again the FRII sucks but I have enough experience with locking trems to where I was able to get it stablized and holds pretty well even through a few vicious dive bombs!

4)The tuners work great and I was able to get the guittar in tune quickly and start playing. The locking nut seems to be holding as well even with the questionable hex nut in the back.

5)Here is where I was really suprised! I played through my Line 6 PODXT using a EVH type setting through some headphones(apartment living does not allow my tube amp to crank out my brown sound. I have a workaround coming soon for that, though!) The guitar sounded great on all pup selections and was wired correctly! I tuned this one 1/2 step down and it really growls with the Wilkinson pups! The neck felt great and long runs and finger tapping was a breeze. My hands took to and just went! A great sign in my book!

I'll save my conclusion for another time as I am still feeling this one out but I thought I'd at least give my initial thoughts on this one. I think my plan of action will be to get the FRII trem replaced asap with a real one with a D-Tuna as well as the nut. I'm going to try this through my 5150 later on to really test the pups and see how they do. I may just grab a set of the GFS VEH's. I think those will just make this thing scream.





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MichaelWamback said Jan 18, 2014 17:02:47
Good to let it grow on you. Sorry it's not the archtop version - but I think it's a good looking guitar none the less.

Like you, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the Wilkinson pickups. Much better than what comes in most Chibsons. I don't feel the need to change them on my EDS.

There are always going to be some issues. For me, the pickguards were a bit warped (going to change them anyway) and the nuts were crap (already changed). The EDS wiring was a joke - but they are a complicated wiring compared to your guitar. I would have expected a regular Les or your guitar to be wired correctly.

From the closeup of the frets, looks like yours were leveled and crowned. How low do you have your action?

As for the nut issue - if you are installing a proper Floyd it will probably come with a new nut anyway. If not, you can pick up a replacement for those fairly inexpensively on Ebay.

Looking forward to your full thoughts on it.
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Rob said Jan 18, 2014 18:18:35
The neck is great, frets are good but it will definitely get a set up with the new Floyd install anyway. Out of the box, action was high for my taste but playable! I plan on messing with it later today, stretch out the strings, etc. I did run it through a very clean setting on the POD XT and it sounded great clean! Then I went to a "piezo" patch and it was even better. I plan on putting it through some vigorous paces tomorrow.
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Rob said Jan 20, 2014 01:15:54
Well, I spent some time with the Wolfganger and while it does have some short comings, and most of these Chitars do, I can overlook them. The playability on this thing is excellent. I made some adjustments to the FRII with only a allen wrench and some trusty 3in1 oil and some string stretching. I played for a solid hour and if I had time, would do more! Obviously I will be replacing the PUPS and Floyd with some better parts but other than that, I am happy with it!

Again, through the PODXT it sounds fantastic! The PUPS are pretty darn good and they can hang with any sound I dial up from Beatles,ZZTop, Dream Theater, Maiden, Priest, Zeppelin, Stones and some custom sounds of my own! Of course, I will try it through the 5150 this week! I have to say even though it isn't an archtop as I wanted(I will contact REG about that!) I am very pleased with the guitar! With my upgrades I will have a awesome and UNIQUE EVH all my own which is the point here anyway when we buy these. Whether it's a custom logo, paint or personal upgrades we get to make them our own. They may not be perfect and we know that(damn I really wanted that archtop) but we make them better playing instruments and make them as individual as our playing styles.

Conclusion:I love it! As usual when dealing with any seller, be thorough and detailed. Would I order again? Sure would! Cheers everyone!
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CraigBowden said Jan 20, 2014 02:42:08
Nice looking wolfganger.How much was it?
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MichaelWamback said Jan 20, 2014 07:38:34
My EDS-1275 isn't perfect, but every time I pick it up I smile and can't help but think it's a heck of a lot of guitar for the money.

Really glad this had a happy ending for you :)
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Rob said Jan 20, 2014 12:37:00
It ran me $460 total, no case. After the upgrades I'll grab one for it. Definitely a happy ending and as I said , so much fun to play!
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MichaelWamback said Jan 20, 2014 16:41:28
Not a bad deal, when you consider the actual guitar retails for about $1,400. Even with a pickup swap, you'll be well under $900 (assuming you use expensive brand name pickups)
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Rob said Jan 21, 2014 16:57:52
I'm going with the GFS VEH. I've heard some great samples and my ears dig them! The trem will come from there as well unless my luthier can do better on the price for what his shop has. I have to say, the electronics are solid on this guitar as well!
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Rob said Jan 23, 2014 00:46:43
Update:
I played through my 5150 combo at a decent volume and the pups performed perfectly! I was very suprised at this, no squeal, shrill or anything that sounds like scratching metal on a cat's bum!
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MichaelWamback said Jan 23, 2014 04:49:34
I'm sure the Wilkinson pups that REG uses are potted. They are definitely a step above what comes stock in a lot of these guitars.
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Rob said Jan 24, 2014 14:17:13
They suprised me for sure going through the tube amp cranked! I just ordered a GFS VEH pup for the bride and neck as well as a Floyd Rose Special w/R2 Nut from a seller on eBay. All the other electronics are solid. I'm very excited to get this work done and see how it sounds!
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Rob said Feb 06, 2014 18:04:45
Update: I turned this over to my luthier who found some other issues with the way the nut was drilled and the posts holes in the body. Both issues are fixable but will run me $250-$275 to repair with pup install. It's amazing what this guy pointed out to me and yup, he is a reputable luthier with years in the biz.
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