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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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MichaelWamback said Feb 06, 2014 18:47:46
What was the exact nature of the issues? Just curious.
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Rob said Feb 07, 2014 01:08:08
Locking nut retaining screws in the back of the neck were not drilled properly. One hole larger than the other. One hole for the Floyd Rose post was drilled at an angle. Both issues can be repaired. Still looking forward to this when it's done with the new hardware and pups!
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MichaelWamback said Feb 07, 2014 16:52:57
Sorry to hear about that, but yes those are fixable. There is definitely some areas where most of these seem to get a little sloppy. Curious as to how they would have drilled a hole at an angle - I would assume they would be using a drill press (but obviously not.)

Hope you get it sorted out and have a blast with it.
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AndrewWolczyk said Feb 07, 2014 18:44:59
Seems like a lot of money to fill holes?
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Rob said Feb 07, 2014 19:58:07
The guy working it is top notch in my area. His exact words were "Slapped together haphazardly". The locking nut holes are a major point that have to be re-filled and re-drilled. One was done on an angle as well. I told him it played pretty well out of the box, but I'm glad these issues will be fixed.

This project ran me a little steep price wise. I think I will stick with the Chibsons. I can at least do some of the work myself at home on these. I'll have to do a video on this one when it's complete.
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Rob said Feb 10, 2014 12:34:15
Here is the REG Rep-Gang with mods sound test through Guitar Rig 5

http://youtu.be/AREuGgKOhRE
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Chris Graham said Feb 10, 2014 19:32:38
Guitar sounds pretty good. Can you give us a link to the new floyd you had put in ? and did it just fit or did you need to do any mods to the new one to make it work.
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AndrewWolczyk said Feb 11, 2014 12:33:46
Sounds really good. Certainly got that EVH brown sound!
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Rob said Feb 11, 2014 14:16:33
The seller for the Floyd Rose Special is on eBay under "azguitarparts". Great seller and fast ship. I paid $77.50 w/shipping. Very solid unit and well made. Stays in tune like a champ. I will add the D-tuna soon as well. It would have been a "drop in"(most Floyds are) but the post holes had to be repaired as well as the locking nut retaining holes. All were done incorrectly so re-filling and re-drilling was done. This is were most of the cost came from. When buying a Floyd, make sure you measure your nut width and refer to a chart like the one I have attached. Also, sometimes the trem cavity may have to have a bit taken out of it. The PUPS are GFS VEH and sound great!

Would I order another in this style, no. When I add up everything I come very close to the price of a EVH Special. Oh, well lesson learned and I have a unique great playing axe. I think for future purchases, I will stick with the Chibsons.
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Rob said Apr 12, 2014 13:51:33
A little follow up after a few months. Real life creeps in and I had to put this on the back burner for awhile but I wanted to show off the completed project with some final thoughts! The guitar is solid after all the repairs were done as well as the new parts installed.

The sound is there as you can tell from the youtube clips. Again, after all the work was put in, I was close to a EVH Special in cost. Dealing with REG on this was trying. As a little time has passed it seems to me this was a build they could have done right, but chose to cut some corners.

Still, I have a unique guitar that now plays great! I will have to do a live video of this one soon. Anyway, the pics are below!


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MichaelWamback said Apr 12, 2014 14:10:30
This is why I question whether Chibsons are worth it if you have to pay someone to do the work on them. If you can do the work yourself, then it doesn't cost much other than time. You really do have to consider them project guitars, regardless of the seller.

My REG EDS-1275 will end up costing almost $1,000 total once all the work is done. But it will also be a fully upgraded guitar. An Epi double neck sells used for about $1,100 - and you can sometimes find a Gibson for around $4,000. But the $1,000 is with me doing all the work myself. If I had paid someone to do the frets on both necks with setup, would have been another $250 in labor. Routing the body and installing the new electronics would have been easily another $300 in labor. Replacing the bridges would have been about another $75 or so. Replacing all 18 tuners, probably another $50 in labor. Replacing the nuts, another $75. So the cost of the guitar had a shop done the work would have easily gotten close to $2,000.

All stuff you need to consider when buying a Chibson, and whether it is right for you.
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Rob said Apr 12, 2014 15:21:00
My chibs i can do pretty much most stuff myself. Thus one required some work I just couldnt do.
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Rob said Nov 27, 2014 14:06:44
UPDATE: 11/27/2014

Greetings all! I've been out of the loop for a few months due to, well life! I've lost a few close relatives and switched jobs(thankfully!)! Reminds me of Lennon's quote. Anyway, A quick update on the REG Wolfganger. The paint has started to fade and for lack of a better term, dissolve! I noticed a few spots on the body and could not believe it. It's just under a year old at this point and stored in a case in a smoke free home. Just a crazy thing to happen!

I hope everyone is doing well and makes time to enjoy the holidays with friends and family! Cheers to everyone!
Rob

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AndrewWolczyk said Nov 27, 2014 15:21:11
Love to see a pick of the dissolving paint
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