For the price of a wolfie along with the sounds and overall balance and feel of it in your hands, you can't beat it. if around $1100-$1700 is out of your limits, try a wolf special- same guitar except no archtop, hardrock maple neck instead, headstock is straight instead of 10 degrees back, only 1 volume control knob (for pure rockers only), and chrome tuners-the electronics and trem system(with d tuna) are the same for around $500-$850. playability is excellent- still a step up from a strat, with a more fuller sound.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $1154.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Old Towne Music
Birds eye maple neck, basswood body,pearloid tuning pegs, green paint with black headstock, d tuna, peavey "floyd rose" style tremolo, 2 original humbuckers, volume and tone control, 3 way selector switch, 22 frets
This is by far the best playing guitar i have ever played. it definitely stepped up my playing ability.
The wolfie gets played through a 5150 combo (which is more than enough power for recreational players). rock-n-roll is the music of choice with a hint of metal once in a while. also play some blues occasionally. many sounds can be gotten from the wolfie.
The guitar stays in tune through the most rigorous tremolo dives- i also have a strat plus that goes out of tune as soon as you lean on the trem. i always check the intonation after changing strings. not many strings need adjusting and not very far off from perfect. probably reliable for live shows(i'm only a basement jammer)
A well thought out and skillfully crafted guitar. Extraordinary tone which is light years beyond most guitars on the market. It is inspiring to play. I would recommend it to anyone that has an ear for refined tone quality but because it is a bit pricy it may not be a good investment for a beginner at least until he or she knows that they will stick with playing the guitar. For them I would recommend the Wolfgang Special which for the most part is as good as the Wolfgang but much less expensive.
Price: $1400.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Ideal Music (Warner Robins GA.)
The Wolfgang has a cherryburst finish, birdseye maple fretboard with 22 frets. It has a volume knob, tone knob and a three position toggle tone switch. It also has two Eddie Van Halen designed humbucker pickups, and a licensed Floyd Rose locking nut tremolo setup.
This guitar plays with an extraordinary ease and fluidity, which in large part is due to the smaller radius of the neck in comparison to most Fenders and Gibsons. The toggle switch is located towards the top of the guitar so you'll never accidentally switch pickups if you overextend your picking hand, like you could on a Stratocaster. The guitar is sleek and conforms to the body very naturally in the standing position, however when seated the plugin jack on the bottom of the guitar requires you to place the guitar either on the inside of or the outside of your right leg. (if you are a righty like me) But no big deal. It is fairly light so you probably won't have any problems holding it up for long periods of time.
The Wolfgang boasts a very refined almost perfect tone quality. I use Fender amps and it sounds great but it also sounds just as well using other amps. The two EVH humbuckers balance brightness and warmth to create an ultra smooth tone. When played clean every note has a depth and richness that would satisfy the harshest guitar critic. When played overdriven it really comes alive with a razor sharp cut that still possesses the balance between brightness and warmth. If you play down and dirty blues this may not be the guitar for you because it's tone is so refined. It is perfect for country, jazz, and metal.
I haven't had any problems with it. Changing the strings is a bit more involving because of the Floyd Rose set up but well worth the time because it rarely goes out of tune even with heavy use of the tremolo, which is Van Halen's trademark. The factory setup is perfect for me, I love the action and the intonation is exact. The switches and knobs still work like new. Though I rarely use the tone knob because you really don't need to.
My final decision came down to three very similar guitars. Jackson's Phil Collins model, Music Man's Axis super sport and the Peavey wolfgang. The reason for going with the wolfgang was that a friend of my let me borrow his after he found out I was considering one. To sum it up, I plan on getting one more in purple!
Model Year: 2001
Price: $1500.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music City of Manassas
Scale Length:25 1/2" scale
Neck:Single-piece birdseye maple neck
Fingerboard:22 fret birdseye maple fingerboard
Body:Basswood or maple over
basswood body construction
Pickups:2 custom wound Peavey humbucking pickups. The pickups are supposedly to Eddies specs.
Tremelo:Floyd Rose licensed tremelo, Did I mention Drop D pull out!
Controls:Master volume, master tone,3-way selector switch
I personally liked the trasparent color green. Either way there is enough color selection to please most including flame tops.
This guitar plays excellent. The action from the factory was a little to low (a little buzz here and there)but easily adjusted. The one of the main playablity issues that differ from the EVH wolfgang special is the arch top which brings the strings up away from the body so you don't have to c--- your right arm up to an unnatural angle like many of the flat-tops in production. I had to have the fret edges buffed down a little due to the neck drying out. The string tension in my opinion is perfect with a set of 9 to 42's. In contrast, Ibanez necks are longer and the strings get sloppy to a certain degree. The wolfgang is suited to just about any style. To sum it up I am VERY picky about playability and stil bought one.
Currently I play through a 5150 combo using an RP2000. The overall sound is a little heavy on the low end but I think it's the amp more than the guitar.