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  • EVH Wolfgang vs Wolfgang Special

    Have any of you guys played both?

    How do they compare?

    According to EVH Gear, the only differences are,

    1) carved top on the USA as opposed to a flat top on the MIJ Special

    2) 1/2" thick maple top on the USA as opposed to a thin maple veneer top on the Special

    3) No headstock binding on the Special

    Everything else is apparently the same. Floyd, pots, fretwire and pickups are same as on the USA.

    They must've cut corners somewhere to justify the $1650 difference in price.

    Any input on this?
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    Also, is that D-Tuna a PITA?

    I mean, does it throw your other strings outta tune when you switch from E to D and vice versa?

    And for the guys who've seen them live this year, is Eddie only using the Stealth Wolfgang? I can't find any vids of him using his maple fretboard guitars in recent concerts.
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        • #5
          I really like my Special. Never played a USA wolfie but, I've heard that they are brighter sounding. Probably because of the maple top vs. veneer top. I get plenty of top end bite with my MIJ. Couldn't imagine needing more.

          The carved top looks out of place to me on this body design. On a LP yes, the carved top fits but, I like the flat topped wolfies better. Also, not having the binding on the headstock certainly does not bother me.

          You have to setup the D-tuna to go from E to D first. Thats kind of tricky. Took me about half an hour. My Wolfgang has a oneway bridge and it helps if you tighten the springs a bit so the trem rest against the body firmly even after dropping the E string. If this was a floating trem (sharp and flat) then it would'nt work too well. I've seen lots of players reach for the headstock to drop D and to me it sounds fine. I have even done this myself. Keep in mind I don't have perfect pitch hearing. The D-tuna does the same thing only from the other end of the string.
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          • #6


            And for the guys who've seen them live this year, is Eddie only using the Stealth Wolfgang? I can't find any vids of him using his maple fretboard guitars in recent concerts.



            He also played a striped Wolfie when I saw them, along with a couple of hand-striped EVH Art Fender/Charvels that I'm sure are probably already on ebay for $25 grand.
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            • #7
              I really like my Special. Never played a USA wolfie but, I've heard that they are brighter sounding. Probably because of the maple top vs. veneer top. I get plenty of top end bite with my MIJ. Couldn't imagine needing more.

              The carved top looks out of place to me on this body design. On a LP yes, the carved top fits but, I like the flat topped wolfies better. Also, not having the binding on the headstock certainly does not bother me.

              You have to setup the D-tuna to go from E to D first. Thats kind of tricky. Took me about half an hour. My Wolfgang has a oneway bridge and it helps if you tighten the springs a bit so the trem rest against the body firmly even after dropping the E string. If this was a floating trem (sharp and flat) then it would'nt work too well. I've seen lots of players reach for the headstock to drop D and to me it sounds fine. I have even done this myself. Keep in mind I don't have perfect pitch hearing. The D-tuna does the same thing only from the other end of the string.


              Can you please elaborate on the D-Tuna set-up process?

              For example, if the guitar comes set up for standard E tuning with 42-9 strings and I want to go down a half step to Eb and use 46-10 strings, will the D-Tuna be a PITA to set-up?
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              • #8
                He also played a striped Wolfie when I saw them, along with a couple of hand-striped EVH Art Fender/Charvels that I'm sure are probably already on ebay for $25 grand.


                Did that striped Wolfie also have en ebony board, Shane?
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                • #9
                  I like mine very well... Although I'm selling it doesn't mean it's bad... Selling mine to fund other purchases. The Evh special headstock has no tilt like the USA model does.
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                  • #10
                    I like mine very well... Although I'm selling it doesn't mean it's bad... Selling mine to fund other purchases. The Evh special headstock has no tilt like the USA model does.


                    But you must like your other guitars better right?
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                    • #11
                      Did that striped Wolfie also have en ebony board, Shane?



                      Pretty sure that one had a maple board, IIRC. All of the EVH Art Charvels had maple boards, obviously.
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                      • #12
                        All of the EVH Art Charvels had maple boards, obviously.




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                        • #13
                          I love mine! We had a USA and it was superb. It did sound a little brighter and richer than the special, but I don't notice much of a difference when not side by side. It's super comfortable to play (once I got used to the flat body where my forearm rests). I find the d tuna invaluable, and pretty easy to set up. Just a small Allen wrench adjustment, though I start it at D and then fine tune it when I go up to E. pretty much the opposite of what the above poster stated.

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                          • #14
                            Can the D-Tuna be removed from the Floyd?
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                            • #15
                              I've played them both pretty extensively, and they both are superb guitars.. The special being a great deal at it's price, the USA version while not being $2k better in tone, it does look and feel like a better instrument.. But tone wise, the Special is pretty close to it..

                              The D-tuna is easy to use, IMO.. It's not hard to set up.. Provided you know what you are doing, but it isn't rocket science. Lol. . You basically tune the guitar in drop d. Then when you push the d-tuna in it brings it up to E. There is a small adjustment screw that you fine tune to get it in perfect tune in E.. That's it.. Should take no longer than 2 minutes.. It can be removed if you don't like it, but it's a great little feature..
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