01/16/2007 @ 02:03 PM: The Wolfgang Profile Series, Part 6
For a full explanation of and introduction to The Wolfgang Profile Series, please visit my post from December 12, 2006: The Wolfgang Profile Series, Part 1. Each previous profile can be found in the News Archive section.
Peavey Wolfgang Special ST Sunburst
Nickname: "The Oriole"
Acquired: February 2005
Story: I'd only owned and played Wolfgangs with Floyd Rose tremolo systems prior to obtaining this one. With five already, I became curious about the supposed extended sustain of the stop tail models. This was another eBay Wolfgang, coming from Texas and with a few modifications; the original owner had set the guitar up to be better for metal, equipping it with a DiMarzio Super Distortion pickup in the bridge position and a DiMarzio Super 2 pickup in the neck position. He also replaced the regular Wolfgang Special chrome tuners with large size Grover tuning machines. I switched the tuners back, as the Grovers were gaudy, heavy, and annoyingly weighed the neck down, but I kept the pickups in and did a coil tap on them (accessible via a push-pull switch on the volume knob). I'm actually fonder of these DiMarzios for clean tones, and with the coil tap the guitar almost sounds like a Strat. Also, the stop tail does indeed add a wealth of sustain. Tone-wise, this Wolfgang is perhaps the most unique of all that I own. My friend James gave the guitar its nickname after seeing me play it at a gig the week I got it; "Oriole" is a throwback to our former high school athletic program.
Live w/ AT/DT @ The Uptown in Minneapolis - September 2006