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03/08/2007 @ 07:49 AM: The Wolfgang Profile Series, Part 9

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 TR Transparent Amber Flame

Nickname: "Fozzie Bear"
Built: 2000
Acquired: July 2005 (Sold: January 2009)
Story: I bought this display-new-old-stock Wolfgang Special off eBay (surprise) after the seller lowered the Buy-It-Now price to an absolute steal. In the auction language the top was described as looking like "tiger stripes." I nearly nicknamed the guitar Tigger in tribute to that observation, but because my sister's German Shepard already held that title I instead deemed it Fozzie Bear as counterpart to Kermit The Frog--Wolfgang #2. Concert attendees always told me this Wolfgang looked extraordinary under stage lights. I replaced the locking nut and had a fret level done in October 2006 to help combat some "pinching" on the high-E string (which turned out to be one fret sitting up just a little high). Like the #2 green flame top Special, this Wolfgang's neck was slightly thinner than average. I found myself pulling this one out frequently for shows but less so for studio work; the degree to which the 1/4" cap on the flame top Specials brightens up the tone in contrast to the solid basswood models is actually very surprising, and I think generally I’ve been more into recording with that darker tone. In the great Wolfgang sell-off of early 2009, Fozzie Bear was let go to a new owner in New York City.

Fozzie_Bear_01 (65k image)
Live w/ AT/DT @ The Uptown in Minneapolis - October 2005

eBay_Fozzie_Bear_02 (527k image)
Sale Photo - January 2009

eBay_Fozzie_Bear_06 (824k image)
Sale Photo - January 2009

eBay_Fozzie_Bear_07 (581k image)
Sale Photo - January 2009

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Andrew Thomas