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01/15/2009 @ 10:31 PM: The Wolfgang Profile Series, Part 21

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 Deluxe TR Transparent Black Violet Flame Custom Shop

Nickname: "Wabasha"
Built: 2004
Acquired: May 2008
Story: Declare a big "thanks" to the wife for this one. Wabasha is a Custom Shop Wolfgang I first saw on the Chris' Guitars website in mid-2007. Its mythological back story is that this Wolfgang was originally sent to Edward Van Halen himself as part of a routine shipment Peavey offered him for any variety of reasons. Several guitars from these shipments would end up back at Peavey's headquarters where they were then sold, either to dealers or directly from the Peavey website. This was the story offered by the individual who purchased it, which he then relayed to Chris. While definitely a fun possibility, I was much more interested in the guitar itself. The two Custom Shop Wolfgangs I already owned exemplified absolute quality, and this one's custom "Black Violet" color was unique and awesome. Unfortunately my lack of promptness in emailing Chris meant "Louie" from Massachusetts beat me to it. In all the years of my obsessing over Wolfgangs, I could recall three Custom Shop models I sincerely regretted seeing go--this was one of them. Fast forward to May 2008. I was recently married and spending much of my guitar energy on building my own. In one of my daily eBay scans I found Louie's auction for the same Black Violet Wolfie I'd seen on Chris' website not quite a year earlier. With an unusual endorsement from the wife (she'll get behind the purchase more so if it's a color she really likes), I bid on and won this Wolfgang--for $500 less than the asking price in 2007. As I suspected, it is an absolute top-notch player and tone monster. The clear coat is thicker than normal, and when researching its record with Peavey we found an oddity: The serial number stamped on the back of the neck matches a Custom Shop Wolfgang in transparent purple. The build sheet that was shipped from Chris’ Guitars had a non-matching serial number for a Custom Shop Wolfgang in Black Violet. At some point, either with the first owner (who may or may not have been Edward Van Halen), with another owner, or at the Peavey factory, the neck was swapped. Or it could simply be an error in the log at Peavey. Nonetheless, it adds to the mystery surrounding the back story of this Wolfgang. I wanted to give this one a nickname honoring my wife and our wedding event. By her suggestion it was called Wabasha; we were married at the Wabasha Street Caves in St. Paul.

Wabasha_02 (254k image)
Wabasha (flash)

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Wabasha (no flash)

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Andrew Thomas