Which Is The Best Version Of The Vanhalen Guitar?

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  1. BowerR64

    BowerR64 Well-Known Member

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    Not the stripe guitars but the ones he built. THe peavey, musicman or the EVH?

    I was thinking about looking around for one.

    I have about a $700. budget
     
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    The one that feels the best in your hands.
     
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    The one with jumbo frets.
     
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    BowerR64 Well-Known Member

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    Problem is the only music store near me is GC and they never have anything good instock. It will be online and i wont be able to try it
     
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    I have had three Wolfgangs, two made in 96 and one 97. They were very nice guitars, just never my thing. I also had a early Musicman burst that was stunning to look at and again a super high quality guitar. If they turn out to be your thing I don't think you can go wrong, they are an extremely versatile guitar. If you do get a Wolfgang try to find one from the first few years 96-98, they seem to be the better examples. You may find it a little difficult to find one in the $700 range though. I saw a Goldtop 97 that was used but not abused a while back and it was just a little over $800 but probably negotiable. They're out there so just have keep a sharp eye and be patient. Can't help you with the EVH stuff never had one.
     
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    I was thinking the block letter Peavey special
     
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    You forgot to list the Kramer EVH with the banana headstock... That was his first official sig....
     
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    Are any of the Peavey versions carved top?
     
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    My 1991 EBMM - EVH Black one EVH Axis.jpg on the Left....! The one on the right is a Axis..
     
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    ^^^ That grain on the necks is beautiful.
     
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    Yes. Some of the gold tops were definitely CT (I owned one).
     
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    No guitar store ever seems to have what I want
     
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    They never have any high end gear unless its brought in used or ordered from anothe rGC used and some one didnt take it home
     
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    So true. Been that way for years now - the only real gems (amps and guitars) you find at GC these days is in the used dept (in general).
     
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    I think it depends on the location of the GC. Different locations cater to a different clientele..

    I've seen the higher end guitars way up near the ceiling. Get a stiff neck staring at whats up there..LOL

    SA has them high too, but also a wall of them behind there counter.
     
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    I went with this one, took me a while to get it but picked it up today.

    Been playing my model 1 since the 90s and i thought this one would feel like home

    I always thought the Charvel was "Bass wood" but it feels heavier then the Peavey
    Ivory guitars.jpg

    Ivory guitars 2.jpg Ivory guitars3.jpg
     
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    I still stand by what I said in that thread you posted. The only thing I'd update about my response in that other thread is that I've been using my EVH for blues/jazz a lot more than I was at the time, and it's been working out quite well. Phenomenal guitars. If I was going to narrow it down, I like the early EVH Wolfgang Special made in Japan & China the best (same exact guitar). You can absolutely find one w/in your budget, and I have a high degree of confidence that you'll be very pleased.
     
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    crossroadsnyc Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    That's what I get for responding w/out reading the whole thread first :lol:

    She's a beauty, and I hope you have a lot of fun!
     
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