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Finally! Review by Dr. Gonzo
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Ever since Fender and EVH came out with their version of the Wolfgang, I have been waiting for a more budget-friendly version to be offered. It's been worth the wait!
I got my sunburst Wolfie Special about 5 months ago, and have thoroughly enjoyed it ever since. At the store, I spent a solid hour doing A-B comparisons of the Wolfgang and the Special. The obvious difference is the archtop on the regular Wolfie, while the Special has a flat top. The finish on the American made Wolfgangs, specifically the 'bursts, appear a bit richer than that on the Special, but the Special is by no means cheap looking. The quilt maple top looks very sharp, and the finish is very well done, with no visible flaws, runs or globs.
Other than the top/finish, I found almost zero differences between the domestic and import Wolfgangs! Build quality is very high, with a well done neck pocket, tidy wiring, and a nice setup out of the case. The only tweaks I needed were with the Floyd Rose bridge, and that was a very minor height adjustment on the treble side. The bridge is set at the factory for downward trem action only, as is Edwards preference. It is an easy matter to set it up for full floating action, but so far I've left mine as is for increased tuning stability. So far I've not been able to torture it into going out of tune more than the slightest amount. The necks on BOTH Wolfgangs are a thing of beauty, feeling very much like an old, well broken in Strat neck, especially the vintage size frets. The combination of small stainless steel frets and a compound radius fretboard make the Wolfies a joy to play, requiring only the lightest touch for chording, and giving nearly effortless bends that won't choke out. For Strat lovers the neck is immediately familiar and comfortable, as well as inspiring!
Tonally, the Wolfgang Special will likely surprise some. The overall look, the Floyd Rose, and Eddie's rep may lead some to expect an ultra-hot, hi gain sound. Not so. The EVH pickups are quite vintage sounding, with great warmth and an impressive high end clarity. Make no mistake, Wolfie WILL bite when pushed, but even then it stays warm and utterly musical. These pups also cover alot of ground tonally. Roll off the volume a bit and you'll be rewarded with a lovely clean tone, without much loss of highs. The neck pickup cops 'woman tone' as well as any pickup out there, and running both delivers am awesome rock/blues rhythm tone. The pickup switch is wired backwards, up for bridge pickup and down for neck pickup. This is per Edwards liking, but I found it annoying, and changed it accordingly.
After 5 months with Wolfie, I couldn't be more pleased. It's lightweight, so a 3 set night is no problem. It is a great playing axe, with a fairly wide range of rock and blues tones available. It will shred with the best, with no loss of versatility for other styles. Best of all, the Wolfgang Special sounds and plays every bit as well as the American made Wolfgang, at less than half the price. Seriously, I don't joke about these things! (Posted on 3/18/2011)

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Finally! Review by Dr. Gonzo
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Quality
Ever since Fender and EVH came out with their version of the Wolfgang, I have been waiting for a more budget-friendly version to be offered. It's been worth the wait!
I got my sunburst Wolfie Special about 5 months ago, and have thoroughly enjoyed it ever since. At the store, I spent a solid hour doing A-B comparisons of the Wolfgang and the Special. The obvious difference is the archtop on the regular Wolfie, while the Special has a flat top. The finish on the American made Wolfgangs, specifically the 'bursts, appear a bit richer than that on the Special, but the Special is by no means cheap looking. The quilt maple top looks very sharp, and the finish is very well done, with no visible flaws, runs or globs.
Other than the top/finish, I found almost zero differences between the domestic and import Wolfgangs! Build quality is very high, with a well done neck pocket, tidy wiring, and a nice setup out of the case. The only tweaks I needed were with the Floyd Rose bridge, and that was a very minor height adjustment on the treble side. The bridge is set at the factory for downward trem action only, as is Edwards preference. It is an easy matter to set it up for full floating action, but so far I've left mine as is for increased tuning stability. So far I've not been able to torture it into going out of tune more than the slightest amount. The necks on BOTH Wolfgangs are a thing of beauty, feeling very much like an old, well broken in Strat neck, especially the vintage size frets. The combination of small stainless steel frets and a compound radius fretboard make the Wolfies a joy to play, requiring only the lightest touch for chording, and giving nearly effortless bends that won't choke out. For Strat lovers the neck is immediately familiar and comfortable, as well as inspiring!
Tonally, the Wolfgang Special will likely surprise some. The overall look, the Floyd Rose, and Eddie's rep may lead some to expect an ultra-hot, hi gain sound. Not so. The EVH pickups are quite vintage sounding, with great warmth and an impressive high end clarity. Make no mistake, Wolfie WILL bite when pushed, but even then it stays warm and utterly musical. These pups also cover alot of ground tonally. Roll off the volume a bit and you'll be rewarded with a lovely clean tone, without much loss of highs. The neck pickup cops 'woman tone' as well as any pickup out there, and running both delivers am awesome rock/blues rhythm tone. The pickup switch is wired backwards, up for bridge pickup and down for neck pickup. This is per Edwards liking, but I found it annoying, and changed it accordingly.
After 5 months with Wolfie, I couldn't be more pleased. It's lightweight, so a 3 set night is no problem. It is a great playing axe, with a fairly wide range of rock and blues tones available. It will shred with the best, with no loss of versatility for other styles. Best of all, the Wolfgang Special sounds and plays every bit as well as the American made Wolfgang, at less than half the price. Seriously, I don't joke about these things!
(Posted on 3/18/2011)