This has been in our private EVH collection vault for over a decade. This guitar is ready to be properly appreciated, played and admired in the spotlight, not sitting locked away and not being played. We realize offering up these collectable and rare guitars at this time is going to bring up high emotions, and bring out all the keyboard warriors.
Please give us a ring if you have questions. This Peavey "Flat Top" Prototype was built by Jim DeCola for Eddie Van Halen and was completed on December 24, 1995. This was the first prototype Flat Top made - it was referred to as the "Flat Top" before the name "Special" was decided upon.
After having this for over a decade, on June 27, 2018 we took this guitar to the Peavey factory in Meridian, Mississippi to verify that is was indeed Eddie's guitar. That is how we received the COA from Peavey. Knowing there must be more to the story we dug deeper and located Jim DeCola, who was the master luthier for Peavey during the Eddie years. We met with Jim on November 7, 2020 and took the guitar for his inspection and verification.
We have included pictures of Jim with the guitar from when we met with him, and from the COA that we received from him. Jim DeCola's description of this guitar is the following.This was the Transparent Black Peavey EVH Wolfgang Flat top prototype guitar handmade by Jim DeCola for Edward Van Halen and completed on December 24, 1995. It was referred to as flat-top before the Special name was decided upon. Quilted maple top (3/16 thick) and basswood back. Cream body binding (not epoxy-poured binding). 2 radius Birdseye maple fingerboard.
Tilt-back headstock with shiny Gold Peavey logo. First version, small neck mount washers. Prototype, machined, recessed truss rod wheel.Schaller tuners with cream tuner buttons. EVH Strap Eyehooks (extra eyehook added by EVH). Mic Adapter/cable strain relief (added by EVH).
No serial number or wood burned signature on back of headstock. Hand-signed by Jim DeCola (in green ink) on inside of neck heel.
Fernandez Sustainer added by Pete Skermetta at Fernandez Custom Shop. This prototype guitar was used by Edward Van Halen in the studio and shows tell-tale playing wear. It was also pictured on the cover, and in the April 1996 issue of Guitar World magazine. Billy Corgan is pictured holding this guitar on the cover and in the magazine.The backside of both electronics covers feature a signature by Pete Skermetta. The custom shop director for Fernandes Guitars. He worked on several of Eddie's and also Steve Vai's guitars. To add to this already majestic and storied guitar, it was featured on the cover of the April 1996 edition of Guitar World, where Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins is holding this very guitar and standing next to Eddie.
Please notice the birdseye maple pattern matches exactly in the pictures in the magazine. As huge EVH fans, we have acquired a unique collection of EVH guitars over the years.
These have all been stored in a secure location without public access. We are musicians just like you and we want to help you Grow Your Passion®. Listing and template services provided by inkFrog.The item "Peavey Flat Top Prototype Wolfgang Eddie Van Halen Owned EVH Guitar w Magazine" is in sale since Monday, November 16, 2020. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Electric Guitars". The seller is "themusicfarm" and is located in Canton, Ohio. This item can be shipped to United States.