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The HP Special CT (for “Carved Top”) is built around a double-cutaway basswood body that’s engineered to provide an ideal balance when the guitar is hanging from a strap (the Wolfgang’s lack of balance frustrated many players). The CT’s thick, carved flame-maple top looks magnificent on the black-painted body and adds bright punch and sustain to the basswood’s warm tone. I’m usually impressed with Peavey’s finishes, but the transparent Cherryburst stain on my test guitar’s figured maple top and headstock was truly outstanding. For those who desire it, the HP Special CT is also available in solid colors. Likewise, the flattop HP Special is available transparent and solid finishes.
At the heart of the guitar is the most comfortable neck I’ve ever played: it sits in the hand just like the Wolfgang’s neck but is slightly trimmer and even easier to navigate. This CNC-cut bird’s-eye maple masterpiece—you’d expect no less from the company that brought CNC technology to musical instruments—has a light oil finish and an asymmetrical back carve that replicates a guitar neck that’s been broken-in over 20-plus years. Because bird’s-eye can be a little soft, graphite reinforcement rods are built into the neck and run about three-quarters of its length. The 22 frets are tall and thin, and the neck is joined to the body with an exclusive five-bolt pattern that enhances stability and sustain.
The Special’s tone and playability certainly benefit from the exemplary hardware and setup. The double-locking Peavey-built Floyd Rose–licensed tremolo is set flush into the body, creating a clean look and a level plane across the pickups and neck. Wolfgang players always wanted the option to pull up on the bar, and the Special makes it possible by means of an ingenious sliding brass bracket inside the trem cavity that sets the unit for full-floating or blocked-trem action. The headstock features attractive three-on-a-side Schaller minituners with custom pearloid buttons.
The pickups are where this guitar really shines. The direct-mounted zebra-coil humbuckers are custom made by Peavey, have medium-to-high output and are wound for incredible overtones. For greater tonal variety, coil taps on the push/pull volume and tone pots allow the pickups to be switched to single-coil mode.
Peavey has also improved upon the Wolfgang with its placement of the pickup switch. Whereas the Wolfgang’s toggle was isolated on the upper bout, on the HP Special guitars it is clustered with its companion controls, something that makes large-scale adjustments much more feasible during performance. The bridge can be locked like a Wolfgang or set to full floating trem. The guitar comes with a new EVH Wolfgang hard shell case. The guitar is in excellent condition with the only mark being on the rear plastic trem cover. NOT on the guitar. That mark is only very light but I just want to disclose any and all descriptions. It also has the d-tuna installed.