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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-06-2013, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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EVH Wolfgang Stealth Ebony Fretboard

I ordered an EVH Wolfgang Stealth (USA) and just received it yesterday. The guitar is awesome, I love it, but there's some specs on the ebony fret board as shown in the pics. Is this just something to expect with ebony and I'm picky, or should I return it? This runs all the way up the neck from one end to the other. Am I expecting too much from a $3k guitar?

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-06-2013, 01:23 PM
 
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Believe it or not, ebony is VERY rarely all black. Usually has small whitish streaks. Most guitar companies soak their ebony is a black analine dye to get it a uniform black color.

If you don't like the streaks/specs, you can get some analine dye yourself pretty cheap and easily!

Edit: holy christ that action is low!
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Re: EVH Wolfgang Stealth Ebony Fretboard

Yeah she plays like butter.

Yeah I may just get my usual setup guy to touch it up if it can be done well.

What got me though is that I've probably seen 10 of these guitars, all with flawless ebony fretboards (including the cheaper japanese/chinese version)... figures I order in a new USA one (I wanted the hardtail, which is rarely in stock in stores) and it has the freckles.
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Yeah she plays like butter.

Yeah I may just get my usual setup guy to touch it up if it can be done well.

What got me though is that I've probably seen 10 of these guitars, all with flawless ebony fretboards (including the cheaper japanese/chinese version)... figures I order in a new USA one (I wanted the hardtail, which is rarely in stock in stores) and it has the freckles.
Just got one of he Japanese Stealth Hardtails a few weeks ago. It's a superb instrument, so much so I'm considering a USA version as well. Congrats on yours! Let's see some pics!
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Re: EVH Wolfgang Stealth Ebony Fretboard

Ebony is becoming scarce because of our desire for so-called "flawless" black boards. Have you seen Bob Taylor's video regarding the issue?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anCGvfsBoFY

In the not-so-distant past, loggers would cut down ten or more ebony trees to find one that was all-black. The streaked wood would then be left on the ground. Personally, I'd rather have a "streaked" ebony board on my guitar than to have that wood rot in the rainforest.

Nothing at all wrong with your board . . . I'd say, rather, what's flawed are the deeply ingrained standards of beauty and desirability to which we cling.

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Re: EVH Wolfgang Stealth Ebony Fretboard

pretty soon it will all be Richlite

I guess I don't care either way right now. But I might when my Explorer with a Richlite board needs a re-fret.
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Ebony is becoming scarce because of our desire for so-called "flawless" black boards. Have you seen Bob Taylor's video regarding the issue?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anCGvfsBoFY

In the not-so-distant past, loggers would cut down ten or more ebony trees to find one that was all-black. The streaked wood would then be left on the ground. Personally, I'd rather have a "streaked" ebony board on my guitar than to have that wood rot in the rainforest.

Nothing at all wrong with your board . . . I'd say, rather, what's flawed are the deeply ingrained standards of beauty and desirability to which we cling.

Peace

Mike
Yeah I had a chance to watch that video, and it's extremely informative. I actually love the look of streaked ebony, but these are just like freckles... makes it more look like a bunch of nick marks up the board. Either way, I think I'll keep her and maybe get it touched up. As I said, I absolutely love playing her.
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Re: EVH Wolfgang Stealth Ebony Fretboard

I wouldn't worry about it. Personally, I think it looks cool because the character of the ebony is showing. Like linux said, if the freckles bother you, you can add some dye and fix it right up.

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Re: EVH Wolfgang Stealth Ebony Fretboard

Now I'm noticing that the locking nut isn't flush... there about a 1mm gap on the low E side of the nut, but it's flush to the high E side... my OCD is killing me.
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Now I'm noticing that the locking nut isn't flush... there about a 1mm gap on the low E side of the nut, but it's flush to the high E side... my OCD is killing me.

nut shim. Even the highest end guitars need to be set up right

Can you see any material under it?
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It's not a height issue, it's a left/right issue, if you look at the nut head on, you can see about 1mm of fretboard on the left side (low E) but it's flush with the right. As I said, OCD, it probably has zero impact on the guitar... it plays great, sounds great.

I need to just enjoy the guitar. May affect resale value, but it's not my intention to ever sell my guitars. I just expect perfection for $3k. My Jems are perfect, my LP's are perfect... hell, my Japenese EVH's are perfect.
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I just expect perfection for $3k. My Jems are perfect, my LP's are perfect... hell, my Japenese EVH's are perfect.
This. For $3K your OCD shouldn't be able to find anything to bother it, because the maker's OCD should've caught it first and never left it out of the factory. My Japanese EVH was dead flawless when I got it, so your US should be even better. If there's anything nagging at you, and you're still in the return period, I'd take it back until you get the one you can't find anything with.
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Re: EVH Wolfgang Stealth Ebony Fretboard

I'm definitely within the return period, I only got it on the 3rd. I also have a really good relationship with the place I bought it from. My only issue is, there's no stock left of these guitars... I don't know if they're discontinued or just in production again and there's a supply gap... so if I return this I might not find another.

I actually originally ordered in a Japanese Stealth hardtail, but when it arrived it was in terrible shape. Frets cut my hands up to play they were so sharp (both sides), tone pot was almost seized up, pickup switch was super loose (compared to my others), glue on the fretboard... that's what made me go to the US, I wanted assured quality...
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ohhhh thats really weird man. Id definitely take it back for the nut issue, thats ridiculous.
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I'm definitely within the return period, I only got it on the 3rd. I also have a really good relationship with the place I bought it from. My only issue is, there's no stock left of these guitars... I don't know if they're discontinued or just in production again and there's a supply gap... so if I return this I might not find another.

I actually originally ordered in a Japanese Stealth hardtail, but when it arrived it was in terrible shape. Frets cut my hands up to play they were so sharp (both sides), tone pot was almost seized up, pickup switch was super loose (compared to my others), glue on the fretboard... that's what made me go to the US, I wanted assured quality...
That's crazy (and crappy) that you had such a bad experience with EVH. The fit and finish of my Japanese Stealth HT honestly blew me away, even getting it from guitar center, where it'd been for several months. Fretwork is up there with the best I've ever owned, and from everything I've seen most people say about any of the Japanese Jackson/Charvel/EVH stuff, their QC is supposed to be very tight.
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