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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-21-2020, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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NGD - Frankie EVH Replica

So I was one of those nostalgic fools who bought one of these when Eddie died, it wasn't due until 7th of December and then I got a tracking number yesterday.



It's a beautiful guitar but I've had a nightmare getting it set up. From replacing the cheese metal trem posts with Schaller ones, taking the neck off and replacing the factory shim to get the neck more tilted so I can have low action without the bridge rubbing the body and a still ongoing battle trying to keep the thing in tune without having to do a divebomb to zero every 45 seconds. Seriously considering setting it up like all my other Floyd guitars and just having it float, easy to keep it in tune that way.

The Basswood body is really on the soft side, even compared to Ibanez's. Thankfully the fretwork is beautiful and it sounds amazing, just getting it setup has been a pain, it seems absolutely zero time was budgeted for any kind of setup from the factory.
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Nostalgia is a powerful emotion. Good purchase. Besides, it seems you have a theme going on with the guitar/amp/cab.
Sorry about the setup frustrations.
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I’ve actually been looking up the EBMMs online as that’s what I think of with EVH. I saw that Peavey are reissuing the Wolfgang under the name HP2 and having them ghost built here in Europe!!

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HNGD which is what I came here to post in the first place
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I’ve got an HP2 from the first run here in USA. The wood is from original Wolfgang inventory Peavey still had (as are the first 50 or do of the new European line). Great guitar and outstanding value.
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I’ve actually been looking up the EBMMs online as that’s what I think of with EVH. I saw that Peavey are reissuing the Wolfgang under the name HP2 and having them ghost built here in Europe!!

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HNGD which is what I came here to post in the first place
I've never been huge on the Wolfgang really, and I've always loved Strats. I think maybe if the right Wolfgang type came along at the right price used maybe I'd consider it but they just don't get my juices flowing, maybe I need to play one to see if I like it. Not sure what are considered the best betweeen MM, Peavey and EVH but those early MM ones go for a lot.

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Sorry about the setup frustrations.
I ended up just setting it up to float, it stays in tune now. I lose use of the D-tuna this way but I just don't know how to get around the issue.
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...just getting it setup has been a pain, it seems absolutely zero time was budgeted for any kind of setup from the factory.
So, it's probably like the original guitar, therefore a pretty good replica . Ed was probably redoing the setup on it every gig, ha.

As you might know, back in the 80s, Ibanez too wanted some of the EVH/Kramer customer pie, so they offered a single hum (slanted, of course) Roadstar with Edge. I have a black one and vaguely contemplated at one point striping it but it was just a passing fancy.
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Looks sick, congrats!
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-26-2020, 01:43 PM
 
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Wow looks amazing! I love that it even has a dummy neck pickup!
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Wow looks amazing! I love that it even has a dummy neck pickup!
Yeah it's a nice touch, from what I've read it's actually a working Fender single coil that I could wire up if I wanted.
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That would be amazing too, the neck pickup with a brown tone
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Very cool! Congrats... Love the way he treated his guitars like a tool.
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In a drunken mourning period, I bought me a PV EVH Wolfgang from a Music-Go-Round in TX. Showed up last week. It's DAMNED sexy.
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Re: NGD - Frankie EVH Replica

Congrats on your new purchase! I was thinking of ordering one myself just for sentimental reasons because of the passing of Eddie. I do have a Meanstreet Frankenstein that was built some years ago. The so-called dummy pickup on mine works by the volume knob which is a push/pull. I like that idea which makes it a little more versatile. It does look pretty killer but I'm not to happy with the neck. Maybe I just need to have it professionally setup, but I'd still like to have one of those Mexican Franky's. Have fun and long live EVH!!!
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Congrats on your new purchase! I was thinking of ordering one myself just for sentimental reasons because of the passing of Eddie. I do have a Meanstreet Frankenstein that was built some years ago. The so-called dummy pickup on mine works by the volume knob which is a push/pull. I like that idea which makes it a little more versatile. It does look pretty killer but I'm not to happy with the neck. Maybe I just need to have it professionally setup, but I'd still like to have one of those Mexican Franky's. Have fun and long live EVH!!!
Great job on that frankie! Push-pull pot to wire up the neck pickup is a great idea, I might explore that in future. I'm also thinking about putting a Tremol-no on mine, since I had some setup issues I was able to overcome by having the trem to float, but I miss that backstop functionality to use the D-tuna. If I say one thing about the EVH MIM Frankie, the neck is amazing and the guitar really has a lovely tone. If you do get an EVH Frankie though, you should budget a pro setup if you're not able to do it yourself, I'm very comfortable building/modifying and setting up guitars and I had some headaches with this.

The biggest concern is that the bridge height has to exactly spot on, if it's too high you have high action and a leaning back bridge (which will cause issues with the Dtuna), but if it's too low it will gouge into the body when you use it and the margins are pretty narrow.
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