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    Default EVH Wolfgang Special - China vs Mexico, HT vs FR

    I'm currently looking to get a Wolfgang Special Stealth. Those who have played one, what are the major differences between the made in China/Japan ones and the made in Mexico ones?

    Also, I trying to decide whether to go for a hardtail or a Floyd Rose model. Are the tonal differences in the hardtail very noticeable?

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    I owned a Japanese Special and currently own a MIM Special. Here are the things to consider:

    1) Vintage Stainless Steel frets (MIJ/C) vs. Nickel Jumbo Frets (MIM)
    2) Flat Top (MIJ/C) vs. Arch Top (MIM)
    3) Case (MIJ/C) vs. No Case (MIM)
    4) American Made Wolfgang Pickups (MIJ, maybe MIC as well) vs. Overseas Approximations (MIM)

    At the end of the day I was thrilled with the tone of the MIJ Special, but couldn't gel with the vintage frets and couldn't get the guitar set up to my liking. I'm much happier with the playability of the MIM guitar, it feels phenomenal. My friends insist it must've been made in the US. However, I'll probably upgrade the pickups because they don't have the same magic as the USA Wolfgang pickups and I'll eventually need either a new neck or a refret.

    I don't have many clips of the MIM Wolf, but here's a quick clip of one of the I'm The One solos, and below is a video of the Beat It Solo. Channels 2 (Rhythm) and 3 (Lead) of my 5150 III.

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    Jedi nailed the differences on the guitar, after that it comes down to the specs you prefer and price. The MIMs are nice but if you are OK with the China specs you can get them for about half the price of the MIM when you factor in the case.

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    Never played a MIM one, but own a MIC Wolfgang that I love and has zero flaws. And I'm a pretty anti-Chinese guitar guy, but my HT Tobacco burst is perfect. I got it with the cool EVH case for $550 online.

 

 

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