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    I am looking for a bit of information. I thought all PV Wolfgangs have the toggle switch set up the "Eddie way" with down being the neck and up being the bridge. I have two 2000 PV WGs that are set up that way. Today I picked up a 1997 patent pending black in very near perfect condition. As far as I can tell none of the electronics have been touched. All of the soldering looks original, however the toggle switch is the standard down bridge / up neck. If I remember correctly the first PV WGs were late 96 with patent pending going into 97. Mine happens to have the build sheet with it showing August 97. So, did the early ones come with the down bridge / up neck pattern or did someone monkey around with it? Is there any way without re-soldering to switch it? The other thing that is different is that the nut on the switch is a standard 6 sided, not the ridged round one. The toggle itself looks exactly the same as the ones on my 2000 models. Maybe a clue?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FAN4EVER View Post
    I am looking for a bit of information. I thought all PV Wolfgangs have the toggle switch set up the "Eddie way" with down being the neck and up being the bridge. I have two 2000 PV WGs that are set up that way. Today I picked up a 1997 patent pending black in very near perfect condition. As far as I can tell none of the electronics have been touched. All of the soldering looks original, however the toggle switch is the standard down bridge / up neck. If I remember correctly the first PV WGs were late 96 with patent pending going into 97. Mine happens to have the build sheet with it showing August 97. So, did the early ones come with the down bridge / up neck pattern or did someone monkey around with it? Is there any way without re-soldering to switch it? The other thing that is different is that the nut on the switch is a standard 6 sided, not the ridged round one. The toggle itself looks exactly the same as the ones on my 2000 models. Maybe a clue?
    Thanks in advance for your replies.
    I can't remember what the interior of my last Peavey wolfgang looked like, but is it possible the switch was just rotated by the previous owner? I don't believe the patent pending models had a hex nut around the switch. I suggest you email Peavey customer service and I'm sure they will be GLAD to help you find an answer!

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    My Wolfgang was built in '96 and has the EVH style switch positions. A previous owners flipped your switch either physically or by swapping the wires. Nothing 5 minutes with a soldering iron can't fix.

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    My Special is up for the bridge. Thought they were all that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickslide View Post
    My Special is up for the bridge. Thought they were all that way.

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    They're supposed to be.
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    It's well known that Eddie played, and tinkered with, Gibson guitars in the past. Does anybody know if he rewired or flipped the toggle switch, so that it functioned the way his later (and current) Wolfgang guitars do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RRvh1 View Post
    It's well known that Eddie played, and tinkered with, Gibson guitars in the past. Does anybody know if he rewired or flipped the toggle switch, so that it functioned the way his later (and current) Wolfgang guitars do?
    I don't think so. In all these pictures the toggle switch is down
    https://www.google.com/search?q=eddi...w=1920&bih=911

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yaminub View Post
    I don't think so. In all these pictures the toggle switch is down
    https://www.google.com/search?q=eddi...w=1920&bih=911
    You're probably right. Nice pics!
    I wonder why/when he suddenly decided that the normal switch function was uncomfortable for him?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RRvh1 View Post
    You're probably right. Nice pics!
    I wonder why/when he suddenly decided that the normal switch function was uncomfortable for him?
    Jim DeCola mentioned on the Peavey Wolfgang Facebook page that it was his suggestion to Eddie when they were designing the Wolfgang to make it comfortable for Eddie's playing style. He also suggested the stainless steel frets but Ed shot that down at the time.

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    I think this is an interesting pic, the photo looks like it's from 91-93 and the Les Paul switch is upward.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BenB5152 View Post
    Jim DeCola mentioned on the Peavey Wolfgang Facebook page that it was his suggestion to Eddie when they were designing the Wolfgang to make it comfortable for Eddie's playing style. He also suggested the stainless steel frets but Ed shot that down at the time.

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    Thanks, Ben!
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    Thanks for the confirmation guys. I pulled the toggle out and sure enough after close inspection I could see that the wires had been re-soldered and reversed. I can only guess that a previous owner did not like the Ed way on the switch. A few minutes with the soldering iron and presto - back to the way it should be. A few more adjustments on the new baby and I will be chillin' like Dylan.
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    Glad you got it figured out.
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