If you go out looking for the beauty in the variation of the tops and their unique qualities you will be quite pleased. By chance I ended up with 2 consecutive serial numbers. The pair (consecutive serial numbers) are shown below.Click on the thumbnail picture to see the larger picture. So while there were only four colors produced, they varied greatly within each color.The "stop tail" or fixed bridge model was not introduced until the 2nd year and never came in a quilt top. EVH played a Sunburst original year quilt throughout the VH3 tour and the 2004 tour.Unfortunately he smashed it the last show in Tucson along with another guitar in an unfortunate display of anger about who knows what.The Gold top was added later in the year and was used to primarily to paint guitars a color other than black when a top was rejected for one reason or another.
They later solved this "problem" so that the staining process could be repeated with consistent results.
It came in Black, Ivory and 4 curly maple (quilt top) options.