I've seen him show how to play the octave solo parts with his whammy pedal, settings, notes, he showed it all. He doesn't care about that ****.Yeah, that could very well be it. A total misinformation campaign.
I may be mistaken but I thought in the interview I read about that guitar he said he tried a ton different parts on it and still couldnt make it sound the way he wanted to, but he was broke and sunk into the guitar so he just made it work.
He definitely seems like a clever enough dude to make up a BS story like that, EVH style.