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    Default The Charvel VH II - An Appreciation

    Fall 1978. Ed receives the black and yellow Charvel...

    ...standing next to him is Karl Sandoval.

    The guitar is essentially a copy of Ed's homemade black and white Franky...


    ..the stripe design on the front is nearly identical, the Charvel body is also made of ash, the neck is a Boogie Bodies neck cut by Lynn Ellsworth, the one hum/one volume configuration, the vintage trem... the main differences lie in the fact that it was "rear loaded" and, of course, that it had a factory finish.

    There is one other unexpected difference...

    ...the back of the neck was finished in all black!

    Another fun fact about the VH II... it's the first Charvel to have a "Charvel" decal on the headstock!
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    Ed goes on to play the VH II live during the Fall of 1978 while touring Europe...



    Note that Ed has now installed a reverse zebra humbucker.
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    When the boys get back from destroying Europe, they take part in a photoshoot for their upcoming second album. Ed and the VH II are featured on the inside sleeve and the back of the album...



    The pick-up that is installed in the guitar during that shoot is a clear bobbin Migthy Mite...


    Here's one that I own...
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    1979
    Ed installs an new Boogie Bodies neck, an all creme, Dimarzio Super Distortion (with a vintage PAF magnet) and a prototype Floyd Rose...




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    Great up close of the bobbin pickup.

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    From a 1979 Japanese photoshoot...
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    Awesome jimi11580!
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    I get a little freaked out seeing that guitar now. Who knew that axe's destiny was to end up in Dime's coffin? Weird shit.

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    Was pretty cool of Ed though. I know he was pretty humbled when he found out it was Dime's favorite guitar growing up.
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    It's a pretty special guitar, to be sure. And it's in it's rightful place. Eddie's been pretty mixed up and is a bit of a control freak, but he's a good guy at heart. A good guy.

    Fantastic thread. I hope this too gets stickied and I'd love to see more like this, a miscellaneous 1977-1984 stickied guitar thread would be awesomesauce. Things like the snake/dragon, the hydra, the shark, the unfinished strat, the black strat, the rosewood strat, the unchained franky, the rude franky.

    Jimi et all, you guys are the best, for sure.

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    Check out the Floyd...

    ...it looks like it was salvaged from the Titanic!

    A great shot of the side...

    ... notice how thin the headstock is!

    1980


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    These two threads are unbelievable. Awesome stuff, jimi.
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    VH with Dave ('78-'84) - The best years....the "real" VH.
    VH with Sam ('86-'96) - Incredible era....."We have renamed this town 'New Halen!'.
    VH with Gary ('98) - Fucking disaster. WTF was that??
    VH with Wolf/Dave ('12-'15) - Amazing comeback. Smokin' album and tours.

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    We'll sticky this one too, sweet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Down View Post
    These two threads are unbelievable. Awesome stuff, jimi.
    Great Work Jimi... a pleasure to read through, Well Done.

 

 

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