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1982 Charvel San Dimas EVH Superstrat

1982 Charvel San Dimas EVH Superstrat

I picked this up in early 1992 at a small used guitar store
that I just happened to drive past taking a detour on my way home from work called Wee-Bee Music in Homestead, PA. I had remembered seeing these Charvel Van Halen Specials in the old Music Emporium USA catalog in the early eighties. At the time, the $595.00 price seemed outrageous - after all, one could buy a Les Paul Custom for around the same money and at the time 595 dollars was a HUGE chunk of change for a 17 year old to plunk down for a guitar. I had no intention of buying a guitar that day, but my curiosity got the best of me and I had to pick it up and see how it played.
I put some money on her to hold, and she came home with me a week later. At the time, I thought that I had overpaid for it - I bought it for roughly the same price that she sold for new - but given that the guitar felt better than any other that I had played to date (started playing in 1975), I didn't much care. If I could only find another for that price today - I'd buy 10 of them!
She had been modified with a Kahler when I found her, and the pickup appeared to be non-original. I got rid of the Kahler string lock and had a Floyd nut installed, which greatly stabilized the tuning. I then installed a Seymour "Evenly Voiced Harmonics" custom shop pickup - which has since become my pickup of choice - and this is how she sits today.
I didn't know it at the time, but this particular graphic (EVH Black w/Gold stripes) is one of the "holy grails" to most San Dimas Charvel enthusiasts. These guitars have a very long, storied history which I won't bother to go into here. Those interested in a complete history and overview of San Dimas era Charvels should visit usacharvels.com, where you will find one of the largest known collections of Charvel guitars as well as an intricate, detailed history of the Charvel bloodline.
Also worth noting is that the guy who sold me this guitar, John Rossi, quickly became one of my best friends and is like a brother to me. So, in addition to buying a fantastic guitar I gained a true life-long friend that day. Thanks, John, for your unwavering friendship and invaluable help over the years.
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