"VH-II" Rock Legend
|This was the final EVH
graphic Wayne added to the collection. I almost passed her up, as I had just purchased
three Waynes within the previous five weeks, but I just had to have a complete set so I
bit the bullet and here she is.
|She differs slightly
from my other four Waynes in that she has a flamed maple neck and board as opposed to the
birdseye on the others. That doesn't have any effect on the playability, however, and this
guitar plays like a wet dream. The resonation of this guitar is matched only by my '82
Charvel - you can literally feel every note as it is played.
|You don't see many of
these early Waynes coming up for sale, and there is a very good reason for that - very
simply, these guitars play so good that no one wants to sell them. Anyone who has played
any of my Waynes just doesn't want to put them down - they're that good.
|This particular graphic
seems to be the most prevalent of the EVH themes produced by Wayne and Michael Charvel. I
have seen several of these identical to mine, as well as at least one example with a
painted black headstock and one with a single coil pickup in the neck position. All I can
say is grab one if you get the chance, because they don't make them like this anymore, and
the Charvel versions just don't compare.
|All of my EVH themed Waynes have
serial numbers under 100, and one is an unserialized example. The ones to grab are those
with serial numbers below 250 - the earlier, the better as the attention to detail seems
to have been best during that time and the new neck profile and headstock shape were
introduced shortly thereafter.
|Added D-Tuna and the
obligatory EVH pickup.