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The Charvel guitars brand was founded in the 1970s by Wayne Charvel in California. Charvel opened a guitar repair shop in ’74 where he popularised custom revamps of the Fender Strat design. Renowned for its use of creative graphics and other innovative features, the name became popular in the 80s with axe men from bands like Twisted Sister, KISS and Bon Jovi.
The company was acquired by Fender in 2002, heralding a renaissance for Charvel guitars, bringing them under the same Fender banner as signature guitars of some of their most famed players like Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen.
With several guitars being manufactured in the US, Charvel has recaptured its original essence of providing high-quality American made professional guitars.
Van Halen is an American hard rock/metal band from in Pasadena, California who formed in 1972. The band achieved success after the release of its debut album Van Halen in 1978.
Eddie Van Halen is a Dutch-born American guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer who is best known for being the lead guitarist and co-founder of the eponymous hard rock band. Eddie Van Halen built his guitar by hand, using an imperfect body and a neck bought from Wayne Charvel's guitar shop. From this, to being ranked 8th in Rolling Stone's 2011 list of the Top 100 guitarists.
24 04 2007 11:25
Washburn's new 200 Pro Series electric guitars receive a brilliant 4-page review in the latest issue (May 2007) of Total Guitar magazine. Reviewer Henry Yates puts four of the models through their paces: the X200 Pro (4/5), WI200 Pro-E (4/5), D200 Pro-E (5/5 Best Buy) and V200 Pro-E (4/5).
23 04 2007 10:46
U2's The Edge has donated his favourite guitar to a charity he co-founded to replace instruments lost or destroyed when Hurricane Katrina hit the US.
16 03 2007 04:51
Limited Edition new releases from Gibson and Dunlop bring back the magic sound of Jimi Hendrix: find out more about the Gibson Custom Shop Jimi Hendrix Flying-V and Dunlop's three Jimi Hendrix signature pedals (Octavio, Wah and Fuzz Face)
05 02 2007 04:59
Here is a colour guide for Charvel guitars
05 02 2007 10:41
To reflect the broad appeal of Fender instruments over the past 60 years, they have decided to ask you which Fender-playing artists have inspired you to take up your chosen instrument and which guitarists/bassists have made a lasting impression on your tastes and playing styles.
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