Search our Archives for press releases from other collectibles:
- All Press Releases
- Art Press Releases
- Coin Press Releases
- Comics Press Releases
- Currency Press Releases
- Domain Names & Intellectual Property Press Releases
- Entertainment Press Releases
- Historical Press Releases
- Jewelry, Timepieces & Luxury Accessories
- Movie Poster Press Releases
- Real Estate Press Releases
- Sports Press Releases
- Wine Press Releases
Press Release - October 23, 2020
Eddie Van Halen’s Charvel Art Series Guitar, Played During Band’s 2007 Reunion Tour with David Lee Roth, Jumps to AuctionFrankenstrat lookalike joins Misfits' band-made monster guitar and Duane Allman's Fender at Heritage Auctions' Nov. 12 Entertainment and Music Memorabilia event
DOWNLOAD DIGITAL PRESS KIT
It was Dec. 3, 2007, at Seattle's Key Arena, along the first leg of the North American tour that found Van Halen reunited with David Lee Roth since the frontman's departure in the spring of 1985. As the keyboards swelled to introduce his band's biggest hit single — chart-topper "Jump," as much command as title — a shirtless, grinning Eddie Van Halen bounded onto to the stage for one last time wielding The Guitar.
You know the one. The red EVH Charvel Art Series Guitar, striped black and white, that looked every inch like the Frankenstrat he made — and made essential, revered, iconic — during Van Halen's ascension from house-party entertainers to arena-rock heroes. This one was made in 2007, to Eddie's specs, especially for this reunion jaunt, which proved to be the band's highest-grossing tour in its storied history.
Shortly after the 25-song show, described in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as "a knockout," Eddie signed the instrument, noting in the inscription when and where it had been played. And then it made its way to the hands of the consignor. And now, it finds its way to auction.
Eddie Van Halen's 2007 EVH Charvel Art Series Guitar, which comes with the EVH case and a certificate of authenticity signed by Eddie, is a centerpiece of Heritage Auction's Nov. 14 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia event, just as it will be the heart of any collection in which the instrument ultimately finds itself.
"Eddie made the world want to play guitar in a different way," says Garry Shrum, Heritage Auctions' Director of Entertainment & Music Memorabilia. "Like the rest of the world, we were shocked and heartbroken when the news broke about Eddie's untimely passing, and now, more than ever, auctioning off one of the guitars he helped create for that special tour is something of which we are extraordinarily proud."
Upon Van Halen's death from cancer on Oct. 6, at the age of 65, critic Chris Vognar wrote on Twitter: "Go easy, Eddie. You made the guitar sound like something you invented." That wasn't the hyperbole of an admirer: Eddie, who always looked like he was having more fun than anyone who ever played the instrument, famously made his own guitars dating back to childhood days in Pasadena, because "if something doesn't do what you want it to," he once wrote in Popular Mechanics, "there's always a way to fix it."
And guitars didn't do what Eddie wanted them to do. Their necks were too round and too slippery when covered with sweat. Whammy bars never stayed in tune. Volume knobs were hard to control. Pick-ups too often squealed. And so, for almost his entire life, he fixed and fiddled and, with two patents to his name, became one of the world's most famous designers of guitars, never more so than when in 1974 and '75 he designed what became known as the Frankenstrat.
"I wanted a Fender vibrato and a Stratocaster body style with a humbucker in it, and it did not exist," he told Musician's Friend in 2017. "People looked at me like I was crazy when I said that's what I want. Where could I go to have someone make me one? Well, no one would, so I built one myself."
Van Halen's is not the only musician-made guitar in the November event.
The Halloween concert wasn't meant to be a goodbye. But by late 1983 the relationship between the brothers and frontman Glenn Danzig had become so fraught that Danzig announced from the stage the band was no more. That lineup wouldn't play another show together until 2016's Riot Fest.
Perhaps the most amazing thing about this guitar is that it wasn't meant to survive that night in Detroit. The brothers made it to destroy it.
"Thankfully," says Shrum, "it wasn't."
In fact, the brothers kept it for years, finally gifting it to vocalist Myke Itzazone of the Goth-rock band Empire Hideous when he served briefly as the Misfits' lead singer during European and South American tours 1998. Letters of authenticity from Itzazone (better known these days as Myke Hideous) accompany the guitar.
The Nov. 14 event also includes a guitar once owned by Duane Allman: a sunburst-orange 1966 Fender Coronado II, which, according to the letters of provenance, traded hands multiple times — first for a Les Paul, then a boat. The guitar's owners after Allman worked at Bibb Music Center in Macon, Ga., where Allman, Otis Redding, Buddy Green and so many others were customers.
This auction also includes several guitars autographed by pop, rock and blues legends, including but not limited to:
A Stevie Ray Vaughan-Signed Fender Stratocaster
A Gibson Lucille Electric Guitar autographed by B.B. King
A black Fender acoustic signed by Johnny Cash
A Takamine G Series acoustic autographed by the Eagles, including the late Glenn Frey
A Fender Squire Telecaster bearing the signatures of Velvet Underground members Lou Reed, Moe Tucker and John Cale
An Epiphone SG signed by The Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, with an affixed backstage pass signed by the late John Entwistle
And a Hofner bass signed by, of course, Sir Paul McCartney
Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world's largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.
Heritage also enjoys the highest Online traffic and dollar volume of any auction house on earth (source: SimilarWeb and Hiscox Report). The Internet's most popular auction-house website, HA.com, has more than 1,250,000 registered bidder-members and searchable free archives of five million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos. Reproduction rights routinely granted to media for photo credit.
Robert Wilonsky, Director, Corporate Communications
- Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
- Bid online
- Free Collector newsletter
- Want List with instant e-mail notifications
- Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
- Cash Advances
- More Bidders
- Trusted Experts
- Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
Learn about consigning with us
I can’t thank you enough for the effort you put forth in selling the paintings.View More Testimonials
HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)