- Oct 28, 2017
Dude that's an awesome 80s guitar! A vintage shred machine! My guess is it's a Frankenstein of some sort. The neck definitely looks like a vintage '79-'80 "Pre-Pro" Charvel neck before they even put the "TM" or "Made in USA" around the logo. None of these early Charvel guitars or necks had serial numbers. The weird part is everything else is mid- to late-80s like the Kahler 2320 tremolo, which came out like in '85, and the EMG pickups, which really was a more of a later 80s thing. Especially the Humbucker-Single-Humbucker configuration you don't see on Super Strats until the late 80s and the EMG SA (single coil) pickup wasn't developed until like '87-'89. Tuners are also '80s - They are vintage '80s Schaller "Made In W. Germany" versions, from back when there was an East and a West Germany :)Anyways.. Lately I have been curious exactly what the fuck it is. It has a fender headstock..so maybe post 2002? But the metal is kinda chewed up from living near the beach so I also feel like it could be older. The Kahler Trem bridge looks like the '86 model maybe..And also HSH EMG pups. I also can't seem to find a year or serial number on it. I wonder if it was custom for him or they just had a bunch of these models to give away to touring musicians in the 80s? Anyways! Any help is appreciated!
That is a real beauty man. Every single piece on that guitar is vintage 80s hardware that can fetch a pretty penny. The neck is especially valuable if it is indeed a "prepro" Charvel neck. The brown wood(?) dot inlays are absolutely killer! If you remove the neck from the body there should be a factory date written on the bottom. The body is what I'm stumped on, but it's probably original Charvel. The pickguard is probably aftermarket to house the Hum-Single-Hum EMGs though.