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Lot 439: Eddie Van Halen's 1982 Charvel Guitar

Guernsey's

February 27, 2016
New York, NY, US

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Description

Serial#: 1398. Eddie Van Halen’s 1982 Charvel, made for, owned by, and played by Mr. Van Halen himself, with 1982 video and other full documentation. There is a long history between Eddie Van Halen and Charvel, which began with another guitar. Eddie Van Halen's iconic original black & white striped "Frankenstein" guitar (which he later modified in the late 1979 with an additional layer of red paint) was built from a body and neck he bought from Wayne Charvel and Lynn Ellsworth in the mid 1970s. Van Halen continued to purchase various parts from Charvel during the late 70s that he used to build guitars, and he even played a guitar built by Charvel based on the single-pickup design of his Frankenstein. Van Halen painted his "Frankenstein" guitar in a yellow and black striped motif in the fall of 1978 before his band went to Europe on tour, and this remained his main guitar on subsequent tours through 1980. This guitar also appears on the back cover of Van Halen II (1979). Grover Jackson purchased the Charvel name in late 1978 and started producing Charvel brand guitars from a factory in San Dimas/Glendora, California. When the company started selling "Van Halen Model" guitars painted with Van Halen's signature yellow and black striped patterns to the general public without Eddie's authorization in June 1979, Van Halen's relationship with Jackson/Charvel began to sour as Van Halen was not paid any royalties. Charvel produced the "Van Halen Model" in very limited amounts (estimates are less than 100 guitars) through late 1982 when Van Halen finally allegedly filed a cease and desist order against the company. The motivation likely was Eddie's new endorsement deal with Kramer Guitars, which was announced at the Summer NAMM convention in 1982. Van Halen reunited with Charvel Guitars in 2005, when the company produced the EVH Art Series guitars featuring Van Halen's characteristic striped paint jobs in black & white, yellow & black, and black, white & red. Apparently Van Halen personally ordered five guitars made by Charvel/Jackson in April 1982 before the cease and desist order was filed, or Grover Jackson gave the guitars to Van Halen as a peace offering. This instrument was one of those Charvel guitars. Allegedly the guitars were built according to Eddie's exacting specifications, including necks with the wide nut width and slim profile that he preferred. This guitar has a brass vintage Strat-style non-locking vibrato tailpiece, DiMarzio Super Distortion humbucking pickup, cream-colored pickup mounting ring (most other examples have black mounting rings), and a "butterfly" string tree for the high E and B strings, which Van Halen preferred for his stringing technique that kept his guitar in tune when using the vibrato (Charvel guitars from this year typically feature a round brass disc-style string retainer). This guitar also has the slotted-shaft Gotoh "crown" head tuners that Charvel used very briefly in early 1982. The body's neck pocket is dated 4/27/82 in pencil and features the work order number #2149 in black marker, while the neck heel features work order #2150 in black marker. Charvel made a small number of "pre-production" versions of guitars (which lack serial numbers) featuring Van Halen-style striped paint jobs between 1979 and 1981 and even fewer production examples like this one in 1982 (which feature serial numbers). Production models were ordered by just a handful of music dealers, and Charvel gave five of these guitars to Van Halen (amount on the invoice reads "no charge"), which he most likely used as tour backup instruments and giveaways. This guitar comes complete with its original Bill of Sale from Charvel/Jackson to Eddie Van Halen dated April 28, 1982. Each Charvel "Van Halen Model" had a unique striping pattern. The lot also includes a DVD with video footage of an interview Eddie gave for the television show Entertainment Tonight in 1982, which shows him playing this guitar with its distinctive striping pattern in his home alongside then-wife Valerie Bertinelli.

Condition Report

Typical crack in finish from trussrod adjustment; some back scratches

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Shipping

Shipping not included with purchase. Buyer/bidder is solely responsible for all shipping, handling, palletizing, transfer fees and packaging charges. We work with national shippers and can assist you with all of your shipping needs. Buyer can use their own shipper, however any special packaging, palletizing, boxing, wrapping, product transfer and handling if needed may require additional charges.

All shipping will be calculated within five business days or sooner once invoice is paid. All shipping and or handling will be charged separately and must be paid prior to release of any product or items shipped.

Picking Up:
Pick-up time will be Monday, January 4th & Tuesday, January 5th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. CST. ONLY *****If picking-up, please plan your time accordingly.*****

Please note: If you are picking-up, please make sure you are prepared to dismantle, box, wrap and protect your purchases. You will need to bring all necessary tools, boxes, carts, wrap/packaging materials and enough help to properly move, dismantle and/or package your items. Make sure you allow enough time to dismantle items if needed and time to load your vehicle.

Buyer's Premium

25.0%

From: To: Increment:
$0 $299 $25
$300 $999 $50
$1,000 $1,999 $100
$2,000 $4,999 $250
$5,000 $9,999 $500
$10,000 $19,999 $1,000
$20,000 $49,999 $2,000
$50,000 $99,999 $5,000
$100,000 $199,999 $10,000
$200,000+ $25,000

Extended Bidding

5 minutes/bid

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Terms & Conditions

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1. ALL PROPERTIES ARE SOLD AS IS, AND NEITHER WE NOR THE CONSIGNER MAKE ANY WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS WITH RESPECT TO ANY LOT SOLD INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE CORRECTNESS OF THE CATALOGUE OR OTHER DESCRIPTION OF THE ORIGIN, PHYSICAL CONDITION, SIZE, QUALITY, RARITY, ATTRIBUTION, AUTHORSHIP, IMPORTANCE, MEDIUM, PROVENANCE, EXHIBITIONS, LITERATURE OR HISTORICAL RELEVANCE OF THE PROPERTY, AND NO STATEMENT ANYWHERE, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, SHALL BE DEEMED SUCH A WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION. ALL SIZES LISTED ARE APPROXIMATE AND LISTED IN INCHES, UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED. PROSPECTIVE BIDDERS SHOULD INSPECT THE PROPERTY BEFORE BIDDING TO DETERMINE ITS CONDITION, SIZE, AND WHETHER OR NOT IT HAS BEEN REPAIRED OR RESTORED. WE AND THE CONSIGNOR DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. NO WARRANTIES ARE MADE THAT ANY OF THE MERCHANDISE COMPLIES WITH ANY APPLICABLE GOVERNMENTAL RULES, REGULATIONS OR ORDINANCES OF ANY KIND OR NATURE WHATSOEVER. NEITHER GUERNSEY'S AS AGENT NOR THE CONSIGNER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY FAULTS OR DEFECTS IN ANY LOT OR THE CORRECTNESS OF ANY STATEMENT AS TO ANY ORIGIN, AUTHORSHIP, DATE, AGE, ATTRIBUTION, GENUINENESS, PROVENANCE OR CONDITION OF ANY LOT.

THE DELAWARE COLLECTION - BEING SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE IN SESSION 1 OF THIS AUCTION, THE ITEMS IN THE DELAWARE COLLECTION WERE ASSEMBLED BY A SINGLE COLLECTOR OVER MANY YEARS. MOST OF THE LOTS COME WITH A LETTER OF AUTHENTICITY FROM THE SOURCES THE COLLECTOR ACQUIRED THE ITEMS FROM. HOWEVER, INASMCH AS GUERNSEY'S HAS NO ABILITY TO RE-TRACE THE PROVENANCE OF THESE ITEMS, WE CANNOT VERIFY THEIR AUTHENITICY. ACCORDINGLY, BUYERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO EXAMINE THE ITEMS IN PERSON AT THE PREVIEW, OR ONLINE. ALL SALES ARE "AS IS" AND WITHOUT REPRESENTATION OF WARRANTY OF AUTHENTITICY.

Any description of the items contained in this Auction is for the sole purpose of identifying the items for those Bidders who do not have the opportunity to view the lots prior to bidding, and no description of items has been made part of the basis of the bargain or has created any express warranty that the goods would conform to any description made by Auctioneer. No statement by anyone or in the catalogue, in any advertisement, or which is made at the sale, in the bill of sale or invoice, or elsewhere, shall be deemed such a warranty or representation or an assumption of liability. IN THE EVENT OF ANY CONFLICT BETWEEN A DESCRIPTION AND THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, THE TERMS OF CONDITIONS SHALL CONTROL. NO DESCRIPTION IS INTENDED TO, OR SHALL, NEGATE OR LIMIT THE DISCLAIMERS SET FORTH HEREIN.

WITHOUT IN ANY WAY WAIVING THE FOREGOING, ANY COMPLAINT REGARDING AUTHENTICITY, GENUINENESS, ATTRIBUTION OR PROVENANCE SHALL BE MADE WITHIN TWENTY-FIVE (25) DAYS OF THE DAY OF SALE OR SUCH COMPLAINT SHALL BE WAIVED. ALL BIDDERS ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR RIGHT TO HAVE MADE OR REQUESTED FULL INSPECTION OF ANY AND ALL PROPERTIES PRIOR TO SALE AND AGREE TO BE CHARGED WITH ALL MATTERS SUCH INSPECTION MAY HAVE DISCLOSED OR INDICATED.

2. A buyer's premium will be added to the purchase of all lots in the sale, and is payable by the purchaser as part of the total purchase price. The buyer's premium for all bidders participating in the auction is 25%. Guernsey's also receives a commission directly from the Consignor.

3. We reserve the right to withdraw any property before the sale.

4. Unless otherwise announced by the auctioneer, all bids are per lot as numbered in the catalogue.

5. All bids placed, and all payments made must be in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. Bank.

6. Payments are due promptly at the conclusion of the auction, and in the case of absentee and internet bidders, within 10 days of receipt of invoice.

7. We reserve the right to reject any bid. The highest bidder, acknowledged by the auctioneer, will be the purchaser. In the event of a dispute between bidders, or in the event of doubt on our part as to the validity of any bid, the auctioneer will have the final discretion whether to determine the successful bidder or to re-offer and resell the article in dispute. If any dispute arises after the sale, our sale records are conclusive. Although in our discretion, we will execute other order bids or accept telephone bids as a convenience to clients who are not present at auctions, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions in connection therewith.

8. If the auctioneer decides that any opening bid is below the value of the article offered, he or she may reject the same and withdraw the article from sale, and if having acknowledged on opening bid, he or she decides that any advance thereafter is insufficient, he or she may reject the advance.

9. Lots may be offered subject to a reserve, which is the confidential minimum price below such a lot will not be sold. We may implement such reserves by bidding on behalf of the Consignor. In certain instances the Consignor may pay us less than the standard commission rate where a lot is "bought in" to protect its reserve. Where the Consignor is indebted to us or has a monetary guarantee from us, and in certain other instances where we or any affiliated companies may have an interest in the offered lots and the proceeds there from other than our commission, we may bid therefore to protect such interests. Guernsey's may act to protect the reserve by bidding through the auctioneer. The auctioneer may open bidding on any lot below the reserve by placing a bid on behalf of the seller. The auctioneer may continue to bid on behalf of the seller up to the amount of the reserve either by placing consecutive bids or by placing bids in response to other bidders.

10. On the fall of the auctioneer's hammer, title to the offered lot will pass to the highest bidder acknowledged by the auctioneer, subject to fulfillment by such bidder, of all the conditions set forth herein, and such bidder thereupon a) assumes full risk and responsibility thereof, but not limited to, insurance, fire, theft, removal and storage or damage from any and all causes, and b) will pay the full purchase price thereof or such part as we may require. In addition to other remedies available to us by law, we reserve the right to impose a late charge of 1 1/2% per month of the total purchase price if payment is not made in accordance with the conditions set forth herein. REGARDING ANY PURCHASER WHO IS REPRESENTED BY A BIDDER: BIDDERS ARE PERSONALLY AND INDIVIDUALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY OBLIGATIONS OF THE PURCHASER SET FORTH IN THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE. If any applicable conditions herein are not complied with by the purchaser, in addition to other remedies available to us and the Consigner by law, including, without limitation, the right to hold the purchaser liable for the total purchase price, we at our option may either, a) cancel the sale, retaining as liquidated damages all payments made by the purchaser, or b) resell the property at public auction without reserve, and the purchaser will be liable for any deficiency costs including handling charges, the expenses of both sales, our commissions on both sales at our regular rates, reasonable attorney's fees, incidental damages, and all other charges due hereunder. In the event that such a buyer pays a portion of the purchase price for any or all lots purchased, Guernsey's shall apply the payment received to such lot or lots that Guernsey's, in its sole discretion deems appropriate. In the case of default, purchaser shall be liable for legal fees and expenses. In addition, a defaulting purchaser will be deemed to have granted us a security interest in, and we may retain as collateral security for such purchaser's obligations to us, any property in our possession owned by such purchaser. We shall have the rights afforded a secured party under the New York Uniform Commercial Code with respect to such property and we may apply against such obligations all monies held or received by us for the account of, due from us to, such purchaser. At our option, payment will not be deemed to have been made in full until we have collected funds represented by checks, or, in the case of bank or cashier's checks, we have confirmed their authenticity. Upon collection of funds, purchaser shall receive a bill of sale for the concerned items of merchandise.

11. Unless exempted by law, the purchaser will be required to pay New York state and local sales tax or any applicable compensating use tax of another state on the total purchase price. Deliveries outside the state may be subject to the compensating use tax of another state. Where duty or collection is imposed on Guernsey's by law, it will require payment of these taxes.

12. These Terms and Conditions of Sale as well as the purchaser's and our respective rights and obligations thereunder shall be governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of New York. By bidding at an auction, whether present in person or by agent, order bid, telephone or by other means, the purchaser shall be deemed to have consented to the exclusive jurisdiction of the State of New York, with exclusive venue in the County of New York.

13. We are not responsible for the act or omissions of carriers or packers of purchased lots, whether or not recommended by us. Packing and handling of purchased lots by us is at the entire risk of the purchaser. In no event will our liability to a purchaser exceed the purchase price actually paid.

14. Estimates do not represent any opinion or guarantee of actual value or ultimate sale price. Actual prices realized for items can fall below or above this range. They should not be relied upon as a prediction or guarantee of the actual selling price. They are prepared well in advance of the sale and are subject to revision.

15. Should any disputes arise pertaining to purchases at this auction or any other matters relating to the auction, such disputes shall be brought in the courts of the State of New York. Venue shall be within the County of New York.

16. Any claim regarding a purchase must be made by the successful bidder to Guernsey's, in writing, certified mail, return receipt requested, within 25 days of the final day of the live auction. Thereafter, all claims shall be time-barred. It is Guernsey's general policy, and Guernsey's has the right to have the purchaser obtain, at the purchaser's expense, the opinion of two recognized experts in the field, mutually agreeable to Guernsey's and the purchaser.

17. The copyrights in and to the items depicted in this catalogue, and the rights of publicity to the names, images and likenesses of persons or items depicted in this catalogue, are exclusively owned by the Consignor of the property or third parties. A BUYER OF AN ITEM OFFERED FOR SALE DOES NOT ACQUIRE ANY COPYRIGHT, COMMERCIAL RIGHT, OR SIMILAR RIGHT WHATSOEVER TO THE ITEMS OR THE IMAGES OR LIKENESSES CONTAINED THEREIN AND THE BUYER MAY NOT REPRODUCE ANY ITEM PURCHASED WITHOUT THE EXPRESS WRITTEN PERMISSION OF THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER. No copies or photographs, catalogue descriptions or other written material in this catalogue may be reproduced in any manner without the express written permission of the copyright holder.


Participating In the Auction

Bidding & Pre-establishing
Credit In an effort to facilitate your rapid removal of items immediately following the auction, you can pre-establish credit with Guernsey's. Having done so, you need only write a check for the amount of your purchase (assuming it is within the range of your credit line) and you can remove your purchases. The easiest way to accomplish establishing credit is to provide an Irrevocable Letter of Credit or a Bank Letter of Guarantee from your bank stating that they will guarantee your check up to an indicated amount. Such letters normally have a time limit and therefore, for this auction, a 14 business day limit from the day of the auction would be appropriate. The bank letter should include the bank officer's name and telephone number and should state that the letter is for Guernsey's Guitar Auction on February 27, 2016. The letter should be addressed to Barbara Mintz, Vice President of Guernsey's, and indicate the limit to which the checks can be written.

You Can Bid at this Auction without Pre-Establishing Credit
Without pre-establishing credit, unless you pay with cash or bank check or certified check, your purchases will be held until your personal check clears (usually about 10 business days).

Absentee Bidding
Although all are welcome to attend the auction in person, it is clear that some may wish to participate as Absentee Bidders. To facilitate absentee bidding, one may bid by filling out the Absentee Bid Form (on the following page) and mail, fax, or email the form to Guernsey's prior to the auction. One can also bid by telephone during the actual auction by contacting Guernsey's well in advance of the auction dates to arrange for this method of bidding.

Shipping, handling and insurance for all absentee bid items are the responsibility of the winning bidder. Bidding increments are at the discretion of the auctioneer. In the case of tie bids the first bid received will be given priority.

Absentee and Internet bidder invoices will be sent by email at the conclusion of the auction and must be paid in full within 10 days of receipt.

Absentee Bid Form Instructions
1. Fill out the Absentee Bid Form posted on from our website.

2. Indicate if you wish to Bid by Phone or Bid by Mail. If you wish to Bid by Phone, be sure to provide the phone number where you can be reached during the auction. Phone bids will be executed by Guernsey's telephoning the bidder on the indicated lots as they are sold at the live auction. Please return the form early to reserve a phone, as a limited number of lines are available per lot on a first come basis.

3. All Top Bid Amounts must be indicated in U.S. dollars. If you wish to Bid by Mail, you must indicate a Top Bid Amount. If you wish to Bid by Phone we encourage you to indicate a Top Bid Amount. Although we will make every reasonable effort to telephone you at the appropriate time during the auction, our experience indicates that there is always the possibility that for a variety of technical (and human) reasons we may not be able to reach you at that time. In the event that were to occur, to avoid disappointment, WE STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT YOU INDICATE YOUR TOP BID IN THE SPACE PROVIDED AFTER CHECKING THE BOX AUTHORIZING GUERNSEY'S TO EXECUTE YOUR BIDS UP TO THE LEVEL INDICATED.

4. Please print clearly and list all lots in numerical order. Use multiple forms, if needed.

5. Sign and date the form.

Internet Bidding
Those who are unable to attend the auction but would like to participate can view the full catalogue online, and leave advance absentee bids, as well as bid live as the sale is taking place at www.Liveauctioneers.com and www.Invaluable.com For further information, please visit Guernsey's website for the link to the online catalogues posted at Liveauctioneers.com and Invalueable.com. This link will be available approximately one month before the event. All lots in this catalogue and in the addendum to this catalogue can be bid on through these online platforms prior to - and during - the live auction, provided that the bidder has completed the separate online application process at Liveauctioneers.com or Invaluable.com and been approved for bidding.


Removal/Shipment of Purchases

PURCHASERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL SHIPPING AND PACKING COSTS. All pick-ups must be made immediately following the auction, unless other arrangements are made with Guernsey's. Inasmuch as Guernsey's does not permanently reside at the auction site, it is essential that all items are either 1) paid for immediately after the conclusion of the auction (items can be paid for and removed at any time during the event) and immediately removed or 2) paid for immediately, making arrangements for the removal of the items by your designated shipper and alerting Guernsey's of your intent.

Purchasers are responsible for all shipping costs. In some cases, there may be savings of sales tax by the use of a recognized, licensed transport company. Should you wish to learn more about your shipping options, please contact Guernsey's prior to the auction.

To facilitate removal and/or shipping, an independent moving and storage company will be on site should you wish to avail yourself of their services. Guernsey's takes no part in any transactions between you and this firm; their presence at the auction is merely a convenience for interested buyers.

Removal of Purchases Acquired Through Absentee, Phone & Internet Bidding
If you are a successful absentee, phone, or internet bidder, at the conclusion of the auction your purchases may be moved to Guernsey's warehouse pending receipt of payment, after which they can be released for pick-up or shipment.
If you are a successful Internet or Absentee Bidder….

1. You will receive an invoice by email following the auction. If you believe you are a successful bidder and don't receive an invoice, please contact Guernsey's (212-794-2280; [email protected])

2. Payment is due promptly and within 10 days of receipt of invoice.

3. Purchases paid for by wire transfer, bank or cashier's check will be available for release immediately.

4. Purchases paid for by personal or business check will be held until the check has cleared (please allow 10 business days from receipt of payment).

5. When purchases are available for release you will receive a paid receipt by email, at which time an appointment can be scheduled for pick-up by you or your purchases can be released for shipping.

Shipping Terms

Shipping not included with purchase. Buyer/bidder is solely responsible for all shipping, handling, palletizing, transfer fees and packaging charges. We work with national shippers and can assist you with all of your shipping needs. Buyer can use their own shipper, however any special packaging, palletizing, boxing, wrapping, product transfer and handling if needed may require additional charges.

All shipping will be calculated within five business days or sooner once invoice is paid. All shipping and or handling will be charged separately and must be paid prior to release of any product or items shipped.

Picking Up:
Pick-up time will be Monday, January 4th & Tuesday, January 5th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. CST. ONLY *****If picking-up, please plan your time accordingly.*****

Please note: If you are picking-up, please make sure you are prepared to dismantle, box, wrap and protect your purchases. You will need to bring all necessary tools, boxes, carts, wrap/packaging materials and enough help to properly move, dismantle and/or package your items. Make sure you allow enough time to dismantle items if needed and time to load your vehicle.

Taxes

New York residents only. NY Sales Tax: 8.875%