A 2008 "hand-striped" EVH Charvel Art Series guitar – played by Eddie Van Halen at Van Halen's February 16, 2008 concert in Jacksonville, Florida – is headed to the auction block.
Not to be confused with a similar, hand-striped, EVH-played, 2004 EVH Charvel Art Series guitar that was sold at auction for more than $140,000 last week, this guitar comes in a custom EVH Charvel case, with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Eddie showing its serial number, 173. That serial number is also stamped on the guitar’s neck plate.
Nate D. Sanders, the firm auctioning the guitar, says (opens in new tab) that it's in “near fine” condition.
The guitar is signed by Eddie in silver marker, with the show date and ''Van Halen '08" also inscribed by him on the guitar's body.
Though the guitar's exact provenance is unclear, it was not in the possession of Eddie's son, Wolfgang Van Halen, who last week criticized recent auctions of his late father's guitars, saying “I don’t EVER plan on selling any of my father’s iconic guitars. The only place they’d possibly belong in is a museum.”
The minimum bid for the stage-played '08 model is $30,000.
For more info on the guitar, head on over to natedsanders.com (opens in new tab).
Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.
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