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The VH II Dweezil Style!
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    The VH II Dweezil Style!

    Sometime in 2000, I contacted Lee Garver of GMW Guitarworks and asked him to build me a replica of Dweezil's VH II replica...


    Six weeks later, I received this masterpiece, an exact copy of Dweezil's guitar (minus the "Zappacaster" logo on the headstock)!

    Last edited by jimi1152; March 23rd, 2010 at 08:21 PM.
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    As you can see, the finish and assembly are absolutely flawless...

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    ...it came perfectly adjusted and set-up to play right out of the case!



    Here are the specs:
    Body- alder Charvel Strat
    Neck- maple/maple Warmoth neck, reverse headstock, 1 5/8ths nut
    Pickup- EVH Frankenstein
    Bridge- gold Original Floyd Rose- flush mounted
    Nut- black R2
    Tuners- chrome Gotohs
    Frets- 6100

    I added the D-tuna and installed the EVH Frankenstein last year after trying numerous other pick ups and never quite being satisfied with any of them up until now!
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    Very nice guitar,Jimi.When Im down in Jersey hanging out with some interesting guitar builders and well known dudes from the area,I wanna see ya bring that guitar with you.No need to mention names on here.Jersey is the happening spot on the East coast.Youre knowledged in this stuff man.
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    Awesome!

    Thanks for sharing the pics, Jimi!
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    Very cool.

    I wonder how GMW gets around the whole "copyright/trademark" thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino View Post
    Very cool.

    I wonder how GMW gets around the whole "copyright/trademark" thing.
    Dino, it was made by Lee and painted by Dan Lawrence back in 2000.
    GMW was making VH clones until ELVH served them (and just about everybody else in the industry it seems) with the now all too familiar "cease and desist" order- just prior to the release of the Charvel Art Series.
    Last edited by jimi1152; March 24th, 2010 at 10:59 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimi1152 View Post
    Dino, it was made by Lee and painted by Dan Lawrence back in 2000.
    GMW was making VH clones until ELVH served them (and just about everybody else in the industry it seems) with the now all too familiar "cease and desist" order- just prior to the release of the Charvel Art Series.
    I didn't realize it was that old!

    She's definately a keeper, Jimi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino View Post
    I didn't realize it was that old!

    She's definately a keeper, Jimi.
    Oh yeah, I'm not letting this one go! According to Lee, this is the only other example of this paint scheme out there! I was the only one to ever request a replica of that particular guitar!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimi1152 View Post
    Oh yeah, I'm not letting this one go! According to Lee, this is the only other example of this paint scheme out there! I was the only one to ever request a replica of that particular guitar!

    There was a similar guitar posted on eBay many years ago, listed as an "EVH Holy Grail". I'm pretty sure it was not a GMW though.

    I saw the auction before I had any knowledge of Dweezil's guitar and the auction description made no reference of Dweezil ... just EVH.
    I'm thinking maybe someone who was knowledgable of Dweezil's guitar made it (or had it made) and sold it to the seller, who had no clue what he had.

    The auction really stuck in my mind all these years because of the painted graphics on the headstock and because it was VERY well done.

    I wish I knew who had built it.

 

 

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