Wayne Charvel’s Home and Workshop Destroyed in California Wildfire

As the Camp Fire continues to rage in northern California, it has been reported that among the victims who lost homes to the blaze is famed guitar builder Wayne Charvel.

One of the most celebrated guitar builders of the past 40 years, Charvel helped to usher in the Eighties “superstrat” era by producing guitars and selling parts and aftermarket modifications for the likes of Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, former Ratt guitarist Warren DeMartini, former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee and Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora, among many others.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.