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Charvel Guitars Founder's Home & Workshop Destroyed in California Wildfires

Charvel Guitars' workshop and the home of company founder, Wayne Charvel, along with the homes of five Charvel family members, have been destroyed in the wildfires that have devestated California.

Wayne Charvel's son and co-buidler, Michael, has told the story of what happened to Popular Mechanics:

"After we evacuated, my brother-in-law, the fire chief, checked on all of our places including our workshop. He said, 'I’m sorry to tell you guys but there’s nothing here anymore.' Gone. My dad’s got years and years making the templates and the jigs and all the tooling and the custom bits and in less than a couple hours, everything was destroyed. He’s been building guitars since 1959. A lifetime of work is destroyed in a couple hours," Michael Charvel says. "Any guitar we have that we were working on before the fire will get finished. Just I don’t know when it’s going to be. We’ll just have to start over and get those people’s guitars for them. I feel bad because I can’t respond to people as quickly as I want to mainly because the internet is hit or miss. I’m trying to tell people, thank you, we love you all. We’re trying to get back to you in a reasonable time."

To read Michael's full account, go HERE.

The Charvel family have launched a GoFundMe page to help in their time of need.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Music Trade. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.