Twisted Sister guitarist Eddie Ojeda still misses his trademark pink-and-black Charvel. Outfitted with a black Strat headstock, the instrument was sold after Twisted Sister broke up in 1987.
Ojeda recently talked about the guitar in an interview with Guitar International, where he also discussed the band’s latest DVD releases, including Double Live (New York Steel 2001/ North Stage 1982) and Marquee Club ‘83.
Here’s Ojeda on his famous Charvel axe:
“That was the first bull’s eye guitar made by Charvel, a new company at the time. That guitar was on the cover of their first catalog too. I never expected the great reaction that it got. It was modeled after our Sound City Cabinets where we painted the speaker cones pink and black.
“I used it so much that it needed to be refretted two or three times. Grover Jackson called me up at one point and said he wasn’t able to refret it again and it was best to retire the guitar. I could have had a new neck put on but at the time I got an offer from a guitar collector who wanted to buy it. I wasn’t with the band anymore and it wasn’t playing right so I sold it.
“I still have the 1985 Twisted Sister logo guitar that was one of the first ones with the pointy headstock and 22 frets. I prefer the 22 over the 21 frets on the bull’s eye guitar. That extra fret makes the difference. I also like the extra room at the top too, versus the 24 frets on my BC Rich.
“The Charvel also had the 12 or 14 radius with the flatness, really made it easy to play. That one never needed to be refretted and still sounds great. The only thing is that the frets board has natural scallops from being used so much. I learned my lesson and will never sell it.”Double Live, Eddie Ojeda, Marquee Club '83, Twisted Sister