A Frankenstrat guitar initially owned by Eddie Van Halen has gone up on the market at Heritage Auctions.
The instrument was made for Eddie circa 1984 by Steve Ripley, who was famend for his stereo guitars that Eddie used on songs like “Prime Jimmy”. Constructed from a Kramer Striker very early within the Ripley/Kramer period, because it doesn’t have stereo, the instrument is believed to have been utilized by Eddie as a backup guitar on the “1984” and “5150” excursions within the mid-Nineteen Eighties.
The guitar options Steve Ripley‘s custom-made, dark-colored Rosewood neck, which is extraordinarily uncommon, as Eddie sometimes used light-colored maple necks. Solely a number of Rosewood Frankenstrats had been made for Eddie, this being one. The physique has been spray-painted and striped by hand, presumably by Eddie himself, given the instrument’s classic. The white painted stripes are tinged with a lightweight yellow, or cream colour, each from age, and intensive publicity to cigarette smoke whereas on tour with VAN HALEN within the Nineteen Eighties. It has a Floyd Rose tremolo.
The guitar was given to the consignor in 1990 by rock guitarist and vocalist Leslie West of the group MOUNTAIN, who had acquired the instrument as a present from Eddie Van Halen a number of years prior. Van Halen cited West as considered one of his main musical inspirations. The consignor is a famous, skilled bodyguard who, for greater than 30 years, has labored with a number of the largest names within the music and movie industries. Between 1989 and 2001, he labored as West‘s private bodyguard, spending a substantial period of time with Leslie each on and off the highway. The guitar’s numerous nicks and metallic coating put on are recognized to be from Eddie Van Halen.
Final December, Eddie Van Halen‘s son Wolfgang criticized an auction of three of his late father’s guitars. The devices had been bought for a complete of $422,050 by way of Julien’s Auctions as half of a bigger music memorabilia occasion known as “Icons & Idols”.
The 30-year-old mentioned the sellers had been “profiting from my father’s passing”, and he had “nothing to do with” the sale.
“I do not EVER plan on promoting any of my father’s iconic guitars,” he mentioned.
Picture credit score: Heritage Auctions
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