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Frankenstein Guitar Replica For Sale

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Frankenstein Guitar Specs


I have done a lot of thinking and I have decided to make a replica of eddie van halen’s frankenstein. I will not be using the same pickups, neck, or bridge as the frankenstein though. I am going to get a HSS strat body and put a Dimebucker in the bridge, (I already bought it so don’t try to talk me out of it) an empty space in the middle pickup cavity, and the neck pickup from the harmony in the neck but I won’t wire it in because EVH just had a dummy pickup in the neck. Before I put in all the electronics I will paint the body like the frankenstein and put all of the holes and scratches that he has on his. I will also put on the same pickguard, tone knob, strap holders, and schaller mini tuners. If anyone has done an exact replica of the frankenstein guitar please reply or PM me to tell me about it.

Here is an overview of the specs it will have:

Bridge Pickup: Seymour Duncan Dimebucker
Middle Pickup: Empty pickup cavity
Neck Pickup: Unwired Harmony Pickup
Bridge: Standard Stratocaster Tremolo or a Wilkinson (please give your opinions on the Wilkinson)
Neck: Probably the neck I got from the Harmony guitar or a maple neck like EVH had if the Harmony neck doesn’t work out.
Tuners: Schaller Mini Tuners
Paintjob: EVH Red Black and White

Frankenstein Guitar Body

In part four of this series, I showed you how to get started painting your own Frankenstein replica guitar. Part five will focus specifically on how to tape up the body to make the signature stripes.

In order to create the black stripes on a white guitar, Eddie painted his new Boogie Bodies guitar body solid black. Then he added tape to the body and painted it white. The tape masked the black base coat to create the stripes. You may have seen some older photos of Eddie with a black and white guitar. It might have a full pick guard and a standard Fender tremolo bridge. That’s the Frankenstein. As Van Halen became a popular club band and as Eddie’s reputation grew, people started to copy his signature stripes. That means people have been creating their own Van Halen replica guitar for over thirty years!

There are many ways to lay the tape on the guitar. You could just eyeball it and get close. You could also lay the life-size template on the body and use a ballpoint pen to carve guides in the paint. I chose a different way. I don’t know if I would do it this way again, but I’ll show you how I did it and you can make up your own mind. The point is that there is no right way to do it and you’re not going to be able to tell the difference unless you hang your replica next to the real Frankenstein anyway.

My idea was to lay the life-size template down and place a piece of glass on top of it. I used a piece of glass that was on an end table at home. Then I laid out the intricate stripes on the glass. Having some photos of this original paint scheme will be beneficial. A Google image search should find you all you need. Try a search for “black white frankenstrat”.


I took the life-size template, laid it on the guitar body, then made some heavy marks on the template with a ballpoint pen. This left subtle indentions on the body to locate the position of some of the major stripes. Then I carefully peeled the tape off the glass and transferred it to the guitar body. The stripes should come off in two big sections with the individual pieces of tape stuck to one another in place.


Hang the guitar body up again and paint it white. Remember that several thin coats are better than a few thick coats. Once the paint dries peel the tape off. Now you can start to distress the paint, or turn it into a “relic”. I took some sandpaper, a slotted screwdriver, a hammer, and a nail, and added some gashes and wear to the paint. The idea is to bang it around and add a couple of years a abuse. Eddie didn’t apply the red paint right away, so you need to add the abuse before you stripe it up and paint it again. It’s the only way to recreate the intricate stripes and subtle nuances of the original.


So using the same technique above, lay out the second set of stripes and apply the red paint. Then add some more distress to the paint using your hammer, etc. Take a look at the life-size template and note where there are scratches, gouges, gashes, and missing paint.

It’s now really starting to take shape. In the next post I’ll discuss the hardware you’ll need to find.

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Frankenstein Guitar Price

Eddie Van Halen and Fender have joined forces to bring you EVH® brand guitars, amps and musical products, beginning with a most eagerly awaited musical event: the unveiling of a 300-instrument limited edition run of the Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein™ replica guitar.

This red, black and white ash-body guitar has been put through an astounding aging process to replicate the original down to every last scratch, ding and cigarette burn. Fender craftsmen even scoured the land for 1971 quarters-just like the original Eddie at one time stuck under the original tremolo bridge-to mount near the Floyd Rose® Original tremolo bridge. The guitar features a Seymour Duncan® Custom Shop EVH® humbucking pickup, a single master volume knob (that says “Tone”) mounted on a partial black pickguard identical to the original. Leaving no stone unturned, the guitar is complete with a non-functional three-way switch and single-coil pickup that occupy two of the three pickup routs.

It’s a phenomenally crafted piece of rock history-of guitar history, period-and it could only come from Eddie Van Halen and the talented resources of Fender. It simply must be seen, heard and felt to be believed, and it will re-evoke the awestruck wonder and sheer thrill you experienced the first time you saw, heard and felt the incredible musical power of Eddie Van Halen.

Frankenstein Guitar Kit

In my first post, I explained why I wanted to build a replica of Eddie Van Halen’s Frankenstein guitar. In this post, I’m going to cover a little of the history behind the guitar so we know what we’re trying to build.

When Ed set out to build a guitar from scratch, he went to a replacement parts manufacturer called Boogie Bodies that was run by Wayne Charvel and Lynn Ellsworth. He bought a guitar body for $50 and a neck for $80. Both were seconds and purcased at a discount. The body was ash and the neck was a maple capped neck. A maple capped neck is like a maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard, only the fingerboard is maple. This is different from what most people think of as a maple neck: a single piece of maple with a strip of rosewood on the back covering the truss rod.


I did some Google searches and found Lynn Ellsworth’s name associated with Speedster Amps. It seems that he was making amps instead of guitar parts. I gave Speedster a call and spoke to Lynn Ellsworth himself! I’m easily impressed, but that was way cool. I told him about my project and he said “Oh yeah, I know exactly what you want. I’ve got a piece of ash just like Eddie’s is made out of. I’ll cut it for you myself.” I gave him my credit card number and started to wait for the body to arrive. Apparently the amplifier business is good because it took a couple of months to get the body. But once it arrived, it was like holding a piece of history. It was a standard Strat body routed for three single coils and stamped “Boogie Bodies.” The only difference in my body and Ed’s is that mine is routed for a Floyd Rose bridge. You can now get your own Boogie Body at Sound Instruments.


Maple capped necks turned out to be more difficult to find. I finally located a site called 16 Tracks Digital that had what were called “Stratomaster” guitar necks. I got an unfinished maple capped neck for $50. I checked their web site while researching this post and they no longer carry Stratomaster necks so you’ll have to find another source, but they’re out there.