I’ve mentioned the EVH Frankenstein replica guitar before but as I’ve just read The Van Halen Saga book I thought not only was it worth revisiting but I wanted to add it to my Really Expensive Guitars category now that I’ve seen the price tag! Are you sitting down? Ok so first of all there are only 300 of these guitars in production hence the rather inflated price and it is a much closer replica than anything else he’s ever seen or played according to Eddie.
You could go back and forth for years trying to choose the best Eddie Van Halen guitar solo on any individual Van Halen album.
But to try to pick his best guitar solo ever? Damn near impossible.
But we want you to give it a shot!
With decades of Van Halen music to choose from, covering different eras and lineups and a brand-new album, A Different Kind Of Truth, the options are almost limitless. Do you prefer the work of the young, raw Edward? The middle-period, short-haired version? Or the modern-day version who’s tearing up North American stages as we speak?
Regardless of your choice, there’s one thing most people can agree on: He changed the face of rock guitar playing forever.
Please take the poll below and let your voice be heard. Thanks for voting!
In the July 2011 issue of Guitar, we tell the story behind Eddie Van Halen’s Ibanez Destroyer. In honor of King Edward, GuitarWorld.com brings you this gallery of Van Halen’s guitars through the years, from the famous to the obscure, and everything in between.
An instrument that is the result of a lifetime obsession for perfection.
The EVH Wolfgang electric guitar represents 2 years of intense research and development, and a year of brutal testing on the road. With every aspect examined and upgraded to the highest standards, the EVH Wolfgang has been produced to Eddie’s exact specifications and has features identical to the Wolfgang guitars he records and performs with. The EVH Wolfgang includes a distinctive double-cutaway body with an arched AA maple top on a lightweight basswood back, a quartersawn single-piece AA bird’s-eye maple neck fitted with stainless steel frets, double-potted custom-wound guitar pickups, five-piece binding on the matching body and headstock, custom-made signature tuning machines, Floyd Rose double-locking trem with the patented EVH D-Tuna drop-D tuning system, and Bourns low-friction pots.
Another distinctive Eddie-mod is the 3-way pickup toggle wired in reverse: the up position (normally the neck pickup) is the bridge pickup, down (normally the bridge) is the neck pickup.
Years in the making from Eddie Van Halen guitars, the EVH Wolfgang Special features a flat AA maple top with 5-piece binding, a basswood core, and a quartersawn maple neck that is reinforced with two graphite rods. The AA bird’s-eye maple fingerboard has a 12″ to 16″ compound radius and is dressed with stainless steel vintage-size frets that are practically indestructible. The frets on the EVH Wolfgang Special electric guitar are super resistant to wear spots, nicks and dings, and provide for smooth feel and bending action that doesn’t wear out.
Custom-designed EVH humbucking pickups are hard-mounted to the body and are wired to Bourns low-friction pots. These custom designed volume and tone controls are available only on the EVH Wolfgang guitars.
The EVH Floyd Rose tremolo unit is the first ever signature Floyd Rose tremolo bridge. It was exclusively designed for the EVH Wolfgang Special guitar and comes with the EVH D-Tuna that lets you instantly go to a drop-D tuning. EVH chrome Gotoh tuners with pearl buttons are built exclusively for the Wolfgang guitar.
The Eddie Van Halen guitar has a thin skin finish that allows for the inherent tone and resonance of the wood to dominate the overall sound of the guitar. Unpainted body cavities allow for the wood to naturally breath and age, further adding to the character and quality of tone in this magnificent electric guitar.
Exclusively to the EVH Wolfgang guitar is its custom-made molded SKB case. It is durable, lightweight and compact. With plush lining, TSA-approved latches and Eddie’s trademark stripes in 3D, your Wolfgang electric guitar will be well protected on the road and in the air for decades to come.
The EVH Wolfgang guitar is built in Japan to Eddie Van Halen’s exact specs and has every single feature of the Wolfgang guitars he himself plays onstage and in the studio. It’s exactly what he uses.
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.
EVH® and the EVH® logo are registered trademarks of ELVH, Inc. The unique striped design of the guitar is a copyright (2001) of ELVH, Inc. The unique headstock and body designs of this guitar are trademarks of FMIC. All rights reserved.
EVH’s Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein Replica is fairly good guitar. Not a brilliant one, but Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein Replica will serve you until you decide it’s time to go for a bit more expensive guitar. You will not go wrong if you go ahead with Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein Replica.
EVH went really far in carefully choosing Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein Replica’s features. There’s little to be wished for, which makes Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein Replica a full-featured guitar for a musician that plays a music style this instrument is primarily built for. If you decide to go for EVH’s Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein Replica you will be happy with its, safe to say – rich features. A job well-done by Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein Replica.
EVH’s Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein Replica is one cool sounding guitar, built to please with its tone. Many guitar players agree that it can produce sound that they want, and call it their own. When paired with the right amp, Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein Replica will make you one happy guitar owner. Once you find the sweet spot setting you will be rocking all over the place with another quality instrument built by EVH.
It seems that EVH didn’t put in too much effort into producing a guitar like Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein Replica. Finish feels a bit cheap if you look closely, and the instrument did not look very promising while held and played. As with any other guitar, you have to take some time to get used to it, and it may seem that that period of getting yourself comfortable with new instrument is a bit longer with Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein Replica.
This guitar will hold on really well as it is built well. Not to be battered as it is not the ultimate gigging tool; still, Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein Replica will perform OK in most live situations. You might feel that it will let you down in you hour of need, but in reality this guitar will do just well. Should you feel unconfident, have a backup guitar ready and you’ll have no worries with EVH’s Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein Replica.
FENDER USA Frankenstein Eddie Van Halen
Relic’d guitar for Sale. $ 199.00 or BEST OFFER. I’ll even throw in a Fender
gig bag and guitar strap. The neck is superb and great tone!~ Set is great. Contact 704-782-4589 Pick-Up Just 5 minutes from Concord Mills Mall, Concord, NC.
Bring your own amp to try out..you won’t be disappointed History Lesson:
Fender USA California Company
went to a radical ARROW styled guitar headstock in the late 70s and early
80s! Arrow, Swinger, Musiclander., and Starcaster were the guitars made and
assembled with US made standard strat bodies and other body shapes with a half rounded cut out at the bottom of the guitar. They were created in the Custom shop and after 4 years of production they stopped production of these guitars.My guitar was the black strat that was customized to a Eddie Van Halen‚Äôs Frankenstein Replica Guitar
FOR SALE: $ 199.00 REPLICA or BEST OFFER. My “Frankenstrat” Fender guitar has a beautiful maple neck with the skunk stripe on the back (wood insert cover for the truss rod inside the neck). The luthier has the finish on this guitar to have that worn in relic‚Äôd appearance. It has
been on the road. This guitar is very similar to Eddie‚Äôs. It has one volume
control that‚Äôs wired to all 3 single coil pickups which work perfectly. No
Tone controls. As in Eddie‚Äôs guitar, this Fender USA guitar body was
originally all black with 3 ply pick guard and then with random masking tape
was hand painted with bicycle paint red and white stripes i.e.,
‚ÄúFrankenstein‚Äù styled with the three-toned look that has become so famous.
The 5 blade Fender pickup selector switch works perfectly in all 5
positions. Maple arrow head pointed headstock neck mimics Charvel and
Kramer. The Guitar is a USA Fender Starcaster that has sold recently sold on
E-bay & eBay for $ 300 or more. The tremolo system needs the actual whammy
bar which you can order or pickup at any local guitar store. Look Closely at
my guitar headstock then look at the new CASPER guitar headstock, it‚Äôs
almost identical to CASPER guitar technologies check them out.
Eddie Van Halen’s “Frankenstein Replica” guitar, which was recently acquired by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington D.C., is now on display as part of the National Treasures of American Pop Culture Collection. The guitar — also known at “Frank 2” — was built in 2006 by Fender in a joint effort with Eddie Van Halen in order to produce a precise replica of the guitar that Eddie built himself back in the mid ’70s.
While the original guitar is now retired from touring, Eddie used the “Frank 2” on the most recent Van Halen world tour through 2007-2008.
“The museum collects objects that are multidimensional, and this guitar reflects innovation, talent and influence,” said Brent D. Glass, director of the museum. “The guitar moves the museum’s instrument collections into more contemporary history.”
• Click here to read Eddie Van Halen’s first Guitar World interview from 1981!
• Photo Gallery: Eddie Van Halen’s Guitars Through the Years
Van Halen are currently finishing up work on what will be their first album with lead singer David Lee Roth in over 25 years. The as-yet-untitled new album is being recorded with Grammy Award-winning producer John Shanks.
In a recent interview, Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti said that he had gotten to hear part of the album, and spoke very highly of it. “I’m one of the only people who have heard the new Van Halen,” he said. “It was incredible.”