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Van Halen Frankenstein Electric Guitar

  • Van Halen Frankenstein Electric Guitar
  • Van Halen Frankenstein Electric Guitar
Smithsonian Museum
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Description
This guitar was played by Dutch-American musician Edward “Eddie” Van Halen (b. 1955) while on tour in 2007. It is a replica of the guitar invented by Van Halen in 1977 and named “Frankenstein” by fans. The self-taught performer’s colorful, virtuosic style has made him the premier guitarist of his generation and one of the most emulated musicians in rock history. In 1974, brothers Eddie and Alex formed the band Van Halen, whose innovative California influenced heavy metal continues to attract global audiences.
Location
Currently not on view
Used By
Van Halen, Edward
Maker
E.L.V.H., Inc.
Date Made
2007
Credit Line
Eddie Van Halen through Jeff Cary, Senior Vice President, Fender Musical Instruments Corp.
Physical Description
red (overall color)
black and white (overall single or multi-hued designation)
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 39 in x 12 3/4 in x 5 in; 99.06 cm x 32.385 cm x 12.7 cm
Object Type
guitar