Today’s Guitar of the Day is a replica of Eddie Van Halen’s famous, home-made guitar, affectionately known as “Frankenstein”, This instrument is so amazingly detailed that it might even fool Eddie himself! This reproduction is the result of Fender guitars and Eddie Van Halen joining forces to offer up a brand new line of EVH-brand guitars, amps, and other essential gear. To kick off this new partnership, the company built just 300 limited-edition Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein replicas. To achieve the authentic look and feel of the original, this red, black, and white ash-bodied guitar has been put through Fender’s astonishing aging process in order to create a duplicate that’s accurate right down to the last scratch, nick, ding, and cigarette burn. The biggest challenge in the process? Finding enough 1971 quarters to match the one Eddie stuck under the original tremolo bridge in order to mount the Floyd Rose tremolo tailpiece.
Features include a Seymour Duncan Custom Shop EVH humbucker in the bridge position and a single master volume knob (that says “Tone”) mounted on a fragment of a Strat pickguard. While it’s capable of molten-hot overdrive, back off the volume control and this pickup cleans up nicely. To accurately reproduce all the pieces of the original “Frankenstein,” Fender placed a non-functional 3-way pickup switch and a single-coil pickup in the remaining two body routs. All the parts come together to create one of rock’s most historically significant guitars, which Guitar World magazine included in their book Guitars that Shook the World. The body was a second that Eddie bought for $50, while the neck set him back a whopping $80. Yet Eddie used (and abused) that guitar during the production of Van Halen’s first albums and world tours. The price for owning your own Frankenstein? Suffice to say that you truly cannot put a price on possessing a piece of rock and roll history!