Van Halen Frankenstein Electric Guitar

Description (Brief)
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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
E.L.V.H., Inc.
Physical Description
red (overall color)
black and white (overall single or multi-hued designation)
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 39 in x 12 3/4 in x 5 in; 99.06 cm x 32.385 cm x 12.7 cm
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accession number
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Eddie Van Halen through Jeff Cary, Senior Vice President, Fender Musical Instruments Corp.
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Visitor Comments

11/14/2016 12:58:34 PM
Neal Bowlin
Was this particular guitar used in any recordings or albums?
12/12/2016 4:18:06 PM
Culture and the Arts
Dear Mr. Bowlin, As far as we can determine, this guitar was not used on any specific recordings.
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