Eddie Van Halen’s guitar from a St. Louis concert up for auction


Update: The auction is ended with the guitar selling for $40,505.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A guitar used by Eddie Van Halen during a n April 2012 concert at Scottrade Center is up for auction. The original “Frankenstein” guitar merges the sound of a Gibson with the functionality of a Fender Stratocaster. It is hand painted by the late rock legend.

The auction ends today and the price is over $30,000. See more images and place a bid with RR Auctions here.

Auction description:

Stage-used Charvel EVH Art Series electric guitar with yellow and black stripe pattern played during a Van Halen concert at the Scottrade Center by Eddie Van Halen, who has personally hand-striped the body and signed in silver ink, “St. Louis, Mo., 4-29-12, Eddie Van Halen, Van Halen, 2012.”

EVH Art Series back plate features an edition number of “095,” and the upper bout bears four affixed gray “Van Halen, 2012” guitar picks. Includes a handsome custom hardshell carrying case with large “EVH” logo to inner lining. In fine condition.

Designed by the master himself, the Charvel EVH Art Series guitar is based on Eddie Van Halen’s original Frankenstein guitar, which was the musician’s attempt to merge the sound of a classic Gibson guitar with the physical attributes and tremolo bar functionality of a Fender Stratocaster.

The hand-striped finish was the result of Van Halen painting the guitar differing colors, applying strips of masking tape after each coat, and then peeling to reveal his Shelleyan monstrosity.

Accompanied by four photos of EVH playing the guitar on stage, two unused tickets for the referenced Scottrade Center show, and a certificate of authenticity signed by Van Halen, who affirms that he played guitar “095” on “April 29, 2012—St. Louis, M

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