Eddie Van Halen's Guitar Ends Up In The Smithsonian
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History has picked up a little rock and roll, in the form of the Van Halen "Frank 2" guitar. This guitar was played eddie Van Halend uring the Van Halen 2007-08 North American tour with original lead singer David Lee Roth. The guitar replaced the original "Frankenstein" guitar which Van halen had built way back in the mid-1970s when he was experimenting with how to make new sounds. Chip Ellis, a master guitar builder at Fender, replicated every detail of the original guitar. The "Frank 2" will be part of the museum's Division of Culture and the Arts but Smithsonian Magazine says that it is not on display yet. Fender has sold 300 replicas of the original Frankenstrat for $25,000 and is the parent company to Eddie Van Halen's EVH brand which sells guitars and related equipment.