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On Feb. 10, 1978, when Van Halen’s debut album was released, nobody had ever seen or heard anything like Eddie Van Halen. Nobody had ever seen or heard the strange guitar he worked his magic with. With this striking black-and-white striped guitar, he dazzlingly swooped, dived and blazed his innovative way through one of the most original and most famous debut albums in history. No overdubs. No huge pedal boards. No fancy and expensive custom gear.

A lucky few knew what was coming because they’d seen Van Halen in the band’s early days, with Eddie routinely reducing Sunset Strip nightclubs to smoldering piles of rubble. Some established guitar heroes laughed at his duct-taped-home-made stage setup, but they weren’t laughing when the show was over and Eddie had left audience’s jaws somewhere around their ankles.
Eddie Van Halen built his guitar (Black and White) by hand, using an imperfect body and a neck bought from Wayne Charvel's guitar shop. In 1979 Eddie's original guitar was repainted with a layer of red (Frankenstein guitar original). Eddie also changed the neck, removed part of the pick guard and eventually installed a Floyd Rose vibrato unit. The Frankenstein guitar original also known as a “frankenstrat”.

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