Eddie Van Halen Admits He Has Destroyed Vintage Guitars
The story spotlights a personal tour of Eddie's favorite guitars, and the magazine has posted an excerpt of the story. "I'm not the typical guitar collector in the least," Van Halen tells the magazine. "I've bought a lot of vintage pieces over the years, but I've destroyed quite a few of them. People might think, How could you desecrate the Mona Lisa? but I really don't care what something looks like. I'm more concerned with a guitar's functionality, sound, and playability. That's why I started building my own guitars. Other guitars wouldn't do what I needed them to do, so I made my own."
Van Halen's most famous guitar is the red, white and black-striped homemade axe, alternately dubbed "Frankenstrat" or "Frankenstein." A copy of the iconic guitar that helped launch a DIY generation of players is currently housed in the Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.
"What trips me out about this guitar is that when I painted it red, that made it more famous," Eddie explains. "A lot of people still don't know that it's the same guitar as the black-and-white guitar on the cover of the first Van Halen album. That guitar went through a lot of different phases and changes." more on this story