Eddie Van Halen Replica Guitar

With NAMM ready for blast off tomorrow (Thursday 18th) at the Anaheim Convention Center (sic), the world´s music industry is gearing up with a slew of new products also prepared for launch.

We´ll be bringing you the latest news from the show floor right here in due course but, to whet your appetite, let us flesh out a story you may be aware of from a huge feature from our sister mag Guitar World: the official replica of Eddie Van Halen´s Frankenstein guitar.

Meticulously designed and built from the ground up by Jackson Custom Shop genius Chip Ellis, he performed most of the early research simply from pictures of Ed printed in various magazines and, once he actually got hold of the real thing, the project absolutely took off.

It´s well worth getting hold of a copy of Guitar World for more info from both Chip and Ed.

Best news is that our pals at Fender GBI have confirmed that they will be taking a total of 15 for the UK market out of a world limit of 300 guitars, which in turn will allow Guitarist to feature an example as soon as they land.

The price? Well, the EVH Replica Guitar has a mooted UK RRP of £15,200…

Simon Bradley is a guitar and especially rock guitar expert who worked for Guitarist magazine and has in the past contributed to world-leading music and guitar titles like MusicRadar (obviously), Guitarist, Guitar World and Louder. What he doesn't know about Brian May's playing and, especially, the Red Special, isn't worth knowing.