EVH Frankenstein Has Landed

It´s arguably the most luscious of all guitars associated with Fender´s Tribute Series and is actually the most expensive new guitar that we´ve ever had in the office: the Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein Replica.

As far as we know it´s the only example outside of North America that hasn´t been sold, and we´re grateful to Gary at Sounds Great in Manchester for the loan…

Based to an almost autistic level on Ed´s original bitsa, the Frankenstein is as close as most of use will ever get to actually playing the very guitar with which rock music was changed for ever.

Every stripe, every ding and every feature is exactly the same as those on Ed´s own guitar, down to the 1971 quarter coin that´s screwed just behind the bridge and the cigarette burns the headstock. The bridge humbucker is an ultra-secret EVH model designed by the mighty Seymour Duncan, while the neck single-coil…well, it´s not wired in, nor has it ever been!

We´ll be featuring the guitar heavily in an issue or two´s time and, after having spent a few days in it´s lauded company, we´ve found that it´s less of a guitar and more of a work of sheer art.

Oh, and the whimpering sound you can hear is coming from a certain member of the Guitarist team who, like most of us if we´re honest, is certain he´ll be unable to afford the frankly barking £15,999 proposed UK price tag…

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Simon Bradley is a guitar and especially rock guitar expert who worked for Total Guitar 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.