The Dutch-American guitarist, heavy metal music songwriter, keyboardist, and producer with a net worth of $100 million Eddie Van Halen, was a massive sensation in the early 80s and 90s. The talented Eddie was able to bring out an electrical, vibrant, and never-ending vibe that had never been felt before. The legend in question was in a band with his brothers and drummer Alex Van Halen. The group was named after the family name “Van Helen.”
Eddie was a self-taught guitarist, but he was so amazing to the point that, to this day, nobody other guitarist beats his technique. He is also held highly in the minds of most rock lovers as the best guitarist in memorial. His best hit song is his lead song “Jump,” released in the year 1983 and their album in the year 1984. The single was so successful that it reached number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Astounding, huh?
Which Guitars Did Eddie van Halen Use?
The most known- about guitar Eddie Van Halen used is the Franken Strat or the Frankenstein. The guitar was creatively self-made by the multi-talented singer and named after Frankenstein, the fictional doctor said to have combined body parts to create a monster. Also, the name incorporates a Fender Stratocaster guitar, which is an electronic guitar made by Fender.
Eddie built the guitar in the year 1974. His wish was to make a guitar or preferably something of a blend between the Fender and a Gibson. He loved the tremolo, the Fender looked exquisite in his eyes but was in love with the sound of Gibson. He was torn between all these brands. So when it was time to build, he took a chisel, cut in holes to make room for the Gibson pickup, and later painted black and white. The result was terrific, The original FrankenStrat Guitar, handmade by a legend.
Today, according to Eddie’s post, the 1978 touring rig, which he used together with the Frankenstein lies on display in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of arts, “play it loud” instruments of Rock and Roll exhibit. You want to go check that out!!! The guitar is in a glass display where you can easily view the rare and the front parts of the guitar.
The guitars are worth around $100,000 and were donated to the Hard Rock Café in the year 2004. The influential guitarist Eddie Van Halen played guitar on Michael Jackson’s hit song “beat it.” The song was released in 1982 in Westlake Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California. In 1984, Eddie van Halen played guitar in the live recording of the video.
Two legends combining their jaw-dropping techniques; the result was surely mind-blowing. This is clearly illustrated by how much the song hit within a period. It was merely like a bushfire, just like the lyrics of the song “just beat it … no one wants to be defeated” the art could not be defeated.
Eddie’s golden technique was everyone’s wonder. The way he handled his tremolo picking kept his followers and fans stuck and glued for over 35 years. He effortlessly hangs his picking hand in the mid-air, no anchoring or muting, then picking grip with the middle index finger. Sounds very hard theoretically, but seeing Eddie do it seems the opposite. He was just made for the guitar. In live footage from a concert in 2015, The Van Halen 2015, the technique was recorded and shown.
Apart from the FrankenStrat, hardstone musician Eddie Van Halen has also worked with other guitars. Examples are the Bumblebee, Snake, or unchained guitar. In 1981, Eddie got a sleek Kramer 5150 Baretta model after working with the Kramer.
In 1991 he switched his taste to Ernie ball guitar, also known as the Music Man. Loving the Ernie ball model; he designed a new guitar, which he named Music Man EVIT signature model before he later switched to the Peavey guitars.
After switching guitar brands and never finding perfection, Eddie finally got fed up. This led to the grand opening of his brand, the EVH manufactured by the Fender. In the recent past, Eddie Van has been using EVH Wolfgang, which is named after his son. And to this day, his greatness reigns!