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For Guitar Geeks Only

Posted by bmac on October 11, 2007

This is kinda old, but you may not have heard about it. Fender has made limited edition exact replicas of Eddie Van Halens “Frankenstein” guitar.


The price? Only $25,000. They only made 300 of them. If you’ve got 7.5 million layin’ around, you could scoop em all up! Or, just make easy monthly payments of  $750.00!

While I think this is really cool, I just can’t see paying $25,000 for a copy of a guitar that cost maybe $200 for Eddie to cobble together. Check out the pictures though, they really made a painstaking effort to get every single detail of Eddie’s piece of crap exact, right down to the 1971 quarter screwed in under the bridge. I guess this is for collectors only, but I just don’t see how this would hold it’s value.

Fender had a series a few years ago called “Relics,” Stats and Teles that were “aged” to look worn and old. They were selling for around $2500-3000.

Sorry, but you just can’t buy cool.

When I was learning to play guitar, Eddie was the big dog. He set the standard for just about every (rock) guitar player in the late ’70’s and ’80s. Probably the most imitated guitar player that ever lived (yes, more than Hendix or Clapton,) most of his imitators missed a key element of his playing, his soul. Ed’s a very soulful player, but players got caught up in all the flash. Unfortunately, Ed’s musical well ran dry, somewhere around 1986. I’m still debating whether or not to see the reunion tour.


5 Responses to “For Guitar Geeks Only”

  1. Enas Yorl said

    A while back, Fender put out a series of “Hendrix style” guitars where the head was flipped up, so they looked like his did when he played his flipped over. Interesting factoid – Steve Miller either owned one of these and he’s pictured playing it on the cover of “Fly Like an Eagle” or he’s left handed too and the picture got flipped over.

  2. bmac said

    Some guys buy left-handed Strats and flip em over, just for the look. Or, just put a left handed neck on.

  3. MMM…I can just hear Eddie playing the solo to “Dance the Night Away” on that Fender guitar…apartments ocala fl

  4. thnx

  5. the picture got flipped over gazeteler thanks much

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