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Eddie Van Halen’s “Frankenstrat” to be Auctioned for Charity

Iconic Kramer guitar Van Halen wielded during band’s peak to be sold at auction

 

Eddie Van Halen’s famous Kramer “Frankenstrat” is among the items that will be auctioned for charity next month, in the first rock and roll offering by California auction house Profiles in History.

 

The guitar is one of eight handmade red and white instruments that were produced for the Van Halen guitarist and was used on the band’s 1983 Diver Down Tour as well as on the recording of the group’s landmark 1984 album.

 

The guitar bares Van Halen’s signature inscribed into the back of its neck and is expected to fetch between $100,000-$150,000 on the auction block. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Jason Becker and the Jason Becker Special Needs Trust, to assist him and his family in his fight against ALS (Lou Gerig’s Disease).

 

Other items to be sold in the auction include one of Jim Morrison‘s handwritten notebooks that was previously owned by rock legend Graham Nash.

 

Check out Van Halen’s Frankenstrat in action, in this classic live clip of the band doing their cover of Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman.”

 

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