VAN HALEN Guitar At Universal City's Hard Rock Cafe
The giant guitar in front of the Hard Rock Cafe at Universal CityWalk in Universal City, California has been updated to a replica of Eddie Van Halen's Frankenstrat.
December 5, 2011
The Frankenstrat represented Van Halen's attempt to combine the sound of a classic Gibson guitar with the physical attributes of a Fender.
It was originally made from an ash Stratocaster body, with pickup routing that Eddie altered to fit a Gibson PAF humbucking bridge pickup. It had a maple neck and fretboard, and chrome hardware.
It developed through several early paint schemes ultimately into the now famous combination of red, with black and white stripes. It is a six-string guitar with an original Floyd Rose tremolo, which Eddie helped to develop.