Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen

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Custom-Built "Frankenstein" Guitar

Custom-Built "Frankenstein" Guitar

Eddie Van Halen built his first guitar himself. "Some people call it Frankens... more

Peavey EVH Wolfgang Electric Guitar

Peavey EVH Wolfgang Electric Guitar

Eddie co-designed this guitar with Chip Ellis (who was also in charge of crea... more

EVH Wolfgang USA 3-Color Sunburst Guitar

EVH Wolfgang USA 3-Color Sunburst Guitar

In this photo with Eddie and his son Wolfgang, Eddie's guitar can be identifi... more

EVH Wolfgang USA Stealth Black Guitar

EVH Wolfgang USA Stealth Black Guitar

In this photo from EVHGear.com, Eddie Van Halen's guitars and gear company, E... more

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Marshall Plexi 1959SLP 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head

Marshall Plexi 1959SLP 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head

Used extensively since the early 70's until the 90's, when Peavey started mak... more

EVH 5150III 50 Watt 2x12 White

EVH 5150III 50 Watt 2x12 White

In this video from Eddie Van Halen's equipment company, EVHGear, Eddie himsel... more

EVH 5150III 4x12 Straight Cabinet

EVH 5150III 4x12 Straight Cabinet

"5150!!! pic.twitter.com/kBajDjNhkm" (Eddie is referring to his 5150III line ... more

EVH 5150III 50W

EVH 5150III 50W

This is a signature guitar amp designed by EVH himself and then built by Fender. more

Effects Pedals

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MXR Smart Gate Noise Gate

MXR Smart Gate Noise Gate

On pedal manufacturer Dunlop's page, which lists several of their pedals Eddi... more

MXR M234 Analog Chorus

MXR M234 Analog Chorus

In this photo from Van Halen's "Café Wha?" gig in January 2012, the MXR Analo... more

Needs Improvement MXR EVH 35th Anniversary Phase 90

MXR EVH 35th Anniversary Phase 90

MXR produced an updated version of their Phase 90 pedal, that celebrates Eddi... more

Needs Improvement MXR EVH-117 EVH 35th Anniversary Flanger

MXR EVH-117 EVH 35th Anniversary Flanger

Eddie used the original MXR Flanger to create the signature tone in his song ... more

Live Setup Accessories

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H&H V800 Power Amplifier

H&H V800 Power Amplifier

According to Premier Guitar, Eddie used "several" of these during his show at... more

World Instruments

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Needs Review Gibson J Mando Bass

Gibson J Mando Bass

This picture features Eddie Van Halen's Mando Bass. more

Strings

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Needs Review Fender Heavy Strings

Fender Heavy Strings

Eddie used heavy string early on tuned half a step down.  He used heavier bot... more

Needs Review Fender 150XL

Fender 150XL

Used in the early days. He would boil the strings so they would stretch and h... more

Needs Review Ernie Ball 5150 EVH (9, 11, 15, 24, 32, 40)

Ernie Ball 5150 EVH (9, 11, 15, 24, 32, 40)

Used during the time he played Kramer and Music Man guitars. more

Needs Review Peavey (.09 -.42) strings

Peavey (.09 -.42) strings

He uses it nowadays more

Bass Guitars

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Needs Improvement Kramer Duke Bass

Kramer Duke Bass

Van Halen can be seen playing a Kramer Duke Bass in this photo. more

Studio Equipment

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Furman PL-PLUS C Power Conditioner

Furman PL-PLUS C Power Conditioner

Premier Guitar's third photo of Van Halen's setup at Bridgestone Arena in 201... more

Shure UR4D+ Wireless Receiver

Shure UR4D+ Wireless Receiver

Premier Guitar's third photo of Van Halen's setup at Bridgestone Arena in 201... more

Coleman Audio GT6

Coleman Audio GT6

Premier Guitar's third photo of Van Halen's setup at Bridgestone Arena in 201... more

Shure UA845 UHF Antenna Distribution System

Shure UA845 UHF Antenna Distribution System

From Premier Guitar's third photo of Van Halen's setup at Bridgestone Arena i... more

Music Accessories

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Needs Review EMG 81 Active Humbucking Pickup

EMG 81 Active Humbucking Pickup

Not sure about the neck pickup but on few website You can find out that the b... more

Needs Review EMG 85 Active Humbucking Pickup

EMG 85 Active Humbucking Pickup

His signature Steinberger 5150 has two EMG 85. more

Needs Review EVH Premium Signature Picks

EVH Premium Signature Picks

From his own brand, he has stated he uses this pick nowadays in multiple inte... more

Needs Review EVH® STRAPS

EVH® STRAPS

This is sold from EVH's website, and he is seen with it in his live performan... more

Keyboards and Synthesizers

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Keyboards and synthesizers

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Oberheim OB-Xa

Oberheim OB-Xa

In the music video for Van Halen's Jump, Eddie Van Halen can be seen [at 2:34... more

Needs Review Wurlitzer 200A

Wurlitzer 200A

During studio session for the band’s third album, ‘Women and Children First,’... more

Needs Review Moog Minimoog Voyager

Moog Minimoog Voyager

"Eddie had come up with a cool new riff on a Minimoog synthesizer and shared ... more

Needs Review Yamaha DX7-IIFD

Yamaha DX7-IIFD

Eddie Van Halen used the DX7II on OU812as a contrast to the 'fat analogue' so... more

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Gear Guides

13 Best Fuzz Pedals for Guitar

Giulio Chiarenza Mason Hoberg

Giulio Chiarenza & Mason Hoberg

Updated October 2020

7 Best Chorus Pedals: 2020 Top Picks and Reviews

Mason Hoberg

Mason Hoberg

Updated January 2020

7 Best Guitar Tuners

Michael Pierce Giulio Chiarenza

Michael Pierce & Giulio Chiarenza

Updated November 2019

13 Best Reverb Pedals for Guitar

Michael Pierce Giulio Chiarenza

Michael Pierce & Giulio Chiarenza

Updated March 2020

It would be fair to say that Eddie Van Halen is one of the greatest guitarists ever to have plucked a six-string. His legacy in influencing an entire generation of guitarists is undeniable, with the axe-man being voted the best of all time, as recently as 2012, over peers such as Angus Young and Brian May by readers of Guitar World magazine. Van Halen was a chameleon in his choice of equipment throughout his career, adapting to new developments to ensure that he captured the sound in his head for his latest record.

Eddie's most famous guitar is the self-built "Frankenstein," or Frankenstrat, which he custom made from parts bought from Wayne Charvel's guitar shop. The neck and part of the pick guard were altered, with a Floyd Rose vibrato unit installed. this was his regular touring guitar and pride and joy — a replica version was made available for $25,000 in 2007. A stock Ibanez Destroyer was used on large parts of Van Halen's first album, and Eddie later used a rear-loaded Kramer 5150 for his early '80s recordings.

Van Halen switched between guitars from album to album — and from track to track at times — in his restless search for perfection. He most commonly used the Steinberger GL-2T with TransTrem, the EVG "Music Man" guitar and several varieties of Fender Strats, Telecasters and Coral Sitars. He also produced his own signature line of guitars with Peavey, named after his son, Wolfgang, which often featured a device called a "D-Tuna." which enabled the guitarist to tune the low E string down to D with a slight turn of a knob attached to the end of the bridge.

Van Halen's magpie approach extended to his choices of amplifier; though he most commonly used a 100-watt Marshall amp in the early years of his career, he has stated his favorite amp to be the '63 blonde Band Master head, saying that was the best he'd ever heard himself play. Throughout his recording career, he has also used a single Celestion speaker cabinet and a MOSFET solid state power amp and had a hand in designing the Peavey Electronics 5150 amp and the later Fender 5150 III.

Always taking a purist approach to his sound, Van Halen never used a distortion pedal, preferring to utilize the natural distortion from his amp. He relied largely on a Roland sde3000 rack unit delay pedal for effects. If diversity is truly the key to innovation, it would be fair to cite this as the reason for Eddie Van Halen being one of the world's most distinctive and adventurous guitarists.