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The Van Halen Strat... what is this?

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  1. ThebiggestJerk

    ThebiggestJerk Strat-Talk Member

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    Pretty sure this is NOT the Frankenstrat as there are other pictures of this show and it looks sunburst. The Franky started as an unfinished body.
     

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    Guitarmageddon Canada Strat-Talk Supporter

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    something with a fake Fender logo, 12th fret dots too far apart and the 60s transitional style logo is at a bad / wrong angle...
     
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    Frankenstrat started as 'seconds' (EVH laughed in a video he thought that meant up next for processing) raw wood and was painted and built from there.

    A partscaster, using scrap wood, and an artificial relic.
    Plus the famous pickup had a broken coil in it.
    Lack of 'tone wood' too.
    All the things that guitar forums hate, yet it made history and spawned many copies.

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    Wow. Imagine if he had a good guitar. ;)
     
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    Andrew Wasson Strat-O-Master

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    Yup, that kid coulda been somebody.
     
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    fezz parka The Return of the Red Helmet Strat-Talk Supporter

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    That's a guitar from around 75 or so. Saw it a few times BITD.
     
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    John C Senior Stratmaster

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    Body yes, neck no - he did order a Boogie Bodies/Lynn Elsworth (sp?) neck made for him. The body would have been from the batch that Wayne Charvel cut at the Schecter facility over a long weekend - with the assistance of Tom Anderson. Anderson did the template, making it slightly different from the Schecter template, and helped Wayne set up the router and do the work. At that point in time Wayne was getting some financing from the people who owned Schecter - ISA.
     
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    Not as clued up as many here but that sure doesn’t look like a Fender to me
     
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    Used Strats were cheap back then so it was common for players to buy them and mod them(to the horrow of collectors nowadays).It looks to me like a 1965 Strat that got modified with a humbucker and somehow the logo was probably taken off and re-applied crookedly.
     
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    Not possible, look at the 12th fret dot spacing.....wayyyyy too far apart....
     
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    Hmmm...not sure.The Strats til about 1962 had a wider dot spacing at the 12th fret.The Strat Eddie is holding might be a pre-1962 one and was probably re-logoed with the mid 1960s transition logo.Also the pickguard of his Strat has the screw between the middle and neck pickup area typical of 1959-1962.It might be the angle of the photo creating the illusion of the dots being further apart than as normally appearing.Notice the A string runs across the to top dot of Eddie's guitar just like this 1961 Strat has:

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    The spacing on the one in the EVH photo is even farther apart than that.....
     
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    sonny wolf Senior Stratmaster

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    Here is another angle of the guitar...looks like a typical early 1960s Strat to me.

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    Chont Most Honored Senior Member

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    Best thread ever
     
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    One of Eddie's early frankenstrat experiments was a humbucker into a '61 strat. At least that is what I have read somewhere. It doesn't explain the mislocated Fender logo though.
     
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    Does it say Fender?
    I also read that in his early attempt before the "Frankenstein guitar", he put a PAF pickup from a '58 335 into a Strat and added a Gibson decal.
    But it was the internet, who knows.
    That pickup and the Vintage Trem bridge from a '57 Strat went into the Boogie body and Boogie neck.
    Again, from the internet.
     
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