Two of Eddie Van Halen's Guitars Head to Auction
The late Van Halen axeman played — and made — the instruments
Published Oct 19, 2020A pair of guitars from the late Eddie Van Halen will hit the auction block before 2020 comes to a close, along with memorabilia from Kurt Cobain, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Madonna and more.
The pair of axes seen above — a black and white-striped 2004 EVH Charvel Art Series and a custom red, striped instrument Van Halen built with guitar tech Matt Bruck — will be auctioned off as part of the "Icons & Idols Trilogy: Rock 'N' Roll" annual music auction, taking place December 4 and 5 live at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills.
The EVH Charvel Art Series guitar features a maple neck and fingerboard, a Fender Stratocaster-style headstock numbered on the back #54, and a white and black paint job in the style of the guitar Van Halen used on his band's 1978 debut album. The body of the instrument is signed and is also said to feature a visible cigarette burn — for which the auction includes a partly smoked cigarette in a plastic vial.
Meanwhile, the custom red guitar features a white and black stripe design applied by Van Halen, along with a maple neck and fingerboard with dot inlays, Kramer headstock with matching machine heads, a single humbucker pickup and Floyd Rose tremolo. It was built by Van Halen and guitar tech Bruck at the guitarist's 5150 studio.
The guitar was gifted to Van Halen's close friend Bryan Cush, owner of Centenary Oyster House in Shreveport, LA, in 1991. As such, it features the following inscription: "Yo - Bryan. Let's get shucked up. Eddie Van Halen, 5150."
Both guitars are estimated to sell each between $40,000 and $80,000 USD. Further details on the auction can be found here.
Van Halen died earlier this month following a fight with throat cancer. The guitar icon was 65.