Iconic rock guitars and their owners
By Aaron Williams
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Eddie Van Halen's Frankenstrat( Kevin Mazur / WireImage.com / October 25, 2012 )
Above: Wolfgang Van Halen playing his father's iconic Frankenstrat guitar as they perform together at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. in 2004.
Frakenstrat is the name classic rocker Eddie Van Halen gave his guitar after he attempted to build a guitar with a Gibson sound and a Fender Stratocaster frame. Van Halen described his lipstick red and white stripped brainchild to Guitar Player Magazine in 2004. "It is a copy of a Fender Stratocaster," he told the magazine. "I bought the body for $50 and the neck for $80, and put in an old Gibson PAF pickup that was rewound to my specifications. I like the one-pickup sound, and I've experimented with it a lot...I see so many people who have these space-age guitars with a lot of switches and equalizers and treble boosters -- give me one knob, that's it. It's simple and it sounds cool."