|A guy sent this photo, and it was
supposedly taken backstage at the Whiskey in LA in the early days of VH.
Mr. Van Halen is holding a black Strat, which is
clearly different than the other Strat he is associated with, a '61
Sunburst (Page 58, March 2007 GuitarWorld).
Unless this was painted black just prior to the
first FrankenStrat photo, this may be the only photo available of this
|We got this note, and it was a
exactly what we were looking for:
I hope all is well with you. Regarding that pic of Eddie w/Frankie where
he has on the white spandex top..that pic is from early, early '79..it
was taken by Lynn Goldsmith (I asked her about it) It first appeared in
GP'April'80..THE Eddie interview. We all had along discussion about this
pic at eddievanhalen.com (me supplying most of the info). In other pics
with Ed wearing the same exact clothing you can see Al with his chrome
drum set..the one he played on the '79 tour. Also, if you notice Ed is
wearing a VH logo necklace.. those were not available until '79 as I was
member of VHArmy from '78. What you have is Frankie in a transition just
before the '79 tour..he took off the racing stripes I think the original
neck was broken at this time and he put in the other 2 pu's. Soon after
he painted it red and put the neck from the bumble bee Charvel on
Here is another pic Lynn took from '79..you'll notice Dave in
spandex..he only wore leather the first tour and before
|Here is a color shot of the guitar
red pickup in the neck position which we believe made it onto the red
version of the FrankenStrat.
While we thought that this photo showed the
original Fender Strat, it is pretty clear now that this is the original
Van Halen 1 guitar during its transition to the famous red 5150 guitar.
Take note -- You can build a replica of this guitar
with a Saga S-Style Kit! Keep checking back -- we are planning to
take this project on!
There is a lot more to follow on this.
Keep checking back.