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Van Halen's FrankenStrat stolen

Van Halen's FrankenStrat  ·  Source: MySanAntonio

Yes, you read that correctly, someone has stolen Eddie Van Halen’s original iconic striped red and white ‘Frankenstrat’ and it looks like they just walked out with it!


The guitar which Eddie made famous by building himself and playing exclusively on most of Van Halen‘s major hit records, was donated to the Hard Rock Cafe in 2004 and is valued at around $100,000.


Well, some light-fingered punter walked on into the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown San Antonio Friday morning and now they are frantically trying to get information on its whereabouts.

According to the My San Antonio news site –

‘Nobody in the restaurant witnessed the theft, police said. It wasn’t until 1 a.m. that an employee noticed the guitar was missing while closing up shop.’

The guitar is signed by Eddie and so would be almost impossible to pass on or sell, without raising an alarm bells. Of course, if you see it make sure you get in touch with the local authorities.

Fender went to great lengths to replicate the original and sold some seriously limited edition  replicas of the guitar back in 2008 and so it will be easy to spot what the original looks like, as it is so well documented, as guitarists have obsessed over it for so many years and it is a modern day rock and roll icon in its own right.

UPDATE 18/11/17

Update at 11:17 a.m.: Officials with Hard Rock International said the stolen Eddie Van Halen guitar has been safely returned to the restaurant. They are now working with local authorities investigating the incident.




by Jef

8 responses to “Eddie Van Halen’s $100k FrankenStrat stolen!”

  1. Phil Moore says:

    It wasnt the original frankenstrat!! The original is locked away deep within eddies home studio.a copy was stolen/retirned,the original would sell for well over a million! like most instruments displayed at hard rock,it was a copy

    • pascal barat says:

      If you consider the several D Gilmour guitars sold recently, Ed”s Frankie could be sold more than 10 millions dollars….

  2. Dave says:

    When are you people going to fix that headline…do your damn homework.. IT WASN’T THE ORIGINAL!!!!!! The original frankenstrat is in the Smithsonian…

  3. Pink Floyd forever says:

    Don’t compare EVH with David Gilmour.
    Shredding like EVH doesn’t mean it sounds better than Gilmour.
    The price of the DG’s guitar was more than honorable. And he still alive!
    Apart of Eruption or Jump, which other songs did success VH?

    • GuitarzRule says:

      What rock do you live under? VH had dozens of great songs!!! I love Pink Floyd but pull your head out of your a**! David G is awesome but so was Eddie. Don’t compare the 2.

  4. Boba Fett says:

    I have held a replica of Eddie Van Halens guitar. And i wish i was as famous pink Floyd!!!!

  5. Ric says:

    Whenever Eddie Van Halen was asked these provocative or pigeon-holed questions does he see his greatness; he was the best of this that or the other.. blah, blah, blah, blah???
    What always caught my attention is that he never appeared to let it go to his head. I think it has everything to do with his multicultural upbringing. His mother was from the Dutch Indonesia his dad was from the Netherlands. He and his brother were born in Amsterdam and came over to the U.S. on a cruiseship the family playing music to pay for their passage.
    They were dirt poor for most of his early life, but they had a tightly bound and united hime life. These are the reasons that I believe that he always marched to the beat of his own drum and he never tried to compare himsrlf to others. When people figure out that each one of us is great and we don’t need to compare ourselves to anyone only then can we become our greatest and inspire others.

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