Eddie Van Halen Tribute Les Paul (FrankenPaul)

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  1. willwallner

    willwallner Well-Known Member

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    Hey!

    I used to post frequently on this forum a while back and wanted to rejoin the community! I took a break from playing guitar but this year rediscovered my passion for music. Recently I completed a project to create an Eddie Van Halen Tribute Les Paul. I was a big Eddie fan but as a Les Paul player never wanted to buy a frankenstrat so I created my own 'frankenpaul'.

    The design is a variation of the ‘5150’ stripe design. It has a set of Bareknuckle ‘VHII’ pickups installed. Let me know what you think!

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    I recorded an attempt at playing Eruption so you can hear how it sounds. This is going into a Marshall JCM 800:

     
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    TXOldRedRocker Well-Blown Member* Gold Supporting Member

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    Extremely cool! Sounds great!
     
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    Needs moar trem. ;)
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    Very cool Will! :yesway:
     
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    ampeq Well-Known Member

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    I think that is the best job of playing that song I have ever seen. Outstanding!
     
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    Sustainium Well-Known Member

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    Looks and sounds great! Did you layout and spray the multi stage paint job yourself?
     
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    MarshallDog Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Wow that looks great and love the vintage knobs. I have those on all my LPSs also. Sounds great too!

    So, do you start with white as the base then tape it off and spray the red? To put the black stripes on do you tape the whole guitar except for where you want the black stripes? Just curious how this is done the easiest way?!
     
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    Obi Plexi-nobi Well-Known Member

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    Thumbs UP Man!!! :dude::dude::dude::cheers:
     
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    Wow, man! That looks rad as hell! Good job! Sounds great too. Nice playing!
     
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    That looks really cool and excellent playing!
     
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    OH yeah and great playing dam!
     
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    Awesome and a job very well done !
     
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    is that one of the "Gary" amp's?
     
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    Hey! Thanks for the cool responses, to answer the questions about how the painting was done. It was done by a professional in LA, but they sanded the top completely and then painted it all white. Then they taped it up and applied the red. Then they added black stripes on top. This is the same way the 5150 guitar was done which is different from the original frankenstrat. Also yes all the amps in the pictures were Garys, cheers!
     
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    Nice job!!!

    Really like the truss rod cover. Only thing I would have done different is have all 4 tone knobs. Super cool and great playing!
     
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    Absolutely Killer !!!

    Good to see around these parts Will .
    ( If any of you don't know Will , check 'm out , he's a monster of a guitar player !! )
     
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    It looks a $1000,000.
     
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    willwallner Well-Known Member

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    Cheers bro!
     
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    Very nice, is that a Les Paul studio.
     
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