EVH's Kramer Striker on the auction block. $24k

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Eddie Van Halen's Kramer Striker/Ripley Rosewood Fingerboard Frankenstrat Solid Body Electric Guitar.

$24,000 w/ Buyer's Premium (BP) : $30,000.00 Status: No Reserve
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($31,250.00 w/ BP)


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A Frankenstrat guitar originally owned by Eddie Van Halen. The instrument was made for Eddie circa 1984 by Steve Ripley, who was renowned for his stereo guitars that Eddie used on songs like "Top Jimmy." Built from a Kramer Striker very early in the Ripley/Kramer era as it does not have stereo. The instrument is believed to have been used by Eddie as a backup guitar on the 1984 and 5150 tours in the mid-1980s.


The guitar features Steve Ripley's custom-made, dark-colored Rosewood neck which is extremely rare as Eddie typically used light-colored maple necks. Only several Rosewood Frankenstrats were made for Eddie, this being one. The body has been spray-painted and striped by hand, presumably by Eddie himself, given the instrument's vintage. The white painted stripes are tinged with a light yellow, or cream color, both from age, and extensive exposure to cigarette smoke while on tour with Van Halen in the 1980s. Has a Floyd Rose tremolo.

The guitar was given to the consignor in 1990 by rock guitarist and vocalist Leslie West of the group, Mountain, who had received the instrument as a gift from Eddie Van Halen several years prior. Van Halen cited West as one of his primary musical inspirations. The consignor is a noted, professional bodyguard who, for more than 30 years, has worked with some of the biggest names in the music and film industries. Between 1989 and 2001, he worked as Leslie West's personal bodyguard, spending a considerable amount of time with Leslie both on and off the road. The guitar's various nicks and metal coating wear are known to be from Eddie Van Halen.

7.13lbs. Hard case included. Condition: Very Good. Includes notarized LOA from consignor.
 

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Why would anyone have spent time and money building from a striker? A focus would have made more sense but if you're building for a superstar like EVH you're going to go factory high-end (baretta or pacer) or just good quality parts from a place like warmoth or allparts unless you actually custom make your own components.

I mean, it's interesting if true but it's a hard sell. What proof do they have of their claims?
 

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^^^^^^^^^^

There's an obscene amount of $'s out there.

Who knows?

That guitar could be on display in a trophy case near the suit of armor in some boutique mansion.

*************I recall delivering a guitar to some rich boys home where the front room had a suit of armor, servant and I had to take my shoes off to enter.

I drove up, what I thought was a road, and it was this guy's driveway.

BtW, this guy didn't buy my used guitar since it had pick swirls (invisible if they were there on a mint guitar).

FU Allan and your "perfect" home.
 
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Given the hands its passed through and that the ownership can is verified, $24K isn't too bad but I doubt it will garner that $24K worth of interest (more like maybe $10K). The economy sucks and this guitar isn't anything real special in the long line of things Eddie played. Would I buy it? Hell no.
 


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