VAN HALEN frontman David Lee Roth has released a new video where he talks about his part in the creation of the notorious pattern on bandmate Eddie Van Halen’s iconic “Frankenstein” guitar.
Dave made the new clip in response to inquiries from fans over Roth’s recently released painting titled “Big Wave” which bears a significant resemblance to the notorious axe.
“We’ve been getting a lot of cards and letters — digitally, so to speak — in regards to that there’s similarities between my work and the stripes on Eddie’s guitar, and that’s because it’s my work,” Dave says in the video.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History acquired the VAN HALEN “Frank 2” guitar back in 2011 which was played by Eddie through a partnership donation with Fender Musical Instruments.
The guitar was made in 2006 as part of a joint venture between the artist and Fender to produce a limited-edition number of guitars for the EVH brand. Known as the “Frankenstein Replica,” or “Frank 2,” it is part of the museum’s Division of Culture and the Arts, which preserves a large and diverse collection of instruments.
Eddie Van Halen has held the copyright since for the design of the guitar since 2001.