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Eddie Van HalenHere’s a page we’ve set aside, always under construction, that we can use to host useful information, links or photographs of people’s DIY replica Eddie Van Halen guitars.

So far we’ve got a collection of:

- Parts Lists
- Useful Links
- Photo Gallery
- Videos

for you to use!

Part Lists

Van Halen 1 Frankenstrat

Body: Stratocaster
Body Wood: Hard (northern) Ash
Body Finish: Unfinished
Body Routing: Top Routed
Pickup Routing: Single, Single, Humbucker (chiselled from single rout)
Bridge Routing: Fender vintage tremolo

Neck: Standard
Headstock: CBS
Neck Wood: Birdseye Maple
Finger Board Wood: Birdseye Maple
Neck Finish: Satin (his was unfinished but finishing is recommended)
Fret Size: Gibson Jumbo Frets 6150
Key Holes: Schaller
Inlay: Black Dots
String Nut: Fender vintage tremolo

Bridge Type: Fender vintage tremolo
Pickguard: Stratocaster
Pickguard Configuration: x , x, Humbucker
Pickguard Bridge Routing: Fender vintage tremolo
Pickguard Color: Black Solid Matte (.060)
Pickguard Control Setup: x, Volume, Volume      No Pickup selector
Tuners: Schaller Mini Locking Tuners (Left, Chrome)
Pickups: Seymour Duncan EVH (’78 model) Humbucker

Copper Shielding: 2 feet
Output Jack: Switchcraft Brand Mono Jack
Jack Plate: Stratocaster (Chrome)
Knobs: 1 Vintage Stratocaster Tone Knob (White)
Neck Plate: Chrome
Potentiometers: 1 CTS Brand 500K pot
String Retainer: Brass nut

Tape Type: 3/4 Inch (Big Black Stripes) 1/8 Inch (Smaller Stripes

Kramer 5150

Body:
Body Wood:
Body Finish: red/white/black stripes
Body Routing: Top routed for pickup, rear for electronics
Pickup Routing: 1 bridge Humbucker (body mounted)
Bridge Routing: Floyd Rose FRT-100

Neck: Standard
Headstock: Hockey stick type
Neck Wood: Maple
Finger Board Wood: Maple
Neck Finish: Satin (his was unfinished but finishing is recommended)
Fret Size:
Key Holes: Schaller M6L Chrome (mini’s)
Inlay: Black Dots
String Nut: Floyd Rose R2

Bridge Type: Floyd Rose (original)
Pickguard: None
Control Setup: Volume, No Pickup selector
Tuners: Schaller Mini Locking Tuners (Left, Chrome)
Pickup: Seymour Duncan SH-11 Custom Custom (no logo)

Copper Shielding: 2 feet
Output Jack: Switchcraft Brand Mono Jack
Jack Plate:
Knobs: 1 MXR knob
Neck Plate:
Potentiometers: 1 CTS Brand 500K pot audio taper

Tape Type:

Useful Links

EddieVanHalen.com dedicated section on their forum for building a replica of any of Ed’s guitars
Guitar Attack excellent tutorial for building a VH1 frankenstrat
5150 Project Guitar excellent tutorial for building a 5150
Warmoth.com excellent custom parts
VintageKramer.com vintage Kramer guitars, great resources for reference
SpaceTape.com get the authentic space tape “5150″ writing for your 5150 replicas
Painting Guitars our guide for painting / re-spraying, with info on making a Frankie
Legendary Tones how to get the brown sound from your equipment
Seymour Duncan SD custom shop for ’78 (E.V.H.) humbucker to get it tone perfect
AmpTone info on using a Variac
Witnesses of EVH’s Marshall detailed information on the magic marshall’s components
Mean Street Guitars guitars built like Eddie’s that you can paint to make a good replica
Kramer here you can buy a new Kramer 1984 (5150 replica), and paint it like a 5150
Brown Sound Tribute fan site with lots of useful information
eBay items UK a dedicated page for finding EVH items from the UK eBay site
Van Halen Guitars Scott Smith’s incredible collection of replica’s of Ed’s guitars
PaintYourOwnGuitar.com make a replica finish of a Frankie or 5150 with spray cans
RockStarGuitars.com the neck Ed used on his Frankie n the Jump video is for sale
Vintage Strat Trem bridge routing diagram for a vintage fender strat tremelo for VH1 frankie
Mr. 5150 useful page with information on EVH’s setup
Jfrocks.com now you’ve built the Frankie, this site will teach you how to rock out on it!
Project Guitar a great resource of information for building a guitar, all aspects

Pictures

Finished bulding your own replica? Send us the pictures and we’ll post them here!

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Videos

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…if you have something useful, share it with everyone by commenting below!


8 Comments

  1. Just to note, the 5150 had Gotoh 6 in a line tuners and not schallers as stated above, and the tape sizes are, 3/16″, 1/4″, 1/8″, 1/2″, 1/16″ and 3/4″ if anyone wants a picture of the tape layout go to
    http://www.rookscastle.com/props/5150/5150.html

    cheers

  2. just a few pics from not quite finished franky body, missed a few stripes though:
    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=22278&id=1839192950&l=0e17046a9f

  3. Guys..please take pics of your fantastic instrument with a ‘plain, uncluttered background’, eg. not outside.
    A white wall or well lit simple background will make the instruments look sooo much better!
    (and I’ll be able to see and appreciate more detail too!)
    Cheers!

  4. yeah i built a different version of the frankenstrat red white & black strat trem floyd nut 1997 quarter different pickup

  5. im building my VH1 replica right now. this site really helps

  6. how to you paint the frankenstrat?
    what color is the guitar guitar ?
    than what color after than what color?
    please write back asap! thank you! very curious thank you!

  7. Where can I find an unfinished ash stratocaster body?

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