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I Will Never Be Able To Own Eddie Van Halen’s Iconic “5150” So I Made My Own. Unlike Other Reproductions, It’s Nothing But Laminated Hardwood And No Paint!
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I Will Never Be Able To Own Eddie Van Halen’s Iconic “5150” So I Made My Own. Unlike Other Reproductions, It’s Nothing But Laminated Hardwood And No Paint!

Van Halen has always been a major influence on me as well as it has to many millions of fans worldwide. Being a woodcarver I wanted to make my own “5150”(arguably one of his most recognizable guitars along with his Frankenstrat).

I didn’t want my guitar to be just like all the other copies. I painstakingly cut and laminated the guitar in half about 100 times to create the stripes (which run from front to back). I used Honduras Mahogany to replicate the red colour and White maple to replicate the white stripes.

The black stripe segments are the only portion that I used stained veneer. The black stripes didn’t always run from one side to the other so I couldn’t cut the guitar all the way across if the stripe didn’t go all the way across.

I handmade the neck out of Maple as it was very hard to find a Kramer style Banana headstock. The only ones I could find were either beat up or way too expensive.

The only liberty I took was to give the neck 24 frets where EVH used only 22.

I even used the hardware that Eddie Van Halen would have used. An original Floyd Rose Bridge and a EVH Frankenstein custom wound pickup finished the sound and look.

I must admit it sounds awesome but I’m no Eddie Van Halen! Then again…who is!!

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4 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous, worth every minute you invested into it.

Miguel Ángel
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2 years ago

I just found this and it blew my mind. As a guitar player and aspiring luthier, this is an incredible masterpiece. Ed would be proud.

Nancy E
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5 years ago

You did a fantastic job, &, even more important , you like how it plays. Kudos to you!

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4 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous, worth every minute you invested into it.

Miguel Ángel
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2 years ago

I just found this and it blew my mind. As a guitar player and aspiring luthier, this is an incredible masterpiece. Ed would be proud.

Nancy E
Community Member
5 years ago

You did a fantastic job, &, even more important , you like how it plays. Kudos to you!

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