Both guitars were hand-stripped by the guitar hero who died earlier this month

By Claudia Harmata
October 19, 2020 03:50 PM
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Two guitars that were once owned by Eddie Van Halen are going up for auction.

The two instruments were partly designed by the legendary guitarist, who hand-stripped both in his iconic style, according to a press release from Julien's Auctions.

The first is a 2004 EVH Charvel Art Series electric guitar with a maple neck and fingerboard in the unique white and black abstract design the style of his 1978 Van Halen I guitar. (Both instruments are part of a limited-edition series of guitars, each one with a unique body designed by Van Halen himself, according to the auctioneers.)

The front of the black-and-white one is also signed by Van Halen and has evidence of a cigarette burn.

Eddie Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen
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Eddie Van Halen
Credit: Julien's Auctions
Eddie Van Halen
Credit: Julien's Auctions

"As we were preparing for our annual 'Icons & Idols: Rock and Roll' auction lineup, we were stunned to hear the sad news of Eddie Van Halen’s passing last week," Julien’s Auction’s president Darren Julien said in a statement. "We are honored to include at this event two of his iconic guitars from his brilliant and blazing career as one of rock’s greatest and most gifted guitar heroes."

Also up for auction is a customized electric guitar that was built by Van Halen with his guitar tech Matt Bruck at Van Halen's home studio. It features a red body with white and black stripes, applied by Van Halen, as well as a maple neck and fingerboard with dot inlays, pointed Kramer headstock with Kramer machine heads, single humbucker pickup and Floyd Rose tremolo.

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The second guitar was gifted to Van Halen's close friend Bryan Cush, the owner of Cush's Centenary Oyster House in L.A. in 1991. It was formerly displayed at the bar where Van Halen would play it whenever he visited.

Each instrument is expected to fetch between $40,000 and $80,000 in bidding.

Van Halen died on Oct. 6 after battling cancer for years. He was 65.