A 1984 Kramer Striker/Ripley Frankenstrat once owned and played by Eddie Van Halen, and subsequently gifted to Leslie West, is on the auction block.
Put up for sale by Heritage Auctions (opens in new tab), the guitar began life as a Kramer Striker, but was custom-modded by luthier Steve Ripley, whose stereo guitars were a favorite of Eddie's. The guitar is believed (opens in new tab) to have been Eddie's backup for Van Halen's 1984 and 5150 tours, before he gifted the guitar to West at some point between 1986 and 1990.
The guitar was hand-spray-painted and -striped, and notably – instead of the maple fretboard found on a typical Frankenstrat – features a rosewood fretboard. A Ripley-embossed headstock can also be found, plus a single humbucker and a Floyd Rose tremolo.
In 1990, West gave the guitar to "the consignor" – a man who operated as West's personal bodyguard between 1989 and 2001.
The current bid for the Kramer/Ripley guitar is $10,000. Bidding for the guitar ends this Sunday, April 11.
For more info on the guitar, stop by entertainment.ha.com (opens in new tab).
Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.
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