In an excerpt from Paul Brannigan's upcoming Eddie Van Halen biography, Scott Gorham relays how he and his fellow Thin Lizzy guitarist were left slack-jawed by EVH at a '78 gig.
One of only five of its kind, the hand-built axe was used by EVH on Van Halen's 1984 and 5150 tours.
The guitar was gifted by Eddie in 1988 to Tom Weber, a man who would – 19 years later – become his guitar tech.
The previously unreleased video shows EVH testing out the riff for the 'Balance' tune at 5150 Studios in the mid-80s.
Eddie, it turns out, thought much higher of the tones he created with his own 5150 designs than those he made with his '68 Marshall Super Lead.
According to Lukather, when "intense uber-shredding" became trendy, "Ed was sitting there going, ‘I created a monster, fuck!’”
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