“José died and no-one knows where it went”: Legendary amp builder José Arredondo built Eddie Van Halen a mystery amp that might be lost forever

Eddie Van Halen
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Tube amp guru Dave Friedman has revealed that legendary modder José Arredondo built a custom amp for Eddie Van Halen that has disappeared off the face of the Earth.

Speaking to the Final Resonance TV YouTube channel, Friedman says he once ran into Arredondo at a NAMM show, who proceeded to show him a guitar amp that was built for Eddie, potentially some kind of signature model. But following Arredondo’s death in 1994, no-one knows where it is.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.