Eddie Van Halen-owned Kramer Striker/Ripley Frankenstrat, gifted to Leslie West, goes up for auction

Eddie Van Halen Kramer/Ripley Frankenstrat
(Image credit: Heritage Auctions)

An Eddie Van Halen-owned and -played Kramer Striker/Ripley Frankenstrat, which was originally made in 1984 by Steve Ripley for the late electric guitar god, has gone up for sale at Heritage Auctions.

The guitar has been in the possession of not one, but two guitar heroes, having also been gifted to Mountain guitarist and rock guitar legend Leslie West by Van Halen sometime between 1985 and 1990.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.