‘Frankenstrat’ or ‘Frankenstein’? Wolfgang Van Halen sets the record straight on the ‘official’ title of Eddie Van Halen’s iconic electric guitar

Eddie Van Halen playing his Frankenstein
(Image credit: Larry Marano/Getty Images)

Eddie Van Halen’s red-white-and-black striped electric guitar is a legendary musical instrument, and affectionately referred to by two similar, but slightly distinct, names: Frankenstein and Frankenstrat.

However, while some see the two titles as interchangeable nicknames for the guitar, others assert that the ‘Frankenstein’ moniker is in fact the true authentic name for the Holy Grail guitar, which is perhaps the most revered rock instrument of them all.

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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.