“Whenever people visited my house and saw the guitar, their faces would light up”: Guitar gifted to Jason Becker by Eddie Van Halen sells for $110,000 at auction

Eddie Van Halen playing his Peavey EVH Wolfgang #69
(Image credit: Guernsey's)

An electric guitar Eddie Van Halen gifted to Jason Becker in ’96 has sold for $110,000 at auction, helping pay for over a year’s worth of the shred icon’s ALS care.

Becker was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 1989, and by ’96 had lost the ability to speak. Visiting him at his family home to show his support for his ailing friend, Van Halen gifted him a black signature Peavey Wolfgang guitar. It’s completed with Eddie’s D-Tuna system on its Floyd Rose trem and a loving message of support scribed in gold pen.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.