Guitars to honour Eddie

Eddie Van Halen is to be honoured with a new range of guitars made by EVH - the company he helped found and name.

The organization said in a statement that the reimagined 5150 series, due for release later this year, will include brightly-colored instruments at a range of prices, all of which will support the late musician's signature "tapping" technique.

"The industry saw record guitar-playing interest in 2020 but also sadly said goodbye to one of the most innovative and influential players of its time," EVH said.

"Eddie Van Halen's singularly inventive style inspired an entire generation of players. He innovated not only in how he played but what he played and what he played through by creating some of the greatest guitars and amps the world has seen and heard."

All nine guitars feature basswood bodies with specifications made by the late guitarist himself, including "bolt-on quarter-sawn carved maple necks, and a 12 to 16-inch compound radius fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets."

Van Halen died aged 65 in October, after losing his long battle with cancer.

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