The Edward Van Halen (EVH) Prototype PRS; 1 of 2

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  1. Tree

    Tree New Member

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    awesome ! how does it sound ?
     
  2. TheRockGuitarGuy

    TheRockGuitarGuy New Member

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    That is SOOOO Awesome! EVH started it all for me! Huge fan. I would love to hear the whole story... what year was this done? were the 2 prototypes delivered to Ed? did he play them? any reactions from Ed? was he close to a signature deal with PRS? Side note - I remember a few years ago, there was a video of Wolfgang Van Halen on youtube at his high school talent show with some of his friends. He was fronting "a band" and was playing a PRS SC. He and his friends played a Jimmy Eat World song, "the Middle"... they killed it. Sounded awesome! Always thought it was interesting that he CHOSE a PRS and not one of the many, many guitars available to him. The kid obviously has good taste!
     
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  3. GTRMAV

    GTRMAV Authorized PRS Dealer
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    Great Guitar my friend!!! Congrats..
     
  4. guitarsong

    guitarsong CLIMBING VINTAGE PRS MT.

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    Very cool.Congrats
     
  5. QueenCityGuitars

    QueenCityGuitars Vamanos Pest

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    I got it bad...got it bad...got it bad...that thing is awesome! :adore: PRS are my favorite guitars and Eddie is my biggest influence. I love it, Hans! The "tone" knob is a must. Big time congrats, brother! :rock:
     
  6. TAJ

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    What a great piece of history! Congrats on a great find indeed.
     
  7. Felix

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    That is one sweet guitar.

    On a side note, wasn't Eddie's own "Frankenstrat" equipped with a PAF in the neck position, which was then painted over in order to camouflage it? It is my understanding that the bridge pup was a non-functional "decoy" in order to keep others from copping his tone. Much the same thing has been said of his supposed use of variable-A.C. ("variac") input transformers in order to lower his amps' plate voltages - which is a good way to blow an amp, whether it sounds good or not (and there are much better ways to lower your plate voltages!). -That is, that his use of them is pure fantasy for cover of his actual methodology.

    Perhaps Eddie would have liked it better if the pickup was in the neck position.
     
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  8. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Too Funky

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    Most people don't know that Eddie can't even play guitar... It was David Lee Roth that played guitar on all the Van Halen records!:tongue:
     
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  9. Felix

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    ^ You silly!

    Like him or not, the man is a genius, and is responsible for major innovations both in technique and in engineering (at the very least he is partly responsible for the Floyd Rose "tremolo").

    I forgot to mention - those strap connectors look like the eyelets Eddie always screwed into his own guitars IIRC. Anyone catch that?

    One more thing... are the bridge saddles not adjustable for height? If not, are they curved to match the fretboard?

    Also gotta say I love the fixed pickup. Great way to maximize input from the body IMHO. Getting the right distance can be tricky, and requires shims to change, but terrific for tone!

    (Oh, and ouch to the way the locking nut is screwed through the neck. Just ouch. Still a terrific guitar, I am sure, but that is a sad thing to do to that lovely neck.)
     
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  10. ]-[@n$0Ma☩!©

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    Me too. I have very little info on this guitar's history. Especially between 1997 and march of 2014. I only know that it was owned by a guy in southern Maryland for a very long time before it surfaced at Atomic music. I bought it from the gent who bought it from them.

    1997

    That is the assumption.

    Confirmed only by rumor. I have no hard evidence. Yet...

    None that I'm aware of.

    Not that I'm aware of.

    No, it's a dummy single-coil in the neck position.

    Here's his guitar from the 1984 era, the inspiration for this PRS. Either this or the 5150 guitar was at the factory when these guitars were being made. I've heard conflicting reports regarding which one it was. Either way, one of Eddie's guitars was there during the creation of both prototypes.

    1984_Guitar.jpg
     
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  11. crgtr

    crgtr Zombie Eight - DFZ

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    Way too cool man!! Congrats!
     
  12. Felix

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    Thanks for clearing that up for me.
     
  13. QueenCityGuitars

    QueenCityGuitars Vamanos Pest

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    I know that guy! :hello:
     
  14. TheRockGuitarGuy

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    Wow! Thanks for sharing all of the info. Incredible!
     
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  15. Gnal

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    Congrats on getting this piece!
     
  16. mezzio

    mezzio The Force is weak in ^^

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    Awesome buy dude! Congrats!

    From what I can remember from previous FR's I've owned, the bridge saddles are not adjustable, but if it really appeases you, you can get different size saddles to mimic the radius of the fretboard. IMO the system is more trouble than it's worth, but I'd probably buy another guitar with a Floyd if it were something as cool as this EVH prototype :)
     
  17. VHTStark

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    Pretty dang cool Hans! Between this and your "Raven" I would say you have the two sweetest 25.5" scale PRS super-strats out there!
     
  18. ]-[@n$0Ma☩!©

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    Wow, man. That's quite a compliment. Thank you!

    I hope this thread gets some traction with Google and other search engines. Maybe someone, somewhere, has more info to share on this guitar's history. There are lots of little things that remain unanswered - like the signatures that PRS removed for me. There was no hard-evidence that it was actually signed by Eddie so it had to go. Some people said I was nuts for doing that but, in the end, I don't think it really mattered.

    This is how it looked when I bought it (photo courtesy of Skitchy Zimmers).

    EVH_Proto_PRS_Signed.jpg
     
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  19. cwhenke

    cwhenke Carvin Striations

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    I've often said the story of the guitar is worth more than the guitar itself. I'd say this is the case here.

    Congrats, Hans.
     
  20. Brad737

    Brad737 This space for rent...

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    Dibs after Timmy!!!!
     

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