Our Custom Made Eddie Van Halen Kramer 5150 Guitar
Items Our replicated Kramer 5150 Headstock Kramer Style Neck Wood Maple Construction Bolt-on Fingerboard Maple Inlays Dot Inlays Scale Length 25.5" Frets 22 Pickups 1 Humbuckers Controls
Bridge Licenced Floyd Rose Tremolo Finish Red w/ Black and White Stripes String D'Addario Hardware Chrome Finish
About Van Helen
Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen (born January 26, 1955) is a Dutch virtuoso guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist and co-founder of the eponymous hard rock band Van Halen. He is often considered as one of the world's greatest guitarist, with Allmusic describing him as "Second to onlyJimi Hendrix... undoubtedly one of the most influential, original, and talented rock guitarists of the 20th century." He is ranked 8th in Rolling Stone's 2011 list of the Top 100 guitarists. In 2012,Guitar World's poll named him as the greatest guitarist of all-time. Eddie van Halen's approach to the guitar involves several distinctive components. His use of two-handedtapping, natural and artificial harmonics, vibrato, and tremolo picking, combined with his rhythmic sensibility and melodic approach, have influenced an entire generation of guitarists. The solo in "Eruption" was voted #2 on Guitar World magazine's readers poll of the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.
In 1983, Eddie began to use a brand new Kramer guitar with artwork similar to its predecessor and with a hockey-stick or "banana" headstock, which came to be known as the "5150." This guitar was rear-loaded (no pick guard), had a Floyd Rose vibrato unit and a neck that was later electronically mapped in order for it to be copied on the later Music Man and Peavey signature models. This guitar was last used on the track "Judgment Day" on theFor Unlawful Carnal Knowledge album. Various versions of it can be seen in the music videos for "Panama","When It's Love" and the concert video, Live Without a Net. The guitar itself was a variant of a Kramer Pacer, although not a model that was technically available at the time.
Edward Van Halen's 5150 Guitar is one of the most recognizable guitars in rock history. Ed assembled this guitar himself at the Kramer factory, and even painted it himself with Krylon "rattle-can" paint. The guitar consisted of an original Floyd Rose tremolo, one humbucker, and a single volume knob. A very simple guitar, for a very simple sound that is truly amazing.
The myth behind this great guitar is that it is a Kramer Baretta. This is actually a totally custom guitar made from custom parts in the old Kramer Guitar Factory in Neptune NJ. Another fact is that the body isn't actually a Baretta. The body is what would have been known as a Kramer Pacer Special. In fact, the control cavity is very different from most Kramers that were produced in the 80's.
Our Replicated Eddie Van Halen Kramer 5150 Guitar
We bought professional drawings and meticulously studied this electric guitar, thus we can grasp every details of processing technique. So all our guitars are flawless when it comes to craftmanship. Besides, they are absolutely 100% hand-mades. In the above spec-sheet, you can see that our replicated Eddie Van Halen Kramer 5150 exactly followed the original Kramer 5150's specifications.
The neck has some interesting characteristics as well. It was designed with an assymetrical back shape, something Kramer never offered on its guitars. The Ernie Ball MusicMan EVH model, and the EVH Wolfgang have both been modeled after this backshape. Our replicated Eddie Van Halen Kramer 5150 Guitar neck also looks very clean in this picture, just the same as the original.
Additionally, the pickup is custom made by Edward himself, and rumor has it that Seymour Duncan was going to market a pickup just like his as the EVH signature pickup. This later became the Custom Custom. The headstock is truly original as well, Kramer never made a headstock like the one on Ed's 5150. It was another custom addition.
The last known recording with this guitar was Judgement Day on the Van Halen LP F.U.C.K. Around that same era, the headstock was broken around the 5th guitar tuner, and was repaired by MusicMan. This guitar is an absolute players guitar, it aint pretty, its made for playin'! So you may rest assured that, on the technical side, this guitar will not disappoint you. In a word, our replicated Eddie Van Halen Kramer 5150 Guitar is nearly the same as the original one.
Van Halen’s Tone
The now famous single pickup, single volume knob guitar configuration was the chosen platform due to Van Halen's lack of knowledge in electronic circuitry, primitive wire soldering skills, and his disappointment in not finding an adequate, durable bridge and neck pick-up combination on his own. Upon installing the humbucking pickup he did not know how to wire it into the guitar circuit, so he wired the simplest working circuit to get it to function.
His later guitars include various Kramer models from his period of endorsing that company (most notably the Kramer "5150", from which Kramer in its Gibson-owned days based their Kramer 1984 design, an unofficial artist signature model) and three signature models: the Ernie Ball/ Music Man Edward van Halen Model (Which continues as the Ernie Ball Axis), the Peavey EVH Wolfgang (which has been succeeded by a similar guitar called the HP Special), and the Charvel EVH Art Series, on which Eddie does the striping before they are painted by Charvel.
In an interview he gave to Guitar World magazine in July, 1985, Van Halen states that his "brown sound" is "basically a tone, a feeling that I'm always working at ... It comes from the person." He continues, "If the person doesn't even know what that type of tone I'm talking about is, they can't really work towards it, can they?"
How to Make The Brown sound
This is sound many people are trying to achieve, that great Van Halen, Van Halen II and Fair Warning tones that produced Ed's signature Brown Sound. There are two distinct areas of focus necessary to achieve the Brown Sound: guitar and amp/effects.
The easiest way to achieve EVH's later sound (5150 and later) is to use a Peavey 5150 amp or the later model 5150 II. Different amp settings are available at the EVH Guitar Registry. A key component in Ed's use of these amps is the Rockman SmartGate in the effects loop to quiet the amp.
Amp Setup for Brown Sound
The amp used for the early Van Halen records is a 100 Watt Marshal Super Lead otherwise known as a Plexi. Amps were mainly stock and may or may not have used a Variac to control the voltage. The effects rig is also quite simple and included the following:
• MXR Phase 90
• MXR Flanger
• 6 band EQ - set for mid-range boost (frown curve)
• 2 tape echo units
Use our Eddie Van Halen Kramer 5150 Guitar to make fantastic Brown Sound!
This guitar has some truly great features for the right price. Should you be considering a guitar that managed to satisfy a lot of musicians' desires –Eddie Van Halen Kramer 5150 is a great choice! You can rest assured that our replicated guitar is excellent quality and reasonable price. Any questions please feel free to contact us. More HD pictures please do not hesitate to email us.
Last but not least, Eddie is in a class by himself, as a player and musical personality. Eddie Van Halen's guitars are every bit as famous as he is. As pictured above, we can replicate other EVH Guitars as well and we have replicated them for our customers. If you dream it, we can custom made it. Any questions please feel free to get in touch with us.User Comment
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