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Eddie Van Halen's guitar attachment design going up for auction
Van Halen’s guitar on the auction block
Guernsey’s Arlan Ettinger on some of the guitars available to bid on at the auction house.
The late Eddie Van Halen was a musical inventor as well as a guitar legend.
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The late musician pioneered new guitar techniques and he even came up with a way to free up his hands on stage to shred even more than the instrument normally allows. Now, a patent that he submitted in the 1980s is going up for auction in the wake of his death at age 65.
According to TMZ, memorabilia collector Eric Kuck said that he previously obtained an original design that Eddie submitted to the U.S. patent office in 1985 that includes a mockup for his “musical instrument support” device that allowed him to rest a guitar on his body and play it like a keyboard with both his hands. Now, he’s planning to put it up for auction at his brother’s Tampa-area business, Carrollwood Fine Wine and Spirits.
The item contains the original detailed drawings as well as a certificate of authenticity. The drawings also include the late rocker’s signature to further prove they’re legitimate.