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Stainless steel and other metal accessories make rocker Eddie Van Halen’s latest guitar completely indestructible.Ã‚Â Even Pete Townsend, well-known as the “guitar-smashing, amp-crashing” musician from The Who,Ã‚Â would have trouble breakingÃ‚Â Van Halen’sÃ‚Â guitar — but a close examination of this rock ‘n roll fortress could easily scale back destructive habits.Ã‚Â Each high-qualityÃ‚Â component in the guitar is finely tuned for an unbreakable,Ã‚Â yet resonantÃ‚Â piece of equipment.
Named “the Wolfgang” after Van Halen’s son and bass player, the guitar relies on custom-built stainless steel frets. Van Halen teamed up with a medical supply company to produce certain metal pieces. In addition, the guitar comes equipped with a Floyd Rose tremolo, an invention fromÃ‚Â an innovative machinist. It keepsÃ‚Â the guitar in tune, despite any dive-bombing whammy-bar abuse.
This isn’t the first time Van Halen created his own equipment; the guitarist has ripped apart guitars and redesigned them for years (that is, when he isn’t destroying them onstage). “During the last show, I actually tried to break a Wolfgang, and it wouldn’t break,” Van Halen shrugged during an interview with CNN.Ã‚Â I threw it up in the air, and later put it out in the rain. I picked it up half an hour later, and it was still in tune.”
The high-end guitar sells for $3,000. Despite the weighty price, there are no guarantees thatÃ‚Â owning a Wolfgang will improve your rendition of Eruption. But at least you can toss it around without any fears of breaking!