If you have ever wanted to own a guitar once used by the late and great Eddie Van Halen, you now have a chance (that said, you’ll need a couple of million dollars first).
The guitar that Eddie Van Halen used in the music video for Van Halen‘s “Hot For Teacher” is currently up for auction (thanks to the folks over at Sotheby’s). At the time of this writing, the starting bid on the guitar is…. $1,800,000. Per Sotheby’s, it’s estimated that the guitar will reach $2-3 million.
Per the details associated with the guitar, Sotheby’s provides the following:
“One of the Most Iconic Guitars of the MTV Era as Played by the most influential guitarist of his generation.
“The legendary ‘Hot for Teacher’ stage used and filmed guitar, custom made by Paul Unkert of Kramer Guitars for Eddie Van Halen, including important innovations customized for Eddie’s evolving guitar technique.
“Poplar double-cut ‘Strat’ style body, the top routed for a single double-coil Seymour Duncan humbucker pickup, volume control, Floyd Rose bridge with whammy bar, unvarnished 22 fret maple bolt-on neck (stamped ‘UNK’ on heel) with Kramer sticker on headstock, unvarnished body and headstock spray painted with Van Halen’s characteristic black and white abstract stripe design on a red ground, rear routed for the Floyd Rose’s three springs and stop, no pick guard or rear cover (as designed), screw holes on the back for Eddie Van Halen’s patented flip-up rest (for playing the guitar horizontally.
“Original case with tour and Warner Brothers tags. [With:] The straight jacket and white gloves worn by Van Halen in the video.
“Unkert’s accompanying letter of 4/13/05 details the guitar’s history: ‘The ‘Hot For Teacher’ Van Halen [guitar] was built by me at the Kramer Green Grove Road Plant in Neptune, NJ around 1982-1985/ #CO176. Look for ‘Unk’ stamps on Neck and Body. It was my last project for Ed and Kramer. Paul ‘Unk’ Unkert.'”
If you are interested in learning more about this guitar, or even placing a bid, you can do so by following this link here.