Eddie Van Halen’s Ibanez 2387 Flying V
Eddie was photographed with this guitar around 1974-75. Allegedly this Ibanez was a direct replacement for the 1969 Les Paul that Eddie played prior, and had stolen from him. Also allegedly, the Ibanez was met with the same fate and had to be replaced with a Gibson Firebird.
Interestingly, all of the photos there are of Eddie with the guitar originate from the same concert, so it could be that Eddie had this guitar for a very short period of time. Otherwise, one would think, we would have more photos of it.
Also, please note that all of the information regarding the thefts is according to a Guitar World post from 2021, which is now locked behind a paywall. If you happen to stumble upon any statements coming directly from Eddie regarding these guitars and their histories, please post them in the comments.
Eddie’s Ibanez 2387 was finished in a clear red lacquer, it had a 22-fret neck with a rosewood fretboard with dot inlays, and a Tune-o-Matic style fixed bridge and stop tailpiece.
As far as pickups, the neck one looks like the original humbucker that was fitted on the model, but the bridge pickup had a metal cover on it – which according to the Ibanez spec sheet, shouldn’t be the case. This could mean that Eddie likely moded the guitar with a custom humbucker.
Also, Eddie’s guitar shows no visible branding on the truss rod cover, which is where you’ll find the Ibanez logo on 2387 models. Maybe Eddie removed this himself, and maybe he wasted the guitar to look and play more like a Gibson, which would also explain the pickup change.
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