Eddie Van Halen’s Ovation Nylon-string Guitar

According to Eddie, he used a nylon-string Ovation to record the song Spanish Fly from the band’s second album, Van Halen II. The guitar was seen in the famous “pickaxe” photo sitting on the floor, but unfortunately, it’s hard to tell the exact model just from that one photo.

I have an acoustic, too — the one I used on “Spanish Fly.” It’s an Ovation nylon-string, not the real expensive model. I’ve never owned a steel-string.

“Young Wizard of Power Rock” By: Jas Obrecht Guitar Player (April 1980)


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