Eddie Van Halen’s Petschulat Little Guitar (#16, Red)

This is the second”little guitar” that Eddie bought from the builder David Petschulat, likely sometime in 1984, as that was the first time he was seen using it. According to David, this second guitar had the serial number 16, and Eddie paid $900 for it.

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This second guitar was custom ordered by Eddie, who requested the body to be fatter than the one on the first guitar, and he wanted full-sized humbuckers. The guitar was finished in dark wine red, and it styled a Van Halen logo on the headstock, instead of Petschulat’s own (Small Is The New BIG: How 3/4 Size Guitars Are Currently Reshaping The Sonic Landscape).

Although this is purely speculative, the guitar was probably used for the exact same purpose as the first one – to play the song “Little Guitar” live.


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