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Eddie Van Halen's guitar given to Smithsonian

This undated handout photo provided by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History shows an Eddie Van Halen guitar. The museum announced that it has acquired the 'Frank 2' guitar that Van Halen used during his 2007-2008 North American tour with original lead singer David Lee Roth. (Hugh Talman, Smithsonian's National Museum of American History)

February 8, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
One of Eddie Van Halen's guitars was given to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

The museum acquired the "Frank 2" guitar that Van Halen used during his 2007-2008 North American tour with original lead singer David Lee Roth.

The multicolored guitar is a replica of the original "Frankenstein" guitar that Van Halen used for more than 30 years.

The museum's director said the guitar reflects Van Halen's innovation, talent and influence. It will be part of the museum's instrument collection.

A museum spokeswoman said there are no current plans to put the guitar on public view.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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