Anyone who’s ever been in a Hard Rock Cafe has probably gazed at the instruments of different rockstars hung on the wall, but probably refrained from taking them home while no one is watching. The same can not be said about a patron at the San Antonio, Texas branch, who made off with the Eddie Van Halen Frankenstrat on the wall, which was valued at $100,000.
The thief strolled in to the Hard Rock Cafe in question on the evening of Thursday 16 Nov, grabbed the guitar off the wall and just casually walked out, according to My San Antonio. Authorities are now searching for the highly valued instrument, but the investigation might prove difficult, considering no one witnessed the theft. No one even noticed that the guitar was gone until an employee reported its absence while closing up the shop, so who knows when it was stolen during the day. The guitar is one of the several Eddie Van Halen Frankenstrats, custom made for him throughout his career. The guitar was signed and donated to the Cafe in 2004 and has been there since, until now.
Edward Lodewijk Van Halen (born January 26, 1955) is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the American hard rock band Van Halen and is considered as one of the most influential guitarists in the history of rock music. In 2011, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Van Halen number eight in the list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists. In 2012, he was voted number one in a Guitar World magazine reader’s poll for “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.