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    Inside the Balance c.d. there is a photo of a strat-style guitar and an egg balanced in the upper bout or horn. I have seen it hundreds of times but just wondered today why didn't they use one of Eddie's striped guitars? It was 1995 and the guitar looks like a Kramer Focus to me.

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    Been awhile since I paid attention to it, I always thought it was one of eddies peavey guitars or the EBMM...don't recall the year he switched.
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    I thought it was a bass guitar.

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    I'm pretty sure it's just a stock photo. Wasn't Eddie's guitar at all. I remember being disappointed when I saw it, because I thought it was pretty lame for a band like Van Halen to resort to a stock image. I was hoping for something cooler.
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    Looks like a bass to me too.

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    Not a bass. Look at the gauge of the strings.


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    Looks like a free range large egg to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cabomiro View Post
    Looks like a free range large egg to me.
    Quite possibly from a female chicken. I'm going to need to see more pics of this egg.
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    Hmmm.. this seems to be the thread to perhaps resurrect the omelet pics?...
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    The egg would have made for a better cover than the actual trainwreck they used. The mid-nineties were not a good time for VH album cover artwork. The next album art would make even less sense.
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    That always reminded me of a Kramer Ripley.
    I did get a Kramer Ripley in 1995 maybe that's why.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cabomiro View Post
    Looks like a free range large egg to me.
    I'm sure someone here will say its a caged egg... because its Van Halen.
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    I think it speaks to the fragile nature of certain members (their position in the band, state of mind, health, etc) and to a degree the band as a whole during that time period. One little tip the wrong way and it/they fall apart. This is all as seen thru the lens of dang near 20yrs.

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    The egg is hard boiled... just like us long suffering fans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Dreamer View Post
    The egg would have made for a better cover than the actual trainwreck they used.
    I always thought this would've been a better cover also. The Balance and 3 covers just weren't very good.
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