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    I was watching this doc on HBO : Bitching the sound and fury of Rick janes
    The guitarist was playing the black and yellow bumble bee it was on soul train
    His first big album 1978 any insight would be great ie did Ed bite this guys style or did he copy him?

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    I saw this footage recently too. I believe this was one of the VH style Charvels that were being sold around that time - part of the reason why Ed abandoned the bee and caused issues between Ed and Charvel / Grover Jackson.

    If Ed striping guitars was inspired by anybody it was more likely Chip Kinman of the Dils, a contemporary of Ed's that put electrical tape on a white Les Paul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedi McFly View Post
    I saw this footage recently too. I believe this was one of the VH style Charvels that were being sold around that time - part of the reason why Ed abandoned the bee and caused issues between Ed and Charvel / Grover Jackson.

    If Ed striping guitars was inspired by anybody it was more likely Chip Kinman of the Dils, a contemporary of Ed's that put electrical tape on a white Les Paul.
    I can't find it on Youtube or anywhere but you can see the aforementioned guitar and striping in Cheech and Chongs Up In Smoke during the battle of the bands. I know Chip says Eddie stole it from him but VH1 was released in Feb 1978. Up in Smoke September 1978. So obviously VH1 was recorded in 1977 and its likely Up in Smoke was filmed early 1978.

    Who knows who got it first. We do know who popularized it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondmosh View Post
    I was watching this doc on HBO : Bitching the sound and fury of Rick janes
    The guitarist was playing the black and yellow bumble bee it was on soul train
    His first big album 1978 any insight would be great ie did Ed bite this guys style or did he copy him?

    I remember that…he played it during Superfreak…I remember at the time thinking the guitarist looked out of place in Rick James’ band. I also recall thinking he was copying Eddie’s look and guitar.


    Here he is on Merv Griffin…


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    Around this same time Cameo released the song Candy with a wicked Ed type of Solo. At the time it was so brutal to hear Ed's style on a cool pop hit.



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    Unrelated, but the story of a party happening at Sharon Tate's house the night she was murdered is false.

    Rick James claims he was sleeping off a hangover, skipped a party, and thus avoided being murdered. It ain't true.

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    Original post:
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    Apparently he liked Ed’s knee pads, too!


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    I believe Derek Smalls started the trend in 1967 with the Thamesmen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziggysmalls View Post
    I can't find it on Youtube or anywhere but you can see the aforementioned guitar and striping in Cheech and Chongs Up In Smoke during the battle of the bands. I know Chip says Eddie stole it from him but VH1 was released in Feb 1978. Up in Smoke September 1978. So obviously VH1 was recorded in 1977 and its likely Up in Smoke was filmed early 1978.

    Who knows who got it first. We do know who popularized it
    Up in Smoke was filmed in May and June of 1977.

    Van Halen I was recorded in October of 1977.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 87GNX View Post
    Up in Smoke was filmed in May and June of 1977.

    Van Halen I was recorded in October of 1977.
    But the guitar was stripped before they recorded.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 87GNX View Post
    Up in Smoke was filmed in May and June of 1977.

    Van Halen I was recorded in October of 1977.
    First known images of the striped Frankenstein were August 1, 1977.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Vs. Dave View Post


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedi McFly View Post
    First known images of the striped Frankenstein were August 1, 1977.
    Yup, so we definitely have a very short time frame to work with. It would help if we knew how long before Up in Smoke filming the guitar was striped. In Van Halen Rising, the first mention of the Frankie being striped was actually done with electrical tape. The Up in Smoke guitarist had electrical tape strung across his shirt. Can't say for sure if the guitar was painted that way, or was using electrical tape

 

 

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