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Ten Inventions That Sprung From Celebrity Brains

Eddie Van Halen | Image: Alan Light

The public perception of celebrities often tends to underestimate them in terms of intelligence. It's easy to look superficially at entertainers and other famous people and assume they are mostly dim bulbs. But many are deeper than they appear, and have active, industrious minds. People such as guitar god Eddie Van Halen, for example.

Inheriting from his father a penchant for solving life's problems with inventions, when a problem or inconvenience arises in his music career, Van Halen creates gadgets to eradicate such issues. He's made a number of adjustments to his guitars that have allowed him more comfort and efficiency of movement as he plays.

Van Halen's guitar support | Image: Eddie Van Halen

Eddie patented some of his ideas, such as a bridge with a lever that allowed him to retune his guitar quickly while onstage. Perhaps his most recognizable invention is a support for stringed instruments that he created in order to better see the string side of the guitar as he picks and taps. 

Read about more celebrity inventions by everyone from Gary Burghoff (Radar from M*A*S*H) to Charlie Sheen, here.


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