David Lee Roth was recently questioned about one of his paintings he calls "Big Waves," which resembled Eddie Van Halen's iconic "Frankenstein" guitar. Dave had a simple reply-- he helped design the iconic guitar's art scheme.
Dave said, "Alex Van Halen was there when I walked in with three rolls of tape. I said to Ed, 'an expanding linear pattern.' And within like four minutes I laid it out. Kaboom. So essentially, I say with a great big sense of humor, I invented coffee, they invented a cup. Later they added colors to it gloriously."
The guitar’s different color schemes are red with white and black; yellow with black; and the original white and black.
[Source: Classic Hits Today]