George Abel Van Eps was an American swing and mainstream jazz guitarist. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of "George Van Eps' Seven-String Guitar" on Discogs. In the s, he invented a model of guitar with another bass string added to the common six-string guitar. The seven-string guitar allowed him to play. In Mr. Van Eps, who had recently moved to California, went to the Epiphone guitar company to broaden the palette of his instrument, adding. GVE had a seven string classic guitar that Epiphone built for him. He used it to play at home as a practice guitar. In the interview that. › George-Van-Eps-Seven-String-Guitar. George Van Eps - George Van Eps' Seven-String Guitar - Music. The Van Eps model was named for guitar virtuoso George Van Eps, a seven-string guitar pioneer and jazz king. Van Eps had used a custom-built seven-string until. By the time this example was made, the sunburst seven-string was the only version available, and only by special order. This guitar is in Near Mint. Sunburst, the first production seven string guitar. This one has been rebound (you're welcome) including a nine layer heel cap.