It's actually just called "Musical instrument support," but the inventor is indeed "Van Halen, Edward L.," of Los Angeles, California.
The present invention relates in general to a stabilizing support for a musical instrument of the type having a body and fretted neck, e.g., guitars, banjos, mandolins and the like, and more particularly, to a musical instrument mounted device which positions the instrument in a substantially perpendicular orientation to a musician's body to provide total freedom for the musician's hands to play the instrument in a completely new way, thus allowing the musician to create new techniques and sounds previously unknown to any musician.
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Link: U.S. Pat. No. 4,656,917