On the cover of Van Halen’s 1978 eponymous debut album, Eddie Van Halen thrusts his black-and-white striped instrument towards the camera as if he’s showing you the future. He played this guitar on his unprecedented and mind-blowing instrumental track “Eruption”, hence its nickname, and sure enough, this monumental instrument quickly became a timeless icon.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this instantly recognizable axe, EVH Gear is offering a limited 40-piece run of the EVH '78 Eruption guitar as it appeared in its original pristine condition, prior to Van Halen embarking on its first-ever world tour.
This model features all of the original specs including an ash Strat® body, bolt-on maple neck with oiled neck back finish, straight 12” radius maple fingerboard with katalox dots, black side dots and 21 jumbo frets, hand-cut black pickguard, EVH Frankenstein humbucking bridge pickup, vintage Fender® Stratocaster® bridge with Kluson® brass block and Schaller® tuning keys. Its white-with-black stripes motif paint job paint job is stylishly finished off with eye-screw strap hooks and a 61071 stamped neck plate.
In homage to this pivotal period, EVH has also recreated Eddie Van Halen’s original G&G case and loaded it up with the very items used by him at the time, such as '70s-era Fender Super Bullets strings, Van Halen '70s tortoiseshell picks, ’78 chain strap and 3-in-One oil can. This model is also accompanied by an exclusive collector’s booklet, a backstage pass vinyl cloth sticker, 1978 concert photo of Eddie Van Halen, signed certificate of authenticity and an autographed vinyl copy of Van Halen.
|Model Name:||'78 Eruption|
|Color:||Black and White Stripes|
|Body Shape:||Sharp Radius Stratocaster®|
|Body Finish:||Thin Nitrocellulose Lacquer|
|Neck Material:||2-Piece Birdseye Maple|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||12" (305 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Nut Width:||1.685" (42.8 mm)|
|Neck Plate:||61071 Stamped Neck Plate|
|Neck Finish:||Hand-Rubbed Oil|
|Fingerboard:||AA Birdseye Maple|
|Bridge Pickup:||EVH® Frankenstein® Humbucking Bridge Pickup|
|Controls:||Volume (500K EVH® Bourns Low Friction Pot)|
|Bridge:||Vintage Fender® Stratocaster® Bridge with a Kluson® Brass Block|
|Tuning Machines:||Schaller® Diecast|
|Control Knobs:||Aged White Plastic|
|Strings:||'70s Era Super Bullets .009-.040|