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.
While many a fan has attempted to duplicate his guitar over the past 40 years, for the first time ever, EVH Gear is recreating Eddie Van Halen’s hand-built axe right down to every nick and scratch, as well as his period-correct case and case candy items.
Limited to only 8 guitars worldwide, the Super '78 model features all of the original specs including an ash Strat® body, bolt-on maple neck with oiled back finish, straight 12” radius maple fingerboard with katalox face dots, black side dots and 21 mowed-down jumbo frets, hand-cut black pickguard, EVH Frankenstein™ humbucking bridge pickup, vintage Fender® Stratocaster® bridge with a Kluson® brass block and Schaller® tuning keys. Its white-with-black stripes motif paint job has been reliced to match the wear and tear from the band’s first-ever world tour, and is stylishly finished off with distressed eye-screw strap hooks and a 61071 stamped neck plate.
In a true homage to this pivotal period, EVH has also recreated Eddie Van Halen’s original G&G case (with a tour-worn outer treatment and distressed latches) 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 vintage 3-in-One oil can. This model is also accompanied by an exclusive collector’s booklet, a backstage pass vinyl cloth sticker and several autographed items including a certificate of authenticity, signed 8”x10” 1978 concert photo of Eddie Van Halen, vinyl copy of Van Halen and a rare original Van Halen Looney Tunes Merrie Melodies red vinyl.
Adding to the value and the once-in-a lifetime collector’s nature of this package, Eddie Van Halen played “Eruption” from Van Halen in its entirety on each guitar and then signed the back of the headstock, which was video recorded for prosperity and will be presented to the instrument’s future owner on an EVH thumb drive.
|Model Name:||Super '78|
|Color:||White with Black 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)|
|Headstock:||Large '70s Style|
|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|
|Hardware Finish:||Chrome Relic®|
|Control Knobs:||Aged White|
|Strings:||'70s Era Super Bullets .009-.040|