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EVH 78′ Eruption

Serial Number: XN7225

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. 

Other specifications include:

  • Limited to only 40 pieces worldwide
  • 25.5” scale length
  • 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 a Kluson® brass block
  • Eye-screw strap hooks
  • Schaller® tuning keys
  • White-with-black stripes hand-painted lacquer finish
  • 61071 Stamped Neck-Plate
  • Custom-made period correct G&G case
  • ’78 chain strap
  • 3-in-One oil can
  • Signed Certificate of Authenticity
  • Two packs of ’70s-era Fender Super Bullets strings in recreated packaging
  • Van Halen ’70s tortoiseshell picks
  • Backstage Pass vinyl cloth sticker on the case plus one unused sticker inside
  • 8”x10” 1978 concert photo of Eddie Van Halen
  • Exclusive Eruption Collector’s Booklet
  • 7 lbs 5 oz
  • XN7225A

For more information about the EVH 78′ Eruption guitar, please contact us.


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