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EVH '78 Eruption RELIC - LIMITED EDITION - Only 1 Available - 30 worldwide

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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 almost immediately, this monumental instrument became a timeless icon, symbolic of a paradigm shift in guitar-driven rock and roll.

While many a fan has attempted to duplicate his guitar over the past 40 years, for the first time ever, EVH Gear has recreated 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 30 guitars worldwide, the '78 Eruption Relic 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 reliced handle and 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 3-in-One oil can. This model is also accompanied by an exclusive collector’s booklet, a backstage pass vinyl cloth sticker, 8"x10" 1978 concert photo of Eddie Van Halen, signed certificate of authenticity and an autographed vinyl copy of Van Halen.

    This guitar is currently in production at EVH, it will come when it is done being built. THis is for the ultimate collector and will not last long. We secured this guitar is under full warranty with us, unfortunately we sold out on our NOS version so this is the last of it.
  • Limited to only 30 pieces worldwide
  • 25.5” scale length
  • Ash Strat® body
  • Bolt-on maple neck with oiled back finish
  • Straight 12” radius maple fingerboard with katalox dots and black side dots
  • 21 ,owed-down (fretless wonder) 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
  • Reliced white-with-black stripes hand-painted lacquer finish
  • 61071 Stamped Neck Plate

  • Autographed Van Halen vinyl
  • Custom-made period correct G&G case with reliced handle and latches
  • Exclusive Eruption Collector’s Booklet
  • '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


Model Name: '78 Eruption Relic
Model Number: 5107878000
Series: Limited Edition
Color: Black and White Stripes


Body Shape: Sharp Radius Stratocaster®
Body Material: Ash
Body Finish: Thin Nitrocellulose Lacquer


Neck Material: 2-Piece Birdseye Maple
Neck Shape: Custom
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard Radius: 12" (305 mm)
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Mowed Down Jumbo Frets
String Nut: Brass
Nut Width: 1.685" (42.8 mm)
Neck Plate: 61071 Stamped Neck Plate
Neck Finish: Hand-Rubbed Oil
Fingerboard: AA Birdseye Maple
Position Inlays: Katalox


Bridge Pickup: EVH® Frankenstein® Humbucking Bridge Pickup
Controls: Volume (500K EVH® Bourns Low Friction Pot)
Pickup Switching: None
Pickup Configuration: H


Bridge: Vintage Fender® Stratocaster® Bridge with a Kluson® Brass Block
Tuning Machines: Schaller® Diecast
Hardware Finish: Chrome Relic®
Pickguard: 1-Ply Black
Control Knobs: Aged White


Strings: '70s Era Super Bullets .009-.040

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