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Eddie Van Halen aficionados are beside themselves with guitarist’s trio of 40th anniversary “Eruption” guitar models. Blabbermouth linked to the EVHgear.com page which is advertising the Super ’78 — limited to only 8 pieces; the ’78 Eruption Relic — limited to only 30 guitars; and the ’78 Eruption — limited to only 40 pieces. The black and white “Eruption” guitar was featured on the 1978 Van Halen album cover and was the first among Eddie Van Halen’s iconic axes. Van Halen posted on his gear page: “Of all the guitars I’ve ever built, the white and black guitar will always be my favorite because it did all the things I needed a guitar to do, which prior to that guitar did not exist. So much changed because of it. I recorded the first album with it and did (Van Halen‘s) first world tour with it. The ’78 Eruption tribute is as close to my original in sound and feel as humanly possible. I’m incredibly proud of it.”

The guitar is described on the EVHgear.com page as follows:

After first starting out with his ’58 Fender Strat, Eddie decided he wanted a heavier piece of wood for the body, so he bought a Strat-shaped body for $50 and a neck for $80. This new body, of course, came pre-routed for three single-coil pickups, so Van Halen again took up his chisel and soldering iron to install the humbucking pickup, which he had potted himself to reduce feedback by dipping it into a coffee can full of paraffin wax.

Also to his preference, he removed the varnish from the neck, which was wider and thinner, and re-fretted it with larger fret wire and Crazy Glue. It was this Strat body that first received the distinctive and soon-to-be-iconic striped paint job; Van Halen sprayed it with black and white acrylic lacquer Schwinn bicycle paint.

He cut out and mounted his own homemade black pickguard, covering the neck and middle pickup routings, and installed a single master volume knob (although the knob itself, famously, was a “Tone” knob), brass nut and the tailpiece from the ’58 Stratocaster.

In addition to the guitars, “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 three-in-one oil. The tribute models are also accompanied by an exclusive collector’s booklet, a backstage pass vinyl cloth sticker, 8-inch-by-10-inch 1978 concert photo of Eddie Van Halen, autographed certificate of authenticity and an autographed vinyl copy of Van Halen.”

Van Halen released its self-titled debut album on February 10th, 1978. Over the years, the band was able to navigate through changing demographics and shifting trends throughout its career. We asked Eddie Van Halen how the band has been able to rise above rock’s changing tides: [“I don’t know if we’ve risen above anything, but I do know that we have never been one to follow trends. Y’know, whether it be punk, disco, rap, industrial, whatever terms they have nowadays — we’re a rock n’ roll band, and we make music that pleases us. We make music from the heart.”] SOUNDCUE (:15 OC: . . . from the heart)


The specifications for the “Super ’78 ‘Eruption’ editions” – via EVHgear.com

Limited to only 8 worldwide pieces

  • 25.5-inch scale length
  • Ash Strat body
  • Bolt-on maple neck with oiled back finish
  • Straight 12-inch radius maple fingerboard with katalox dots and black side dots
  • 21 mowed-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

Super ’78 Case Candy

  • Eddie Van Halen played “Eruption” and signed the back of the headstock on each of the Super ‘78 guitars, which was filmed & will be placed on an EVH thumb drive for the instrument’s future owner
  • Autographed Van Halen vinyl
  • Autographed Van Halen rare original Looney Tunes Merrie Melodies vinyl
  • Custom-made period correct G&G case with tour-worn outer treatment and distressed latches
  • Exclusive Eruption Collector’s Booklet
  • ’78 chain strap
  • 3-in-One oil in its period-correct 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
  • Signed 8-inch-by-10-inch 1978 concert photo of Eddie Van Halen