You are looking at a 2018 EVH 1978 Eruption limited edition of only 40 made. This is an exact replica of the legendary guitar that Eddie Van Halen played and toured with from their debut album back in 1978. There are 3 versions of this model… this is the NOS version, which depicts the condition before the tour started.
Back when Van Halen’s trailblazing album first appeared, nobody had ever seen or heard a guitar like the one Eddie Van Halen played on it because no such guitar ever existed. What was it You couldn’t buy one.
That’s because he made it himself. The then 22-year-old Eddie Van Halen had the mind of not only a great musician, but also of an innovative inventor—a constant tinkerer who was always messing with his gear. He couldn’t help it. No off-the-shelf guitar had the features he needed to really let his playing take off, and he knew it. He’d tried a few staples in his formative years, but eventually found them all lacking in one way or another. So, he took matters into his own capable hands.
After 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 pick-guard, 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.
Although it didn’t take long to build and although the whole shebang cost him less than $150, this guitar would change the world!
I don’t think I have to tell you how collectible this guitar is… It is rock & roll history at it’s finest. She’s 100% original and ready to rock your world!
Here is the lowdown on the features:
Model Name: EVH 1978 Eruption
Limited Edition: only 40 made worldwide
Color: White & Black, lacquer
Body: Ash Strat body
Neck: Birds-eye maple, bolt-on
Neck Profile: Slim
Fretboard: Birds-eye maple
Fretboard Radius 12"
Frets: Jumbo, 21 frets
Inlays: Katalox dots, with black side dots
Pickup: EVH Frankenstein humbucker, uncovered
Control: 1 volume (but labeled “tone”)
Bridge: Vintage Fender Strat, with Kluson brass block
Machine Heads: Schaller tuning machines
Pick-guard: Hand-cut, single-ply, black
Neck Plate: 4-bolt
Weight: 7.2 lbs.
Serial # 61071
She was born in 2018 and is in perfect unplayed condition, with no wear or issues to report. Also included is the original hard shell case, and even includes all of the case candy, including the hand-signed album, hand-signed 8x10 picture, EVH book, oil for the brass nut, guitar strap, and certificate, just as shown in the last picture! This even includes the original shipping carton! Whoever brings this baby home is gonna be STOKED!!