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 this instantly recognizable axe, as well as his period-correct case candy items.

Back when this trailblazing album first appeared, nobody had ever seen or heard a guitar like that 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 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.

Although it didn’t take long to build and although the whole shebang cost him less than $150, this guitar would change the world.

Now, fans can own a piece of rock and roll history with our three tribute model packages featuring the Super ’78 (limited to only 8 pieces), ’78 Eruption Relic (limited to only 30 guitars) and ’78 Eruption (limited to only 40 pieces).

And in a true 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. The tribute models are also accompanied by an exclusive collector’s booklet, a backstage pass vinyl cloth sticker, 8”x10” 1978 concert photo of Eddie Van Halen, autographed certificate of authenticity and an autographed vinyl copy of Van Halen.

Eruption ‘78 MODELS


Super '78 Specifications
  • Limited to only 8 worldwide pieces
  • 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 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

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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”x10” 1978 concert photo of Eddie Van Halen
'78 Eruption Relic Specifications
  • 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 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

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78' Eruption Relic Case Candy
  • 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
'78 Eruption Specifications
  • Limited to only 40 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, 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 (pristine condition)
  • 61071 Stamped Neck Plate

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'78 Eruption Case Candy
  • Autographed Van Halen vinyl
  • 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 

Eruption Highlights


Tour-worn period correct G&G case
'70s-era Fender® Super Bullets strings

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