'78 Eruption Relic

Model: 5107878000 Series: Limited Edition
'78 Eruption Relic

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.

  • 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
MSRP: $12500.00
Color: Black and White Stripes


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


Neck Material: 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)
Truss Rod Nut: Vintage-Style Butt Adjust
Headstock: Licensed Fender® Stratocaster®
Neck Plate: 61071 Stamped Neck Plate
Neck Finish: Oiled
Fingerboard: AA Birdseye Maple
Position Inlays: Katalox Dot


Bridge Pickup: Direct Mount EVH® Frankenstein® Humbucking
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® Die-Cast
Orientation: Right-Hand
Hardware Finish: Reliced Chrome
Pickguard: 1-Ply Black
Control Knobs: Aged White Stratocaster®-Style Skirt (Labeled "Tone")


Strings: '70s-Era Fender® Super Bullets (.009-.040 Gauges)
Included Accessories: Tremolo Arm, Hex Keys & User Manual