'78 Eruption

Model: 5107878010 Series: Limited Edition
'78 Eruption

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 sure enough, this monumental instrument quickly became a timeless icon.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this instantly recognizable axe, EVH Gear is offering a limited 40-piece run of the EVH '78 Eruption guitar as it appeared in its original pristine condition, prior to Van Halen embarking on its first-ever world tour.

This model features all of the original specs including an ash Strat® body, bolt-on maple neck with oiled neck 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 Kluson® brass block and Schaller® tuning keys. Its white-with-black stripes motif paint job paint job is stylishly finished off with eye-screw strap hooks and a 61071 stamped neck plate.

In 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 can. This model is also accompanied by an exclusive collector’s booklet, a backstage pass vinyl cloth sticker, 1978 concert photo of Eddie Van Halen, signed certificate of authenticity and an autographed vinyl copy of Van Halen.

  • Limited to only 40 pieces worldwide
  • 25.5” scale length
  • Ash Strat® body
  • Bolt-on maple neck with oiled neck 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


  • Van Halen signed 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


Model Name: '78 Eruption
Model Number: 5107878010
Series: Limited Edition
MSRP: $7878.78
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: Jumbo
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: 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