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Eddie Van Halen unveils 'Eruption' model guitars to mark 40th anniversary of 'Van Halen'

Eddie Van Halen © EVH Gear

Eddie Van Halen is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Van Halen’s eponymous debut album by launching three signature ‘Eruption’ model guitars.

The replicas are based iconic black-and-white-striped instrument Eddie is clutching on the ‘Van Halen’ album cover that he used to record anthems including the seminal instrumental track ‘Eruption’, which gave the guitars their name.

There are three separate Eruption guitar models in the range - the Super '78, '78 Eruption Relic and '78 Eruption – that are limited to 78 units across the globe in total.

Eddie Van Halen says: "Of all the guitars I've ever built, the white and black guitar will always be my favourite 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 the 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."

EVH Gear meticulously recreated the guitar and each model comes with an accompanying period-correct case and a veritable smorgasbord of case candy items.


© EVH Gear

There are currently no prices listed for the instruments, but fans will undoubtedly have to have extremely deep pockets. The specifications and case candy items are as follows:

Super '78:

Limited to only eight guitars, the Super '78 model features all of the original "Eruption" guitar 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 a tour-worn outer treatment and distressed latches) and loaded it up with the very items used by him at the time, such as '70s-era Fender Super Bullets, Van Halen '70s tortoiseshell picks, '78 chain strap and vintage 3-in-One oil can. This model is also accompanied with an exclusive collector's booklet, a backstage pass vinyl cloth sticker and several autographed items including a certificate of authenticity, 8"x10" 1978 concert photo of Eddie Van Halen, vinyl copy of "Van Halen" and a rare original "Van Halen" Looney Tunes Merrie Melodies red vinyl.

Adding to the value and the once-in-a lifetime collector's nature of this package, Eddie Van Halen played "Eruption" from Van Halen in its entirety on each guitar and then signed the back of the headstock, which was video recorded for posterity and will be presented to the instrument's future owner on an EVH thumb drive.

'78 Eruption Relic:

Limited to only 30 guitars, the '78 Eruption Relic has also been recreated down to every last nick and scratch and shares all of specs as the Super '78: 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, Schaller tuning keys, reliced white-with-black-stripes motif paint job, distressed eye-screw strap hooks and a 61071 stamped neck plate.

The '78 Eruption Relic comes in a recreated G&G case with reliced handle and latches, and is loaded with '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 autographed vinyl copy of "Van Halen".

'78 Eruption guitar

Limited to a 40-piece run, the '78 Eruption guitar is as it appeared in its original pristine condition, prior to VAN HALEN embarking on its first-ever world tour.

It features an 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 Kluson brass block, Schaller tuning keys, white-with-black-stripes motif paint job, eye-screw strap hooks and a 61071 stamped neck plate.

The '78 Eruption comes in a recreated G&G case and is loaded with '70s-era Fender Super Bullets, 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, backstage pass vinyl cloth sticker, 8"x10" 1978 concert photo of Eddie Van Halen, signed certificate of authenticity and autographed vinyl copy of "Van Halen".

Released in February 1978, ‘Van Halen’ is widely regarded as one the greatest debut albums of all time. It has sold more than 10million copies in the band’s native United States alone.

For additional product info, visit EVH Gear.

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