EVH Striped Series '78 Eruption, Maple Fingerboard, White with Black Stripes Relic With Gig Bag
On the cover of Van Halen’s 1978 eponymous debut album, Eddie Van Halen thrusts his black-and-white striped Strat®-style guitar towards the camera as if he’s showing you the future. He played this guitar on his unprecedented and mind-blowing “Eruption” guitar solo, thus its nickname, and almost immediately, this monumental instrument became a timeless icon, symbolic of a paradigm shift in guitar-driven rock and roll.
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 this? You couldn’t buy one.
That’s because he made it himself. The 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. Eddie would say it was out of necessity as no off-the-shelf guitar had the features he needed to really do his job and realize his full potential. So, he took matters into his own capable hands — refretting the neck, installing a humbucking pickup which he potted in paraffin wax, as well a single master volume knob (famously labeled as “Tone”), brass nut and tailpiece from a ’58 Strat, cutting out and mounting his own homemade black and of course, coming up with iconic striped motif.
The all-new EVH® Striped Series ’78 Eruption guitar combines many of those famed mods along with modernized features and a relic treatment.
The Stratocaster®-style body sports Eddie’s famed white-and-black-striped paint job and has been paired to a quartersawn maple neck with a hand-rubbed satin urethane back finish. The 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets was designed for fast and furious playing styles with maximum comfort, while a heel-mount truss rod wheel makes for time-saving neck adjustments.
A single EVH Wolfgang® humbucking bridge pickup provides classic Eddie Van Halen guitar tone – from crystal cleans to fat and rich mids and lows, while the brass nut and six-saddle vintage Fender® Stratocaster synchronized tremolo bridge with a 43mm brass block allow for authentic EVH tone.
Other features include a skirted white Strat-style volume control knob (labeled “tone”) with 500K EVH Bourns® low friction pot and treble bleed circuit, black pickguard, chrome hardware, oversized strap buttons, EVH neck plate and larger, ‘70s-style licensed Fender Strat headstock with gold EVH logo.
SERIES: Striped Series
COLOR: White with Black Stripes Relic
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: MX
HEADSTOCK: Large '70s-Style Licensed Fender® Strat®
NECK MATERIAL: Quartersawn Maple
NECK FINISH: Hand-Rubbed Satin Urethane
NECK SHAPE: EVH® Modified "C" Backshape
NECK CONSTRUCTION: Bolt-On with Graphite Reinforcement
NECK THICKNESS: .790" at 3rd Fret & .810" at 12th Fret
FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 12"-16" Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
FINGERBOARD MATERIAL: Maple
POSITION INLAYS: Black Dot
SIDE DOTS: Black
NUMBER OF FRETS: 22
TRUSS ROD NUT: Heel-Mount Truss Rod Adjustment Wheel
STRING NUT: Brass
NUT WIDTH: 1.6875" (42.86 mm)
NUT MATERIAL: Brass
FRET SIZE: Jumbo
SCALE LENGTH: 25.5" (648 mm)
BODY FINISH: Lacquer
BODY SHAPE: Other
BODY MATERIAL: Basswood
BRIDGE: 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Fender® Strat® Synchronized Tremolo with 43mm Brass Block
TREMOLO BLOCK: Brass
PICKGUARD: 1-Ply Black
PICKUP COVERS: Black
CONTROL KNOBS: White Stratocaster®-Style Skirt (Labeled "Tone")
HARDWARE FINISH: Reliced Chrome
TUNING MACHINES: EVH®-Branded Gotoh®
STRING TREES: Single Wing with Tall Metal Spacer
STRINGS: EVH® Nickel Plated Steel (.009-.042 Gauges)
TREMOLO ARM: Vintage-Style Tremolo Arm
NECK PLATE: 4-Bolt Standard
STRAP BUTTONS: Oversized
BRIDGE PICKUP: EVH® Wolfgang® Humbucking
PICKUP CONFIGURATION: H
CONTROLS: Volume (500K EVH® Bourns® Low Friction Pot) with Treble Bleed Circuit
COMMODITY CODE: 9207901000
INCLUDED ACCESSORIES: Tremolo Arm, Hex Keys, User Manual, & EVH® Striped Series Gig Bag
TRUSS ROD WRENCH: 2.5 mm Hex