EVH Striped Series Eruption 78

EVH Striped Series Eruption 78


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.


Model Number5107900576
SeriesStriped Series 
ColorWhite with Black Stripes Relic 
Number of Strings
Body FinishLacquer
Body ShapeOther 
Body MaterialBasswood 
Bridge PickupEVH® Wolfgang® Humbucking
Pickup ColorBlack
ControlsVolume (500K EVH® Bourns® Low Friction Pot) with Treble Bleed Circuit
Pickup SwitchingNone
Pickup Configuration
Neck MaterialQuartersawn Maple 
Neck ConstructionBolt-On with Graphite Reinforcement
Neck Thickness.790″ at 3rd Fret & .810″ at 12th Fret
Neck FinishHand-Rubbed Satin Urethane
Neck ShapeEVH® Modified “C” Backshape
Scale Length25.5″ (64.77 cm) 
Fingerboard Radius12″-16″ Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
Fingerboard MaterialMaple 
Number of Frets22
Fret SizeJumbo
Nut MaterialBrass
Nut Width1.6875″ (42.86 mm)
Position InlaysBlack Dot
Side DotsBlack
Truss Rod NutHeel-Mount Truss Rod Adjustment Wheel
Truss Rod Wrench2.5 mm Hex
String TreesSingle Wing with Tall Metal Spacer
HeadstockLarge ’70s-Style Licensed Fender® Strat®
Neck Plate4-Bolt Standard
Bridge6-Saddle Vintage-Style Fender® Strat® Synchronized Tremolo with 43mm Brass Block 
Hardware FinishReliced Chrome 
Tremolo ArmVintage-Style Tremolo Arm
Tremolo BlockBrass
Tuning MachinesEVH®-Branded Gotoh®
Pickguard1-Ply Black
Control KnobsWhite Stratocaster®-Style Skirt (Labeled “Tone”)
StringsEVH® Nickel Plated Steel (.009-.042 Gauges)
Strap ButtonsOversized
Case/Gig BagEVH® Striped Series Gig Bag (P/N 022-7742-100) Included; Optional EVH® Striped Hardshell (P/N 022-6100-506)
Included AccessoriesTremolo Arm, Hex Keys, User Manual, & EVH® Striped Series Gig Bag
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