EVH Striped Series '78 Eruption Electric Guitar - White W/ Black Stripes Relic


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.

  • Serial Number: EVH2116010
  • Weight: 7.6lbs
  • Model #: 5107900576

Product Specs


  • Striped Series
  • Right-Hand
  • White with Black Stripes Relic
  • MX


  • Large '70s-Style Licensed Fender® Strat®
  • Quartersawn Maple
  • Hand-Rubbed Satin Urethane
  • EVH® Modified "C" Backshape
  • Bolt-On with Graphite Reinforcement
  • .790" at 3rd Fret & .810" at 12th Fret
  • 12"-16" Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
  • Maple
  • Black Dot
  • Black
  • 22
  • Heel-Mount Truss Rod Adjustment Wheel
  • Brass
  • 1.6875" (42.86 mm)
  • Brass


  • Basswood
  • Lacquer
  • Other
  • Basswood


  • 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Fender® Strat® Synchronized Tremolo with 43mm Brass Block
  • Brass
  • 1-Ply Black
  • Black
  • White Stratocaster®-Style Skirt (Labeled "Tone")
  • Reliced Chrome
  • EVH®-Branded Gotoh®
  • Single Wing with Tall Metal Spacer
  • EVH® Nickel Plated Steel (.009-.042 Gauges)
  • Vintage-Style Tremolo Arm
  • 4-Bolt Standard
  • Oversized


  • EVH® Wolfgang® Humbucking
  • H
  • Volume (500K EVH® Bourns® Low Friction Pot) with Treble Bleed Circuit
  • None


  • Jumbo
  • 25.5" (64.77 cm)


  • Tremolo Arm, Hex Keys, User Manual, & EVH® Striped Series Gig Bag
  • 2.5 mm Hex

Collections: Electric Guitars

Category: Electric Guitar, EVH

Type: Electric