EVH has debuted its new ’79 Bumblebee tribute guitar.
A tribute to the 40th anniversary of Van Halen's sophomore album, Van Halen II, the guitar is a meticulous recreation of the instrument Eddie Van Halen debuted on the cover of that album, and the subsequent world tour the band undertook in support of it.
The guitar features all of the original specs, including an ash Strat body, a bolt-on birdseye maple neck with an oiled back finish, a straight 12” radius birdseye maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets, katalox dots and black side dots, and a skirted Strat-style “Tone” volume knob.
“The ’79 Bumblebees that we’re making sound very much like how I always wanted the original to sound,” Van Halen said in a statement. “So it may have taken 40 years, but I now have everything I wanted back then—a bitchin’-looking guitar that plays and sounds great.”
The instrument has been outfitted with an EVH ’79 Bumblebee humbucking bridge pickup. EVH also matched the Bumblebee’s six screw holes—hidden under the original prototype non-fine tuner locking tremolo bridge that EVH recreated just for this project—along with the original prototype locking nut. All hardware has been relic'd, including the custom brass string retainer, screw-eye strap hooks, side output jack and original, period-correct Schaller tuning machines.
The back of the guitar's headstock features Eddie Van Halen's signature, while the guitar also comes with a custom-made Anvil hardshell case, 70s-era Fender Super Bullets strings, Van Halen '70s tortoiseshell picks, an exclusive Bumblebee collector’s booklet, a Van Halen Live Tour in Japan 1978 & 1979 book, and several autographed items—a certificate of authenticity, 8”x10” 1979 concert photo of Eddie Van Halen and vinyl copy of Van Halen II.
Only 50 of the EVH ’79 Bumblebee tribute models will be made available.
For more info on the guitar, head on over to evhgear.com.