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    During the process of recording 1979 album Van Halen II, Eddie Van Halen sought something fresh to play other than his original "Frankenstrat," which at the time was being heavily copied by just about every major guitar company in the world.

    Eddie had the idea to build a new guitar with an ash body and black-and-yellow-stripe paint job, with rear-loaded electronics so there would be no pickguard. While he tasked Wayne Charvel to cut the body, the maple neck was made by Lynn Ellsworth at Boogie Bodies with dot inlays on a maple fingerboard. Other features on the first-incarnation guitar (as pictured on Van Halen II) were a standard nut, single Mighty Mite humbucking pickup with transparent bobbins, single chrome volume knob, original Charvel six-screw brass tremolo bridge, and Schaller® tuning keys.


    While pleased with the looks of the guitar, Eddie was less impressed with its tone and quickly began tinkering with it, as he was prone to do. He installed a new Boogie Bodies maple neck with a natural headstock, unfinished back (which he has always preferred) and 12"-radius dot-inlay maple fingerboard.

    Next to go was the Mighty Mite pickup. After selecting a DiMarzio® Super Distortion humbucking pickup, he swapped out its ceramic magnet for an alnico 2 magnet from a Gibson® PAF. He rewound the pickup by hand, dipped it in paraffin wax and put copper tape around the windings.

    Eddie also stripped out the original Charvel bridge, leaving its six screw holes behind. He instead outfitted the instrument with a prototype two-point Floyd Rose® bridge and locking nut with retainer bar, becoming the first professional rock guitarist to use a locking-nut tremolo system. He also swapped out the chrome volume knob with a Strat-style skirted "Tone" knob. After all these modifications, only the original body, striped paint job, screw-eye strap hooks and Schaller® tuners remained from the first version of the guitar.

    "Bumblebee," as it would come to be known by fans, debuted on the cover of the 1979 album Van Halen II and was heavily played by Eddie throughout the 1979 world tour.

    Although Eddie continued to wrestle with the overall capabilities of the guitar, the black-with-yellow-stripes theme became insanely popular. Bumblebee remains a longtime favorite for Van Halen listeners everywhere.

    In an eternal sign of deep respect, Eddie's original Bumblebee guitar was buried alongside Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who died tragically in 2004. Eddie was Dime's main influence and Bumblebee was Dime's all-time favorite guitar. 40 years later, EVH has meticulously recreated this wildly iconic guitar in the form of the 50-piece worldwide run of the '79 Bumblebee.


    The ’79 Bumblebee tribute model features all of the original specs, including an ash Strat® body, bolt-on birdseye maple neck with oiled back finish, straight 12” radius birdseye maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets, katalox dots and black side dots, and skirted Strat-style “Tone” volume knob.

    True to Van Halen’s pickup recipe, 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 reliced, including the custom brass string retainer, screw-eye strap hooks, side output jack and original period-correct Schaller® tuning machines.

    Its black-with-yellow-stripes paint job has also been reliced to match the wear and tear from his heavy year of touring in 1979, and the guitar is stylishly finished off with chrome hardware.

    Notably, the back of the headstock of each guitar bears Eddie Van Halen’s signature, adding to the value and the once-in-a lifetime collector’s nature of this instrument.

    Arriving in a custom-made Anvil® hardshell case, the package also includes '70s-era Fender® Super Bullets strings, Van Halen '70s tortoiseshell picks, an exclusive Bumblebee collector’s booklet, Young Guitar book Van Halen Live Tour in Japan 1978 & 1979, and several autographed items—a certificate of authenticity, 8”x10” 1979 concert photo of Eddie Van Halen and vinyl copy of Van Halen II.

    '79 BUMBLEBEE SPECIFICATIONS
    25.5” scale length
    Ash Strat® body
    Bolt-on birdseye maple neck with oiled back finish
    12” radius birdseye maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets, katalox dots and black side dots
    EVH ’79 Bumblebee bridge pickup
    Skirted Strat®-style volume knob labeled “Tone”
    Period-correct prototype non-fine tuner locking tremolo bridge system and prototype locking nut
    Custom brass string retainer
    Reliced chrome hardware
    Screw-eye strap hooks
    Period-correct Schaller® tuning keys with “S” engraved
    Side output jack
    Black-with-yellow-stripes hand-painted reliced finish
    Licensed Fender® Strat® headstock
    Back of the headstock signed by Eddie Van Halen

    CASE CANDY
    Custom-made Anvil® case
    Signed Van Halen II vinyl
    Signed 8”x10” 1979 concert photo of Eddie Van Halen playing Bumblebee
    Signed Certificate of Authenticity
    Exclusive Bumblebee Collector’s Booklet
    Van Halen Live Tour in Japan 1978 & 1979 Young Guitar Book
    Two packs of '70s-era Fender® Super Bullets strings in recreated packaging
    Van Halen '70s tortoiseshell picks

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    Dammit! Now I'm GASsing for a yellow & black....will it ever end
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    While I appreciate the authenticity, having a locking system without the fine tuners would be a pain in the ass.
    CNN may think my opinion matters, but you shouldn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsbll4 View Post
    While I appreciate the authenticity, having a locking system without the fine tuners would be a pain in the ass.
    Oh yeah, big time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsbll4 View Post
    While I appreciate the authenticity, having a locking system without the fine tuners would be a pain in the ass.
    Nobody is going to play them anyway. It's for super wealthy guys to purchase for their "Guitar Room". Sorta like their Harley/Corvette that never leaves the garage.


    Just Ed making a buck or 12,000 off his guitar deity-like status... Nothing wrong with Capitalism.
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    https://www.americanmusical.com/Item...01079-000-LIST

    $19,799.99

    Bwahahahhahaha


    But hey, its only 12 payments of $333.34 with $16,000 down.
    Last edited by EJC; 07.18.19 at 01:05 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsbll4 View Post
    While I appreciate the authenticity, having a locking system without the fine tuners would be a pain in the ass.
    Sorry, I just said almost the same thing in that NAMM thread over there, moments before I found this thread.
    I guess we think alike

    As for the new money grab,
    The more authenticity I see, the less authenticity, it seems, actually exists.
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    I'm sure they will sell out. It's the free market working as it should.

    Everyone on here touts Sam for being a genius for selling his Tequila company for 80 million, or whatever it was, but because Ed makes a very limited number of a replica guitar for a lot of money that will probably all be sold, he's a greedy bastard.

    More power to him. I wish he'd put as much time into developing new music, but that's not going to make him much money at all in this market. Capitalism is a good thing. Certainly better, and more fair, than the "Democratic Socialism" all the leftist politicians and their useless idiot followers are trying to lead us down into.

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    Kind of ironic Ed wants to make money off of a guitar he didn’t even like that much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Kind of ironic Ed wants to make money off of a guitar he didn’t even like that much.
    I know, right? It's like rain on your wedding day... It's a free ride, when you've already paid....

    Yeah. I went there

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    I wonder If the Rick James' Rosewood fretboard model comes out next year?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Kind of ironic Ed wants to make money off of a guitar he didn’t even like that much.
    Quote Originally Posted by EJC View Post
    I know, right? It's like rain on your wedding day... It's a free ride, when you've already paid....

    Yeah. I went there
    It kinda diminishes that whole Bee in Dimebag's box thing. Just another money grab.
    Now that I think about it, it's despicable really.
    Is nothing sacred?

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    I was going to say that about Dime. Didn't think others would feel that way.

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    If somebody was buried with a black Strat does that mean everybody should stop making black Strats? Nah. The symbolism of burying Dimebag with the VH2 guitar was that it was the VH2 guitar. With Ed's actual blood and sweat in it. Fender selling replicas doesn't cheapen that gesture any more than the thousands of people who've made and/or sold their own.

    That said - these are over priced, even when considering they're really collector's pieces.

 

 

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