EVH '79 Black and Yellow Bumblebee Tribute Relic Signed

A limited run faithful recreation of one of Eddie Van Halen's most famous instruments - signed by the man himself!

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EVH 79 Back & Yellow Bumblebee Tribute Relic
EVH 79 Back & Yellow Bumblebee Tribute Relic
Serial Number:  XN7644
Written by

Sam Beattie

Eddie Van Halen is known for his penchant for eye-popping hot-rodded guitars. Arguably one of his most recognisable instruments is the world famous Bumblebee – a wild black and yellow S-type bursting at the seams with Eddie’s modded features. Now EVH have painstakingly recreated the Bumblebee, warts and all - an extremely rare opportunity to own a stunning piece of guitar history. There’s nothing quite like it!

Key features

  • Limited to 50 pieces worldwide, each one hand-signed by Eddie Van Halen
  • Period-correct Ash body
  • Authentic reproduction of the Boogie Bodies bolt-on 2-piece Birdseye Maple neck
  • Special EVH ’79 Bumblebee bridge pickup with period-correct specifications
  • Skirted Strat-style volume knob labelled ‘Tone’
  • Relic’d prototype double-locking tremolo bridge and nut
  • Eye-screw strap hooks
  • Hand-painted black and yellow lacquer finish
  • Licensed Fender Strat headstock
  • As seen on Van Halen’s ’79 ‘World Vacation’ tour
  • Case candy includes signed records, authenticity certificate, guitar book and more

Body & Neck

As mentioned above, Eddie and the EVH team have gone above and beyond to ensure that the Bumblebee is as authentic as they come. An Ash Strat body delivers the typically scooped, chunky Van Halen sound.

A bolt-on Birdseye Maple neck offers shimmering treble and striking resonance thanks to its bolt-on construction. A comfortable 12-inch radius with jumbo frets means speed simply isn’t an issue – it’s familiar and lightning quick at the same time. Round it off with a licensed (relic’d) Strat headstock and you’re looking at one of the most accurate vintage guitar replicas on the market.

Electronics & Hardware

In contrast with its bold, striking appearance, the Bumblebee offers a straight-up tonal palette. The EVH ’79 Bumblebee humbucking bridge pickup is designed to take no prisoners. Fat riffs, rich lead harmonics and just the right amount of grit, surrender all control with just a single volume knob. Except it’s labelled ‘Tone’ just like Eddie’s original.

EVH also matched the Bumblebee’s six-screw holes, which are hidden under the original prototype non-fine tuner locking tremolo bridge that EVH recreated just for this project, along with the original proto locking nut. All hardware has been relic’d, including the custom brass string retainer, eye-screw strap hooks, original period-correct Schaller tuning machines and side output jack.



  • Series: Limited Edition
  • Body Material: Ash
  • Body Finish: Gloss Urethane


  • Neck Material: Birdseye Maple
  • Neck Construction: Bolt-On
  • Neck Shape: ’79 Bumblebee
  • Nick Finish: Oiled
  • Fingerboard: Birdseye Maple, 12” (305 mm)
  • Frets: 21, Jumbo
  • Position Inlays: Katalox Dot
  • Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)


  • Pickups: EVH ’79 Bumblebee (Bridge)
  • Pickup Switching: None
  • Controls: Volume
  • Control Knobs: Stratocaster-Style Skirt (Reads “Tone”)


  • Nut (Material/Width): Prototype Locking Nut, 1 11/16” (43 mm)
  • Tuning Machines: Period-Correct Schaller with “S” Engraved
  • Bridge: Period-Correct Prototype Non-Fine Tuner Locking Tremolo
  • Hardware: Chrome Relic (Unplated Tremolo)
  • Strings: ‘70s-Era Fender Super Bullets (.009-.040 Gauges)
  • Strap Buttons: Eye-Screw Hook
  • Case/Gig Bag: Custom Anvil Hardshell with “Edward Van Halen” in Stenciled Lettering

Case Candy Contents

  • Custom-made Anvil hardshell case
  • ‘70s-era Fender Super Bullets strings
  • Van Halen ‘70s tortoiseshell picks
  • Exclusive collector’s Bumblebee booklet
  • Young Guitar book Van Halen Live Tour in Japan 1978 & 1979
  • Several autographed items including a certificate of authenticity, 8”x10” 1979 concert photo of Eddie Van Halen and vinyl copy of Van Halen II
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