Kramer’s Eruption humbucker aims to bottle Eddie Van Halen’s iconic ’80s guitar tone with the help of his former luthier Jim DeCola

Kramer Eruption humbucker
(Image credit: Kramer/Gibson)

A hefty overhaul of the shelves of Gibson’s standalone pickup shop has already brought the storied Greenybuckers to the masses. Now another iconic tone has been added in the form of the Kramer Eruption pickup – a unit that aims to channel the high-output sound of Eddie Van Halen’s ’80s instruments.

It’s not an official endorsement, so the firm is not completely specific about the model it’s based on. However, given the Eruption tag, it’s probably safe to assume it’s based on the Gibson PAF-like humbucker found in Van Halen’s Frankenstein guitar, or perhaps the later Seymour Duncan swap.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.