Summer NAMM 2019: EVH Unveils New ’79 Bumblebee Tribute Guitar

(Image credit: courtesy of EVH)

Summer NAMM 2019: EVH has unveiled the ’79 Bumblebee tribute guitar, a recreation of the iconic black-with-yellow-stripes model seen on the cover of Van Halen’s 1979 album, Van Halen II. Eddie Van Halen also played the guitar extensively throughout the band’s 1979 world tour.  

The ’79 Bumblebee tribute model 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.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.