Van Halen’s impact on Dimebag’s playing is unmistakable. The “vibe” of early Van Halen is by far the most recognizable influence in Dimebag’s playing. From the grooving rhythms played like leads of their own, to the tone, to the phrasing in his lead playing, Dimebag took the inspiration of Edward Van Halen and forged his own identity.
Members of the Guitar World crew paid a visit to the Dean Guitars booth at the 2015 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. As you can see in the new video below, we got the run down on Dimebag Darrell's Original Dean from Hell.
Check out Dimebag Darrell’s “Whiskey Road,” an unreleased home demo from 2001 featuring the Pantera guitarist on all instruments. See below for a 30-second preview clip, and stay tuned for the complete song as well as a guitar transcription in the February 2015 issue of Guitar World.