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Eddie Van Halen Demos Peavey Wolfgang Guitar at 1996 NAMM Show

How cool would it be to stumble upon the legendary Eddie Van Halen doing a guitar demo at a NAMM Show?

It happened in 1996, as this video shows. The Van Halen guitarist was on hand to demo Peavey's Wolfgang Standard guitar.

Best of all, Van Halen takes requests from NAMM Show attendees as he fires off riff after riff. After about four and a half minutes, he invites a spectator up to the "stage" area to try out the guitar for himself. Don't worry: The ax is back in Eddie's hands by 5:52.

Enjoy!

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.