The genius of Eddie Van Halen in 10 stages

Eddie Van Halen
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Eddie Van Halen’s death is an enormous loss to the guitar community. While there will never be one indisputable ‘Best Guitarist in the World’, no one can deny that Eddie changed the face of rock guitar.

His contributions to guitar technique, guitar and amplifier design, and songwriting, are some of the greatest of all time. Here are 10 ways Eddie changed the game for every guitar player who followed.

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