The secrets behind Eddie Van Halen's guitar tone on Everybody Wants Some!!

Eddie Van Halen
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When Guitar World published its first issue in 1980, it was one hell of a vintage year for great guitar music. 

Notable albums released that year included AC/DC’s Back in Black, Jeff Beck’s There & Back, Black Sabbath’s Heaven and Hell, the Cars’ Panorama, Judas Priest’s British Steel, Motörhead’s Ace of Spades, Ozzy Osbourne’s Blizzard of Ozz (which introduced Randy Rhoads to an international audience), the Police’s Zenyatta Mondatta, Rush’s Permanent Waves, Talking Heads’ Remain in Light, XTC’s Black Sea as well as debut albums from Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, the Joe Perry Project, Killing Joke, the Michael Schenker Group, the Pretenders and U2.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.