The secrets behind Eddie Van Halen's guitar tone on Tattoo

Eddie Van Halen
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Released in 2012, Van Halen’s A Different Kind of Truth was the band’s first album since Van Halen III in 1998 and first new studio recordings released by the band since the three songs recorded with Sammy Hagar for 2004’s The Best of Both Worlds greatest hits compilation.

Because it was Van Halen’s first album with David Lee Roth since 1984, the band recorded the album with the goal of reproducing the “back to basics” simplicity and energy of its early albums combined with modern sonics to ensure that the album still sounded new and fresh.  

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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.