Interest in Eddie Van Halen guitars and gear has spiked in the months since his passing

Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre on July 16, 2015 in Mountain View, California.
(Image credit: John Medina/WireImage)

Following Eddie Van Halen’s death at age 65 in October 2020, his band’s music, not surprisingly, witnessed a surge in popularity, spiking a collective 463 percent on U.S. streaming platforms alone.

But it’s not just the Van Halen catalog that has surged. According to data collected by, searches for Eddie-related electric guitars and other gear is up by as much as 80 percent in the wake of his passing.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.