Nuno Bettencourt once played through Eddie Van Halen’s rig, but said it was “a horrible nightmare”

Nuno Bettencourt and Eddie Van Halen
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It’s an age-old topic of conversation that to this day still pits players against one another: “Does guitar tone lie in the fingers or the gear?”

Though it’s probably fair to say the majority of guitarists lean towards the former, it’s by no means a settled debate, and we’ve seen our fair share of evidence supporting both sides of the argument.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.