Watch Nuno Bettencourt shred Van Halen's Hot for Teacher – on a Strat

Nuno Bettencourt taps on Rick Beato's Fender Stratocaster
(Image credit: Rick Beato/YouTube)

Late last month, Extreme electric guitar wizard Nuno Bettencourt sat down for a (very) wide-ranging conversation with YouTube guitar star Rick Beato.

Among the many topics the two guitarists touched on over the course of the feature length-and-then-some chat was Eddie Van Halen, with – among other anecdotes – Bettencourt revealing that he had a "horrible nightmare" of a time playing through Van Halen's rig.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.