Watch Pete Thorn put 23 pickups through their paces in a bid to find the ultimate Eddie Van Halen-sounding set

Four electric guitars surrounded by 23 electric guitar humbucker pickups
(Image credit: Pete Thorn / YouTube)

Of the most sought-after electric guitar tones in the world, Eddie Van Halen’s will always rank near the very top of the list. Recreating his high-gain sounds, characterized by unrivaled sustain and exquisite clarity, has been the mission of many hopefuls throughout the six-string community.

The task, however, is a daunting one. With so many options and electric guitar pickups out there, it seems nigh on impossible to test each and every one in a bid to emulate EVH's holy grail guitar tone.

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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.