Eddie Van Halen's former guitar tech Tom Weber recalls his insane "trial-by-fire" job interview

Eddie Van Halen (left) and Tom Weber
(Image credit: Ross Marino/Getty / FiveStarGuitars/YouTube)

A job interview is perhaps one of the most nerve-wracking experiences you can endure, but to interview for the position of Eddie Van Halen's electric guitar tech must have produced a whole other level of pre-interview nerves.

It was an experience, though, that Tom Weber – Van Halen’s former guitar tech, who worked with him between 2007 and 2020 – underwent, and one he ultimately aced thanks to some seriously inspired off-the-cuff thinking.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

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.