“A really core thing for me that my dad always instilled”: Wolfgang Van Halen still lives by this crucial guitar solo lesson he got from his father

Wolfgang Van Halen
(Image credit: Getty Images / Per Ole Hagen)

Wolfgang Van Halen may be related to one of the greatest guitar players of all time, but when it comes to playing the electric guitar, he’s lightning-quick to distinguish his individuality.

In a new wide-ranging interview with MusicRadar, the Mammoth WVH guitarist details how his approach to coaxing tones from his EVH SA-126 semi-hollow signature guitar differs to how his late father played the guitar.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.