This shot of Edward’s early rack setup reveals what amp-guru Dave Friedman of Rack Systems Ltd. believes is a Flag Systems-built switching system
(top) and a Roland DC-30 Analog Chorus-Echo.
"Eddie’s reinvention of the guitar in the late 1970s had the same impact on
the rock guitar world as Jimi Hendrix did 10 years before. He’s not just a
guitarist. He also puts a lot of thought into his sound and his production.
He always writes great compositions.
So beside being a brilliant guitar player, he’s an all-rounder when it comes
to production sound and presentation, as well as being a hell of a nice guy."
"In the beginning, there were the big four: Clapton, Page, Beck, and
Hendrix. In the interim, there has been no force more important and
influential than the iconoclastic Edward Van Halen. He reinvented the
landscape of guitar playing for his generation and succeeding generations
and set the bar at a new level. There have been many great guitar
players in the history of modern music, but Ed is in a class by himself,
and all of us who love the guitar owe him a tremendous debt."