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Book Excerpt: Eddie Van Halen

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Book Excerpt: Eddie Van Halen


Most Van Halen fans first saw a black-and-white image of this Ibanez Destroyer on the cover of 1980’s Women and Children First. Its pickguard was removed and it was heavily modified with a Les Paul-style volume knob, a filled-in hole for the middle knob, and most notably, a rear cutaway that Eddie carved himself with a chain saw.

"Edward’s contribution to rock guitar is immeasurable. It is only the most elite of musicians whose unconventional approach becomes convention. Some people are so utterly original that they can only do what comes naturally to them. Although Edward’s technique shattered prevailing standards, in was his choice of notes and the way he phrased them that were the auditory expression of his personality."
—Steve Vai

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