The way that he reimagined the instrument was a testament to divine inspiration: taking this kind of this cobbled-together, garage-built guitar and turning it into this divining rod of awesome rock & roll power. He was truly inspirational to generations of guitarists.
Eddie Van Halen was one of the greatest, most inventive, truly visionary musicians of all time. He was an unparalleled titan in the annals of rock & roll, took it to the next level.
He did what Hendrix did in 1967. He made people start listening again.
Huge loss, unquestionably a giant in the music world. Condolences to his family and millions around the world whose youth was given a soundtrack by the sound of this man’s guitar and the rest of Van Halen.