Eddie Van Halen

Zakk Wylde Speaks on How Eddie Van Halen Compared to Jimi Hendrix

"We're really truly blessed that we had him 'til he made it to 65."

During a conversation with Consequence, Zakk Wylde talked about the late great Eddie Van Halen, while also touching on another guitar god, Jimi Hendrix.

Asked about Eddie, Zakk replied (via Blabbermouth):

“He changed the world. Jimi Hendrix was basically the Jesus Christ of electric guitar. That’s the ceiling – you can’t do anything more with guitar.

“And all of a sudden – if this was a Catholic hierarchy, Eddie was the second coming of Christ. If Jimi is the Jesus Christ of guitar, Eddie was the second coming.

“It was just, like, a whole new bag of tricks and all this other stuff that no one thought was possible.

“And the way he changed amplifiers and everything like that. Not only just his playing technique but down to pickups, tremolo bars, with the Floyd Rose, amplifiers, the way amps are designed, with more high gain and everything like that – I mean, he changed everything across the board. Not just because of his doing taps and everything like that.

“Even the way guitars are made and the way amps are made, he changed everything. And on top of it, he was just a complete package.

“Aside from the playing and the tone, his songwriting was just phenomenal – just amazing. We’re really truly blessed that we had him ’til he made it to 65.

“If you really think about it, after those first two records – I mean, after the first record, if he would have retired from music, he already changed the game.

“After the first one, if he pulled a Howard Hughes and just walked away and never picked up a guitar again, there’s that first album alone – with ‘Eruption’ and everything he did on that record – he changed everything.

“But we’re just blessed that we had him around for as long as we did. He was just a really great guy too – he was a sweetheart.”

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