Eddie Van Halen Launches the All-New EVHAE WolfgangAE Guitar: Available Jan. 2009
Where does Eddie Van Halen, seen here playing a signature EVH Wolfgang guitar, rank among the all-time greats? (Matt Bruck)
CLEVELAND, Ohio — It’s the instrument most associated with rock and roll. It’s also one of the handful of things on Earth that’s undeniably cool as hell.
The guitar has been the centerpiece of music since the early days, from acoustic-driven folk and blues to British rock and heavy metal. And one place to celebrate the best axe men of all time is, not surprisingly, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
For this list, we only considered guitarists that have been INDUCTED into the Rock Hall. That rules out players whose bands aren’t quite eligible yet (Tom Morello, Jonny Greenwood, Jack White, etc.) and snubs like Link Wray, Robert Fripp of King Crimsons, Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits.
We present our picks for the 50 greatest guitarists among the Rock Hall’s inductees based on influence, skill, musicality and showmanship. Judge us if you must.
Troy L. Smith, cleveland.com