Happy Birthday, Eddie Van Halen!

Edward Lodewijk van Halen (Lodewijk is the Dutch version of Ludwig, as in Ludwig van Beethoven) was born in Nijmegen, Netherlands, on January 26th, 1955. Happy Birthday to the “King of Ten Fingers & Six Strings!”

“Eddie’s accomplishments are enormous. Positively towering… there isn’t one aspect of the electric guitar he hasn’t changed, rearranged, or reinvented. He’s Hendrix and Les Paul combined. He revolutionized the way the guitar is played and revolutionized guitar technology.”

– Brad Tolinsky: Editor-in-chief, Guitar World