Total Guitar issue 281 on sale now: Exclusive Eddie Van Halen interview

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Cover feature: Eddie Van Halen
We last spoke to him back in issue 9, now, 272 issues on, this month's mag features an exclusive interview - the first in any UK guitar mag for over 10 years - with Eddie Van Halen. We travelled to Eddie's 5150 Studios to talk to him in person about his EVH guitar brand, his pioneering approach to gear, and the groundbreaking techniques that have made him one of the most influential guitar players of all time. As well as our nine-page interview, we've got over 20 lessons showing you how to nail Eddie's famous harmonic, tapping, picking and whammy techniques.

Another first for at least 10 years is Rivers Cuomo's interview this month. In a rare guitar interview, we quizzed one of alt-rock's best-loved players his huge tone and returnto his love for writing infectious rock anthems

Pendulum are back! This month, Peredur ap Gwynedd, gunslinger for the dance-rock titans plays host to TG for our Rig Tour

We salute the Purple One's guitar mastery

Lonely The Brave
LTB return with their second album, and a whole lotta nice gear!

Slash loves them, and you should too. We catch up with the band who are pushing metal forward

Ben Harper
Soul! Slide! The secrets of Ben Harper's creativity

Learn To Play…
Classic Track: Lynyrd Skynyrd 'Sweet Home Alabama'
Open Mic Songbook: George Ezra 'Blame It on Me'
Prince: Three must-learn riffs
Radiohead: 'Paranoid Android' (riff)

The best new gear, rocked and rated. This month:
Godin Session Custom '59
Boss VE-8 Acoustic/vocal effects
Danelectro '64
Martin Westside Customs
Faith Nomad
Vox AC15CH
Plus loads more!

Stuart Williams

I'm a freelance member of the MusicRadar team, specialising in drum news, interviews and reviews. I formerly edited Rhythm and Total Guitar here in the UK and have been playing drums for more than 25 years (my arms are very tired). When I'm not working on the site, I can be found on my electronic kit at home, or gigging and depping in function bands and the odd original project.