Wolfgang Van Halen shows the first guitar his father ever gave him

Wolfgang Van Halen's first interview for his new solo project Mammoth WVH with Howard Stern is certainly yielding some interesting and deeply personal revelations. Following on from the news a huge Van Halen reunion (opens in new tab) was in the works sometime before Eddie Van Halen (opens in new tab)'s passing, Wolfgang showed Stern a key piece of his childhood; the first electric guitar (opens in new tab) his legendary father gave him.

In the snippet above, Wolfgang reflects on his early lessons with Eddie. "[I would] ask him how to play something and he just proceeds to be Eddie Van Halen and that's a very tough bar to reach as a beginner, so it's like, 'Ok'" he laughed. 

Eddie Van Halen

David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen (with Kramer guitar) onstage in San Diego, California on 21 May, 1984  (Image credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Wolfgang also showed Stern the first guitar his dad ever gave him, for Christmas; the '1984' Kramer that was the backup to Eddie's 5150 Kramer Frankenstrat (opens in new tab) replica. The latter model is what the guitarist plays in the Panama video. 

Wolfgang recently released his first single under the Mammoth WVH banner with the song Distance – a tribute to his father. 

Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.