Van Halen 1979


Van Halen 1979, illustrated here in Los Angeles in late 1979, at a photo shoot by Norman Seeff for the cover of their 3rd album, “Women And Children First”.
Eddie Van Halen holding “The Shark” Destroyer guitar.

Women and Children First is the third studio album by American rock band Van Halen, released on March 26, 1980, on Warner Bros. Records.

It is often overlooked and misunderstood about Eddie’s use of the Ibanez Destroyer, nicknamed “the Shark”.
Indeed, Eddie was not 100% satisfied with just one sound on the recording of the first Van Halen album.
So instead, he relied on a stock Ibanez Destroyer to create a slightly different sound when required on the album.

Ibanez Destroyers have been around since 1975 and they were a relatively new addition at the time.
It made perfect sense for Eddie to use the Destroyer on the first Van Halen album to vary the sound somewhat.

On the first Van Halen album Eddie used the Destoyer on roughly half the tracks: “Runnin’ with the Devil”, “You Really Got Me”, “Jamie’s Cryin’”, “Feel Your Love Tonight” and “On Fire”.
Basically early on, he used his Destroyer on any track that did not require the tremolo arm on his Frankenstrat, instead opting for the heavier sound of the Ibanez Destroyer when necessary.

However, shortly after the recording of the first Van Halen album, Eddie became interested in modifying the guitar and carved out parts of it.
He also removed the pickguard, painted it striped in red and white, placing a Les Paul style volume knobs on it, filling in a hole for the middle knob and a rear cutaway that Eddie completed with a chainsaw.

The result was, however more visually impressive, was a negative one.
It reportedly destroyed the tone of the guitar, making it less sonically pleasing to Ed.
Indeed without the Ibanez Destroyer that Eddie used throughout early Van Halen recordings, much of what we recognize as the “Brown Sound” would have been lost.

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