Earlier this year, Guitar World issued readers the ambitious challenge of attempting to determine the greatest guitarist of all time.
Selecting 132 guitarists, the bracket-style tournament took nearly six months and a half-million votes to get to No. 1, and at the end of it all, Eddie Van Halen took the honor.
On his way to victory, Van Halen defeated Jake E. Lee, Michael Schenker, Slash, Randy Rhoads, Joe Satriani and Alex Lifeson. In the finals, Van Halen stood tall over Queen’s Brian May.