Guitar Engineer Bill Jackson Compares Eddie Van Halen To Prince


Veteran engineer Bill Jackson recently spoke to the official Youtube channel of Sunset Sound Recorders and was asked to compare Eddie Van Halen and Prince‘s guitar playing styles.

Recording engineer Peggy ‘Mac’ McCreary is best known for his long-term collaboration with Prince during the early 1980s. At the time, McCreary’s assistant engineer was Bill Jackson, who was at the beginning of his career. When McCreary was ill during one of Prince’s recordings, Jackson took over his job and had a chance to work with Prince, who was at the height of his career back then.

During his time with Prince, Jackson did incredible work with him in his ‘She’s Always In My Hair,’ ‘The Glamorous Life,’ and many others. Bill Jackson also liked working with other engineers at Sunset Sound, including Donn Landee, who had a long-term collaboration with Van Halen during the 1980s. Thus, the engineer certainly has an opinion on how it was to work with both Prince and Eddie Van Halen.

While Prince was primarily famous for his excellent vocal skills and eye-catching live performances, he was also a talented guitarist. On the other hand, there is no need to discuss Eddie Van Halen’s guitar playing skills as he is considered among the most innovative guitar players of all time. Bill Jackson was asked whether Prince or Eddie Van Halen was a better guitarist during the conversation. He hesitated to answer the question but said that the two notable names had just different styles but were both fantastic.

The host asked Bill Jackson the following:

“Better guitarist, Prince or Van Halen?”

Jackson’s reply:

“There is a gauntlet; drop it. They’re just different. They’re both amazing.”

You can watch the entire conversation below.