Montrose, Sammy Hagar, Van Halen
Inconsistency. He only had one or two very good solo albums. Everything since has been typical rock songs about drinking and parties. He failed to capitalize on the huge success of 5150 and OU812. Subsequent Van Halen albums were weak in comparison. The only person he seems able to work with on a regular basis without arguing with is Michael Anthony.
Blues. Very strong British Blues influence, later stuff shows that he's learned from his time with Ronnie Montrose. Lots of pentatonics. Some serious melody in there as well. There are Van Halen videos where he cops EVH's style very convincingly, down to the taps. It is possible he could pull that kind of thing off on the fly, although it is unlikely he would. Very under-rated player. Strong tremelo-picking ability.
Typical Gear Choices:
Hamers, Kramer Berettas, lately, signature guitar made by Yamaha.
What You Need to Know:
One of the greatest Dino singers ever. Under-rated Dino guitar player as well. A worthy 2002 inductee in the Dino Hall of Fame as a singer. Probably not worthy of the same honor here as a guitarist, but worthy for honorable mention for sure.
Montrose, Paper Money, Three Lock Box, Standing Hampton, 5150, OU812