Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, keyboardist and co-founder of the eponymous hard rock band Van Halen. He is often considered one of the world's greatest guitarists. Allan Holdsworth has described him as "Second only to Jimi Hendrix, undoubtedly the most influential, original, and talented rock guitarist of the 20th century." In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Van Halen number 8 in the list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists. In 2012, Guitar World's poll named him as the greatest guitarist of all-time.