Say what you will about Winger, but Reb Beach was one hell of a fucking guitarist, surely up there with Nuno Bettencourt in the late-hair-metal-era-EddieVanHalen-inspired-underrated-guitarists category. Beach took EVH’s fretboard tapping, Floyd Rose dive-bombing sound and upped the cheese factor to the next level. But the dude had undeniable skill and he’s still got it, as evidenced by this video of him performing in the Suhr Guitars booth at NAMM last week:

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And in case you doubt my assertion that he ever had it to begin with, take a look at this clip of Winger performing “Headed For a Heartbreak” live on MTV circa 1989. If you don’t have the patience, just fast-forward to the mammoth solo at 3:35. Oh… fuck… yeah! The thought of a nearly two-minute solo airing on MTV seems so distant these days… as does the thought of a five and a half minute song… as does a band performing live… as does rock music… as does any music…. sigh. But I digress. Watch this fucker go. The vid is after the jump.

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