I think most musicians respect what EVH had accomplished as far as taking guitar playing in a new direction. He has definitely made his contribution and mark in rock history.
But as far as the rest of your statement..... him "saving" the guitar industry, don't believe everything you hear! That's a good one along with this..... "Disco was killing every insturment that wasn't electronic"!
Where did you get those ideas? Were you even alive in the "70's"? What's your source of information? VH-1 "I love the 70's" or something? Jeez....
Aw, c'mon. Give me a break! Please lose the condescending tone. It does absolutely nothing to keep open dialogues and debates going without everything resorting to gradeschool namecalling and flaming. I think there was even a recent Jemsite poll that addressed this very issue. You're welcome to your opinion. Please just state it with some tact and class. Otherwise you lose a lot of credibility with the person you are debating with (and other observers of the debate).
FYI, I don't even have access to, nor do I want VH-1. The only TV I watch is Family Guy and The Simpsons. And yes, I was alive for the 70's (half of the seventies to be exact). You probably weren't alive in the 30's, but that doesn't mean you don't know anything about that decade.
If you are so learned in the ways of the world, am I wrong in saying the huge popularity of disco was harming guitar sales? You can probably liken its effect to the same effect grunge had on the 80's metal scene. Of course, it is cyclic. However, how many guitar companies can live through the low part of a cycle? What if that low cycle lasted another 5 years.
Van Halen was indeed a boost for guitar sales. Noone can argue that point. Maybe I did go too far in saying he 'saved' the guitar industry, but I think I am going in the right direction.
Now if you can legitmately correct me please do so, and I will stand corrected and store that information in my mental rolodex for future use. However, please have a solid foundation to stand on before you do (your age does NOT count as a solid foundation).