Allan Holdsworth talks jaw-dropping solos, the "exquisitely unique" SynthAxe and his love of headless guitars in his final interview

Allan Holdsworth (L) and Kurt Rosenwinkel perform on stage during the 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden on April 12, 2013 in New York City.
(Image credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

On April 15, 2017, just days after completing his final interview with Guitar World (or, for that matter, with any guitar magazine in the world), Allan Holdsworth, the great jazz-fusion guitarist, died at his home in Vista, California.

His career spanned more than four decades, and his playing is largely considered among the best of all time. In this last conversation, we asked the fusion great questions posed by Guitar World readers.

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