“I view everything from the pick to the speaker as my instrument”: Meet John Frusciante favorite Anthony Pirog – the boundary breaking guitarist who’s jamming jazz, punk and fusion with Fugazi’s rhythm section

Anthony Pirog playing his Abernethy Sonic Empress guitar
(Image credit: Dave Avidan)

If you love skronky tones, think offsets are the coolest and have been waiting for someone to come along and comprehensively blow your concept of genre to bits, then Anthony Pirog is a guitarist you’ll want to get on your radar.

Stylistically, the Washington D.C. based virtuoso is something of an omnivore – equally hungry for incorporating elements of jazz, post-rock, experimental noise and free improvisation into his music.

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Ellie Rogers

Since graduating university with a degree in English, Ellie has spent the last decade working in a variety of media, marketing and live events roles. As well as being a regular contributor to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and GuitarWorld.com, she currently heads up the marketing team of a mid-scale venue in the south-west of England. She started dabbling with guitars around the age of seven and has been borderline obsessed ever since. She has a particular fascination with alternate tunings, is forever hunting for the perfect slide for the smaller-handed guitarist, and derives a sadistic pleasure from bothering her drummer mates with a preference for “f**king wonky” time signatures.