“I just love the Stratocaster. The 2nd and 4th positions are part of what makes it the ultimate funk machine”: From bedroom lockdown playthroughs to Spotify stardom in just 3 years, Giacomo Turra is one of funk guitar's most exciting talents

Giacomo Turra performs onstage
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Guitar virtuosity isn't always associated with funk and R&B music, but don't tell that to Giacomo Turra. The 26-year-old Italian six-stringer is making his mark by taking cues from the legends he heard on vinyl as a kid – like George Benson, John Scofield, Larry Carlton, and Prince – and blending their influence with a distinct, modern spin.

“That music has always been in my head since I was a kid,” the Milan-born guitarist tells Guitar World. “I fell in love with all of it [because of those] guitar players, who remain my biggest influence through their ability to combine pure jazz language, funky grooves, and pop music in a way that feels authentic and exciting to the listener.”

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.