Guitarists of the year: the players who left their mark on 2022

Eric Gales, Wolfgang Van Halen, Steve Vai, Nita Strauss, John Frusciante
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Well, folks, it’s about time we wrapped 2022 up in a bow and sent it off into the wild. It’s been fun. But we can’t do that without giving thanks and praise to the players who have rocked our world.

Here, the GW brains trust has pooled the gray matter and crunched the numbers in our own arcane internal voting system, to profile the players who made this year matter, from the electric guitar mavericks who have torn the instrument a new f-hole to those who found themselves not content with one neck, not two necks, but three.

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Alison Richter is a seasoned journalist who interviews musicians, producers, engineers, and other industry professionals, and covers mental health issues for Writing credits include a wide range of publications, including,, Bass Player, TNAG Connoisseur, Reverb, Music Industry News, Acoustic, Drummer,, Gearphoria, She Shreds, Guitar Girl, and Collectible Guitar.

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