Jackie Venson: "With humbuckers, you have to be really careful and constantly muting. You have to be nuanced and sensitive. It's like surgery"

Jackie Venson performs at Zilker Park on July 27, 2021 in Austin, Texas
(Image credit: Gary Miller/Getty Images)

Whether you're a blues fan, more into straightforward rock or just a tone-hound, there's at least a fair chance that you've sampled the sweet sounds of Jackie Venson. 

Since making her way into the guitar universe's collective consciousness around a decade ago, Venson has parlayed her signature sound into a steadily growing fanbase of far more than just would-be blues breakers.

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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.