"The whole vibe of Ace Frehley was really special to me. I was so small, and Ace was this larger-than-life figure… I didn't even think he was a real person": John 5 names the guitarists who shaped his sound

John 5 performs with Mötley Crüe at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia on November 14, 2023
(Image credit: Chris Putnam/Future/Getty Images)

Blistering riffs and eruptive solos aside, the most endearing thing about John 5 – born John William Lowery – is the joy he exudes while talking guitar and the players who influenced him.

It's a rare thing – especially in an age where jaded mindsets and an over-saturation of bright and shiny things reigns supreme. Somehow, though, John 5 hasn't lost the fire, nor has exhaustion set in. Instead, the early muse that set him alight remains. 

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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.