Watch John Mayer cover Van Halen’s Panama with an Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein

John Mayer playing Eddie Van Halen's Frankenstein
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2008 was a curious time for John Mayer. After releasing a blues trio album in 2005, arguably his best piece of work Continuum in 2006 and then a highly praised live record – Where The Light Is, recorded in 2007 – the electric guitar star’s musical journey seemed to be at a crossroads.

It was also a time when his guitar playing skills were really put on the map – a time when the same pop singer-songwriter who penned Room for Squares (2001) and Heavier Things (2003) was finally receiving the credit he deserved for his stellar six-string chops.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.