John Mayer in his own words: “That joy and passion and chemistry of just picking up the guitar and playing has never been in jeopardy”

John Mayer
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There has been a lot said and written about John Mayer. The pop-rock superstar's fame transcends his capabilities with an electric or acoustic guitar in his hands. But when we strip it all back and listen to the man himself, how he tends to see the world is through the guitarist's POV.

Whether we are just getting to grips with the instrument, serious amateurs gigging at the weekend, teacher or student, his is a perspective we all share. As said in conversation with Guitar World upon the release of his latest album, the ’80s-inspired Sob Rock, “We’re all in the same boat. We’re all sitting down with an electric guitar alone in a room, hoping to trip over something that we’ll never forget.”

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