“Fenders give me so much versatility – I can go from rock to cumbia to funk to salsa to vallenato to metal”: He’s one of Colombia’s biggest-selling artists – now Juanes has a signature Stratocaster as multitalented as he is

Juanes poses with his signature Fender Stratocaster electric guitar
(Image credit: Fender)

As one of the best-selling artists in his native Colombia, there have been many milestones in Juanes’ storied career to date. But being named Person of the Year at the Latin Grammys in November 2019 is certainly up there among the most unforgettable.

The special award was handed to him by his personal hero Lars Ulrich, who had some choice words to offer the crowd gathered before them. “I had the pleasure of first meeting Juanes years ago after performing in Mexico,” revealed the suited and booted Metallica sticksman. “And I have keenly watched his music, his creativity and his radiant humanity storm this beautiful planet. Back then, I learned he was a Metallica fan… Now tonight, we come full circle. I proclaim myself a Juanes fan!”

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).