Fender's Justin Norvell: “There's been a big rediscovery of what a guitar can be. More people understand how it can become an extension of one's self”

Justin Norvell
(Image credit: Fender)

While on one hand we are living in some of the strangest times in modern history, with nearly every industry around the world affected by the ongoing pandemic – particularly the live music sector, which has endured more than its fair share of disruption from cancellations and postponements – there’s also the sense that guitar has never more alive as an instrument. 

What was once erroneously perceived as a working tool for rock and roll dinosaurs now embodies so much more, even to those who don’t play it. Whatever kind of band you see on stage, from dance groups to pop acts and beyond, there will usually be a guitar somewhere – whether it’s performed live or sampled. 

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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).