Kansas' Rich Williams: "Strats are a mystery to me. I’d watch guys like Eric Johnson play a Strat and get such a beautiful sound, yet when I pick it up, it just sounds horrible!"

Rich Williams performs with Kansas at Comic-Con International 2017 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 23, 2017 in San Diego, California
(Image credit: Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

One of America’s preeminent progressive rock outfits, Kansas, are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, with the band set to hit the road in June for an extensive tour. Kansas also recently released a three-CD, career-spanning collection titled Another Fork in the Road – 50 Years of Kansas.

Guitar World recently sat down with the band's longtime guitarist, Rich Williams, to discuss the guitars he connects with (and the ones he doesn't jive with), the making of Dust in the Wind, and the importance of keeping to a learning mindset. 

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Joe Matera

Joe Matera is an Australian guitarist and music journalist who has spent the past two decades interviewing a who's who of the rock and metal world and written for Guitar World, Total Guitar, Rolling Stone, Goldmine, Sound On Sound, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and many others. He is also a recording and performing musician and solo artist who has toured Europe on a regular basis and released several well-received albums including instrumental guitar rock outings through various European labels. Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera has called him, "... a great guitarist who knows what an electric guitar should sound like and plays a fluid pleasing style of rock." He's the author of Backstage Pass: The Grit and the Glamour.