Kirk Hammett, Adam Jones, St. Vincent, Mateus Asato, John 5 and Christone "Kingfish" Ingram discuss the state of guitar in 2021

GWM535 Roundtable
(Image credit: Shelby Stiefel (Mateus Asato), Kristin Burns (Adam Jones), Matt Wilson (John 5), Rory Doyle (Christone “Kingfish” Ingram), Jeff Kravitz/Filmmagic (St. Vincent), Jeremy Saffer/Future (Kirk Hammett))

There's an old saying: the only constant is change. And to be sure, the guitar-playing universe has been in a steady state of flux since man first stretched a string between two points and gave it a pluck centuries ago. 

In more modern, rock-centric times, the guitar, and how it is picked and strummed and tapped and rapped, has continued to evolve in terms of style, speed, technique and countless other aspects. 

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.