“I love $200 guitars! They’re easier to play and their pickups are very responsive to my style”: Meet Sebastiside, the Colombian virtuoso making waves with budget guitars – and a ground-breaking rhythm technique

(Image credit: Nicolas Gonzales)

It wasn’t too far into his playing days when Sebastian Garcia, better known as Sebastiside, realized he wasn’t a great lead player. “I couldn't shred like Rick Graham and Stephen Taranto,” he reflects, “and maybe because of that, I focused on my rhythm playing.” It’s a decision that transformed his playing.

He moved to Australia after graduating from university – “because they have Plini, Caligula's Horse, and Karnivool” – and splits his time between teaching guitar, creating content and songwriting.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.