Remembering the guitarists we lost in 2022

(from left) Syl Johnson, Keith Levene, Wilko Johnson and Kim Simmonds perform onstage
(Image credit: James Fraher/Redferns, Tom Hill/Getty Images, Rick Diamond/Getty Images for IEBA, Edu Hawkins/Redferns)

2022 was a terrific year for the guitar, one that saw thrilling developments in new gear, and players of all musical inclinations push the instrument's boundaries in a variety of exciting new directions.

However, it's also been a year in which we've, sadly, had to say goodbye to a number of guitar greats, who – with their work in pop, rock, blues, punk, metal and more – helped pave the way for today's advancements in the instrument.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.