Remembering the guitarists we lost in 2023

(from left) Jeff Beck, Gary Rossington, Robbie Robertson, Sinead O'Connor, David Crosby
(Image credit: Lionel FLUSIN/Gamma-Rapho, Scott Dudelson, Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc, Rob Ball/WireImage, Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)

2023 was a standout year for the guitar – 12 months that saw fantastic innovations in the gear space, and players of all genres raise the bar, and move the instrument forward in amazing, unique, and unexpected ways. 

Sadly, though, it was also a year in which we had to say goodbye to a staggering amount of guitar geniuses who were just as innovative in their day, and helped lay the bridges that today's players cross. 

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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.