“A song like Eruption is about the guitar itself, but Machine Gun is about the nation at a specific point in time. Jimi Hendrix plugged into that at an unprecedented level”: Vernon Reid names 10 guitarists who shaped his sound

Guitarist Vernon Reid of the rock band Living Colour performs at The Fillmore on August 14, 2023 in Detroit, Michigan.
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2023’s summer months found Living Colour and Extreme wowing audiences with Vernon Reid and Nuno Bettencourt's guitar grandeur. But Reid was also making headlines (in the guitar world at least) with a series of TSA-related pedalboard misadventures and his trigger warning-worthy Instagram posts that documented the aftermath.

"That was such a nightmare," Reid laughs. "I was coming from Memphis, TN, with my trusty pedalboard, and when I got home, I was like, 'It's time for me to tweak some things and see what's going on.' And when I opened it up, it was so shocking; I was stunned because everything was turned upside down."

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.