“He’s the funkiest dude in the shredder family tree”: The world’s greatest guitarists explain why Nuno Bettencourt isn’t your typical guitar hero

Nuno Bettencourt, Zakk Wylde and Steve Vai
(Image credit: Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)

You could walk into the GW offices, put a mic before anyone in the building, and they'd tell you just how great Nuno Bettencourt is. We could make the case for him being the best hard-rock player in the world right now, the Jedi master of electric guitar – we have, and we may well do so again.

But such accolades mean more when they come from the Extreme guitarist's peers. And so we reached out to a bunch of working pros – some of whom you might have heard of – and asked them what makes Bettencourt the player he is.

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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.