“I’m a sloppy guitar player! I’ll be the first to admit that… In retrospect, I should have practiced more”: Ace Frehley isn't going to apologize for his loose playing style – but he also doesn't recommend that players follow in his footsteps

Ace Frehley performs onstage at the Haute Spot in Cedar Park, Texas on July 13, 2023
(Image credit: Gary Miller/Getty Images)

Kiss icon Ace Frehley is a beloved figure in the annals of electric guitar, having inspired countless players – young and old – to pick up the instrument. Part of that legacy of inspiration comes from the guitarist's approach – loose, melodic, fun, and unconcerned with technical perfection.

It's led to accusations of sloppiness on Frehley's part, a label that the guitarist says he doesn't mind at all.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. 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.

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