“One of the most successful instrumentalists in rock history”: Duane Eddy, rock guitar pioneer, dies at 86

Guitarist Duane Eddy poses for a portrait in 1958 in New York City, New York. (Photo by PoPsie Randolph/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Duane Eddy, New York City, 1958 (Image credit: PoPsie Randolph/Getty Images)

Duane Eddy, a pioneer of rock guitar famous for his twanging sound, and iconic, era-defining instrumentals like Rebel Rouser, has died at 86, the Arizona Republic reports. Eddy passed away at his home in Franklin, Tennessee, surrounded by family members. 

Hugely influential to generations of rock guitar players, Eddy helped define an era, and establish the electric guitar as an instrument with a voice all its own.  

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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.