From bubblegrunge to Steve Vai's hollowbody dalliance: here are this week's essential guitar tracks

Tim Ohrstrom performs with Avatar at USF Verftet in Bergen, Norway on March 7, 2019
(Image credit: Gonzales Photo/Jarle H. Moe/PYMCA/Universal Images Group/Getty Images)

Though team GW took a break from this column last week – attending as we were to all things Black Friday and Cyber Monday guitar deals –  we had our ears to the ground all the while.

Now, we return with not one, but two, weeks worth of delectable guitar goodness to share with you, including a riff-heavy return to form from Bloc Party, Steve Vai’s dalliance with hollowbodies, a typically theatrical crusher from Avatar, a moody rocker from Failure, and much more. 

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.