From awe-inspiring 8-string debuts to distorto-boogie: here are this week's essential guitar tracks

Sasami Ashworth of Sasami performs during FORM Arcosanti 2019 at Arcosanti Urban Laboratory on May 12, 2019 in Arcosanti, Arizona.
Sasami (Image credit: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Though we’re all excited for Halloween weekend here at GW HQ, our weekly obligation to bring you planet Earth’s most exciting new guitar music stops for no holiday. (Okay, maybe it does for a couple, but not for this one.)

This week’s lineup includes a breathtaking slice of metal guitar from Sasami, the awe-inspiring recorded debut of John Petrucci’s new signature 8-string Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty, the riff-heavy return of Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, and a whole lot more.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at 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.