16 million Americans started learning to play guitar over the past two years, according to Fender

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(Image credit: Fender)

Fender has published the findings from its comprehensive New Guitar Player Landscape Analysis survey, which aims to pick apart the pandemic’s impact on instigating and evolving the emerging culture of guitar.

Strikingly, the study reveals that seven percent of the population in America between the ages of 13 and 64 started to learn the guitar over the past 24 months – a percentage that works out to be approximately 16 million people.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.