From quarantine slow jams to unlikely all-star collaborations: here are this week's essential guitar tracks

John Mayer performs onstage at The O2 Arena on October 13, 2019 in London, England
(Image credit: Joseph Okpako/WireImage)

As the weeks at home continue to pile up, it's safe to say we're all looking for distractions. Luckily, when cooped up in one place for an extended period of time, our favorite guitarists and their collaborators tend to occupy their time by, what else, creating.

Some artists have even chosen to move up releases that they had scheduled to unleash in the summer, or even later, to keep us company in this difficult time. This has unexpectedly led to an impressive glut of phenomenal, boundary-pushing new guitar tracks for your listening pleasure.

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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.