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Nilüfer Yanya performs on stage at SWN Festival 2019 on October 18, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales.
Nilüfer Yanya (Image credit: Mike Lewis Photography/Redferns)

Though we’ve been a bit preoccupied telling you about all that’s new and cool in the gear world for the first couple weeks of 2021, we’ve still had our ears to the ground for new guitar music the whole time.

And what discoveries, dear reader, we have compiled to share with you. 2020 – for all of its many, many, many drawbacks – was a great year for riffs, solos and six- (and seven- and eight-) string innovation, and it seems so far that 2021 will be no different.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com 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.