From the offspring of rock royalty to offbeat guitar-pop perfection: here are this week's essential guitar tracks

Wolfgang Van Halen performs onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas
(Image credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Here in the States, Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. Though it's been a year for the history books in a number of ways both good and terrible, one thing we at Guitar World HQ are certainly thankful for is that there's still plenty of amazing innovation on the guitar front for us to tell you about every week.

These past few days have certainly been no exception, with the long-awaited first solo single from Wolfgang Van Halen's solo project – Mammoth WVH – a fascinating slice of grunge revival from Suspect208, and a powerful, emotionally (and musically) heavy new tune from Machine Head all arriving in recent days.

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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.