Unassuming guitar teacher goes viral after channeling Brian May and Eddie Van Halen in epic America's Got Talent audition

Guitar teacher John Wines shreds during an audition for America's Got Talent
(Image credit: America's Got Talent/YouTube)

59-year-old John Wines isn't your average neighborhood guitar teacher.

Under the handle @oldgreyguitarist, Wines has built a remarkable following on Instagram and, in particular, TikTok, with a whopping 1.3 million followers on the latter platform.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. 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.