John Mayer: pink PRS guitars and the joys of channeling ’80s Eric Clapton – only in the new Guitar World

October 2021
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“What if it’s 1988 and I had had a band in the late ’60s through the ’70s, and now I'm my age in the ’80s and people are handing me these things called chorus pedals?”

That’s the premise John Mayer started with when approaching his unusual new album, Sob Rock, an extra-“generous” studio offering that slyly channels the guitarist’s high school–days guitar gods — including Journeyman-era Eric Clapton. In the new issue, we grill Mayer about his very specific concept of the ’80s — and we pick his brain about the concept of the perfect guitar solo.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.