Remembering the guitarists we lost in 2021

(from left) Alexi Laiho, Nanci Griffith and Michael Nesmith
(Image credit: Miikka Skaffari/Getty Images, Steve Thorne/Redferns, Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

2021 has been a banner year for electric guitar innovation and experimentation, with new, up-and-coming players re-writing the rulebook of the instrument we so love.

Sadly though, it's also been a year in which we've had to bid farewell to a number of extraordinary guitar players, each of whom left a lasting impact on the instrument that will be felt for years to come.

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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.