Joe Satriani shares brutal photo of his fingers post-show – and seeks advice for the problem he's had ever since he started playing guitar

Joe Satriani performs onstage in Berlin, Germany on April 20, 2023
(Image credit: Frank Hoensch/Redferns)

Electric guitar hero Joe Satriani is currently on the road, touring Europe in support of his 2022 LP, The Elephants of Mars.

It's easy to assume that at this point, Satriani has everything down pat – he's been at it for decades, and has inspired countless players with his virtuosity. As he recently shared, though, the same physical wear and tear that affects us mere mortals affects him as well. 

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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.