John Mayer says wearing headphones live on stage has helped him become a more dynamic guitar player

John Mayer performing live with Dead & Company
(Image credit: Katie Friesema)

John Mayer is currently taking a break from any Sob Rock-related activities, and is instead working his way through the opening dates of his most recent tour with Dead & Company. And, in the few shows the group have played so far, Mayer looks to be rocking a permanent new addition to his live rig: some over-the-ear headphone monitors.

Though the move carries the obvious benefit of protecting his hearing, the electric guitar icon has also revealed that using headphones has a number of knock-on effects – ones that directly impact his playing and supposedly make his live performances even better. 

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.