Keuning Premiere "The Queen's Finest" Video

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When you see lists of the great riff-writers of recent times online, and god knows we at Guitar World have written our fair share, one name that almost always seems to escape recognition is Dave Keuning.

Mind you, Keuning is the man behind the instantly recognizable fretwork and musical vision that powered "Mr. Brightside," the soaring, era-defining anthem that launched his band, The Killers, to superstardom in 2004. 

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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.