Marty Friedman says social media guitar stars saved the instrument from extinction

Marty Friedman
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Marty Friedman has heaped praise on the emerging generation of social media electric guitar stars, saying, "It's a very exciting time for the guitar."

While in conversation with Ultimate Guitar, Friedman was asked about the up-and-coming guitar heroes who inspire him, to which he replied, “I am motivated by everybody and I’m so excited to see the direction guitar has come over the past few years. I’m very excited.”

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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.