“It was pretty daunting at the outset”: Misha Mansoor’s Virtuoso Mega Shred is the five-solo, guest-laden metal guitar instrumental of the year – and it was written for a guitar promo

Jackson Virtuoso Mega Shred
(Image credit: Jackson)

Jackson launched its latest American Series model the Virtuoso last week. The electric guitar itself might have arrived in an attention-grabbing Shell Pink, but the thing that really caught our eye was the accompanying star-studded promo video. 

Dubbed The Virtuoso Mega Shred, the clip features Periphery guitarist Misha Mansoor, Marty Friedman, Revocation’s Dave Davidson and next-gen players –Heriot’s Debbie Gough and Erra’s Clint Tustin – taking solo turns across a single evolving track. In the process, they showcase a killer selection of monstrous, yet highly individual, lead guitar styles.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.