“There are people out there with extraordinary technical ability, but you listen to their tone and you’re like, ‘Have you got ears or not?’”: Steven Wilson explains why he’s “constantly disappointed” by modern guitarists’ tones

Steven Wilson performing live
(Image credit: Rob Monk/Classic Rock Magazine/Future)

The state of guitar has never been healthier, with technically gifted up-and-coming instrumentalists ushering in a fresh era of electric guitar playing through innovative techniques and approaches.

However, according to Steven Wilson, such technically impressive chops will only get you so far, with the Porcupine Tree guitarist recently voicing his disappointment over how players fail to explore and experiment with their overall sound.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

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.