Tim Henson: “When you compose something, it should sound good in its most bare state. Once it sounds good, you can add whatever you want”

Tim Henson of Polyphia
(Image credit: Future)

Of all the boundary-smashing guitarists in the world today, few are as forward-thinking or innovative as Polyphia’s Tim Henson. Take his playing in Playing God – from the prog quartet’s forthcoming album Remember That You Will Die – for example.

Over an intricate trap-style beat, Henson plays a series of jaw-dropping noodles on an Ibanez Talman nylon-string acoustic guitar, and in the absence of much signal processing, lays his formidable compositional and playing skills bare.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month**

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49

Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.