Tim Henson’s shred remix of Ariana Grande’s Positions is one of the best guitar covers you’ll hear this year

Tim Henson is no stranger to covering massive pop hits – who could forget his killer harmonic-embellished take on Ginuwine’s Pony? – but the Polyphia guitar hero has outdone himself with his latest reimagining of Ariana Grande’s blockbuster new single, Positions.

In the video above – appropriately entitled Pop Song Shred – Henson opens the track with the original’s nylon-string intro, before switchin’ to an Ibanez AZ to transform Grande’s vocals into a very Polyphia-sounding solo showcase.

In between nailing Grande’s vocal inflections, Henson deploys hybrid picking to switch rapidly between bass and treble strings, throwing in a host of wide sweeps, dizzying pentatonic runs and a few cheeky two-hand taps to boot.

To paraphrase the original artist, it’s like Tim’s in the Olympics, the way he’s jumpin’ through hoops.

Some of guitar’s biggest names agree, with Mateus Asato dubbing the cover "so great" and Manuel Gardner Fernandes commenting "damn baby" when Henson shared the clip on Instagram.

If you dig Henson’s take, he’s posted tabs and backing tracks up on his official site, w6rst.com.

You can compare his version with the original below.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.