Guitar World

THE COMMITTED SINNER

JOHN 5 — a guy who really, really, really loves playing guitar — tells you everything you need to know about SINNER, his brand-new solo album featuring a QUEEN cover, some carefully honed riffs — and guest appearance­s by DAVE MUSTAINE and KISS man PETER C

- INTERVIEW BY ADAM KOVAC PHOTOS BY MATT WILSON

JOHN 5guitar. REALLY LOVES PLAYING It might seem like a redundant statement; he’s a profession­al guitarist being written about in a guitar magazine, after all. It’d stand to reason he enjoys picking up the instrument every now and again. But this can’t be stressed enough: John 5 really, really, really loves playing guitar. Put aside the fact that instead of taking well-earned vacations when he’s not on tour with Rob Zombie, he collaborat­es with artists as varied as Rod Stewart, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Ricky Martin and puts out solo albums, including his latest, Sinner. Ignore the fact that his Instagram is peppered with tour preparatio­ns consisting of running scales while trotting on a treadmill. Let’s put it this way: When most guitarists sit down for an interview, they get on the phone and answer the questions. Sometimes they gush about a new project or a new signature axe, but the format is consistent. When the man born John William Lowery sits down for an interview, he insists on a Zoom call and appears on the screen holding his signature frost gold Fender Telecaster. It’s a guitar that’s been so well-loved that he recently had to replace the pickguard because of wear and tear.

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