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The no.1 guitarist in our poll talks to TG about her classical influences and the art of improvising

Nita Strauss is the very definition of a guitar hero in the modern age. In 2018, she joined the likes of Steve Vai and Joe Satriani in having her own signature Ibanez model – an achievement that made her the first female musician ever in its history to have done so. Similar things can be said about the Pandemonium DiMarzio pickups that come fitted on her JIVA axe, a feat she also holds close to her heart having idolised many of the company’s virtuoso endorsees. None of this would have happened if it were not for her dizzying technique and hard work ethic. When we caught up with ‘Hurricane’ Nita, we asked for a tip on improvising...


“I grew up listening to classical music in the house; our dad instilled that into us – the importance of being aware of that lineage and,

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