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We’ve studied guitarists’ rigs, their tone, even their “guitar face.” Their body language, on the other hand, is a relatively unexplored topic.

Brooklyn-based artist Fred Stesney broaches the subject with his portraits of some of rock’s most legendary six-string artists. In them, Stesney depicts players without their guitars, providing a study in the human figure.

Says Stesney, “Guitar players can get away with making some funny faces and postures, but when you take away the six-stringed excuse, they look pretty silly.”

We hope Stesney’s intention wasn’t to make some of our favorite guitarists look ridiculous. Either way, we think his art is pretty illuminating.

Check out his portraits in the gallery below, then explore his work at