Three guitar heroes for a new era

 Serious sophistication: Annie Clark of St Vincent performs at the 2018 Coachella Festival. Photograph: Matt Cowan/Getty Images for Coachella

Is the guitar dying? Ten years after the recession, the industry has seen its share of struggle: the 2,633,000 units sold in the US in 2017 falls about 5% short of the 2008 figure, according to Music Trades magazine.

But the instrument may not be dead yet. Here are three acts that could save the guitar:

St Vincent AKA Annie Clark

Serious sophistication with a deep bag of tricks. Began playing as a 12-year-old in Garland, Texas. Harmonic stylings one moment, chokehold solos the next. Plays a personal Sterling by Music Man signature series electric guitar. Niece of the virtuoso Tuck Andress of the jazz duo Tuck and Patti.

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Courtney Barnett

Warmth of tone with indie rock antennae and a catalogue of irresistible riffs. A southpaw. Nominated for a best new artist Grammy in 2015. Her album Tell Me How You Really Feel is due out on 18 May. Hails from Melbourne, Australia.

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Waxahatchee AKA Katie Crutchfield

Punk practitioner with the charisma to go solo acoustic. Wears a Rilo Kiley tattoo. With her sister Allison backing her on vocals can move from Go-Gos to grunge and back.

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