10 Most Influential Guitarists


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41Glenn TiptonV1 Comment
42B.B. KingRiley B. "B.B." King was an American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, and record producer.

Maybe not too well known, but he is the grandfather of the guitar solo as we know it in rock songs.

Buddy guy, Joe bonnamassa, eric clapton, srv and even greats such as eddie van halen or slash have all been influenced by the speed, cleaness and perfection and soul of luciell, the guitar who squeels and sings when played by king. Hendrix himself was in awe

43Tom MorelloThomas Morello is an American musician, singer-songwriter and political activist. He is best known for his tenure with the band Rage Against the Machine and then with Audioslave.

Best guitarist. As soon as I listened to him, I thought that he was the best - Battlegun

Most innovate sound of the 90s on a guitar...

44BucketheadBrian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.

Just watch bucketheads backyard solo on you tube thats all you need to know but him

45Frank ZappaFrank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.

Be it jazz fusion, which he helped create, blues inspired rock, doo-wop or just straight forward rock guitar, Zappa is one of the most innovative yet unknown guitarists of all time

#2 all time behind Jimi in both influence and innovation. "Watermelon in Easter Hay" - say no more. The fact that he's 40 on this list undermines its credibility.

One of the early renaissance rock rockers with crazy skill and a voracious appetite for the eclectic.

He is not one of the best, He is the best

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46Mark KnopflerMark Freuder Knopfler, OBE is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer.

This guy did more for guitar and lyrics than most are willing to admit. His range of sounds and styles is far reaching. Just listen to Telegraph Road.

Gotta love Mark! (the dude from Dire Straits)

One of, if not the, best finger-picking guitarists ever.

He is the best!

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47Ken Kitamura

One of the best and most influential Japanese rock guitarists, so many cover artists and bands tribute to ken and L'Arc~en~Ciel. see it and you will believe it. - ronluna

48John PetrucciJohn Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater.

That's right! I added this. I look forward to the day I can play every Dream Theater song. - IronSabbathPriest

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49Rory GallagherWilliam Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues and rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bandleader.

The blues mixed up with Irish folk, with plenty of ideas : this guy isn't as known as he deserves, but his music really transmit feelings, and if you don't trust me, then listen to it.

The biggest crime in music is how often this guy's overlooked. Slash, the Edge, Joe Bonamassa, etc all cite this guy as a key influence and yet he's usually forgotten in the "Who's the most popular guitarrist" listings

The best live guitarist of all time

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50Django Reinhardt

Mention Django and every person mentioned on this list will genuflect. He did it all, he did it FIRST, and he did it with just two fingers on his left hand.

This man only had two fingers, but he could play everything. His influence is absolutely enormous, from jazz to rock to metal to funk, it's incredible.

51Matt BellamyMatthew James "Matt" Bellamy is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and compose most famous for being the main vocalist in alternative rock band Muse.
52Ichiro Cipher Takigawa

idol of dir en grey from the band D'ERLANGER - ronluna

53Tomo Milicevic
54Eric JohnsonEric Johnson (born August 17, 1954) is an American guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist from Austin, Texas. Best known for his electric guitar skills, Johnson is also a highly proficient acoustic, lap steel, resonator, and bass guitarist as well as an accomplished pianist and vocalist.

The Tone master. Have you been living under a rock? Who is better than Eric?

55Martin Barre

A guitarist much underappreciated... His solo on Aqualung is one of the BEST solos ever, and throughout Jethro Tull's many albums, Barre's solos and fills consistently sound unique. Indeed his guitar is as important to Tull's sound as Ian Anderson's flute

One of the most underrated and under used guitarists. His guitar work is as valuable to Tull as is Ian's flute.

56Robert Johnson

This is unbelievable how he is rated this low he inspired Keith Richards Eric Clapton Jimmy page and countless others unbelievable

There is no single person on this list who actually knew anything about music that wasn't influenced by Robert Johnson. - Edgelord

The blues would not exist without him. - Edgelord

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57Paul Gilbert

I think he influenced a lot of guitarists with his unique progressive metal style. And his music is so cool. Did you ever listen "Metal Dog"? Please, do. - Mouseclick

I think PG shreds the guitar cleaner and more accurately than the rest of the artists do.. the licks are just very catchy.. coolest player! viva PAUL GILBERT!

PG shreds the guitar cleaner and more accurately than the rest of the artists do.. The licks are just sweet

58Johnny Marr

He has a style of his own. You can sound like Jimmy Page, you can sound like Hendrix but I do not think that there is anybody in the world who can play like Johnny Marr plays. He inspired many guitarists from Noel Gallagher to John Squire. He is unique!

Johnny Marr has influenced a lot of great guitarists, and has an unique style!

He's ben really influential, especially to british guitarists.

Just 100% amazing. Better than many of the people classed higher in this list.

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59Peter Frampton

His work on Bowie's Glass Spider tour was truly amazing!

60Steve Rothery

Simply an amazing guitarist! Makes it look simple!

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