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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
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...
Just watch bucketheads backyard solo on you tube thats all you need to know but him
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 bestV2 Comments
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!V2 Comments
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
That's right! I added this. I look forward to the day I can play every Dream Theater song. - IronSabbathPriestV2 Comments
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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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.
idol of dir en grey from the band D'ERLANGER - ronluna
The Tone master. Have you been living under a rock? Who is better than Eric?
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.
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. - EdgelordV3 Comments
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
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.V1 Comment
His work on Bowie's Glass Spider tour was truly amazing!
Simply an amazing guitarist! Makes it look simple!
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