10 Most Influential Guitarists


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61Chet Atkins

Influential? When you hear ANY popular kind of music, you hear a piece of Chet Atkins and/or Ray Charles! Chet showed us what a guitar can do; Ray showed us what a voice can do! Masters of the Universe!

62Dave MurrayDavid Michael Murray is an English guitarist and songwriter best known as one of the earliest members of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

Dave Murray was one of my Dad's influences along with Hendrix. - IronSabbathPriest

63Richard Thompson

Extremely inventive and has written some really beautiful songs. Not too big fan of the folksy stuff though - ChatonNoir

64Zakk WyldeZakk Wylde is an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor who is best known as the former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, and founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society.
65Matthias Jabbs

one of the guitarists of a great band scorpions. he is one of the most influential guitarists since 1970s - ronluna

66Edge Adam Joseph Copeland is a Canadian actor and retired professional wrestler. He is best known for his time with the American professional wrestling promotion WWE, where he performed under the ring name Edge.

The Edge should be up a lot higher than he is on this list. His use of rhythmic delay in rhythm guitar is as copied as any style I can think of.

Made the title of "Guitar Hero" obsolete. Avoided anything remotely technical in his playing and made an art out of keeping it simple. Single handedly changed the way guitarists use digital effects and made the delay pedal an instrument in its own rights.

67Tak Matsumoto

from the most selling japanese band B'z - ronluna

68Joe WalshJoseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh is an American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.

Joe Walsh is a master.. From The James Gang.. To The Eagles.. And his Solo stuff.. and what's cool.. When live he plays it note for note like on record.. Not faster slower or not even close like so many others

One of the most emulated of all time, his guitar lines are classic. Also a master of the iconic hot licks like Funk 49, Life in the Fast Lane, Life's Been Good and about a billion others. Seems unjust that he's also a great singer and songwriter too.

My father is obsessed by this man and u can't even mention The Eagles without him getting very upset because they were good just because of him... I think Joe Walsh is a gifted and very cool guitar player, never a sell out! - ChatonNoir

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69Yuji Adachi

like hideto matsumoto, he influenced lots of guitarists in japan but he is very underappreciated and not well known - ronluna

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70Herman LiHerman Li is a Hong Kong-born, British Chinese musician, record producer, and lead guitarist for the British Power-Metal band Dragonforce.
71Wolf Hoffmann

Wolf Hoffmann is the lead guitarist from German heavy metal band Accept. His guitar style is known for being virtuose, melodic, lyricist often classical influenced, and more than anything full of emotions.

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72Hank Marvin

Without a doubt he influenced many of the greats in the top 20 to play guitar.

This man was and still is the most influential guitarist of them all simply because he actualy plays the guitar!,

Melodic and unforgetable, his songs are like a time travel, to the Western (Apache), to the 60s in Califórnia( Atlantis), and many more. He is a great influence since the 60s.

73Trey Anastasio
74Robert Fripp
75Steve Hackett

If Eddie Van Halen is in the top 5, then this guy should be also be there. Steve Hackett was using many of the techniques that Eddie Van Halen claims to be his own way before Eddie was even famous. Despite being fast, he wasn't one of those mindless shredders. He knew how to use speed at the service of the melody. He made Genesis one of the greatest prog rock bands of all time. - RalphSaad

One the best musicians on the world, not only with the guitars, but all melody music

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76Guthrie Govan
77Tommy Emmanuel
78Paul Kossoff

One of the best ever. He could have outshone so many if he had lived.

79Dickey Betts

Way underrated. Soared to greatness after Duane's untimely death--kept the ABB flying high. Listen to their 70's and80's recordings, Dickey is the cleanest, most talented player of that era.

One of the greats, stepping out of Duanes shadow and changing the sound of mainstream music.

80Chuck SchuldinerCharles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck as the "Godfather ...read more.

This guy played the most technical guitars ever.

Not only an awesome guitar player but a great Singer-lyricist too. Pioneer of Death Metal. Started playing classic death metal at first and progressed thorugh Progressive Death to Technical Death along his trajectory in music. Certainly one of the best musicians metal ever had.

Left our realm in December 2001 from a brain cancer.R.I.P. Evil Chuck

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