Most Innovative Guitarists


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21Andres Segovia
22Eric ClaptonEric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.
23Duane AllmanHoward Duane Allman was an American guitarist, session musician, and co-founder and leader of the Allman Brothers Band until his death in a motorcycle crash in 1971, when he was 24 years old.
24Steve Cropper
25Dave Mason

If you ever wonder who does the amazing acoustic guitar counterpoint to Hendrix's lead in Jimi's original recording of "All Along The Watchtower", Dave Mason is the guy who played it, and magnificently I might add.

26Paul Gilbert

Come on. Who else puts his pick down and starts playing with a drill machine? - ameentheguitarist23

27John FruscianteJohn Anthony Frusciante is an American guitarist, singer, producer and composer.He is best known for his time with the Funk Rock California based band the Red Hot Chili Peppers.V1 Comment
28Bill Frisell

Sounds like no one else with a volume pedal, a delay or a looper and stereo reverb.

29Sister Rosetta TharpeV1 Comment
30James HetfieldJames Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

If Tony Iommi taught guitarists how to be heavy, this guy taught us how to be metal. - ameentheguitarist23

31Brian MayBrian Harold May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.

The fact that he was not already in this list is entirely preposterous. I mean.. James Hetfield... Matt Bellamy. Jesus. Brian May was granted the opportunity to perform the national anthem on the roof of buckingham palace and he's not in TheTopTens' list of innovative guitarists. Listen to his arrangement of God Save The Queen (as well as his band's multi-platinum albums while you're at it). His popularising of multi-layering guitar parts was innovative enough to take a top three spot.

32Ritchie BlackmoreRichard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the more.
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