10 Most Influential Guitaristsphunkjunkie Please note that these are the guitarists that had the most influence on music and not just the best guitarists. Comments that do not reference a particular guitarist's influence will not be approved.
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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 bestV 2 Comments
Just watch bucketheads backyard solo on you tube thats all you need to know but him
I feel that his electric stuff is brilliant 'Down by the river' 'Cowgirl in the sand' right up to his new work on Psychedelic Pill. Neil's over driven sound has stood the test of time and is 2nd to none
His music influenced me, although I am nobody but his was the first I learned, but never was able to duplicate his style, and I don't think anyone can
Not so much his electric guitar playing (the one note guitar solos are actually catchy! ) but his acoustic stylings most definitely. It was listening and mimicking NY's early 70's material I.E. Harvest, etc. that got me started.
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
The Tone master. Have you been living under a rock? Who is better than Eric?
That's right! I added this. I look forward to the day I can play every Dream Theater song. - IronSabbathPriest
Jp is great guitarist of all times... the idol
Why ain't he nr one - SweetChaos
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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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!V 2 Comments
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
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.
probably the best improviser and soulful of them all, don't believe me go watch their new live stuff on youtube( greenfest, cigale, alcatraz, slane castle... )
If not in the top 5 now, He will be later. He has written some of the greatest riffs in rock history and he is only 38. - RHCPfan
John is an amazing guitarist
A great guitarists inspirerende by Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa, this man belongs to the top 10 in my opinion! I'm shocked about his place in this list.V 1 Comment
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
Should be #1 most INFLUENTUIAL guitarist... Everyone who plays any kind of rock or blues was spawned from him.V 2 Comments
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!
Chet is the type of guy that can play any song on guitar. - naFrovivuS
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.V 1 Comment
His work on Bowie's Glass Spider tour was truly amazing!
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