10 Most Influential Guitarists

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41 Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Frank 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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42 Buckethead Buckethead Brian 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

43 Neil Young Neil Young Neil Percival Young, OC OM is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter.

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.

44 Ken 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

45 Eric Johnson Eric Johnson Eric 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?

46 John Petrucci John Petrucci John 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

Jp is great guitarist of all times... the idol

Why ain't he nr one - SweetChaos

47 Rory Gallagher Rory Gallagher William 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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48 Mark Knopfler Mark Knopfler Mark Freuder Knopfler is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer. He is best known for being the frontman of the British band Dire Straits.

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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49 Django Reinhardt Django Reinhardt ...read more.

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.

50 Matt Bellamy Matt Bellamy Matthew 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.
51 Ichiro Cipher Takigawa

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

52 Martin 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.

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54 John Frusciante John Frusciante John 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.

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.

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55 Robert Johnson Robert 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

Should be #1 most INFLUENTUIAL guitarist... Everyone who plays any kind of rock or blues was spawned from him.

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56 Chet Atkins Chet Atkins Chester Burton "Chet" Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001), known as "Mr. Guitar" and "The Country Gentleman", was an American musician, occasional vocalist, songwriter, and record producer, who along with Owen Bradley and Bob Ferguson, among others, created the country music style that came to ...read more.

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

57 Paul Gilbert Paul 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

58 Johnny Marr Johnny 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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59 John Mayer John Mayer
60 Peter Frampton Peter Frampton

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

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