10 Most Influential Guitarists


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61 Steve Rothery Steve Rothery

Simply an amazing guitarist! Makes it look simple!

62 Dave Murray Dave Murray David 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

63 Richard Thompson

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

64 Zakk Wylde Zakk Wylde Zakk 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.
65 Matthias Jabbs

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

66 Edge Edge 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.

67 Tak Matsumoto

from the most selling japanese band B'z - ronluna

68 Joe Walsh Joe Walsh Joseph 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

A unique rock guitarist with clearly recognisable trademark motif of sound in his playing.

Should be within at least the top ten of most influential
1. Jimi Hendrix
2. Jeff Beck
3. Jimmy Page

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69 Steve Hackett Steve 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

The master of perfection!

the best

70 Hank 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.

71 Yuji 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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72 Herman Li Herman Li Herman Li is a Hong Kong-born, British Chinese musician, record producer, and lead guitarist for the British Power-Metal band Dragonforce.

Ok almost everyone has heard Through The Fire And Flames. Not Only that but he has made many other great songs like Fury Of The Storm, The Game, and many more.

73 Chuck Schuldiner Chuck Schuldiner Charles 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

74 Wolf 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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75 Tommy Emmanuel Tommy Emmanuel
76 Paul Kossoff Paul Kossoff

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

77 Trey Anastasio
78 Robert Fripp Robert Fripp Robert Fripp (born 16 May 1946) is an English guitarist, composer and record producer. As a guitarist for the progressive rock band King Crimson, Fripp has been the only member to have played in all of King Crimson's line-ups from their inception in the late 1960s to the present. He has also worked ...read more.
79 Guthrie Govan Guthrie Govan
80 Dickey 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.

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