10 Most Influential Guitarists

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81 Alexi Laiho Alexi Laiho
82 George Lynch George Lynch George Lynch is an American hard rock guitarist and songwriter. Lynch is best known for his work with heavy metal band Dokken and his band Lynch Mob.

Has taken style and technique to a new level.

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83 Steve Lukather Steve Lukather

Steve Lukather should count as 10 of your favorite guitar players, given the number of artists and bands he has backed with his instant-classic solos and stand-out licks. One of those darn guys of guitar we all want to play like.

He is so prolific can play whatever you want. Used to play on so many record as a session musician and also as a lead guitarist of the great TOTO band. Has many solo albums! - zee_ma

Definitely one of the best!

How could such a list not include Luke? From the session player to te Toto soloist, he's simply one of the most sought-after guitarist...

84 Dave Meniketti
85 Buck Dharma

Blue Oyster Cult

86 Stephen Stills Stephen Stills
87 Kaoru Niikura
88 Miyavi Miyavi
89 Steve Cropper Steve Cropper

By far the best..the cretor of Memphis soul..ooke T and the MG's..Otis..Sam and Dave..Wilson Pickett..Eddie Floyd and on th the Blues Brothers..no one like him

90 Allan Holdsworth Allan Holdsworth

Really? # 98 and 1 comment? Holdsworth is the greatest guitarist who has ever lived and has influenced countless inferior imitators. Not a rock star but a towering giant on the same exalted level as Coltrane. Nobody touches Allan Holdsworth.

Prooves that you can play any note and make it sound good

91 Andy Summers

Absolute unique sound he created and he made The Police happen with his guitar playing.

He's written some of the best riffs ever written. He has an unique sound!

92 Wes Borland Wes Borland Wesley Louden "Wes" Borland is an American rock musician and artist. He is best known as the current guitarist and backing vocalist of the nu metal band Limp Bizkit and as the lead vocalist of the industrial rock band Black Light Burns.
93 Hank B. Marvin

From the late 50's on The Shadows and Hank Marvin inspired thousands of kids to play guitar and buy a red Stratocaster. That is influential. Ask Mark Knopfler, The Beatles, whoever, why they play guitar.

Influenced the Beatles, Clapton, Neil Young, Pete Townsend, Brian May and Mark Knopfler to name but a few. So in the top five as far as most influential

The first British guitar hero and still going, based in Perth Australia.

94 Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. When he was only 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. He was born 8th May 1977. He is known to be one of the greatest blues guitarists ever.

Dude actually has to hold back, playing somewhat restrained and occasionally just letting it rip. Has the potential to leave a major legacy. Unbelievably prolific output.

Listen to his Royal Albert Hall live show, the most kickass live Bluesrock guitarist ever!

95 Andrés Segovia
96 Joe Perry Joe Perry Anthony Joseph "Joe" Perry is the lead guitarist, backing and occasional lead vocalist, and contributing songwriter for the American rock band Aerosmith.

Inventive licks, unique sound, deep groove, iconic writer. Musical voice of one of the great rock bands with a little bit of an R&B pocket.

He's not a bad singer either. And I love Aerosmith. I don't see Aerosmith without Joe Perry and Steven Tyler.

The best guitarist underrated

97 Mick Mars Mick Mars

The epicenter of Motley Crue, licks to kill

98 Mike Oldfield

Underrated! He has it all: technique, sound, melody, solos and songwriting skills.

99 Doug Aldrich Doug Aldrich Doug Aldrich, is a Los Angeles-based hard rock guitarist. He founded the band Burning Rain with Keith St.

This guy is just awesome...easy top 10

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100 Jorma Kaukonen

Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. Need I say more. Double Dose!

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