10 Most Influential Guitarists


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101 Michael Hedges

Acoustic guitarist from another planet.

102 Neal Schon Neal Schon Neal Joseph Schon is an American rock guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist best known for his work with the bands Journey and Bad English. He is Journey's last original constant member, having participated in every album and tour to date.

Highly underrated. He contributed many of the most icon solos and songs of the last few decades.

Neal is a great guitar player.. From his roots at Santana... To Journey..

103 Nancy Wilson Nancy Wilson

Hart deserves notation so she should be in the top ten

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104 Marty Friedman Marty Friedman Martin Adam "Marty" Friedman is an American guitarist, known for his tenure as the lead guitarist for heavy metal band Megadeth which spanned nearly the full decade of the 1990s, as well as Cacophony alongside Jason Becker until 1989. Friedman has resided in Tokyo, Japan since 2003, where he has hosted ...read more.
105 Derek Trucks Derek Trucks
106 K.K.Downing
107 Natalicio Moreyra Lima

Los Indos Tabajaras, a solid and fantastic career on the charts with "Marie Elana", as their big hit, but a fantastic career of instrumental guitar, including classical renditions, Valse In C-Sharp.

108 K.K. Downing
109 Kane Roberts
110 Walter Giardino

He has an unique technique

111 Adrian Smith Adrian Smith Adrian Frederick "H" Smith is an English guitarist, best known as a member of Iron Maiden, for whom he writes songs and performs live backing vocals on some tracks.

Iron maiden influenced a hell of a lot guitarist. How are they not in the top 20

He is really virtual guitarist

112 Morteza Pashaei
113 Hubert Sumlin
114 Bernie Torme

Diverse influences leading to an intense style all his own. Great showman too.

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115 Craig Goldy Craig Goldy V 1 Comment
116 Johnny Winter Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter is the white blues hero. No other white is even close about the blues music. He should be at least top 20.

117 Mike Stern
118 John McLaughlin John McLaughlin
119 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!

120 Adrian Vandenberg Adrian Vandenberg Adrian Vandenberg is a Dutch rock guitarist, best known for his tenure as one of the guitarists in Whitesnake during their successful late 1980s period and the band Vandenberg which he started in 1981. In 2013 Adrian formed a new band; Vandenberg's MoonKings and recorded a new album which was released ...read more.
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