10 Most Influential Guitarists


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101 Bernard Sumner

Set musical milestones creating groudbreaking albums in the seveties and the eighties with Joy Division and aftet 35 years still not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Is there no justice?

102 Michael Hedges

Acoustic guitarist from another planet.

103 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..

104 Nancy Wilson Nancy Wilson

Hart deserves notation so she should be in the top ten

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105 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.
106 Derek Trucks Derek Trucks
107 K.K.Downing
108 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.

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

He has an unique technique

112 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

113 Morteza Pashaei
114 Hubert Sumlin
115 Bernie Torme

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

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116 Craig Goldy Craig Goldy V 1 Comment
117 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.

118 Mike Stern
119 John McLaughlin John McLaughlin
120 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!

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