10 Most Influential Guitarists


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121 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.
122 Edward Pursino
123 Axel Rudi Pell
124 Mark Bolan
125 Phil Collen V 1 Comment
126 Andrew Latimer

One of the best players I ever heard...

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127 Patrick Rondat
128 Roy Buchanan

Unique and important

129 Arthel Watson V 1 Comment
130 Ted Nugent Ted Nugent

Maybe Ted wasn't the greatest but I definitely learned some licks from listening to his music.

131 Alvin Lee Alvin Lee

He is the fastest guitarist ever since his Woodstock debut. No ways he is down in 128th place. He should be amongst the top 20 at least. He was leading the way for many others to follow in his footsteps. Listen to his solo in "Love like a man".

After listening to Alvin play on the Woodstock album, I was an instant fan. The man could shred with the best of them!

I am really surprised to find Alvin Lee close to the end of any guitar related list. He should be closer to the top.

132 Mick Mars Mick Mars

The epicenter of Motley Crue, licks to kill

133 Peter Green Peter Green

The original Fleetwood Mac is so influential. The greatest british blues guitarist.

134 Leslie West Leslie West

Some thought of him as a sort-of-one-hit-wonder, but his style and sound were copied by every young rock and roll guitarist. Nothing superfluous here, every note pulled its weight with his melodic, powerful solos. One of the elite guitarists of the 70s.

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135 Jorma Kaukonen

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

136 Synyster Gates Synyster Gates Brian Elwin Haner, Jr., better known by his stage name Synyster Gates or simply Syn, is an American musician, best known for being the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Avenged Sevenfold.

I voted for Gates just so I could post here and say that he's actually a little young to be influential. Just wait for a couple years until he's finally called a legend.

He the god of metal guitar and his solos are blistering and unique

I grew up listening to this guy. He definantley influenced me and so many others with his guitar style.

137 Nile Rodgers
138 Kirk Hammett Kirk Hammett Kirk Lee Hammett is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus.

Why isn't he on here like listen to those solo's on master of puppets and ride the lightning. I don't think anyone can duplicate.

Can't duplicate, but many can make better than him

139 Prince Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .

Prince is a musical genius and found it quite surprising to find him so far down the list..

King Of Music! Should be on the top 10!

A musical genius and no one can ever take his place. Not in everlasting history.

Yes, he was a musical genius, but he was also a darn good guitar player.

140 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, he started the grunge band Nirvana. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.

Most influential easily. He and nirvana started the best style of music and he is easily the most recognized vocalist and guitarist

His music killed off all the hair bands, most musicians cannot popularize an entire underground genre

He made music that was catchy and raw at the same time.

Just a cool guy like any of us...

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