Most Important Guitarists


The Top Ten

1 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated more.

The most influential guitarist ever - SirSheep

What an amazing guitarist

2 Eddie Van Halen Eddie Van Halen Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.
3 Ritchie Blackmore Ritchie Blackmore Richard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the more.

He invented more metal elements than anybody else. I guess this makes him more important than Jared Dines, although Jared is among my favorite YT musicians. Learn to prioritize people. - Metal_Treasure

4 Dimebag Darrell Dimebag Darrell Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott died in 2004 after he was shot by a mentally unstable fan.
5 Slash Slash Saul Hudson, known professionally as Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The best of the best.His solos are both wonderful to the ears as well as the favourite solos are sweet child o mine and november rain

6 Tony Iommi Tony Iommi Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. Best known as lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, he has been the band's sole continual member and primary composer. At age 17, he accidentally lost the fingertips of his middle more.

Tony Iommi was in the first metal band. His work began the greatest music scene in world history. The greatest guitarists are Dave Mustaine and Chuck Schuldiner, but if we're talking about the most important guitarist, it's Tony Iommi. - romanempire249

Much more important than Brian Welch or Kirk Hammet - SoldierOfFortune

7 Chuck Berry Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. He died on 18 March 2017.
8 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.
9 Jimmy Page Jimmy Page James Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

Jimmy page is one of the most important guitarists in rock music. Not just for his great guitar riffs but also for his influence. Any guitarist who came in 70s was inspired by Jimmy Page. Even Eddie Van Halen on this list, was inspired by Jimmy Page. He would never be able to create his tapping if he hadn't heard Heartbreaker. Many guitarists of same age as Jimmy Page like Keith Richards, George Harrison or
Jerry Garcia were great guitarists but very few guitarists back then where important as Page. Along with Jeff Back. - zxm

10 Yngwie J. Malmsteen Yngwie J. Malmsteen Yngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.

The Contenders

11 Angus Young Angus Young Angus McKinnon Young is an Australian guitarist of Scottish origin, best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter and sole constant member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. When performing live he does his own version of Chuck Berry's "duck walk" and has also spun on his side while more.
12 James Hetfield James Hetfield James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.
13 Jeff Beck Jeff Beck Geoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck is an English rock guitarist. He is one of the three noted guitarists to have played with The Yardbirds (the other two being Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page). Beck also formed The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice.
14 Dick Dale Dick Dale

The first guitarist who played his guitar with 100 watt. He is the blower of guitar amps. He was also tremolo picking in the 60s. - zxm

15 Jared Dines Jared Dines Jared Dines (Born October 6th 1989) is an American musician from Washington, who is best known for his success and works on YouTube based on the Heavy Metal genre. He is also the vocalist for the band Dissimulator and the drummer for Rest, Repose and has a strong following of 1 million subscribers as more.

He's important to another thing than guys like Iommi or Van Halen - EliHbk

I prefer Charlie Parra del Riego. Yes, Jared Dines have a lot of talent playing multiple instruments and he may be funny (for me he isn't) but Charlie Parra's got better skills.

And if you want some guitar lessons or information then there are many better guitarists (I mean better more informative videos) than Jared Dines. Carl Brown, marty schwartz, Steve Stine etc. Many people also say that they've learned guitar from a YouTube guitarist named Justin Sandercoe. I have checked his sites. Might not be the best for very beginners but he had loads of videos out there on various guitar lessons.

I think Jared Dines is overrated as a YouTube guitarist. - zxm

What's so important about him? He's a YouTube guitarist

He's, in my eyes, why channels like his (guitar entertainment) channel exist and/or are popular, and some other things, he's pretty helpful to some of todays guitarists - EliHbk

16 Dave Davies Dave Davies
17 Chuck Schuldiner Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) 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 more.
18 David Gilmour David Gilmour David Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.
19 Eric Clapton Eric Clapton Eric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.

The only THREE time inductee to the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.

Yeah, but that doesn't have anything to do with being important. - zxm

20 B.B. King B.B. King Riley B. "B.B." King was an American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, and record producer.
21 Brian Welch
22 Pete Townshend Pete Townshend Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist and songwriter for the rock band The Who.

He's one of the most famous guitarists for using power chords. Power chords is not a new thing in rock music. Obviously it was used by guitarists in 40s or 50s. Ray and Dave Davies also used in in 1964, but pete's power chords in the mid 60s popularized it and inspired most guitarists. - zxm

23 Brian May Brian May Brian Harold May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.
24 Rory Gallagher Rory Gallagher William Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues and rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bandleader.

One of the most technical blues guitarists out there. Glenn Tipton's biggest inspiration. Also a big inspiration of Brian May. Most technical guitarists were inspired this guy. - zxm

25 Johnny Ramone Johnny Ramone John William Cummings, better known by his stage name Johnny Ramone, was an American guitarist and songwriter, best known for being the guitarist for the punk rock band the Ramones.
26 Roy Buchanan Roy Buchanan

Very underrated guitarists. That's why I don't see any image of this guy. But he did many things with his telecaster, pinch harmonics, chicken picking, volume swells etc. - zxm

27 Uli Jon Roth Uli Jon Roth Uli Jon Roth is a German guitarist, who became famous as the Scorpions lead guitarist, and is one of the earliest contributors to the neoclassical metal genre.

The son of Ritchie Blackmore. - zxm

28 Glenn Tipton Glenn Tipton Glenn Raymond Tipton is an English Grammy Award-winning guitar player and songwriter. He is most commonly known as the lead guitarist for English heavy metal band Judas Priest.
29 KK Downing KK Downing Kenneth "K. K." Downing Jr. is an English guitarist and songwriter, and one of the founder members of the British heavy metal band Judas Priest.
30 Chuck Wayne Chuck Wayne

He is a very important guitarist for doing various kind of picking. Sweep picking, alternate picking etc. - zxm

31 Chet Atkins Chet Atkins Chester Burton "Chet" Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001), known as "Mr. Guitar" and "The Country Gentleman", was an American musician, occasional vocalist, songwriter, and record producer, who along with Owen Bradley and Bob Ferguson, among others, created the country music style that came to more.
32 Ray Davies Ray Davies Raymond Douglas "Ray" Davies is an English musician. He was the rhythm guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for The Kinks, which he led with his younger brother, Dave.
33 Muddy Waters Muddy Waters McKinley Morganfield, known by his stage name Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician who is often cited as the "father of modern Chicago blues".
34 Wes Montgomery Wes Montgomery John Leslie "Wes" Montgomery was an American jazz guitarist. He is widely considered one of the major jazz guitarists, emerging after such seminal figures as Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian and influencing countless others.
35 Allan Holdsworth Allan Holdsworth Allan Holdsworth was a British guitarist and composer. He released twelve studio albums as a solo artist and played a variety of musical styles in a career spanning more than four decades, but is best known for his work in jazz fusion.
36 Alex Lifeson Alex Lifeson Aleksandar Živojinović, better known by his stage name Alex Lifeson, is a Canadian musician, best known as the guitarist of the Canadian rock band Rush.
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