Most Innovative Guitarists


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21 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.

Before him, people used the wah pedal to do funky things. And then Slash used it in Civil War. - ameentheguitarist23

22 John Frusciante John Frusciante John Anthony Frusciante is an American guitarist, singer, producer and composer.He is best known for his time with the Funk Rock California based band the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Funk? Rock? Both? Ask this guy. - ameentheguitarist23

23 Jonny Greenwood Jonny Greenwood Jonathan Richard Guy, professionally known as Johnny Greenwood is an English musician and composer, mostly known for his role as the one of the lead guitarists and main keyboardist of the English alternative rock band Radiohead.

How jonny couldn't be there?
He is one of the most creative guitarists ever.

24 Andres Segovia Andres Segovia
25 Duane Allman Duane Allman Howard Duane Allman was an American guitarist, session musician, and co-founder and leader of the Allman Brothers Band until his death in a motorcycle crash in 1971, when he was 24 years old.
26 Steve Cropper Steve Cropper
27 Dave Mason

If you ever wonder who does the amazing acoustic guitar counterpoint to Hendrix's lead in Jimi's original recording of "All Along The Watchtower", Dave Mason is the guy who played it, and magnificently I might add.

28 Paul Gilbert Paul Gilbert

Come on. Who else puts his pick down and starts playing with a drill machine? - ameentheguitarist23

29 Bill Frisell

Sounds like no one else with a volume pedal, a delay or a looper and stereo reverb.

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31 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.

If Tony Iommi taught guitarists how to be heavy, this guy taught us how to be metal. - ameentheguitarist23

32 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.

The fact that he was not already in this list is entirely preposterous. I mean.. James Hetfield... Matt Bellamy. Jesus. Brian May was granted the opportunity to perform the national anthem on the roof of buckingham palace and he's not in TheTopTens' list of innovative guitarists. Listen to his arrangement of God Save The Queen (as well as his band's multi-platinum albums while you're at it). His popularising of multi-layering guitar parts was innovative enough to take a top three spot.

33 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.
34 Randy Rhoads Randy Rhoads Randall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot.
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