Most Innovative Guitarists

All these guys made major contributions to guitar playing, be it in terms of technique, tone, style or simply feel. They changed the way people would see guitar, over the years, and are very much responsible for what we see it as today.

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21 Adam Jones Adam Jones Adam Thomas Jones (born January 15, 1965) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning American musician and visual artist, best known for his position as the guitarist for Tool.
22 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

23 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

24 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.

25 Andres Segovia Andres Segovia
26 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.
27 Steve Cropper Steve Cropper
28 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.

29 Paul Gilbert Paul Gilbert

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

30 Bill Frisell

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

31 Sister Rosetta Tharpe Sister Rosetta Tharpe

She invented what she invented before others: R'n'R!

32 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

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.
35 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.

The godfather of most modern metal, wether you like it or not. There's not one metal band after 2000s not influenced by his style. Unfortunately not many do it as good as him. Also widely known for his whammy bar tricks like dime-squeal and souful yet face-melting solos.

36 B.B. King B.B. King Riley B. "B.B." King was an American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, and record producer.

Bending and vibratos wouldn't be like today if he wasn't there. - zxm

37 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.

Brought a huge movement in guitar. From 60s and early 70s slow guitar to fast guitar. - zxm

38 KK Downing KK Downing
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