So we have the thread asking for your top 5 guitarists. In that, it's left at your interpretation as to whether you list just your favorites, or the 5 you think are "best," which can be two very different things. What I want to know here is: What are the top 5 guitar players that actually influenced YOUR style? Easy example, I think Holdworth is an off the hook genius level musician and player, but I can't play anything like him. So he ALWAYS makes my top 5 list, but he hasn't influenced my style "much." I can do some legato but seriously, he's from a different planet than anyone else. Beck, same thing. Blown away by what he does, but NOBODY else can do that, and neither can I! Di Meola... I used to work on both electric and acoustic tunes of his, going for perfect "note for note." When I'm not specifically playing his stuff, I don't play that style music. But, he has a huge influence on me because whenever I wanted to impress someone I'd not do the Yngwie thing of pick one note and play three, I'd do like Di Meola and pick every note. It's much harder. So, while I"m not much of a Jazz of Fusion guy, Di Meola had a huge influence. Now, if we were just impromtu jamming and you were playing a hard rock type rhythm, you'd probably hear more Frank Marino style (really fast riffs) and Morse/Di Meola (fast scales) and while I'm totally a VH fan and used to play almost all his songs, I play a lot like his style, but really don't tap much at all any more. I'd like to think that if you laid down some blues I'd cop a pretty good Hendrix and Trower vibe, but... well I need to practice and get in that "mindset" before I can really do that well. I used to get it pretty good when I'd play along with their albums. If just jamming with others though, I tend to do that for a while then get bored and throw in some faster riffs. Being a lifelong Rush freak, and playing most of their tunes back in the day, Lifeson of course was an influence. So, the top 5 guitarists that influenced your actual playing style. Mine, Van Halen Marino Di Meola Trower/Hendrix Lifeson (and Michael Schenker, Yngwie, Satch, and lots of 70s hard rock and 80s metal guys. Oh, and since I'm here, where he's practically a mythical god, of course I have to mention Reb Beach!