Most Influencial Guitarist

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  1. IKnowALittle

    IKnowALittle New Member

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    I've thought about this for a while.
    Just because I find it interesting and important to myself.
    After much tooing and froing, this is who I came up with ... there are two.

    Eric Clapton
    Beano album 1966. Cream 1966.
    Man, he invented "white-boy" blues and created a monster in the process.


    Merle Travis.
    What can I say?
    If u don't "get it," then u don't "get it."



    Travis & Son
     
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  2. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Eddie

    Jimi
     
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  3. RaySachs

    RaySachs New Member

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    Jimi and Keef. They both rewrote the language of the electric guitar. Jimi sonically and Keef in terms of rhythm/riffage. Nobody sounded anything like either of them before they came along and EVERYONE incorporated what they’d done once they did it...
     
  4. Bill SAS 513

    Bill SAS 513 Just another old guy in a T-shirt

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    Alex Lifeson...by far...his parts just Fit!!!!
    (GUITAR parts, before any of youzz guys go there...LOL)
     
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  5. WD 3D

    WD 3D Green is the new blue...

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    For me, Carlos. He conjures with a single sustained note more emotion than I am capable of... period. Its been over 40 years since I first heard Dance Sister Dance and Europa on the Moonflower album and I can remember the first time I heard it as though it was yesterday. At least for me, I learned it was not about technical prowess or being fast and furious, it was about expression from the soul that is truly amazing.
     
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  6. drdoom8793

    drdoom8793 THAT guy at Chick-fil-A

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    I'd say overall has to go to EVH and Jimi.

    My personal ones are John Mayer and Mark Tremonti.
     
  7. veinbuster

    veinbuster Coming of age

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    If I have to single out two, I probably go with B.B. King and SRV.
    I like many others, but those two are the ones I was most aware of trying to channel into my own playing/writing.
     
  8. RaySachs

    RaySachs New Member

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    Are we talking about our FAVORITES or those we think are most influential overall? There are a number of players who's playing I love all kinds of ways, and may have had an influence on making me wish I could sound like them, but I don't think that makes them influential overall. There are players who've been mentioned in this thread who I agree are great players, but I can't see them as influential in the sense of changing how music sounded after they'd come along.
     
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  9. WD 3D

    WD 3D Green is the new blue...

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    I took it to mean influential to me personally... if you want historically or overall, there are many great sources that are available out there to review. I figured this was one of those threads where we shared out own influences...
     
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    Eddie kim New Member

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    Randy Rhoads, SRV, and Gary Moore for me...
     
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    Tone-y New Member

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    For me it would be Hank Marvin and Brian May, since it was listening to cassettes of the Shadows and Queen in my parents car in the 80s that made me want to pick up a guitar in the first place.
     
  12. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Clapton. Is. God.
     
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  13. walrus

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    Influential in "rock" - Jimi, Page, EVH in that order

    Although not only "rock", I'd add McLaughlin,
     
  14. dogrocketp

    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

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    Me personally....................Albert King and Eddie Lang (look him up). Albert was the first guitar player who made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Eddie Lang did virtually everything before anyone else, in the late 20's early 30's. His recordings with Lonnie Johnson on 12 string are the greatest 12 string blues ever played. Other than that, everybody I ever heard, especially in person.
     
  15. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Good question. I can see how it could be interpreted and answered either way. I interpreted and answered above in the “overall” sense, believing that Jimi and Eddie revolutionized so many guitar styles. However, upon further reflection, I’d have to include Chuck Berry.

    In terms of favorites? I’m a Nuno freak.
     
  16. WEDGE

    WEDGE Almost was a FG22 owner..

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    Can’t overlook Chuck Berry. Not sure he isnt the first real rock and roll guitarist.

    For me it is EVH and Ace Frehly. Eddie is my guy but Ace made me want to play guitar.
     
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  17. walrus

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    Good point abut Chuck Berry - "influential" fits him - every other guitarist talks about him.
     
  18. Rockmark

    Rockmark New Member

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    I have a SRV shrine area so I guess???? Hendrix was great and Harrison was highly underrated.
     
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    Yeah, I'd have to include Chuck Berry too - like Jimi and Keith, nobody played like him before him and everyone played like him after him.

    -Ray
     
  20. Shawn@PRS

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    Chuck Berry. /thread
     
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