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  1. Ash Telecaster

    Ash Telecaster Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Hi everybody,

    I was thinking, there are all these "10 greatest guitarists..." lists on the internet. Which is silly at best. It dawned on me that a better list would be who were the most influential guitarists?

    Certainly Charlie Christian was hugely influential. But was Django Reinhardt? Of course lots of people know who he was but there probably weren't a lot of guys regurgitating his licks.

    Les Paul, Chet Atkins, Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix are pretty obvious ones.

    Who would you add to the list?

    Thanks!
     
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    Some people have musical influences beyond typical genres and even outside the guitar, including voice...
     
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    I am not gonna mention Robert Johnson, but I would mention Son House and Hubert Sumlin
     
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    Dickie Betts - G Major Hexatonic stuff....

    Nokie Edwards, Steve Cropper (just because)

    I wont go near John McLaughlin
     
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    Jim Hall-inventive, beautiful composing and arranging.
    James Taylor-bringing finger picking to the masses in popular music and creating his own unique style
    Mike Bloomfield-blues for the rock crowd
    Freddy Green-rhythm guitar

    ...and it goes on....
     
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    The Beatles, James Burton (Ozzie and Harriet show), Buck Owens and Don Rich, Kingston Trio, etc.. These guys got national exposure (TV and great media presence) so everyone wanted to play guitar. The "great ones" generally only were interesting to other guitar players. So influential can mean different things.
     
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    How is one subjective list any less silly than the other?
     
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    I won't be the only one to mention him: Keith Richards. starting, of course, with "satisfaction" but not ending there. for quite a while, I've wondered if "Stray Cat Blues" might not have been more influential than is usually thought of. SCB has a certain boogie "block chord" construction that is found in a whole bunch of classic rock music, bad company, aerosmith, free, many others. i'm really not well versed enough to completely describe what I mean. but I wonder if this song might have inspired and instructed many players, back in the early 70's era. of course, "jumpin' Jack Flash" is the same type of thing i'm talking about, and I have no doubt it was absorbed by lots of players.
     
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    Elmore James. Don't know, but I listen to him and realize he was playing and sounding like many of rock/blues contemporaries long before them.
     
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    I think each of us has our own influences. Here are/were mine based on my age, my musical tastes at the time, and who I hung out with:

    Ace Frehley/Kiss - made me want to play guitar, spit blood, having a smoking guitar, spit fire. Hey, I was 14 when Kiss Alive I came out - just the right age to want to spill blood all over the stage.

    Jimmie Page - Zeppelin dominated my teen years and radio airplay.

    Eddie Van Halen - when the first Van Halen album came out, it was like someone dropped a bomb on the world of guitar playing. EVH and Tom Scholz of Boston took shredding into outer space, and I loved it. Alas, my playing always remained on Earth with the rest of the mortals.

    Yngwie Malmsteen - First Alcatrazz album and then Rising Force. I remember going to music stores and all these shredders would be sweep picking away. I never quite got the technique down myself. Took lessons from a guy that played Yngwie note-for-note, so a lot of the finger patterns and scales I use came from Yngwie.

    Joe Satriani - Surfing with the Alien. Enough said.

    Stevie Ray Vaughan - made the blues cool again.

    I've been told quite a few times over the years that my personal style is very much like Santana. I take it as a huge compliment. Melodic soloing, most of it improvised. I never learned about neck positions until recently, I just learned scales. So it's kind of a free-for-all journey up and down the neck when I solo.
     
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    To you or to society or to some kid sitting on his bed playing guitar ?

    Hell - I don’t know.

    The most influential guitar player to me ?

    The winner and still champeen !

    I wish there was no solo but it fades out quickly so...
     
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    Its less subjective but certainly not specifically measurable. I think it's good to know who these guys were so that we can study them and understand why they were influential.

    And when I say influential, I'm talking about studied and copied. Not controversial or fashionable or even record sales.
     
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    Chuck Berry

    Keith Richards and Ron Wood

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    Hank Marvin was a huge influence on Brit wannabe guitarists.
    Joe Moretti is a name few know, but whose work many recognise.
    Mick Green, a legend who changed the course of a little known British band when the rhythm player took over all guitar duties, and the lead player dropped the guitar to sing. The band in question mention Mick many times. Who do you think they are?
    Another beat combo, formed from the ashes of The Yardbirds were very heavily influenced by the above three too.

    Link Wray.
    Dick Dale.
    Albert Lee.
    Tony Iommi.
    Paul Burlison & Johnny Burnette.

    Ron Asheton, Steve Jones, Wayne Kramer & Fred Smith, Johnny Ramone and Larry Parypa have a lot to answer for in terms of the number of bedroom thrashers and three chord wonders they influenced.

    Nile Rogers.

    A squillion more besides.
     
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    Has anybody heard of Stewart Smith? He currently works with the Eagles, doing the bulk of the solo work. When someone asks how he sounds I say " Imagine if David Gilmore played country."
     
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    I love Eddie Van Halen’s guitar playing – especially his rhythm playing - he’s a master at all of it.

    I’m glad he made all that brilliant music and I’m glad I got to listen to it.

    But, was he really a good influence ?

    Because of him we got Warren DeMartini and George Lynch ? :confused:

    And scores of other tappers/sweep pickers ?

    Music : great

    Influence : I don’t know...o_O
     
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