The Most Influential Guitar Players

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An open list of the most influential guitar players

Players

A

Ace Frehley Adrian Belew Adrian Legg Adrian Vanenberg
Al DiMeola Albert Collins Albert King Alex Lifeson
Allan Holdsworth Alvin Lee Andres Segovia Andy Summers
Angus Young

B

B.B. King Barney Kessel Bill Frisell Billy Gibbons
Bireli Lagrene Blind Lemon Jefferson Blues Saraceno Bo Diddley
Bonnie Raitt Brian Jones Brian May Brian Setzer
Buckethead - Brian Carroll Buddy Guy Bumblefoot - Ron Thal

C

Carl Perkins Carlos Santana Charlie Christian Chet Atkins
Chris Impellitteri Chris Rea Chuck Berry

D

Danny Gatton Dave Mustaine David Gilmour Debbie Davies
Dickey Betts Dimebag Darrell Django Reinhardt Don Felder
Duane Allman

E

Eddie van Halen Eric Clapton Eric Johnson

F

Frank Gambale Frank Gambale Frank Marino Frank Zappa
Freddie King

G

Gary Moore George Benson George Harrison George Lynch
Glenn Frey

H

Hank Marvin Herb Ellis Howlin' Wolf

I

Ike Turner

J

James Hetfield Jan Akkerman Jason Becker Jeff Beck
Jeff Healey Jennifer Batten Jerry Donahue Jerry Garcia
Jim Hall Jimi Hendrix Jimmy Bruno Jimmy Page
Joe Pass Joe Perry Joe Satriani Joe Walsh
John Abercrombie John Fogerty John Jorgenson John Lee Hooker
John McLaughlin John Petrucci John Scofield John Sykes
Johnny Winter Joni Mitchell Julian Bream

K

Keith Richards Kenny Burrell Kirk Hammett

L

Larry Carlton Larry Coryell Leadbelly Lee Ritenour
Les Paul Leslie West Lightnin' Hopkins

M

Marc Ribot Mark Knopfler Martin Barre Marty Friedman
Michael Angelo Batio Michael Hedges Michael Romeo Michael Schenker
Michel Cusson Mick Box Mick Rogers Mick Taylor
Mike Bloomfield Mike Keneally Mike Oldfield Mike Stern
Mississippi Fred McDowell Muddy Waters

N

Neal Schon Neil Young Nguyen Le Nguyen Le-old
Nuno Bettencourt

O

Otis Rush

P

Paco de Lucia Pat Martino Pat Metheny Paul Gilbert
Paul Kossoff Pete Townshend Peter Frampton Peter Green

R

Ralph Towner Randy Rhoads Richie Kotzen Rick Derringer
Ritchie Blackmore Ritchie Sambora Robben Ford Robbie Krieger
Robbie Robertson Robert Cray Robert Fripp Robert Johnson
Robin Trower Ron Wood Ronnie Montrose Rory Gallagher
Roy Buchanan Ry Cooder

S

Scott Henderson Scotty Moore Slash Snowy White
Stanley Jordan Steve Cropper Steve Hackett Steve Howe
Steve Lukather Steve Morse Steve Vai Steve Winwood
Stevie Ray Vaughan Stochelo Rosenberg Sylvain Luc

T

T-Bone Walker Ted Nugent Terry Kath Tim Sparks
Todd Rundgren Tommy Bolin Tony Iommi Trevor Rabin
Tuck Andress

V

Vernon Reid Vinnie Moore

W

Walter Becker Wes Montgomery Will Ray

Y

Yngwie Malmsteen

Z

Zakk Wylde