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Old 05-11-2012, 06:46 PM
gypsyblues73 gypsyblues73 is offline
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Originally Posted by compart1
I don't know if these two guys fit in here, but I would like to mention Django Rhienhart and Charlie Christian..

I would say they absolutely do, not only for their own musicianship and what they brought to music and the guitar, but also all of the guitarists they inspired. I would also add:
Keith Richards
Zakk Wylde
Eric Clapton
Jeff Beck
Stevie Ray Vaughan
John Frusciante
Tom Morello
Pete Townsend
Andy Summers
Dimebag Darrell
Danny Gatton
Jimmy Page
Joey Ramone
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Old 05-12-2012, 07:48 AM
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4 is too few!

Agree with some but would add:
Freddy King
Albert King
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Peter Green
Oh theres so many that had their own impact and direction!
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Old 05-12-2012, 12:08 PM
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Again Im dissapointed in these lists

There Is one guitar player no one seems to list, and without him there would be no Yngwie Malmsteen, Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani. LOOK HIM UP --- Uli Jon Roth,,, listen to "sails of charon" from the 1975 album from the Scorpoins "Taken By Force" , In 1975 ever other "Guitar God" was playing ****ty blues riffs, LEARN THE TRUTH!!!!
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Old 05-12-2012, 12:36 PM
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Most influincial Guitarist

Great read. Very interesting including Cobain. I can't disagree. I've had the conversation/debate concerning him before. I've always thought Prince was VERY underrated for his skill and much more for his influence on the music scene. Your thoughts?

Also, although his was a totally different style and not as popular in mainstream circles, Chet Atkins has influenced a lot of guitarist like Mark Knophler...
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Old 05-12-2012, 01:31 PM
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i dunno Kurt Cobain was one of the reasons I started playing but I never really felt pushed to become a greater player because he never did.....Until I started looking at some other guitarists and genres. Now I still like Nirvana but I feel like without a singer their songs are kinda lame.
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:30 AM
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Smile Best of all time.

I agree with someone above, Les Paul, though he was a very good guitarist, should truly be called the "Inventor" of Rock and Roll. If he didn't invent the electric guitar, all the others still would have been playing acoustic folk or blues. But, my two votes whom to me, should be included or at least be a footnote to those mentioned, have to be David Gilmour and Chet Atkins. Pink Floyd should have been called the "David Gilmore band" for his unheralded solo's of which are so melodic and flowed within the parameters of the song and other instruments, sometimes you don't even realize the main ingredient is his guitar. And what can I say about the incredible Mr. Atkins. That man made his guitar sing like no other, just ask Mark Knoffler. If you ever get a chance to watch old footage of Chet playing with a band, you can't help notice the other musicians freaking out at times listening to what he's playing. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:32 PM
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Dissappointed also..

Chuck Berry (brought rockin blues to the masses)
Hendrix (hammer on chord changes effected a lot of songs)
EVH (took tapping and Trems to the masses)
Les Paul (Inovator of guitars, parts, multitrack recordings etc)
(if Leo fender had learned to play guitar he'd be on my list as well)

Les Paul almost didn't make the list but the title is
what guitarist changed music forever, he didn't change it
musically as much as he did with invention..

Honorable mentions (just to name a few and give reasons)

Uli Jon Roth, I understand although he was/is amazing I don't think he impacted mainstream music as much (the title is 4 guitarists that changed music forever)

Chet Atkins wasn't even listed (he was doing too handed tapping in country long before EVH invented it.)

Satriani effected guitar music very profoundly as an instructor
as well as a player. How many groups would have never even
been what they were?

If the title was "4 guitarists that changed music forever in a bad way"
then I'd add Kurt Cobain and Korn to the list
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