Who is the most influential guitarist in current music?
Easiest question ever to answer. Jimi Hendrix of course ! There have been a ton of great guitar players throughout the years but when the question of guitar greats comes up he is the first name on to be mentioned at any time. He is the yardstick by which all guitarists are measured. Case closed !
To me that would be Alexi Laiho. But I think people really follow Slash.
That is a tough question, I cannot say that I've listened to all current music and influence is a bit of a relevant term. If i had to guess I'd say A mix between the first two answers because people want to be like Jimi Hendrix but they all sound like Slash.
When I first saw the question,my first thought was Chet Atkins,Chuck Berry,B.B.King,and Dwayne Eddie.Jimi Hendrix and Slash,yes,but I don't really listen to them.
It's hard to say for current music, since the guitar doesn't have the same role now that it did in the heyday of rock 'n' roll, but I would definitely say that Slash has been one of the most important guitarists in the past 20 years.
While Hendrix was an incredibly important guitarist for his experimentation with the sonic capabilities of the instrument, I think Duane Allman was one of the more influential guitarists. He set the standard for studio guitar playing while he worked with all the soul singers like Aretha and Wilson Pickett.
Since you asked about current music I had a bit of a thought - I think Noel Gallagher has been quite influential. He gets called a Beatles copyist but his style has been very influential on the Indie scene in the last 15 years.
Also Kurt Cobain - when the current generation of young bands first picked up guitars I'm be willing to bet that a lot of them started out playing Nirvana songs - I know I did!
by Kaili Bisson 6 years ago
Living or deceased. Certain names come to mind right away...Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton...what about Richard Thompson? Let me know what you think and why.
by albertovich 7 years ago
My first questions was kind of hard but I hope this one gets more players.
by Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago
Who is your favourite guitarist, and why?Also, if you have a favourite song by your favourite guitarist, then I want to know what it is.Please don't list singers who happen to pose with guitars on stage - just real guitarist, the guy's who don't have to sing, but singers that play well are welcome...
by jrbassman712 9 years ago
It's too subjective. There's also a multitude of criteria to consider. I can pretty much guarantee any pop musicians would not be on my list, however. I have yet to hear a phenomenal musician in either the pop or alt. country genre.
by cooldad 6 years ago
Who do you think was a better guitarist, SRV or Hendrix?I noticed the SRV profile pic. I love them both, but Hendrix is my favorite. I wish they both would have lived longer.
by skisy 7 years ago
Best guitarist of all time?Who do you think the best guitars of all time (well so far) is?
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