List your top five most influential guitar artists!

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I Like the way you posted your responce.
Well done. I have allways been a "Why" Kinda guy. You post who and why.. Well done.
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1. Tamas Szekeres (OMEGA) Budapest,Hungry 2. Pat Metheny 3. Edward VanHalen 4. Jimi Hendrix 5. Jimmy Page
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You now have enough data to tally the results into the top five overall influential guitarist. :) Five pages should be enough. Let us know what the tally is....

People can continue to post as well.
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Great post!!
I'm a little late but thought I'd add my most'est influential list..

1) John Pettruci (can't stop listening to anything he is involved with)
2) Steve Vai (makes the guitar sound like an extension of his soul)
3) Vinnie Moore (has been shredding longer then most, and still Great!)
4) Joe Satriani (He still blows me away with his sense of melody and sound)
5) Neal Schon (Has been my favorite for over 20yrs)

Thx,
Mark :D :guitar
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Spadge wrote: Mattias IA Ekundh - Bloke from a different planet, some call it Finland
really? i call it sweden :P
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Vai
Satriani
Paul Gilbert
Jeniffer Batten
Eddie Van Halen
Petrucci
Nuno
Mike Stern
Frank Gambale
Greg Howe
and 100 other brilliant players....
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I'd say this:

1) Jimmy Page
2) Steve Vai
3) Jimi Hendrix
4) Joe Satriani
5) Slash

But I think they'd be more than that, actually...
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Joe Satriani
Dimebag darrell
Steve Vai
Brett Garsed
J. from White Zombie

A fairly odd list, with J. being on there, but the dude wrote some of the catchiest riffs and I was just developing as a guitarist when WZ was getting big. And although I am more and more becoming more Vai-esque, satriani is and always will be my number one influence. His command on melody is stunning.
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espen wrote:
Spadge wrote: Mattias IA Ekundh - Bloke from a different planet, some call it Finland
really? i call it sweden :P
Confusing Finland with Sweden is an insult where I can come from :lol:

1. Vai
2. Petrucci
3. Satch
4. TMac
5. Dave Murray
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1. Kirk Hammet (and Metallica as a whole) - The reason why i tried to play guitar.

2. Steve Vai - after buying passion and warfare, i realized that there was much much more to guitar playing than metallica :) :)

3. Joe Satriani

4. Pat Metheny - after listening to secret story, i realizd once again that there was much more to guitar playing once again, i thought 'man where does it end :)

5. Wes Montgomery - Listen for yourself....

....................And a few more.

Peace and love.
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Here's a time line:

1. Eric Clapton - First time I heard "Sunshine of Your Love"
2. Buck Dharma - "Tyranny and Mutation"
3. Carlos Santana / Neal Schon - "Moonflower", First 3 Journey records
4. Al DiMeola - "Elegant Gypsy", "Casino" bridge rock to jazz fusion
5. Steve Vai - "The Attitude Song"

In retrospect, Jeff Beck might the most creative, brilliant player I have ever seen. Honorable Mention to Steve Morse, Robin Trower, Steve Howe, Skunk Baxter, Steve Lukather, Ritchie Blackmore, FZ.
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1.yngwie
2.vai
3.pettrucci
4.paul gilbert
5.gutherie govan

**all of these are just scaled down versions of God as far as I'm concerned**
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Jimmy Page
Alex Lifeson
Joe Satriani
Steve Vai
Eddie Van Halen
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Here's mine

1. Edward Van Halen (God)
2. Steve Vai (ummm, the other God)
3. Nuno Bettencourt (the most underrated musician on the planet)
4. Joe Satriani (Awesome)
5. David Gilmour (Classy, with taste)

Have a nice day :D
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Steve Vai
Jon Gomm
Jimi Hendrix
Joe Satriani
Dave Gilmour
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