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  • Top 5 Guitar Influences

    I like lists. Who are your top 5 guitarist who have influenced you the most in playing and/or tone?

    Mine are, in no particular order:
    Jonny Greenwood
    Pete Townsend
    David Gilmour
    Jimi Hendrix
    J. Mascis

  • #2
    Ty Tabor
    Pete Townshend
    Mike McCready
    Stone Gossard
    Billie Joe Armstrong

    I first picked up guitar because of Green Day. It was the mid 90s, I listened to Dookie a lot, and I still love that guitar tone. Their songs were super easy, so it kept playing fun. I also learned Nirvana songs, but liked Billie Joe's tone and playing better. I then moved on/up to Pearl Jam, where I learned some soloing and more advanced rhythm stuff. After that, I started learning lots of Townshend. Ty Tabor rounded out my early influences, and I can still hear all those influences in how I play today. I still listen to The Who, Pearl Jam, and King's X a whole lot, and Green Day occasionally. Dookie is good exercise music.

    <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>Guitars:</b> 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)<br><br><br><br><b>Pedal Chain:</b> BBE Green Screamer -&gt; MXR Distortion III -&gt; Boss CE-5 -&gt; EH Stereo Pulsar -&gt; Boss DD-20 -&gt; BBE Boosta Grande<br><br><br><br><b>Amps:</b> Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5<br><br><br><br><a target="_blank" href="http://soundcloud.com/andrewalderman">SoundCloud</a></div>

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    • Special J
      Special J commented
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      kayd_mon wrote:
      Ty Tabor
      Pete Townshend
      Mike McCready
      Stone Gossard
      Billie Joe Armstrong

      I first picked up guitar because of Green Day. It was the mid 90s, I listened to Dookie a lot, and I still love that guitar tone. Their songs were super easy, so it kept playing fun. I also learned Nirvana songs, but liked Billie Joe's tone and playing better. I then moved on/up to Pearl Jam, where I learned some soloing and more advanced rhythm stuff. After that, I started learning lots of Townshend. Ty Tabor rounded out my early influences, and I can still hear all those influences in how I play today. I still listen to The Who, Pearl Jam, and King's X a whole lot, and Green Day occasionally. Dookie is good exercise music.


      Cool man. I dig all those guys. Dookie, Dogman, Ten, and Mad Season were all on heavy rotation for me as a teenager. And most Who albums have been in heavy rotation since I was born (thanks Dad!). McCready would definitely make it in to my top 10. Check out the reissue of Mad Season if you haven't yet. Some great bonus unreleased and live material in there.


  • #3

    There are tons of guitarists I enjoy, admire, and respect but none of them are really the reason I picked up guitar.

    I have always loved music and always enjoyed singing.  My initial reason for picking up guitar was just to be able to strum some cowboy chords while singing.

     

    So with that in mind I guess some of my top influences would be  

    Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, John Fogerty, Jeff Tweedy, Jack White.. the list could go on and on.

     

     

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    • Special J
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      kit_strong wrote:

      There are tons of guitarists I enjoy, admire, and respect but none of them are really the reason I picked up guitar.

      I have always loved music and always enjoyed singing.  My initial reason for picking up guitar was just to be able to strum some cowboy chords while singing.

       

      So with that in mind I guess some of my top influences would be  

      Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, John Fogerty, Jeff Tweedy, Jack White.. the list could go on and on.

       

       


      See, your list looks close to what my favorite singer/songwriter list would look like. Nice.


  • #4
    @special j

    I used to play Mad Season all the time! I'll definitely check out that reissue.

    <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>Guitars:</b> 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)<br><br><br><br><b>Pedal Chain:</b> BBE Green Screamer -&gt; MXR Distortion III -&gt; Boss CE-5 -&gt; EH Stereo Pulsar -&gt; Boss DD-20 -&gt; BBE Boosta Grande<br><br><br><br><b>Amps:</b> Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5<br><br><br><br><a target="_blank" href="http://soundcloud.com/andrewalderman">SoundCloud</a></div>

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    • #5

      this is actually tough... because at certain times it's been different... i would have had to include page... gilmour... and a heap of blues guys... but i'm gonna go with

      jimi hendrix

      peter green

      prince

      chris whitley

      john squire (who recently toured australia with the stone roses reunion... and i had no idea he was here at the time... i was gutted when i found out)

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      • Alexilaiho
        Alexilaiho commented
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        My influences are mainly based around the stoner/doom genre, and now in no particular order:
        Matt pike
        Jus oborn and Liz buckingham/oborn
        Lori s.
        Tony iommi

    • #6
      SRV
      Wes Montgomery
      Eric Johnson
      David Gilmour
      Tommy Emmanuel

      ...tough to narrow it to 5 with so many greats

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      • #7

        The Beatles and The Stones were my first serious influences. Singling out just Guitarists:

        Early Eric Clapton

        Jimi Hendrix

        Early Jeff Beck

        Mick Taylor

        Jimmy Page

        One of my all time heroes is Peter Green but for some reason I didn't really get into him until much later. BB and Albert are big, as well as Duane and Dicky from the original Allman Brothers. As others have said, the list is endless.

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        • #8

          Greg Brady

          Charles Manson

          Ralph Malph

          Davd Koresh

          Reverend Jim Jones


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          • joy-z
            joy-z commented
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            George Harrison

            Dave Davies

            Nokie Edwards

            Elliot Easton

            Jack White


          • humbuckerstrat
            humbuckerstrat commented
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            DaveAronow wrote:

            Greg Brady

            Charles Manson

            Ralph Malph

            Davd Koresh

            Reverend Jim Jones


            :smiley-rotfl:


        • #9

          Jimmy Page

          Ritchie Blackmore

          Martin Barre

          SRV

          David Gilmour

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          • Old Fart Rocker
            Old Fart Rocker commented
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            In no particular order:

            Jimmy Page
            Alex Lifeson
            Peter Frampton
            EVH
            Michael Schenker

          • Special J
            Special J commented
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            bazinga wrote:

            Jimmy Page

            Ritchie Blackmore

            Martin Barre

            SRV

            David Gilmour


            Hell yeah, Martin Barre. He would make it into my top 10 as well. Tull spun in our house even more than Hendrix when I was growing up. Everyone always says this, but he's a very underrated guitarist.


        • #10
          David Gilmour
          Stevie Ray Vaughan
          Paco de Lucia
          Victor Wooten
          John Coltrane

          Victor Wooten and John Coltrane aren't inspirations for my guitar playing so much as they are inspirations on how to approach music, which ultimately helps with my guitar playing.

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          • #11
            @Mav64
            Last names?
            <div class="signaturecontainer"><b>Guitars:</b> 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)<br><br><br><br><b>Pedal Chain:</b> BBE Green Screamer -&gt; MXR Distortion III -&gt; Boss CE-5 -&gt; EH Stereo Pulsar -&gt; Boss DD-20 -&gt; BBE Boosta Grande<br><br><br><br><b>Amps:</b> Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5<br><br><br><br><a target="_blank" href="http://soundcloud.com/andrewalderman">SoundCloud</a></div>

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            • #12
              Vai, Lifeson, Belew, Gorham/Robertson (they are inseparable to me), Macalpine

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              • koiwoi
                koiwoi commented
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                I forgot Guthrie Govan. He's got to be in there...

            • #13

              changes a bit but the all timers are

              Joe Satriani

              Jimmy Page - I also think is the 'greatest' living guit player from that thread a whiles back

              Jeff Beck

              Pat Metheny -  staggering compositional skills not to mention technically great

              5th one would probly be a tie between Eric Johnson , Andy Summers and maybe Steve Morse

               

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              • #14

                Jerry Garcia

                Pete Townsend

                Django Reinhardt

                Chet Atkins

                Trey Anastacio

                 

                That bottom slot could be filled by 4-5 other guys, or no one at all

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                • wankdeplank
                  wankdeplank commented
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                  For electric guitar, I'd have to say Gary Moore, God rest his soul, Barry Melton, Carlos Santana, Rick Miller, and Keith Streng.


              • #15

                Here's 8 of my favourites because I can't think of just 5 and there's undoubtedly loads more that I can't remember right now:

                 

                Rick Nielsen (underrated solid rock n' roll guitarist who wrote all the CT songs)

                Warren DeMartini (brilliant solos, great riffs)

                Captain Sensible (Machine Gun Etiquette is prob my favourite album)

                Dave Navarro (just the original Jane's stuff)

                Jimi Hendrix (wore out my VHS of Woodstock as a guitar-mad teenager)

                Jerry Cantrell (pretty much learnt to play all the basic stuff with AiC Unplugged)

                Tony Iommi (just for the awesome riffs, mostly found his solos mediocre)

                Jimmy Page (my no.1 favourite guitarist, despite, and possibly in a small part because of, the sloppiness)

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