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Top 10 Innovative Guitarists

13 March 2009 by: Justin Gareau 3 Comments

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Here we are not only showing skill, but innovation. Ever player on here left a mark, a new one that is, in guitar history.

10. Yngwie Malmsteen
This man singlehandedly brought neo-classical guitar on to the rock scene. He shred his way into our hearts.

9. Steve Vai
He made his guitar talk, and he played and fought through the grunge years. He made everything look easy through every style he has tried.

8. Jimmy Page
He could play anything with strings. He would even solo with a violin bow.

7. Tom Morello
Always finding a new way to manipulate sounds with his pedals and switches on his guitar.

6. Eddie Van Halen
Eddie tapped his way into our hearts and into rock and roll history.

5. Michael Angelo Batio
Shedding from the bottom or the top, the left or the right, it was an incredibly sight either way. He has been playing some double and 4-way guitars lately…

4. Peter Frampton
Mr. Talkbox. That song, that solo, that brand new way to play it.

3. Jimi Hendrix
He created and popularized the fuzz or distortion sound we hear to day in rock. Thank you Jimi!

2. Jack White
So many new sounds were created by this man, nay, new guitar god.

1. Jeff Healey
Blind since he was an infant, he learned to play a completely different way, sitting down and over top the guitar neck. Sadly, Healy passed away just over a year ago and he is already dearly missed. If you want a touching song you can search for “when a blind man cries” on youtube. I prefer to remember the happy times.

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  • Vince said:

    Hey Justin, OK, Talkbox, number one, that is some innovative stuff to make your guitar talk. Plus erupton is stil my favorite guitar instrumental. This is a really great top ten list, you can post this to our site http://www.toptentopten.com/ and then link back to your site. We are looking for top ten lists and our users can track back to your site. The coolest feature is you can let other people vote on the rankings of your list.

  • sam said:

    Jack White and Guitar God can never be used in the same sentence unless they are between the phrase, “is in no way shape or form a”

    I mean, yes he created a few new sounds, so what? It's not like he came up with two handed tapping like Eddie Van Halen or Hendrix who basically showed everyone how to really use a whammy/vibrato bar (don't know where you're from, if you're from England you know it differently than I do)

    I mean come on…

  • HP Spacecraft said:

    “Created… the fuzz or distortion…”

    Just no. Hendrix was great, no denying that, but he in no way created distortion. Distortion was used as early as the 50’s, if accidentally.

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