What guitar player has been your biggest influence?

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  1. Back in Black

    Back in Black Country Gent

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    Jun 22, 2020
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    JRH,

    It's changed a lot over the years, from this, to this to this, to this...

    There have been a few more, Andy Summers, Tom Petty, George Harrison, but these four guys have had the greatest impact.

    If you're going to peg me to one, I could listen to Roger McGuinn and the Byrds all day long.

    Best,

    BIB.

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  2. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

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    Oct 18, 2015
    Germany
    Ace Frehley!
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  3. DangerousD

    DangerousD Electromatic

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    Oct 15, 2020
    Colorado
    Buck Dharma. 1974 BOC concert. Never saw anyone play so fast and effortless at that time. Blew me away.
     
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  4. DasherF

    DasherF Gretschie

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    Aug 28, 2020
    Minneapolis, Mn
    "Biggest influence" would have to be George...every one before them were pushing me that way, but Mr. Harrison shoved me over the edge.
     
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  5. Roscoe_Pepper

    Roscoe_Pepper Electromatic

    Elvis made me want to play guitar so I could chunk along with my singing, Hendrix made me want to go electric, Stevie Ray Vaughan made me want to play blues but Brian Setzer brought me to GreTscH and I haven’t looked back
     
  6. bigjohnbates

    bigjohnbates Gretschie

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    Jun 15, 2011
    Vancouver
    I never consciously tried to emulate anyone or learn many songs. I thought, probably erroneously, that it would stifle me creatively so I just played along with my rock records and did my own thing. I did try to get people to show me things but it was like asking to see the grail, no one gave me much time or any info. I tried lessons for a few months but other than learning to read (slowly) I only learned the chords for Back in Black, Hell Bells and Cocaine. You can decide for yourself whether or not it worked but I have had a pretty fun career so far.
     
  7. petem1966

    petem1966 Electromatic

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    Dec 7, 2017
    Katy TX
    Alex Lifeson. Can't play like him, but when I started playing I had the 2 volume Rush Complete songbooks and learned a ton about chords and songwriting. He's still my favorite player bar none.
     
  8. johnny g

    johnny g Country Gent

    Sep 2, 2017
    union, ms
    My Dad. Wish you could have heard him. Best guitar player in the world.
     
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  9. PrimitiveWood

    PrimitiveWood Electromatic

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    Oct 16, 2014
    Pennsyltucky
    This was a weird one--

    My first thought was Neil Young--Like A Hurricane--still the best guitar solo recording EVER on Stars & Bars (IMHO)

    Then as I was reading all these--I questioned what was the "influencer?"

    The other Winter--Edgar--playing "Frankenstein" really made me sit up and notice guitar--even before Neil

    But Charlie Daniels, got me actually thinking about wanting to play--
     
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  10. Bob Perrone

    Bob Perrone Gretschie

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    Mar 7, 2017
    allentown, pa
    Chet Atkins, Django Reinhardt, Johnny Winter and George Harrison
     
  11. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Australia
    2 Englishman for me - Page and Gilmore :D
     
  12. Xochi2

    Xochi2 Gretschie

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    Oct 5, 2020
    Wisconsin
    So many, but here are four... (no particular order) ChetA.jpg EricC.jpg GeorgeH.jpg JimiH.jpg
     
  13. Shock

    Shock Gretschie

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    Sep 7, 2020
    Minnesota
    Glen Buxton, one of the two original Alice Cooper guitarists. I never was impressed with a wammy bar, because of Glen's masterful use of the Bigsby. Michael Bruce of course too. Glen Buxton.jpg
     
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  14. halweston

    halweston Electromatic

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    london
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    Eddie Cochran
     
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  15. Shock

    Shock Gretschie

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    Sep 7, 2020
    Minnesota
    As far as tone goes, Lonesome George. His sound was one I chased after for a long time. In your face straight up rock and roll, with the sound of a Harley. george_thorogood_walter_trout_2019_01a.jpg
     
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  16. Johnny ray

    Johnny ray Electromatic

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    Jun 29, 2018
    Indiana
    I'm a rhythm guitarist, so I'd have to say John Lennon.
     
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  17. Thass

    Thass Gretschie

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    Dec 29, 2019
    Palm Desert
    Pete Townsend ...hands down...the same reason why I own a fire glow Rick... next question. 96E621B3-ED81-4110-B3C9-299226359DB8.jpeg
     
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  18. Srellim1

    Srellim1 Synchromatic

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    Feb 6, 2016
    Los Angeles
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  19. Ian Jordan

    Ian Jordan Gretschie

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    Oct 14, 2012
    Coggeshall England
    Buddy Holly and his simple but effective playing style. I have always been a believer in the notion that it isn't how many times you can play a string in 1 second, but how you make that string sound.

    The other guitarist that has also been a huge influence [although I didn't realise it at the time] was Jerry Hedges from the late 50s/early 60s band The Jiants. His timing on their song 'Tornado' is sublime.
     
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