What guitar player has been your biggest influence?

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  1. Back in Black

    Back in Black Country Gent

    Jun 22, 2020
    Ontario Canada

    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.



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  2. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    Ace Frehley!
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  3. DangerousD

    DangerousD Electromatic

    Oct 15, 2020
    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

    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

    Jun 15, 2011
    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

    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

    Oct 16, 2014
    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

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

    Waxhead Country Gent

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

    Xochi2 Gretschie

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

    Shock Gretschie

    Sep 7, 2020
    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

    Oct 11, 2009
    Eddie Cochran
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  15. Shock

    Shock Gretschie

    Sep 7, 2020
    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

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

    Thass Gretschie

    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

    Feb 6, 2016
    Los Angeles
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  19. Ian Jordan

    Ian Jordan Gretschie

    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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