Your 5 Guitar influences before you were 25

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  1. hippdog

    hippdog Electromatic

    Jul 23, 2013
    NW Arkansas
    Here's the challenge. It's a 3 part challenge.
    1. Before you were 25, who were the top electric guitarists who influenced your style of playing?
    2. Before you were 25, which electric guitarists did you think represented Guitar playing at its best.
    3. At your current age: who do you think represents Electric Guitar playing at its best?

    Here's my list:
    1. Influenced: Billy Gibbons, Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, Steve Miller, Steven Stills, Joe Walsh
    2. Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Clapton, Al DiMeola, Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, Steve Morse
    3. Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Steve Wariner, Mark Knopfler, Pat Metheny, Sonny Landreth, Pete Thorn, Alan Holdsworth (etc, etc,)
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  2. HypotenusLuvTriangle

    HypotenusLuvTriangle Country Gent

    Oct 27, 2010
    Whittier, Ca
    Not including guitar instructors...
    1. Brian Setzer, Freddy King, Dave Mustaine, Chuck Berry, Günter Schulz, J Yeunger, EVH, and Marty McFly.
    2. Hendrix, Mustaine, Setzer, EVH.
    3. same as #2.
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  3. BCRatRod73

    BCRatRod73 Gretschie

    Sep 1, 2020
    Let me preface this by saying I started playing at 13 in 1986. To a young teenager in the midst of the speed wars, the speed demons were the coolest thing ever.
    #1 Malmsteen. Paul Gilbert. Steve Vai. Hendrix. SRV.
    #2 SRV. EVH. Hendrix. Can't think of any more.
    #3 EVH. Mike Bloomfield. SRV. That's all I got.
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  4. afire

    afire Country Gent

    1. George Harrison, Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, T-Bone Walker, Rivers Cuomo.
    2. See above.
    3. George Harrison, Chuck Berry, Cliff Gallup, Charlie Christian, Lonnie Johnson.
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  5. 1. Clapton, he was one of the few i could mimic.
    2. Stevie ray, i would add Garcia, but to me that was a different world, incompatible and incomparable to everything else going on.
    3. I now view things differently. Still enjoy Clapton, and Stevie ray, but I believe folks like James Burton, Al Dimeola , the things i saw the Emanuel brothers do on electric, surpass what i believed was superior. At the same time, tommy Emmanuel is top of the lists to me at his craft.

    Edited after wards. Not sure how i forgot Kieth Richards. He should be on both lists.
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2020
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  6. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Friend of Fred

    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    I didn't even pick up the guitar until I was 24... had been a studied drummer/percussionist for 12 years prior to that.

    I can't say that I really have any guitar influences... never have been one to idolize folks. Oh sure, I appreciate their playing, but I've never aspired to sound like anyone else. I've always been more about creating my own compositions and sound.
  7. dougmon

    dougmon Synchromatic

    Jan 9, 2013
    1. Eric Clapton, Rory Gallagher
    2. Clapton, Hendrix, Charlie Christian
    3. I don't think there is a best.
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  8. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    1) Carlos Santana, Jan Akkerman, Ritchie Blackmore, SRV, EVH.

    2+3) Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Django, EVH, Holdsworth
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  9. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Well ,i started playing at 10 years old ,so lets say from preteen to early teens it was Brian Setzer,Malcolm Young ,Gary Moore,Chet Atkins,Paul Weller.

    Mid teens i was playing more bass so,Steve Harris,John McManus,Mark King,Paul McCartney ,Bruce Foxton.

    Late teens to mid twenties,Brian Setzer,Scotty Moore,Chet Atkins,George Harrison,Gary Moore .

    It's much the same today ,but there are many more influences over the years ,but i still sound like me.
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  10. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    1) Joe Strummer, Lou Reed/Sterling Morrison (never tried to find out who's exactly doing what), Kid Congo, Gordon Gano, Ron Asheton.

    2) Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Michael Bloomfield, Poison Ivy, Robert Fripp.

    3) quite the same, plus Steve Cropper : lately discovered how much he was responsible for how much Memphis soul is powerful.
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  11. BCRatRod73

    BCRatRod73 Gretschie

    Sep 1, 2020
    Can't believe I forgot about Tommy Emmanuel. He is an acoustic wizard. Amazing technique. He never fails to impress.
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  12. tolm

    tolm Gretschie

    Jan 25, 2016
    Before I was 25, my favourite guitarists / influences were probably:

    - Gary Moore
    - Eric Clapton
    - Slash
    - Nuno Bettencourt
    - Eric Schenkman

    Now? I would say I’m less influenced by the harder rock styles (Slash / Nuno) and I definitely appreciate Hendrix and SRV a lot more than I did when I was younger. Bonamassa has probably surpassed Gary Moore as my favourite “blues rock” guitarist now and I’m also finding myself drawn to more lo-if styles.

    So, at the moment my favourite guitarists / influences look more like:

    - Joe Bonamassa
    - Scott Holiday
    - Dan Auerbach
    - Naille Colt
    - Eric Schenkman

    Only Schenkman makes both lists: I personally think he’s hugely underrated and I absolutely love his laid-back hybrid rhythm/lead style. If I look at the kind of thing I play when left to my own devices (ie not in a band situation) I think his style has probably been the biggest influence.

    All of which is to say, by absolutely no means, can I play anything like ANY of those folks!!!
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  13. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Before I was 25:
    Johnny RAMONE, Daniel Ash, Poison Ivy, Pig Champion, Greg Ginn

    When I was 25:
    Poison Ivy, Leadbelly, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Keith Richards

    Poison Ivy, Bo Diddley, Link Wray, Duane Eddy, Davie Allan
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  14. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    Before I was 25

    Johnny Thunders
    Steve Jones (Pistols)
    Keith Richards
    Poison Ivy
    Brian James (The Damned)

    I then discovered Link Wray a bit later ;)
  15. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    Before 25:
    Neil Schon (santana & journey), Stray Cats/Brian Setzer, Scotty Moore, Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page, Joe Satriani (unnamed punk rock and surf)

    When I was 25: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Billy Corgan (smashing pumpkins), John Frusciante (RHCP), Michael Pritzl (violet burning), Ottmar Liebert (luna Negra, nuevo flamenco)

    Now: Brian Setzer orchestra, Grady Martin, Junior Barnyard/Texas Playboys, Jim Heath-Reverend Horton Heat, Dale Watson, Hubert Sumlin
  16. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2011
    1. Before you were 25, who were the top electric guitarists who influenced your style of playing?
    1. Joe Perry
    2. Allen Collins
    3.Gary Rossington
    4.Eric Clapton
    5.Eddie Van Halen

    2. Before you were 25, which electric guitarists did you think represented Guitar playing at its best.
    1. Eddie Van Halen
    2. Randy Rhoads
    3.Steve Gaines
    4.Tom Scholz
    5.Jimmy Page
    3. At your current age: who do you think represents Electric Guitar playing at its best?
    1. Brian Setzer
    2.Jeff Beck
    3.Jerry Reed
    4.John 5
    5. Chet Atkins
  17. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    I had the privilege of seeing all three

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  18. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Tony Iommi, Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore and Rory Gallagher. Those guys first and foremost, after came Robert Johnson, Fred McDowell, Son House, Leadbelly and.........
    Totally spaced out, forgot Jimmy Page! I don't know how i could:oops:
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2020
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  19. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
  20. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    yup, small venue on campus, amazing those two were.

    with my new Dreadnought I dug out a couple of those Doc Watson stuff

    Leo, oh my, oh my
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