The 3 most influential "rock" guitarists of the 60's and 70's

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The 3 most influential "rock" guitarists of the 60's and 70's are Hendrix, Page and Clapton.

  1. I agree with you Ant, your a sage and spot on.

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  2. I agree with you Ant, science proves this.

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  3. I agree with you Ant because if I don't you will send Heltershelton to go Hannibal Lecter on me.

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  1. Scott Baxendale

    Scott Baxendale Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    But can you really have Keef without Chuck Berry?
     
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    guitarface Most Honored Senior Member

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    I consider chuck to be the most influential electric guitarist of all time.

    But I also think of him as a 50’s guy, at least for purposes of this question.
     
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    To me Keith and Chuck are the same person in that one does not exist without the other. More so than any other two guitar players.
     
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    I’d have Neil Young rather than Clapton if we’re talking about influential meaning passing the torch onto the next generation.
     
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    Clapton was on my list as a kid with the Blues breakers, Cream and Blind Faith, but by the 70’s he became meh. I played with Ginger one time and also played in a band with his son, Kofi for two years and we had Malcolm Bruce in that band for awhile too doing a Cream Tribute. Playing politician with Ginger was a dream come true! Through my experiences with those guys and others it seems Clapton is not really a nice guy and ripped off millions in publishing from both Bruce and Baker, much in the same way as a Robbie Robertson did to The Band. Whenever I see those two guys doing the cuttin heads scene in the Last Waltz I get a little angry with their attitudes after knowing that.
     
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    I agree, and was going to make a similar comment. Dylan may have been more influential than any of the three (certainly more influential on my playing), but arguably not a rock guitarist. One could argue Chet Atkins was more influential during the same time period as well, but again he's not a rock guitarist.
     
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    i dont think its arguable at all that dylan isnt a rock guitarist. even if acoustic cant be rock (which would also be a difficult argument to make) he went electric in '65 - Highway 61 Revisited is the best Wilco album they never made, but even before that, the NYC scene built the foundation of what became psychedelia...
     
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    If Dylan counts as a rock guitarist, then the most influential rock guitarists of the 60s & 70s would be

    George Harrison--the Beatles influence cannot be overstated.
    Bob Dylan--inspired more people to pick up guitars than anyone.
    Toni Iommi--invented a whole new frikkin genre.

    If Dylan doesn't count, Clapton comes in 3rd place.
     
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    Agree with your choices Ant - all incredibly influential.

    I had to go for the second option though as you spelt you're wrong in the first. ;)
     
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    Oh really now. That’s it ruin my thread with your you’re.

    Won't let me edit and now my ocd will keep me awake all night.:(
     
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    Very interesting and I would probably agree with the OP having grown up in that era.

    On a personal note those three were the main influences on me 'once' I had started playing but in truth the guys that made me want to play guitar were Hank and the shadows and, wait for it, Andy Powell and Ted Turner from Wishbone Ash. The Shads sowed the seed in the early 60s but W/Ash gave me the push to play in the late 60s very early 70s. Once I started our top three did the rest.
     
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    Clapton, Page and Hendrix were the first three names I thought of when I saw this thread title. I'd say you are indeed spot on in terms of overall influence. For me personally, however, it would have to be:

    Peter Green
    Eric Clapton
    Rory Gallagher

    It could be more easily proven that Hendrix and Page were under the Clapton umbrella. Clapton was being hailed as 'God' while Page was still playing sessions and Hendrix was still a sideman.
     
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    Not in my book. Nope.

    If you send @heltershelton around, the world may not survive the alcohol fuelled inevitable jam session...
     
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    Same difference, dude. Phenomenologically.

    You can have a point, though. Seems like you need it.
     
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    I saw a couple people mention Ace Frehley. That’s a good one! He has influenced many, dimebag immediately comes to mind, but there are many others. Also, saw an article where ACE said he doesn’t understand when people consider him an influence...extra points for humility.

    but who do I take off my list?

    hendrix is untouchable

    Iommi created and entire genre

    Page, EVH said he was inspired to explore and develop finger tapping techniques after seeing Jimmy Page live during a Led Zeppelin concert....how could I ignore that!

    I guess ACE can’t make my list...and yes, I hate this game! FU For creating this thread Ant :p:D
     
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    It’s slightly interesting the way people interpret 60’s and 70’s.

    I realize that technically we are talking about January 1, 1960 to Dec 31, 1979.

    But when I hear 60’s and 70’s together, I basically think of 60’s with some spillage because some of the great 60’s bands weren’t quite done yet. So I kind of think of the question as focusing on a particular era, say 1964 to 1974. And more specifically, I think of what I’ll call the generic classic rock- Beatles to zeppelin. So no prog, no metal, etc. but that’s just me.
     
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    I think your list is right, but personally I’ve never understood all the love for Clapton. Most guitarists I know love him, but I don’t get it at all.
    Heresy, I know...:D
     
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    I believe Hendrix would nominate Clapton, and Clapton would nominate Hendrix.

    JAMES
     
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