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This is kind of a historical question so I thought it would suit well in this forum. Hope I am right.

So I am trying to figure out which were the most important electric guitar players but I need mostly those that helped promote the electric guitar when it was still young and unknown among the musicians.

I read here http://www.musicalien.net/guitar-history/ that the electric guitar was popularised by BB King, Elvis and Charlie Christian. Since I am finding it interesting to learn about this. Could you expand it for me?

Out of your knowledge, who were the most important and the most influential early electric guitar players? Also if you know about some which were not as famous it would mean a lot because finding about such artists would be tough without knowing their names at least.

Thank you in advance! :bow:


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Chet Atkins - monster player with decades-long career starting at the beginning
Buddy Holly - inspired the Beatles and Hank Marvin
Chuck Berry - inspired the Beach Boys (see "Surfin' USA")
Dick Dale - pioneer of big loud amps and guitar as a powerful lead instrument
Les Paul - +1

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In addition to those mentioned above...

Muddy Waters was the first Bluesman to go electric.

Bill Haley invented Rock A Billy

Hendrix.... no explanation needed

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Thank you everyone for your replies!

I will check them all out :)

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Giving credit where it's due to the forefathers, but Hendrix is the high point for me. It was when the top exploded off and the cat never went back in.

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Robert White and Joe Messina - Motown
Reggie Young - The Memphis Boys
Buddy Holly
Scotty Moore, Chet Atkins and James Burton - Elvis
Steve Cropper - Stax
Jimmy Johnson - Muscle Shoals
Bill Pittman, Tommy Tedesco, Billy Strange, Bill Aken, James Burton and Glen Campbell - The Wrecking Crew

Link Wray
Dick Dale
Chuck Berry
Freddie King

George Harrison and John Lennon - The Beatles
Dave Davies - The Kinks
Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Mick Taylor - The Rolling Stones
Eric Clapton
David Gilmour - Pink Floyd
Jimmy Page - Led Zeppelin
Tony Iommi
Angus Young and Malcolm Young - AC/DC
Dave Murray and Adrian Smith - Iron Maiden
Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing - Judas Priest

Jimi Hendrix
Joe Perry and Brad Whitford - Aerosmith
Eddie Van Halen
Randy Rhoads, Jake E. Lee and Zakk Wylde - Ozzy Osbourne

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Ry Manchu wrote:
Robert White and Joe Messina - Motown
Reggie Young - The Memphis Boys
Buddy Holly
Scotty Moore, Chet Atkins and James Burton - Elvis
Steve Cropper - Stax
Jimmy Johnson - Muscle Shoals
Bill Pittman, Tommy Tedesco, Billy Strange, Bill Aken, James Burton and Glen Campbell - The Wrecking Crew

Chuck Berry
Freddie King

George Harrison and John Lennon - The Beatles
Dave Davies - The Kinks
Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Mick Taylor - The Rolling Stones
Eric Clapton
David Gilmour - Pink Floyd
Jimmy Page - Led Zeppelin
Tony Iommi
Angus Young and Malcolm Young - AC/DC
Dave Murray and Adrian Smith - Iron Maiden
Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing - Judas Priest

Jimi Hendrix
Joe Perry and Brad Whitford - Aerosmith
Eddie Van Halen
Randy Rhoads, Jake E. Lee and Zakk Wylde - Ozzy Osbourne
James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Dave Mustaine - Metallica
Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman - Slayer
Adam Jones - Tool


pffft. Adam Jones....

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Charlie Christian, Willie Dixon, Howlin Wolf, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix. I could make a list of about 100 dudes, but these would be the top 5 per your criteria, imho.

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MR RUBATO wrote:
Ry Manchu wrote:
Robert White and Joe Messina - Motown
Reggie Young - The Memphis Boys
Buddy Holly
Scotty Moore, Chet Atkins and James Burton - Elvis
Steve Cropper - Stax
Jimmy Johnson - Muscle Shoals
Bill Pittman, Tommy Tedesco, Billy Strange, Bill Aken, James Burton and Glen Campbell - The Wrecking Crew

Chuck Berry
Freddie King

George Harrison and John Lennon - The Beatles
Dave Davies - The Kinks
Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Mick Taylor - The Rolling Stones
Eric Clapton
David Gilmour - Pink Floyd
Jimmy Page - Led Zeppelin
Tony Iommi
Angus Young and Malcolm Young - AC/DC
Dave Murray and Adrian Smith - Iron Maiden
Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing - Judas Priest

Jimi Hendrix
Joe Perry and Brad Whitford - Aerosmith
Eddie Van Halen
Randy Rhoads, Jake E. Lee and Zakk Wylde - Ozzy Osbourne
James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Dave Mustaine - Metallica
Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman - Slayer
Adam Jones - Tool


pffft. Adam Jones....

:D


First off I decided to take out anything post 1980. Second, I hear a Tool influence in your music, whether you hear it or not. Josh Homme, Hetfield and Slayer were probably Adam Jones' biggest influences.

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Ry Manchu wrote:
MR RUBATO wrote:
Ry Manchu wrote:
Robert White and Joe Messina - Motown
Reggie Young - The Memphis Boys
Buddy Holly
Scotty Moore, Chet Atkins and James Burton - Elvis
Steve Cropper - Stax
Jimmy Johnson - Muscle Shoals
Bill Pittman, Tommy Tedesco, Billy Strange, Bill Aken, James Burton and Glen Campbell - The Wrecking Crew

Chuck Berry
Freddie King

George Harrison and John Lennon - The Beatles
Dave Davies - The Kinks
Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Mick Taylor - The Rolling Stones
Eric Clapton
David Gilmour - Pink Floyd
Jimmy Page - Led Zeppelin
Tony Iommi
Angus Young and Malcolm Young - AC/DC
Dave Murray and Adrian Smith - Iron Maiden
Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing - Judas Priest

Jimi Hendrix
Joe Perry and Brad Whitford - Aerosmith
Eddie Van Halen
Randy Rhoads, Jake E. Lee and Zakk Wylde - Ozzy Osbourne
James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Dave Mustaine - Metallica
Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman - Slayer
Adam Jones - Tool


pffft. Adam Jones....

:D


First off I decided to take out anything post 1980. Second, I hear a Tool influence in your music, whether you hear it or not. Josh Homme, Hetfield and Slayer were probably Adam Jones' biggest influences.


I made a joke, cause I'm hugely influenced by Tool but being a Tool fanboi is almost as bad as being a Nickleback fan these days in terms of group identity stereotypes.

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Howlin Wolf


I forgot Howlin Wolf, Willie Johnson, Hubert Sumlin, Muddy Waters and Jimmy Rogers

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I made a joke, cause I'm hugely influenced by Tool but being a Tool fanboi is almost as bad as being a Nickleback fan these days in terms of group identity stereotypes.

:sips Caduceus wine and reads discussion boards about ayuhuasca ceremonies from a room with Alex Grey art in it:


My wife knows Alex Grey. She went to SMFA.

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eeeexactly! :lol:

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Here are pioneers to whom I can relate most that also knocked down some walls..

Duane Eddy
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The most important electric guitar players are the ones who were most influential. I would probably say... In chronological order:

Robert Johnson
Charlie Christian
Django Reinhardt
Jimmy Rodgers
BB King
Chuck Berry
Eric Clapton
Jimi Hendrix
Eddie Van Halen


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