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A Look at Famous Guitarists and Their Guitars

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A Look at Famous Guitarists and Their Guitars - Guitar Players by Eugene Walker

Jimi Hendrix's Guitar - Fender 60s Reverse Headstock Stratocaster

If you like music, then you know about an American guitarist, singer and songwriter named Jimi Hendrix. He was classed as one of best and influenced many a budding guitarist with his music. Though starting in England it wasn't until the Monterey Festival in 1967 that he was recognized worldwide. He later went on to headline The 1969 Woodstock Festival and with his style of playing using guitar feedback and overdriven amplifiers he turned an undesirable sound into a highly popular type of music.

Jimmy Page's Guitars - Gibson Les Paul Classic; Gibson Custom Shop Jimmy Page Double Neck Electric

Another amazing artist is Jimmy Page, from England he is also a composer and record producer. He started out as a studio guitarist then joined a band called the Yardbirds, which played from 1966 to 1968. He then founded one of the best and most popular English bands called Led Zeppelin. In rock history, Jimmy Page is a legend in his own right as a guitarist and songwriter. Page was also ranked the #9th greatest guitarist of all time.

Eric Clapton's Guitar - Artist Signature Stratocaster

You can't talk guitarists without talking about" Slowhand" Eric Clapton. This English award winning rock guitarist and singer is also a songwriter and composer. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 3 times and was one of the best musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries. Though he's tried different styles, the blues are always present in his playing. He has played with Cream, The Yardbirds and blues-rock band John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers.

Joe Satriani's Guitars - Ibanez JS100; Ibanez JS1000; Ibanez JS1200

Another great guitarist from America is Joe Satriani. His style of instrumental rock music in a world previously dominated by pop opened the doors for a completely new type of music. His blues and rock tone has a warm sound and the influences of such artists as Jimi Hendrix , Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck can be heard in his music.

Carlos Santana's Guitar - PRS Santana II Gibson SG

Fame came to Carlos Santana and his band in the late 60s and early 70s. With a fantastic blend of rock, blues, jazz, salsa using Latin instruments such as congas, and timbales it was a sound with great melody that Santana perfected over the decades to come.

Angus Young's Guitar - Gibson Angus Young Signature SG

AC/DC is an Australian hard rock band and its co-founder Angus Young is an amazing guitarist and songwriter and is ranked in the magazine Rolling Stones list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time at 96th. He is known for his schoolboy-uniform outfits and his hard-edge style lead guitar playing.

Keith Richards' Guitars - Fender 1950s Telecaster; Gibson Les Paul Classic

One of the most famous bands of all times is by far The Rolling Stones. One of the co-founders. Keith Richards is a guitarist from England and sings as well as produces music with lead vocalist Mick Jagger. Together they have written and produced many hit songs and Richards is rated number 10 on the Rolling Stones Guitarist list.

These are but a few of the most famous guitarists and the guitars they play!

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