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They shaped rock - Top 9 influential guitarists of the '60s

The era of the 60s was represented by musicians who began to experiment, combining genres and styles, creating exciting new directions. This is the golden era of virtuosos and innovators, and that includes guitarists in particular!

Fuzz Music magazine's Top Most Influential Guitarists of the '60s

When it comes to rock music, it would be sacrilegious to ignore those who actually formed her sound. It's about guitarists. It is with them that we associate the genre to a large extent - even critics note that the guitarists were the driving force that ultimately played their very large and significant role.

Just look at the instrumental composition "Rumble." (1958) by Link Ray! It was so powerful, sickening and evocative that it was even banned from radio in some states!

It was with such breakthroughs that the rock era - more powerful and energetic than anything the public had heard before. And the era of the '60s was represented by musicians who began to experiment, combining genres and styles, creating exciting new directions. This is the golden era. virtuosos and innovatorsand this applies to guitarists in particular!

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix He had a tremendous influence on thousands of followers - many now iconic rockers admit that if it wasn't for Hendrix they wouldn't have picked up a guitar. He was an innovator, a virtuoso, an experimentalist...

Apparently, Jimi Hendrix changed the rules of the game, influencing not only rock, but many other genres.

Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck at the London Roundhouse in 1969
Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck - certainly a legendary guitarist who has been called one of the most influential yet underrated in the game.

Participant The Yardbirds and founder of his own The Jeff Beck Grouphe has influenced blues-rock, hard rock, fusion and many other styles! At the same time Beck was invariably successful in a new musical space. In the early '90s he was recognized as a most as the world's preeminent guitarist, which we think is fully deserved!

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa

Zappa became famous for his especially extravagant sound. He was insanely prolific throughout his career, and in the 1960s he recorded and released a number of albums with his band The Mothers of Invention and his own first solo.

It makes no sense to describe Zappa's early work as experimental - this term can safely be applied to his entire discography. But it was his first albums that were uniquely strange, representing a mixture of jazz, rock, blues and avant-garde madness!

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton

Clapton is one of the most outstanding of guitarists in history. Nevertheless, critics berate him for not being particularly creative.

Eric had limited ideas based on blues tradition. He was incapable of breaking out of that style, and yet he played mesmerizingly, beautifully, infectiously... And his iconic "Leila" I'm over the moon!

Jimmy Page

Jimmy Page
Jimmy Page

Jimmy Page was a session guitarist before he led his own band. He played in many of the iconic songs of the sixties, and since he was only studio musician, they were not always attributed to him. Even he himself does not remember them all.

Page saturated the tracks with more heavy The compositions always have his trademark handwriting.

George Harrison

George HarrisonGeorge Harrison
George HarrisonGeorge Harrison

George Harrison was far from a "screaming" guitarist, but his intricate and laid-back approach was the basis for many of The Beatles' most beloved songs.

Harrison's guitar playing is the most characteristic (if you compare it to fellow Beatles, whose contributions are also weighty). And "Here Comes the Sun" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" best demonstrate his eloquent skills!

Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter
Johnny Winter

Wynter is rightly called one of the best White of blues performers! His trademarks are virtuosity, speed, and developed swing.

Johnny Winter - one of the smoothest solo guitarists who ever lived. His impressive playing has had a tremendous impact on rock and many of its representatives, including the band Iron Maiden.

Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia at one of his performances
Jerry Garcia

One of the most influential guitarists of the '60s is certainly, Jerry Garcia! He became a genius at his craft, despite his mangled right hand - as a teenager he lost two phalanges on his right middle finger while chopping firewood.

Garcia has also been called the founder of the psychedelic rock on the west coast of the United States, and he had a great influence on many of his contemporaries.

Keith Richards

Keith Richards
Keith Richards

A master of first-rate play, like many of his contemporaries Keith Richards was and still is a bluesman.

His particular take on the guitar was inspired by American musicians such as Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters and later guitarists such as Buddy Guy. Less prone to endlessly expressive solos, Richards aims for rhythm. His game "thin."but incredibly effective!

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