15 Famous Telecaster Players Every Guitarist Should Know

By Editorial Team •  Updated: 04/07/24 •  27 min read
Keith Richards and Bruce Springsteen are famous Telecaster players

Keith Richards and Bruce Springsteen in Newark, NJ 2012.

Everyone has a guitar hero. For most, that amounts to a gaming console with a plastic controller shaped like a small guitar. For others, though, having a guitar hero consists of hours of listening to their solos and riffs, studying videos, and watching endless rig rundowns in an attempt to create that same guitar tone our hero recorded.

The following is not a list of the greatest guitarists of all time, that can be written by someone with far thicker skin than this writer. This list is, in my very humble opinion, of fifteen influential guitarists who are known to rock mainly a Telecaster on stage. They encompass a wide range of genres, but each has been influential in the lives of guitarists around the globe.

Here it goes…

James Burton

James Burton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. His induction speech was given by none other than Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, who recognized James Burton as one of the best musicians in the world. If Keith does your R&R HOF induction speech, you deserve to be listed as one of the most influential Telecaster players ever.

A noted session guitarist and a member of Ricky Nelson’s house band, Burton made quite a name for himself as a musician in the 1950’s. Take a listen to the guitar solo on the hit single “Susie Q” which was co-written and recorded by James Burton when he was only 15. You will know all you need to know about James Burton and his mastery of the Telecaster from this song.

You know those infomercials where they are showing you some gadget and then say, “But wait, there’s more!”? That could be said about Burton as well — there is lots and lots more.

In 1969, Burton organized the TCB (Taking Care of Business) Band backing up none other than “The King” Elvis Presley during his first Las Vegas performance at the International Hotel in July of 1969. Always a showman and hailing from Louisiana, Burton could be the real-life inspiration for Chuck Berry’s character in the hit “Johnny B. Good”. The line from that song, “He could play a guitar like he was ringing a bell” sums up James’ ability perfectly.

Burton has graced the stage with a number of great artists like Emma Lou Harris, John Denver, Merle Haggard, and scores of others, cementing his reputation as the Telecaster Master. Boasting not one, but two signature Telecaster models, Burton was an inspiration for millions of young guitarists who watched him on television both in the US and abroad.

John 5

John William Lowery or John 5, has had a distinguished career as a hard-rocking guitarist, sharing the stage with musical icons such as Marylyn Manson, David Lee Roth, Rob Zombie, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Yes, he even wrote and recorded with the Southern rock legends to add to his burgeoning legacy. The uneducated would say he is only a mercenary guitarist, but that would be a huge disservice to his musical prodigy.

John 5 started playing guitar at age 7 and began his musical apprenticeship when he moved to Los Angeles at the ripe old age of 17. His story is that of so many other young guitarists who move to the big city to show off their musical chops, looking for their piece of the musical pie. Most return home broke, disillusioned, and depressed. However, John 5 not only made his mark in the musical world but continues to stun audiences with his finesse, power, and proficiency on his weapon of choice; the Fender Telecaster.

John 5 says that he was inspired to pick up the guitar after watching ‘Hee Haw.” Yes, the metal maniac was inspired by that old countrified variety show. Seeing the Telecaster slingers that appeared on that show, John 5 believed that the single-cut Telecaster was the only shape for an electric guitar.

John 5 loves the Telecaster so much that his private collection contains at least one Tele from every year of production. His main stage axes range from the country-inspired “Buck 5”; a sparkly red, white and blue Telecaster that pays homage to the late Buck Owens. The “Lavacaster,” a plexiglass Telecaster filled with anti-freeze, produces a psychedelic backdrop for his furious picking. And not at all least, the “Ghost” Telecaster, his signature model that sports an all-white finish with red humbucking pickups and hardware.

In the video to follow, John can be seen sporting a double-humbucking, double-bound gold top Telecaster with a rosewood fretboard from his single “ZOINKS.” If that video doesn’t show you how John 5 made it as a guitar player, then you are not listening.

John 5’s Telecaster and his shredding style might not be what Leo Fender initially dreamed for the Telecaster, but John 5 has influenced a generation of shredders with his prowess on the Telecaster is undeniable.

Keith Richards

Nobody gets “Satisfaction” from their Telecaster quite like the one and only Keith Richards. Take a quick peek at this video to see what I mean.

Let’s set the stage: the year is 1981, and the Rolling Stones are finishing up their “Tattoo You” tour in Hampton, Virginia. Mick is strutting around in a red, white, and blue cloak when a fan runs onto the stage. In a “Jumping Jack Flash,” Keith takes his Telecaster and swings it at the unruly fan, knocking him about the head and shoulders, before ushering him off of the stage into the waiting hands of security.

As guitar players, we all dream about whacking some unruly fan who storms the stage. However, most of us would be reluctant to swing our axe, knowing that at worst it could break the neck, and at the least, knock the guitar out of tune. For Keith, this was not a concern because he plays a Telecaster! He smacks that unruly fan and then jumps right back into the riff for “Satisfaction” in tune as well. This is why Keith Richards is a Telecaster legend.

I still think the best part about this scenario is that the guy did not even spend a night in jail. Keith bailed the dude out. “He still owes me 200 bucks,” Keith told Fraser Lewry with Classic Rock magazine in an article in December of 2023.

Keith is best known for his faithful companion, “Micawber,” a 1954 black guard Tele given to him by Eric Clapton on his 27th birthday. Keith found that by eliminating the low E string and open tunings, that “Micawber” could get that dry rhythm drone that defines the Stones sound.

It is a sound that many guitarists attempt to emulate even today. Go to any guitar store, and if you hang around long enough, you will hear that familiar “Satisfaction” riff ring out from the back of the store. That defines the legacy and the legend that is “Keef” and why he still influences many guitarists today.

Bruce Springsteen

I tell people all the time that guitars are like hammers; they are all different and intended for different uses. You don’t use a sledgehammer to set finish nails, and you don’t use a small finish hammer to break rocks. As a guitarist, I like options and seldom settle on one guitar for any stretch of time.

That is not the case with “The Boss”, Bruce Springsteen. If there is a picture of Bruce Springsteen playing a guitar, that guitar is going to be a Telecaster. To test my theory, I Googled Bruce Springsteen playing guitar, and 93 out of 100 pictures showed Bruce with a Telecaster in his hands. The other pictures show him with an acoustic guitar in his lap. Bruce loves his Telecasters and he loves one Telecaster in particular.

Bruce did not start out as a Tele slinger, though. Back in 1973, he walked into a music store looking to trade his Les Paul for a guitar that would fit his soul-infused rock ballads. Lucky for him they just happened to have a Telecaster that would stay by his side for the next fifty years.

Bruce walked out of that store with a mismatched Telecaster mutt. A fifties Telecaster body with a black pick guard that hid some pretty serious modifications (much of the center of the guitar had been removed for the addition of two additional pickups earlier in its life) that was mated to a 1950’s Esquire neck. Bruce walked out $185 bucks poorer, which is a small price to pay for such a faithful companion.

That guitar has its own unique sound, which you can hear on the live version of “Prove it All Night”.

Bruce has said that when he dies, he wants to be buried with that guitar as it is an extension of himself. That, my friend, is dedication and is why Bruce Springsteen will forever be associated with a Telecaster, and still influences masses of guitar aficionados today.

Joe Strummer

For one to be considered an iconic Telecaster player, you either need to play circles around the other guitar players of your generation or have something so powerful to say that it inspires a generation on a nuclear level.

Joe Strummer may not be the best guitarist of his era, heck, some would say he wasn’t even the best guitarist in his own band. Whether that is the case or not, he and The Clash definitely had something to say which shaped the musical landscape we know today.

In 1976, a group of misfit musicians joined together to create a band whose recordings are still spreading the gospel of acceptance and harmony albeit in a revolutionist voice. Led by Strummer, playing rhythm guitar on a 1966 Telecaster, The Clash tackled social decay, racism, politics, unemployment and militarism in full punk rock technicolor.

Joe’s ’66 Tele looks like it’s been through a revolution or two. Bought in 1975 with money he received for marrying a South African woman so she could receive citizenship, it represents all the angst and rebellion of the punk rock scene. Joe thought that a more minimalist approach was needed, so the original sunburst finish was painted over with grey primer and flat black automotive paint. However, the black paint began to wear off, revealing the beautiful sunburst beneath. It is an appropriate representation of Strummer’s life: a dark, hard shell on the outside, hiding something earthy and wholesome underneath, slowly making its way to the surface.

Many of the Clash’s anthems became an inspiration for those who listened to not accept the status quo but to be willing to stand up for what they believed in and for what is morally right. You can’t listen to “Washington Bullets” and not grasp how political power shapes democracy every day.

The very end of their hit song “London Calling” fades into Morse code signaling S-O-S, which summarizes Strummer’s need to get the word out that change is needed. Their music birthed a punk revolution that inspired groups like U2, Rage Against the Machine, and Green Day, to name a few.

Although not considered to be a guitar god, Strummer’s aggressive playing and his iconic road-worn Telecaster inspired many to pick up a guitar and write their own songs about social injustice. And for that alone, he deserves a place as one of the most influential Telecasters players of all time.

Chrissie Hynde

Chrissie Hynde has probably inspired more girls to pick up the guitar, sing, and follow their dreams than any other Telecaster player. The founding member of The Pretenders, her pop/punk influence was hard-earned, nothing was handed to her easily on the musical front.

Born in Akron Ohio, Hynde moved to London at 22 years of age to pursue a career using her art background. Bouncing back and forth from the US to Europe for the next few years, Hynde’s desire to be in a band was a long time coming. She joined a number of bands only to see them eventually dissolve or have her be asked to leave. Frustration is a word that describes most musicians and Hynde had plenty of that to fuel her desires.

Finally, Hynde started her own band, and “The Pretenders” burst onto the music scene in Paris with a white Fender Telecaster strapped over her shoulder. She later acquired a 1965 Fender Telecaster which has become her favorite tool to wield on stage. She still has her white Telecaster as well as a number of other guitars, some even loaded with humbuckers. But the ’65 Faded Ice Blue metallic is still her go-to guitar.

That Telecaster sports a faded ice blue metallic finished body with a chrome mirrored pickguard. The maple “C” shaped neck is capped with a 7.25” radiused rosewood fretboard. The guitar accents Hynde’s beauty perfectly; classy but also rebellious when pushed to the limit. Together they make a fine pair.

Although not a lead guitarist, Hynde’s rhythm playing is as big a part of “The Pretenders” sound as anything else. Whether it’s her Telecaster ringing out on “Brass in Pocket”, or her sultry vocals on “Back on the Chain Gang,” Hynde is a punk/pop goddess.

Take a listen to her Telecaster charting the musical course on the single “Precious” in the link below to see why Chrissie Hynde lives in the Olympus of Telecaster players.

Brad Paisley

When you have sold over 11 million albums, won three Grammy awards, 15 Academy of Country Music Awards, and two American Music Awards, and are also a member of the Grand Ole Opry, you probably should be included in this list. Encouraged by his grandfather, Brad started learning to play guitar at 8 years old and formed his own band at the age of 13. You could say that Brad Paisley has been entertaining people his whole life and has the accolades to show for it.

With a last name like Paisley, it is logical that his Telecaster of choice would be a Pink Paisley from 1968 called “Old Pink.” “Old Pink” is a stock 1968 Fender Paisley Telecaster, and it still sports the same neck and pickups that came with it from the factory. The only modification is an added Glaster G -Bender, which allows the player to raise the note on the G string by a full step. By pushing down on the guitar, a lever that is attached to the guitar strap pulls the G string allowing the player to create some twangy tones like a steel player.

You can see the G bender in action as Brad chicken picks his way through “Nervous Breakdown” in the link below.

While many would consider Brad Paisley more of a singer/songwriter, his guitar skills are plentiful. His country picking is evident and at the forefront of each of his songs. Brad has gone on record saying many of his hits were written more for the guitar playing than the lyrics, and for that we can all be thankful.

The Nashville flood of 2010 claimed many of Brad’s guitars. Thankfully, “Old Pink” was stored at home, within arm’s reach should inspiration strike. That decision means the guitar will continue to chicken-pick its way through the next era of Paisley songs in all of its twangy goodness.

Andy Summers

Andy Summers is forever going to be associated with being part of the band “The Police”, but Summers musical journey started many years earlier across the pond in jolly ole’ England. Summers was born in Lancashire, England at the end of WWII. By the age of 10, after taking several years of piano lessons, he finally strapped on a guitar and we are all better for it. By the time he was 16, he was playing on the local club circuit and relocated to London at 19 to pursue a career in music.

He was part of the psychedelic London music scene in the late 60’s and happened to be the first guitarist a young Jimi Hendrix met when he landed in the UK. In the late 1960’s, Summers moved to the US and enrolled at California State University Northridge, studying mostly classical guitar. He graduated in 1972 and moved back to London, where he spent the next five years recording and touring with a multitude of artists.

In 1977 Summers met the other members of “The Police” working as session musicians. A chance encounter with Stewart Copeland over coffee led to the forming of the iconic band.

During his time with “The Police,” Summers mostly rocked a 1961 Fender Telecaster Custom with a sunburst finish and a PAF humbucker in the neck position. In the early 70’s, an overdrive preamp was installed and controlled by an on/off switch with a knob that adds gain through the circuit.

You can check out Summer’s ability on “Landlord,” a single that the group released that is not one that even most hardcore fans recognize. Summer’s aggressive chording through the verses suddenly breaks into a frenzy of single notes as he takes his listeners on a guitar solo that would get most people evicted should they play this at home.

Johnny Greenwood

Jonny Greenwood probably should be a household name by now, but many still don’t know the Englishman, who not only plays lead guitar for one of the biggest alt-rock bands in recent history but also composes musical scores for blockbuster movies.

Jonny Greenwood was born in Oxford, England, and met his bandmates during their time in school. Signed to a record deal in 1991, his band “Radiohead” has gone on to shake up the alternative rock scene since. With three Grammy wins and numerous nominations with “Radiohead”, as well as Grammy nominations for the musical scores for the motion pictures “There Will Be Blood” and “The Power of the Dog”, Greenwood is a musical force of nature whether he is wielding his Telecaster Plus on stage, or creating original musical for motion pictures.

Jonny’s guitar of choice is a Fender Telecaster Plus. His first guitar of this model was a 1980’s era blonde finish with a white pickguard. That guitar was stolen in 1992 so he purchased two new Telecaster Plus (or Pluses?), a sunburst model that featured Lace Sensor pickups with an added kill switch, and an Ebony Frost finished Telecaster that served as the backup. Sadly, both of these guitars were stolen in 1995 although the Ebony Frost guitar was returned to him twenty years later.

After the theft of his two guitars in 1995, Jonny bought a Telecaster Plus in a sunburst finish with a maple neck which has been a constant companion on tour since. The guitar houses a Lace Sensors Blue single-coil pickup in the neck position and a Lace Sensor Red Dually Humbucker in the bridge position. The stock three-way toggle switch was replaced with a signal kill switch.

Not one to leave a guitar pristine, Greenwood likes to add stickers to his guitars. His most recent guitar features a large Honda motorcycle wing sticker (he is a motorcycle fan) behind the bridge. He also added a manga sticker from the series “Attack No. 1” below the neck pickup. Greenwood has used numerous other instruments in his recordings, including a Fender Starcaster. However, the odds are if you catch him in concert, the Fender Telecaster Plus is either strapped around his body or close to his hand.

You can check out Jonny’s electric playing on “Bodysnatchers” in concert below. The video quality is not great, but the audio is on fire.

Julian Lage

When Leo Fender designed the Telecaster, he had big jazz bands in mind for his creation. Although the Telecaster jumped into mainstream country and rock genres with its gritty sound, it still holds a place in jazz music. That wonderful place is where Julian Lage and the Telecaster intersect.

Julian Lage is an unknown in many musical circles, and that is a shame. A Telecaster player from a young age, Lage is a true jazz guitarist whose best days are ahead of him. Born in Santa Rosa, California, Lage was a child prodigy who played the 2000 Grammy Awards at the age of 12, and starred in the documentary “Jules at Eight.” He has shared the stage with Carlos Satana, Chris Eldridge, Margaret Glaspy, and Nels Cline of the band “Wilco”, to name a few.

The soft-spoken Lage originally started playing a Stratocaster, accompanying his father, who was playing a Telecaster. Eventually, Lage swapped over to the Telecaster, fashioning his jazz sound and orchestrations with two pickups and a slab of wood. He said on his decision to play a Telecaster, “I’m relatively sparse in terms of equipment or effects and I like an instrument that kinda doesn’t do anything unless you do something. It’s a very true instrument, all Teles possess that, I think.” ¹

Typically, Lage plays a replica Blackguard Telecaster made by the renowned Spanish luthier Inacio Nacho Banos. His “Nachocaster” has a solid ash body, a black pickguard, a maple neck, and three compensated barrel saddles in the bridge. The bridge pickup is a Fatpups specialty wound to vintage specs, although Lage rarely uses it. The magic of his guitar tone is in the Ron Ellis “Ellisonic P90” sized neck pickup, which Lage tends to use on every song he plays with the Telecaster. Strung with flat wounds and played through small Fender tube amps, Lage’s guitar tone is likened to sitting in the sun with a nice cool breeze and an ice-cold drink in your hand.

If you are not convinced of Julian’s guitar chops, just have a listen to him do an improv jazz performance of the old staple “Autumn Leaves” for Rick Beato.

Jim Root

Jim Root is probably one guitarist you would not expect to see on this list. I know, should a guy who plays face-melting solos be included in an influential Telecaster player list? I think he does, as there is a generation of young metal players who saw Root slaying on a Telecaster and decided to pick up a guitar and hammer a power chord of their own.

#4, as he is referred to in “Slipknot,” was born in the city that never sleeps — Las Vegas, Nevada. His guitar playing epitomizes his place of birth: full of glitz and glamor with a side of filthy. His intense runs with powerful harmonics epitomize a guitarist who has mastered his craft.

Jim Root has FOUR signature model Fender guitars, which is insane considering most guitarists get one signature model if they are lucky. Jim loved the old standards and asked Fender Master Luthier Alex Perez if he could get a mahogany-bodied guitar with a maple neck and an ebony fretboard. Alex went to work and presented Jim with a Stratocaster built to those specifications loaded with EMG pickups. They continued to work until the Telecaster option became Jim’s main axe.

Loaded with an active EMG 60 pickup in the neck position and an EMG 81 in the bridge position, the mahogany beast cuts through the mix like a flamethrower through a butter factory. The controls are simple, one volume knob with a three-way pickup selector which focuses the emphasis on the flat 12” fingerboard where the magic happens.

You can catch #4 in action, putting his Telecaster through its paces and playing some favorite Slipknot riffs on the link below.

Albert Collins

The late Albert Collins was called the “Master of the Telecaster.” That is quite a distinction to put on a guitar player, but with as many blues guitarists who emulated the “Iceman,” he surely deserved it. Born in Leona, Texas, he went on to be nominated for 8 Grammys with a signature Grammy win for his collaboration with Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland on the album “Showdown!”

The Iceman’s 1966 Fender Custom Telecaster was his constant companion. The double-bound natural finished ash body, maple fretboard, and ashtray bridge with a Gibson PAF pickup in the neck position create Collins’ signature blues sound. Tuned to open F minor, Collins used a capo to adjust keys as needed for each song. Keeping the ashtray cover on the bridge also helped create the signature ice pick sound for the “Iceman,” a sound that has influenced Texas bluesmen through the ages.

With an engaging stage presence and oozing charisma, Collins played for the crowd and often in the crowd, waltzing around the floor and mingling with his fans without missing a note on his extended solos. Check out the “Iceman” live from the Montreux Jazz Festival in the link below.

Luther Perkins

We all have that one player who played a part in our identity as a guitar player. Luther Perkins was not that player for me, but he was for my father-in-law who bought his one and only Telecaster in 1956 to play like Luther.

Luther Perkins was a Mississippi guitar player whose life was cut short but whose legacy lives on still today. He taught himself to play guitar and became the “boom-chicka-boom” sound for the great Johnny Cash. Luther was working as a mechanic alongside his Tennessee Two bassist Marshal Grant when they joined the “man in black”.

Luther’s signature sound was played on a 1955 Fender Telecaster Esquire he bought used from a piano store in Memphis. Its blonde finish, white pickguard, and maple neck formed a simple yet elegant guitar that has influenced guitarists around the globe. Keith Richards mentioned being a fan of Luther’s playing in Cash’s memoir. Although Luther played multiple Esquires during his career, including a sunburst, it is with the blond model that he is forever immortalized.

You can hear Luther’s “boom-chicka-boom” style and his melodic solos in the short clip below. Even though you might catch a view of a Jaguar or a Jazzmaster, it is the Esquire Telecaster that will forever be linked to Luther Perkins.

Brent Mason

Who has won the CMA Musician of the Year twice, AMA Guitarist of the Year 12 times, Music Row Session Guitarist of the Year 10 times, has been inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame, and won a Grammy? Well, that would be the one and only Brent Mason.

If you need a guitarist to work on your album, Brent Mason is the man for the job. He has contributed his guitar playing on thousands of albums, working with great artists like Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, Brooks and Dunn, Toby Keith, Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, George Strait, and many, many, many others. He also is credited for recording musical cues for scene transitions of the hit TV shows “Friends” and “Family Guy”, as well as the iconic movie “A Few Good Men.” Yeah, I can’t handle the truth either!

It is sad, though, that Brent’s modified Telecaster might be more famous than he is. Far from being original, Brent’s 1968 Telecaster has been highly modified. Finished in automotive grey primer, Brent’s Telecaster looks like a Frankenstein monster, albeit with a maple neck less the electrodes. A gold control plate, black pickguard, and sporting a trio of pickups, this is not your grandfather’s Telecaster.

A Duncan mini humbucker replaced the neck position pickup while a Duncan Vintage Stacked pickup replaced the bridge pickup. The single coils were replaced with humbuckers to remove the hum that is so common on single-coil guitars for Brent’s studio work.

The middle pickup, though, is where the magic lies. A Duncan Vintage Stacked pickup was fitted between the neck and bridge pickups, and it has its own volume control, allowing the player to blend in the center pickup for supplemental tones. Oh, it also has a Glaser B bender! It is a monster of a guitar for a monster player.

Guitar players have been copying Brent’s licks for years, and his influence is obvious. Check out his monster talent in this video below.

Steve Cropper

You might not know his name, but you know his work. You have heard it on the radio as his hits span decades. He has won two Grammys and been nominated for five more, and was called in 1996, the greatest living guitar player by Britian’s Mojo magazine.

Steve Cropper is an American guitar legend. As co-writer with Eddie Floyd on “Knock on Wood,” that song alone would have paid Cropper’s dues for years. Throw in co-writing credits with Wilson Pickett on “In the Midnight Hour,” as well as co-writing credits on “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” with Otis Redding, and you suddenly reach royal status. Throw in the iconic guitar riff from the hit song “Soul Man,” and you lock in legendary guitar status as well.

I discovered Steve Cropper on another art medium, the big screen. In 1978, an album was released called “Briefcase Full of Blues.” The band that recorded that album was none other than the “Blues Brothers.” Yep, those “Blues Brothers” with frontmen John Belushi and Dan Ayckroyd of “Saturday Night Live” fame. The band was formed as an opening act for comedian Steve Martin with Steve Cropper playing a Telecaster guitar.

I was a young teenager when “The Blues Brothers” hit the big screen. I can’t remember how my friend and I got into a “R” rated film, but I do remember the songs from that movie as if it were yesterday. “Gimme Some Lovin’,” “Think,” and “Shake a Tail Feather” are just a few that became earworms in no time.

As the brothers are trying to persuade their old band to rejoin them, Elwood says the classic line, “we are on a mission from God”. I almost peed my pants laughing so hard. Seeing “The Colonel” (Steve Cropper) standing there with his Telecaster at the country bar with beer bottles flying break into the riff from “Rawhide” made me want to go home and pick up my guitar.

Steve has played every kind of Telecaster there is, starting out with an early ‘50’s Esquire, and onto early ‘60’s Telecasters. It is a shame that Fender never issued a signature model; that honor went to Peavey who made one for him in the early 1990’s that he still plays today. Although it is not a “Fender”, it still looks and sounds like a Telecaster, and his influence on my life gets him on this list today.

You can check out “The Colonel” as he riffs on “Soul Man” below.


There are other Telecaster players who could very easily have been on this list. Guitarists like Danny Gatton, Vince Gill, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Page, Albert Lee, Keith Urban, Bill Frissel, Terry Kath, Roy Buchanon, Mike Campbell, Jeff Beck, and Jason Isbell, to name just a few. Some played a Tele for only a portion of their career, others are known more for a different guitar, but all are great in their own right.

I hope these guitar greats have inspired you to pick up that dusty guitar stored somewhere (under the bed?). Whether you run through some sweep picking, flatpicking, shredding, fingerpicking, or just picking out a single pentatonic scale, go grab that guitar, tune it up, and influence someone in your own home, on your town square or at your local watering hole.

¹Guitar.com – by Rachel Roberts Jan 26,2023

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