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The World’s Most Iconic Guitarists


A guitarist performing in a concert

In the guitar-playing world, both the guitarists and the audience have preferences that determine which skills are best to have. Some people like shredding, while others prefer more melodic playing.

Nobody would want to hear a player who bumps on the volume knob and tries to shred non-stop. Moreover, nobody likes being bombarded with thirty-second notes in a ballad.

In today’s blog post, we’ll list and discuss three of the most iconic guitarists of all time.


Guthrie Govan

Being a guitar clinician, Guthrie Govan spends most of his time teaching master classes around the world.

In addition to being a member of Asia, one of the world’s most renowned bands, he was the lead guitarist in the Hans Zimmer Live band. Govan is known for his ability to visualize entire complex songs before even playing or writing them down.


Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny is a world-class musician who works in the jazz fusion genre. His comprehensive knowledge of music theory and its applications is unmatched. Listeners enjoy his unique voicings and phrasing, especially when he uses the MIDI guitar.

Known for his discipline and professional playing, Metheny is the only person to have won Grammys in 10 categories.


Tommy Emmanuel

The king of fingerstyle solo guitar, Tommy Emmanuel, is a true one-person band also known for beating his guitar to create percussive effects. Tough his playing style is mostly inspired by folk, bluegrass, and jazz country fingerpicking is the core element. He uses a plectrum (flat pick), thumb pick, and his fingers for hybrid picking.


Steve Vai

Steve Vai’s career with Alcatraz, David Lee Roth, and Frank Zappa developed his mastery and helped him grow in his solo work which has matured immensely over the years. Not only is he the king of the whammy bar but also a co-designer, with Ibanez, of the JEM guitar, and is credited for revolutionizing the way guitars are designed.

Moreover, he participates in the G3 concert live-only tours with Eric Johnson and Joe Satriani. Sweep picking, two-handed tapping, alternate picking, and acrobatics are a few guitar techniques that set him apart from other artists.


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