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George Harrison: Neil Zlozower/AtlasIcons. David Gilmour:Klaus Hiltscher/Wikimedia Commons. Django Reinhardt: William P. Gottlieb collection/U.S. Library of Congress. Edward Van Halen: Carl Lender/Wikimedia Commons.

traditional country music and sounds with
orchestral strings in pop arrangements that
became known as the "Nashville Sound."
Though many country-music artists (and
fans) tuned it out, the form proved lucrative
and played a significant role as Nashville
thrived in the '60s.
Supremely influential, in his later years
Atkins focused on duets with some of the
world's finest guitarists, a few of whom he
bestowed with his Certified Guitar Player
(C.G.P.) designation. Honorees include Steve
Wariner, Mark Knopfler, Jerry Reed, and
Tommy Emmanuel.
"When I first heard Chet, there was no way
I could listen and not want to play or at least
try to figure out what he was doing, because it
was always interesting," Emmanuel told VG
after Atkins passed in June of 2001. "As an
influence... Chet has been there all the time."

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David Gilmour

His guitar work
has been one of the
propelling factors
in the decades-long
success enjoyed by
Pink Floyd. Long
preferring a Strat,
h i s most noted
tones a nd solos
were delivered with
the help of his trusty '79 model (with a '62
neck) through a HiWatt amp. His solo on
"Comfortably Numb" is not only a fan-favorite, but one of the all-time greats in rock.

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Django Reinhardt

A constant on lists of players deemed influential by the biggest names in many genres,
Django Reinhardt's impact emanates from
beyond his being a great player.

George Harrison

A

n underrated
player with an
understated
style, his work lent

critical substance to the
sound of the Beatles,
from its early hits that reintroduced American kids

He began playing on a banjo as a teen, but
after transitioning to guitar a few years later,
developed a focused appreciation for American
jazz thanks to records borrowed from a friend.
When he met violinist St├ęphane Grappelli in
the early 1930s, the two bonded over mutual
tastes in music, and their jams evolved into a
new musical style now called "hot jazz."
Reinhardt's accomplishments are even more
impressive when you consider that the third
and fourth fingers on his fretting hand were
paralyzed after being severely burned, leaving
only the index and middle fingers for soloing.
"Django is the greatest of all time," said
world-class fingerstylist Tommy Emmanuel. "If
I need inspiration, I listen and learn from him.
He was the first to have everything - great ideas,
the best rhythm, powerful tone, best phrasing,
adventurous composing and arranging. And
most of all, a sweetness you can't resist!"

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to the roots of pop music
to the sophisticated arrangements and production of Sgt. Pepper and
the "white album." For
his part, Harrinson's solos
mirror the band's effort,
growing from relatively
simple to the makings of
a "guitar hero" - fluent,
inventive, and tasteful in
both the lead and rhythm
roles, always displaying
an innate ability to be
expressive while fitting
perfectly into the context
of the song. That growth
and expansion continued
in his post-Beatles playing, as well, with slide
becoming something of a
trademark.
"To try and quantify
Harrison's contribution
to popular music would
be like saying 'The sun
is hot,'" said Steve Vai.
"His instincts for creating the most appropriate
guitar part for a song
were brilliantly inspired.
His choice of guitar,
tone, orchestration, and
intuitive construction
of the best riff always
honored the song first.
He was perfection
personified on six strings.
He was exceptional,
and we are grateful."

Edward Van Halen

He was a mere 19
years of age when his
very-So-Cal band
recorded its first album, including a
solo captured by
engineer Ted Templeman that spurred
legions of guitarists
(and wannabes) to
listen much more closely. Throughout the band's
catalog, what they heard was a guy whose solos
were fresh and virtuosic, rhythms deeply melodic and often deeply syncopated in the context
of the song. Also highly influential was his tone,
sculpted using a stripped-down parts guitar
with a humbucking pickup angled in the bridge,

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