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Joe Satriani: Larry Philpot/Wikimedia Commons. Les Paul: William P. Gottlieb collection/U.S. Library of Congress. Carlos Santana: Larry
Philpot/Wikimedia Commons. Billy Gibbons: Antti Salonen/ Wikimedia Commons. Rory Gallagher: Harry Potts/Wikimedia Commons.

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Les Paul

He emerged with
a trio bearing his
name and playing
jazz, country, and
blues on the radio
with a style that
mixed licks and
chording sequences
with fretting techniques that set him
apart from contemporaries. Those factors
propelled him to a career recording and
performing with his wife, Mary Ford, along
the way earning status not only as a guitarist,
but songwriter and inventor credited with
helping create the concept of overdubbing as
well as guitar-related sound effects like delay
and phase-shift. When Gibson finally awakened to the fact it needed to market a solidbody
electric, president Ted McCarty worked with
Paul on some of its design elements and asked
him to endorse the instrument.

18

Carlos Santana

G u i t a r d o m 's
spiritual guru, he
was heavily influenced by his violinplaying father, who
set Carlos to the
instrument when
he just five years
old. While transitioning to guitar
shortly thereafter, the boy began to absorb
blues, rock, jazz, pop, and Latin music. In
1967, he formed a band that played Woodstock
before its first album was released, his playing
by then informed by influences ranging from
B.B. King and Muddy Waters to vocalists like
Marvin Gaye and Johnny Mathis, but especially contemporaries Peter Green, Jimi
Hendrix, and Jeff Beck.

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His music is always
about melody and the song
(even if few have lyrics),
and despite being top-tier
prolific, he refuses to let
his playing stand in one
spot. In recent years, he
has dipped into "concept"
recording, using an album's
worth of tracks to tell a
story via melody, and employing unvarnished guitar
tones along with a variety
of techniques. In his 2012
feature interview, Steve
Vai recalled their days
as student and teacher.
"Joe was amazing - an
incredible player even at
16," Vai said. "Every time
he touched the guitar,
something musical came
out, even if he was just
showing me an exercise."

Joe Satriani
for "Gimme All Your Lovin'," "Sharp Dressed
Man" and others. Whether with a Strat,
Telecaster, Les Paul, or some funky custom
axe, he has plied some of the most known (and
played) licks to ever flow out of Houston... or
anywhere else.
Rory
Gallagher
in 1982.

21

Rory Gallagher

Grounded in the blues but informed by
jazz, the Irish-born guitar hero was accomplished on acoustic, electric, and slide guitar
as well as mandolin (along with a handful of
non-stringed instruments). His very worn
trademark late-'50s Strat was plugged into a
vintage Fender, Vox, or occasional Marshall,
with nothing but a cord connecting them.
Renowned for their authenticity, his albums
have sold in quantities numbering 30 million.

22

Steve Vai

More than any
other, he shreds the
common perception of "rock guitarist." His music
focuses on intricate, fluid melodies
written to exploit
his skill and ability
to create sounds; he
literally perceives life as a stream of notes
floating past, at its best when he sits with a
guitar (or keyboard) to capture them.
As a boy, his sister's copy of Led Zeppelin II

Billy F. Gibbons

Though his riffage
steered the hardcharging boogie
rendered by ZZ Top
starting in the early
'70s, his instinct for
the visual helped
propel the band to
superstardom in
the '80s thanks to
the girls, legs, cars, and guitars in the videos

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