There were a lot of famous guitarists in the 20th century, many going on to become icons who defined various music genres, such as rock n’ roll, blues, and jazz. People continue to listen to their music on a variety of formats, including CD, mp3, and digital music streaming.
In the early 1950s, an electric guitar model called the Fender Stratocaster was used by a great number of these talented artists. The design of this guitar model was quite unique for its time.
It featured a double-cutaway style and horn-shaped top, with one horn extended higher on the left side. Ever since then, the Stratocaster has been manufactured by Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.
Do you want to learn about some of the famous guitarists who inspired a new generation of musicians? If so, below is a list of the top 5 famous guitarists of the 20th century.
1) Buddy Guy
Buddy Guy has been an inspirational electric guitarist to thousands of blues fans. Throughout the 20th century, Guy gave exciting performances on stage with his electric mixes and energetic presence.
He gave blues music a new meaning for other aspiring blues musicians. His style combines the traditional blues music style with a more contemporary style of blues. The most prominent decades of his success were the 1960s and 1970s.
At 83 years old, Guy still gives performances to this very day. The Fender Stratocaster has been his preferred guitar for a long time.
2) Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry is a singer and guitarist who credited for inventing the famous 1950s style of the rock ‘n roll music genre. He is given this honour because of his simple yet electrifying use of the guitar on stage.
What people loved most about his songs were the topics, such as high school romances and fast cars. Most importantly, he knew how to capture people’s attention on stage.
His most famous act of showmanship is skipping on one leg while playing the guitar. There will never be another Chuck Berry.
3) Jimmy Page
British guitarist Jimmy Page was at the top of his game by the late 1960s. When he was a session musician, Page mastered his skills at playing the guitar. He soon worked his way to becoming a studio guitarist who everyone wanted to have play for them.
For a little while, he was in a band called Yardbirds with two other famous guitarists named Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. After the band split up, Page founded the rock band “Led Zeppelin.” In the 1970s, this hard rock band perform songs which defined that decade of rock music.
4) Jimi Hendrix
It only took four years for Jimi Hendrix to be labelled a guitar-playing icon of music history. After he died young in 1970, Jimi’s accomplishments in 1960s rock were remembered forever.
Chuck Berry’s performance style was a significant influence on Jimi. He incorporated Chicago blues into his song performances as well. The wah-wah pedal was made famous by him too.
Several other guitarists started using the wah-wah pedal because of him. His psychedelia and transcendental live shows are what he’ll be remembered for the most.
5) Duane Allman
Duane Allman was a studio musician in his early career. This gave him the opportunity to learn the guitar and perfect his thrilling guitar tones. You can hear Duane’s guitar playing on the “Hey Jude” cover by Wilson Pickett and the “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs” magnum opus by Eric Clapton.
Most famously, Duane started the band “The Allman Brothers Band” which came to define Southern rock n’ roll. During his live shows, he made solo entrances with great passion and emotion. This is what audiences remember the most about him.