Renowned as one of the greatest and most influential guitar players of all time, Jimi Hendrix was known for his free-flowing, unimaginably difficult style. Among his many famous performances was possibly the most recognizable one at Woodstock in 1969. Jimi Hendrix helped pioneer the technique of guitar feedback with overdriven amplifiers, incorporating into his music what was previously an undesirable sound.
Eric Clapton is a Grammy Award winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. He is one of the most successful musicians of the 20th and 21st century. His abilities are represented by his three inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Clapton is credited as an innovator in several phases of his career, which have included blues-rock (with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and The Yardbirds) and psychedelic rock (with Cream).
Jimmy Page is an English guitarist, composer and record producer. He began his career as a member of The Yardbirds, from late 1966 to 1968, before founding Led Zeppelin. Page has been described as one of the all-time most influential, important, and versatile guitarists and songwriters in rock history. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Page #9 in their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
Carlos Santana became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, the Santana Blues Band, which created a highly successful blend of salsa, rock, blues, and jazz fusion. Still playing and touring today, Santana remains to be seen as one of the most influential and innovative guitar players in history.
Kirk Hammett is the lead guitarist in the band Metallica. An innovator in thrash metal, Hammett has been recognized as a pioneer in the hard rock and heavy metal genre. Many of today's metal guitars draw influence from Kirk Hammett. In 2003, he was ranked 11th in the Rolling Stone's The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.