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Over the last few years, I have developed a love/hate relationship with the guitar. Studying music (performance) has not exactly helped in this regard, as it has made me focus on all the negative aspects as much as the positives, and especially in playing jazz, the drawbacks of choosing guitar. I have come to hate guitarists and guitar culture, though every now and then a glimmer of hope is shown in certain players.These are the guitarists (yeah there are not too many) that continue to inspire and give me hope that not everybody will sound like clapton or hammet or page or van halen.
1Derek Bailey
Ballads


A giant in free-improvisation, Bailey left an indelible mark on guitar playing, and improvisation in general. Taking cues from Webern's musical pointillism, Bailey expanded the sound palette of the guitar through a range of extended techniques, while still keeping a somewhat "traditional" approach to the instrument. His mastery of timbre and melodic inventiveness is something that has greatly changed the way I play the guitar. Probably the best introduction to the man you will get: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ow-YPRq-t8A
2AMM
Newfoundland


Keith Rowe. The man who took the guitar and thought "fuck that" and put it on a table. Doesn't seem like a big deal, but take one listen to his work with legendary improv group AMM, or any of his various other projects, and you will realise just how powerful this separation of player and instrument became. Rather than playing the guitar, Rowe treats it as a sound source, extracting wildly unorthodox sounds through various techniques. Rowe really introduced the prepared guitar, after Cage's experiments with the prepared piano, and opened up an entire new world of sound creation for the guitar. I like to think of Bailey and Rowe as the two main figures in avant-garde guitar (well they kind of are irrespective of my opinion) who represent two different paths; Rowe, with the frightening emancipation of instrument from player, Bailey as the logical endpoint for "traditional" playing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eb-GPdnfbyI
3Fushitsusha
Live I


Keiji Haino. One of the greatest Japanese artists of the past 50 years, and perhaps the best guitarist from the land of the rising sun. His output runs the avant-garde gamut, and he has collaborated with many other important free-improv players from around the world, though his best guitar work would have to be with the heavy psych-noise giants Fushitsusha. Noise, feedback, emotion, and that fucking hair. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syUyr_x64IU
4Les Rallizes Denudes
'77 Live


Mizutani Takashi. As with Haino, the noisy stylings of Mizutani is overwhelming and beautiful. All it takes is a couple of notes, and you have a fucking hailstorm of blissful, feedback ridden beauty. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWWa8nEMjT4
5Ulcerate
Everything is Fire


Mike Hoggard. Taking death metal riffing to the extreme, Hoggard's dense contrapuntal style is awe-inspiring. He is incredibly proficient technically, though the real power lies in his melodic sensibility, and treatment of dissonance. This album has left a real mark on my approach to playing and listening to metal. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBjIx0wXtbw
6Portal
Swarth


Horror Illogium and Aphotic Mote. Well, what the fuck. Harmony has never been treated the same way in metal before. It took me a while to wrap my head around the idiosyncratic style of Horror Illogium, and Portal's music in general, though I can easily say they have become a huge influence on me, much like Ulcerate. They are a band who make me feel as overwhelmed as I used to as a little kid being exposed to metal for the first time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA5zWBVQXHg
7Masayuki Takayangi
Eclipse


Another Japanese icon, this time combining the world of noise with free-jazz. Takayanagi's style ranges from quiet, melodic statements, to complete sonic destruction. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQqROttDSbs
8Sonny Sharrock
Ask The Ages


A jazz guitar player who really stands out, for having a style that really is not just playing the usual bop lines on a guitar, being one of the few jazz guitarists to achieve a distinct sound. Sharrock harnessed noise freak-outs and interspersed them between beautiful melodic phrases, achieving a real dynamic variety that had been lacking in jazz guitarists. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jks0N05l4OY
9Sonic Youth
Evol


Thurston Moore and Lee Ronaldo. I really can't leave these two out, because whether I am a massive fan of them or not (I do definitely enjoy them), I probably take a huge amount of influence from them. It took until I started playing in a band of a noise rock/post punk/whatever direction to notice their impact. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jks0N05l4OY
10Gorguts
From Wisdom to Hate


Luc Lemay. A riffing force to be reckoned with, opening up death metal to new sounds. He has such a strong melodic voice as a guitarist, even in the weirder or more brutal sections of their music. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc-0bwmexUg
11Discordance Axis
The Inalienable Dreamless


Rob Marton. Such a beautiful use of odd harmony in grind, a genre usually content with the bare basics. This album has always had a weird effect on me, and the more I have listened, the more I have come to realise how perfectly suited the artwork is. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwsbrWgvmJQ
12Women
Public Strain


Pat Flegel and Christopher Reimer. Great use of noise elements, and highly intriguing melodic sensibilities. These guys take indie riffing to new heights. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LElqwoBOJE&feature=related
13Glenn Branca
The Ascension


He really was obsessed with guitar, but holy shit did he get some great sounds out of it. A noise enthusiast and guitar symphonist, his treatment of texture especially piques my interest. And fuck yeah: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqHz7cUw4Ls
14Frank Zappa
Hot Rats


Unavoidable, really. I am only really starting to appreciate him more these days. Great melodic mind. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKlAIhuXRLE
15Jandek
Chair Beside A Window


Just listen. Hypnotic, calming, and totally fucked up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ua7TfcxJqRU
16 
Other respectable, non-boring guitarists


John Fahey, everybody who played with Captain Beefheart, dude from Deathspell Omega, John McLaughlin (sometimes), James Blood Ulmer (again sometimes... some of his stuff is awful), Fred Frith, Marc Ribot, Kevin Shields.
17 
Artists who influence me more than any guitarist


John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Morton Feldman, Arnold Schoenberg.
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