Bruce Kulick names 10 guitarists who shaped his sound

Bruce Kulick performs at Glassheim in Jevnaker, Norway on December 1, 2009
(Image credit: Ragnar Singsaas/WireImage)

Staking one's claim in the era of shred couldn't have been easy for any aspiring guitarist, let alone one taking the mantle within the mighty machine that is Kiss.

Brooklyn-born Bruce Kulick, however, turned the hard-rock institution's fortunes around with one swipe of his golden pick. Indeed, in the wake of losing Ace Frehley, Vinnie Vincent and Mark St. John – all within two years – Kulick stepped in, and did so with style and grace.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.