L.A. Guns' Tracii Guns names 12 guitarists who shaped his sound

Tracii Guns performs onstage with L.A. Guns
(Image credit: Joe Schaeffer)

While iconic shredders like Vinnie Moore, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani were pivotal to the evolution of guitar-centric music in the late '80s, during that same era, a smaller subset of players emerged. These were players who harbored plenty of skill and songwriting chops, but also understood the ever-important 'cool factor'.

One of those guitarists was Tracii Guns, a single-cut wielding maestro with levels of bravado fully capable of matching his meaty six-string chops. Indeed, as the lead guitarist and chief songwriter of Sunset Strip stalwarts L.A. Guns, he provided timeless solos demarcated by bouts of fuzzed-out distortion and clean-toned bursts of brazen glory.

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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.