Vito Bratta names 11 guitarists who shaped his sound

Vito Bratta
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Dialing back to the ‘80s, there were numerous giants who strode the earth with an electric guitar in hand. These titanic players were overlords of shred and sultans of melodicism.

Of the many who stood out in that time, few remain, and even fewer are remembered with the same fondness they fostered in their heyday. But still, a few have not only maintained their status as gods of all things six-string, but watched it extend to incredible heights previously thought unfathomable.

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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.