15 icons of electric guitar tone – and how they can inspire your playing

Eric Clapton, Brian May, Jimi Hendrix
(Image credit: Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images; Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel; Michael Putland/Getty Images)

GUITAR SHOWCASE 2023: Welcome to our Icons of Tone lesson, in which we set sail on an odyssey of exploration, taking in the sounds and techniques of the most legendary guitarists in the history of rock and pop. 

We’ve created 15 tab examples that take inspiration from each of our chosen guitarists’ work. Learning our riffs and licks will provide you with technical insight into how they play and give you a vehicle to experiment with your own tone creation.

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Jon Bishop

Jon Bishop is a UK-based guitarist and freelance musician, and a longtime contributor to Guitar Techniques and Total Guitar. He's a graduate of the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford and is touring and recording guitarist for British rock 'n' roll royalty Shakin’ Stevens.