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10 Best Classic Rock Guitarists Of The '80s

Stars in the era of shred.

Epic

The ‘80s is usually known as one of the golden times for pop music. With the synthesizer being brought out in full force, everything on the charts seemed to feel so much larger than just simple tunes on the radio. The realm of rock seemed to cater to the star frontman, but the real brains behind these bands were always the people behind the six-string.

From new wave to standard rock, everyone in the rock sphere was coming to the table with something new that was pushing the genre to the next level. Some of them may have still had that neon-colored sheen to them, but all of the added fluff faded away once you heard what they sounded like.

For as much as synthesizers may have been the order of the day, all these guys needed was their guitars to make some of the most otherworldly sounds you’ve ever heard. No matter what kind of effects may have been running their instruments through, these were complex music minds who were focused on taking the guitar out of its typical role and to the forefront of every song.

They may not have sung a word, but what these guys played was from a different planet.

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