The guitar is known as the Holy Grail of rock instrumentation. Even though thousands of fans fawn over the lead singer charisma, there's something about having a six-string in your hands that really resonates with the rock audience. Sometimes the licks are so good that they even manage to eclipse the more reprehensible parts of the group.
Throughout the years, many bands have lived or died on their guitarists, but these acts tend to rely on their fretboard wizards a little too much. While some of these bands may have a solid enough foundation, they would be a shadow of what they were if they didn't have these guitarists to help with the big picture. Whether it be just a lick, a hand in songwriting, or just having the rock star attitude, these guys have saved their namesake bands from boredom, cringiness, or sometimes both.
You may think the singer has a terrible voice or the subject matter of the tune is awful, but once the guitar comes in, that artistic spark seems to flicker if only for a little bit. These guitarists may not have picked the best bandmates, but their contributions to music go far beyond the shoddy songs on display.