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100 Greatest Guitarists: David Fricke's Picks

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Link Wray


Link Wray
Ellis/Redferns
67/100

Wray is the man behind the most important D chord in history. You can hear that chord in all its raunchy magnificence on the epochal 1958 instrumental "Rumble." By stabbing his amplifier's speaker cone with a pencil, Wray created the overdriven rock-guitar sound taken up by Townshend, Hendrix and others.

 
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