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Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt: the 10 guitarists that blew my mind

6. Jimi Hendrix

“Based on the Band Of Gypsies record, which has some of the best guitar playing I’ve heard on that song Message Of Love, Hendrix is definitely up there. If it weren’t for him, guitar music would look a lot different. It would have been something else, so in that sense he’s inspired everybody. 

“Hendrix brought that sense of being a real proper rockstar to guitar players, which then took off in hard rock and heavy metal. He could tune his guitar in the middle of a song and even that would sound cool. That’s how awesome Hendrix was!”