Today's guitar stars Molly Tuttle, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Emily Wolfe, Charlie Starr, and others, fondly reminisce on the moment 6-string influences forever impacted their musical lives.
10. Josh Smith on Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Scuttle Buttin'"The L.A.-based studio ace and blues hound sets the stage about how SRV's power punched him in the chest and forever changed his world.
9. Phil X on Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog"The exuberant Bon Jovi lead guitarist goes back to the '70s when Page blew off his doors with slinky, nuanced playing and then performs a chunk of the song with bassist Daniel Spree and drummer Brian Tichy.
8. Emily Wolfe on the Eagles' "Life in the Fast Lane"The badass Austin rocker retells how a Hotel California backdrop and washing the family car steered her to guitardom.
7. Kenny Wayne Shepherd on Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"The platinum-selling blues rocker highlights the Electric Ladyland hit's innovative wah work and swaggering groove.
6. Molly Tuttle on "Angeline the Baker"The blazing bluegrass flatpicker recalls her dad introducing her to drop-D and how to use ringing chord notes around melodies via this old-time fiddle tune.
5. Lindsay Ell on Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze"The Nashville country star and certified guitar dork remembers when mentor Randy Bachman showed her the quintessential "Hendrix chord."
4. G.E. Smith on Paul Butterfield Blues Band's "Shake Your Money-Maker" and The Rolling Stones' "The Last Time"The former Saturday Night Live ringleader and Roger Waters sideman recalls how both Mike Bloomfield and Brian Jones knocked off his socks in 1965.
3. Baroness' Gina Gleason on Pantera's "Domination"The shredder fires through the Dimebag Darrell solo from Cowboys from Hell that first sunk its teeth into her guitar-playing heart.
2. John Bohlinger on Dire Straits' "Sultans of Swing"Our Nashville correspondent explains the debt he owes Mark Knopfler for the inspiration that continues 30 years after first hearing the lively song.
1. Blackberry Smoke's Charlie Starr on ZZ Top's "Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings"The Southern-rock frontman honors the Texas boogie legends for their 50+ years of "fantastic tone and tasteful playing."