Esquire magazine asked Slash to choose the 12 guitarists who’ve influenced him the most and they are:

Joe Perry and Brad Whitford of Aerosmith: “Those two guys just have always personified rock guitar to me, and the kind of phrasing and attitude and aggression that appealed to me when I was just picking up the guitar.”

Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page: “I really identified with Jimmy Page’s techniques and a lot of his phrasing when I was a kid coming up, and still to this day… And Jeff Beck to me is hands-down probably the best lead guitar of all time.”

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top: “He was one of the tastiest sort of rhythm, blues and electric-blues guitarists who I had ever heard… He’s got so much soul. And he’s got such a great guitar sound.”

Mick Taylor, formerly of The Rolling Stones: “The period that Mick Taylor was in the band, as far as lead guitar was concerned, that was my favorite Stones period. That was very much the background of my youth. But when I started playing guitar, I recognized how wonderful the lead guitar was and a lot of that Stones material that I loved so much, a lot of it had to do with Mick Taylor’s voicing.”

B.B. King and Albert King: “With all the great blues guitar players I’m aware of and have grown up with over the years, B.B. and Albert were the two guys I most identified with.”

Rory Gallagher: “There are a million guys who sound like Stevie Ray Vaughan, but I never heard anybody who could really pull off sounding like Rory Gallagher. He had a very individual, independent kind of tone and approach and everything.”

Pete Townshend: “He’s not even a lead guitar player, really. Or doesn’t consider himself as such. But he had a big impact on me from day one… He’s one of the best rhythm guitar players, along with Keith Richards… Everybody’s tried to sound like Pete Townshend at some point or another and failed. Nobody can play like Pete.”

Joe Walsh: “Joe’s probably one of the tastiest lead guitar players around. From way before he was in the Eagles, when he was in The James Gang and even in the Eagles, he’s just got such an understated but great, nasty way of playing.”

Jimi Hendrix: “He was the pioneer for electric lead guitar. Even the guys before him — like Eric Clapton and Beck and all that — but the thing about Jimi is he came along and he was definitely the primal wild man, [crap] coming out of his pores. It…was uniquely Jimi and nobody else.”