Personally, I'm a metal guy. An 80s metal guy. That's what I grew up listening to. That's what I wanted to be was an 80s metal rock star, back in the 80s. All of those guys were gods. Van Halen, Rhoads, Lynch...you name one of them, chances are I wanted to be just like them. That being said, my main influence was NOT a metal guy. SRV That guy had such a groove, such an ATTACK, that he is the entire reason I learned to play. Everything else that anyone put out back then that I tried to play was just envy. SRV had what I wanted in so far as what I wanted to sound like. Play guitar like. Still is. His stuff, no matter how many times I hear it, continues to be an inspiration for me.