For nearly 40 years, Steve Howe has been at the forefront of guitarists in popular music.
Actually, simply referring to Howe as a just a guitarist is limiting. In addition to being a songwriter, he plays more instruments than just the guitar. If it has strings and a fretboard, Howe has mastered it and recorded with it at some point on one of countless albums he’s been a part of as a group member, solo artist and special guest.
In 1970 he joined Yes, who go on to become one of the most influential bands of their time, developing a unique style of popular music.
Howe went on to be voted Best Overall Guitarist in Guitar Player magazine five years in a row between 1977 and 1981 and was inducted into Guitar Player’s Gallery of Greats in 1981.
Gibson Guitar Corporation, the maker of Howe’s second electric guitar (which he was still playing forty years later), said that Howe had ‘elevated rock guitar into an art form’ and ‘helped define a new style of music known as art rock.’ In a tribute to Howe and his personal favourite ES-175 guitar, Gibson produced a Steve Howe Signature ES-175 in 2002.
On top of this, Howe received further critical acclaim when Rolling Stone ranked him number sixty-nine on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time in 2003.