Richie Sambora (born Richard Stephen Sambora on July 11, 1959 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey), (nickname in 1998.
Born of parents of Polish and Italian origin, Sambora attended Woodbridge High School, in Woodbridge, New Jersey. He began playing the guitar aged 12 following the death of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix in 1970. From his early days Sambora was strongly influenced by blues and 60s rock 'n' roll and his most important influences were Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles. He was also influenced by Spanish classical music and began a life long love of the Spanish guitar.
Throughout his career as a guitarist, Richie has displayed an impressive knack for feeling out a guitar solo to the point that it not only follows the key of the song, but the chord progression as well. His technique displays remarkable variety - his soloing in "Wanted Dead or Alive" is laden with artificial harmonics, whereas his riffing for "You Give Love A Bad Name" makes extensive use of palm muting.