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My first questions was kind of hard but I hope this one gets more players.
Hendrix, Kirk Hammet, Slash, Jimmy Page, and Eddie Van Halen
Ritchie Blackmore, Keith Richards, Rory Gallagher, Neal Schon, Slash,
It is ludicrous that Clapton has not yet been listed here - I understand many think he's overrated or just don't care for his very specifically Blues-based playing, but it is impossible to over estimate his influence and sheer depth of playing when he's 'on'. As much as Benny Goodman, Bing Crosby, Elvis, and The Beatles there is a clear demarcation in popular music of before and after Eric Clapton.
Considering where music was when they began playing and shmooshing together their significance (influence, etc), creativity, and simply mastery of the instrument, my list would be ~
1. Eric Clapton
2. Stevie Ray Vaughan
3. Blind Willie McTell
4. Carlos Santana
5. Jimi Hendrix
(with gigantic honorable mentions to Johnny Winter, Pete Townsend, Jeff Beck, Brian Setzer, Duane Allman, Kim Simmonds, Steve Marriott, Steve Cropper, Albert King, Dick Dale, Scotty Moore, George Harrison, James Burton, Freddie King, B.B.King, etc.
. . . this whole song (below) is exceptionally powerful, but listen to Clapton's solo, his sound and the choices he makes - I dare you (whoever) to listen to this and not come back here and edit your list.
Here are my five (not in order) Hendrix, Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen, Jimmy Page, Robbie Robertson
There are many others, but these are the top five in my list.
Satriani, Vai, Malmsteen, EddieVH, Dimebag not necessarily in order.
First would have to be Hendrix. Then comes Tom Morello. The things he's done with a guitar are amazing. Slash, of course, would have to go on this list. VanHalen is an obvious choice. And although I can't say that I'm a huge fan of his music, Santana is a superior artist
Hendrix, Zappa, Fripp, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Tony Bourge
Leo Kotke has to be in there somewhere, and Tommy Emmanuel, Mark Knoffler, Angus Young.
My top five would be Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhodes, Glenn Tipton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and i must agree that Eric Clapton, he is a guitar god!
Frank Zappa, Steve Vai (I've actually met him), Alex Lifeson, SRV (I know his cousin), Steve Howe, those would be the top 5 for rock in my book.
Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Randy Rhoads.
That is my list for the moment. I have far too many guitarists who influenced me, but these guys influenced me most when I was just starting to play guitar.
Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Duane Allman, Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Just to expand the options (not that I would replace any of the top vote getters here -- all top contenders!) I'd make my list be:
1. Ritchie Blackmore
2. David Gilmour
3. The Edge
4. Richard Thompson
5. Kurt Cobain
I don't want to just repeat what others have said so...Buddy Guy, Robert Frippe, SRV, Chet Atkins, Paco de Lucia
by Wesman Todd Shaw3 years ago
Who is your favourite guitarist, and why?Also, if you have a favourite song by your favourite guitarist, then I want to know what it is.Please don't list singers who happen to pose with guitars on stage - just real...
by HumanPerception7 years ago
Who is the most influential guitarist in current music?
by Lou Lombardi6 years ago
What are the fitness and exercise regimes of guitar players over 40? Being a musician over 40, I am interested to know if anyone is willing to part with their healthy fitness secrets.
by Kaili Bisson6 years ago
Living or deceased. Certain names come to mind right away...Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton...what about Richard Thompson? Let me know what you think and why.
by thirdmillenium7 years ago
Just finished listening to a string of Greatful Dead classics with tears in my eyes. I am the Deadesthead. Jerry said once that he hoped to learn to play guitar before he died! He had the temerity to be humble....
by skisy7 years ago
Best guitarist of all time?Who do you think the best guitars of all time (well so far) is?
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