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Who are (were) the top 5 rock and roll guitar players of all time?

  1. albertovich profile image60
    albertovichposted 6 years ago

    My first questions was kind of hard but I hope this one gets more players.

    1. Fullerman5000 profile image69
      Fullerman5000posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Hendrix, Kirk Hammet, Slash, Jimmy Page, and Eddie Van Halen

    2. Shinkicker profile image90
      Shinkickerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Ritchie Blackmore, Keith Richards, Rory Gallagher, Neal Schon, Slash,

    3. MickeySr profile image87
      MickeySrposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      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.


      1. nemanjaboskov profile image81
        nemanjaboskovposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Man, I totally agree...
        And I cannot believe that people have actually put Slash on their lists... Also, I fail to see why Keith Richards has made it to some of the lists...

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    klarawieckposted 6 years ago

    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.

  3. Reality Bytes profile image92
    Reality Bytesposted 6 years ago

    Satriani, Vai, Malmsteen, EddieVH, Dimebag not necessarily in order.

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    will345davisposted 6 years ago

    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

  5. Jonathan Janco profile image74
    Jonathan Jancoposted 6 years ago

    Hendrix, Zappa, Fripp, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Tony Bourge

  6. earnestshub profile image89
    earnestshubposted 6 years ago

    Leo Kotke has to be in there somewhere, and Tommy Emmanuel, Mark Knoffler, Angus Young.

  7. Billy Donahue profile image80
    Billy Donahueposted 5 years ago

    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!

    1. MickeySr profile image87
      MickeySrposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      . . . yeah! - right!?

  8. trecords0 profile image60
    trecords0posted 5 years ago

    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.

  9. TTC12 profile image87
    TTC12posted 5 years ago

    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.

  10. acc12 profile image60
    acc12posted 5 years ago

    Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Duane Allman, Stevie Ray Vaughn.

  11. Mighty Mom profile image91
    Mighty Momposted 5 years ago

    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

  12. ChinaDan profile image60
    ChinaDanposted 5 years ago

    I don't want to just repeat what others have said so...Buddy Guy, Robert Frippe, SRV, Chet Atkins, Paco de Lucia