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Top 10 Guitartists Of All Time

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These 'lists' always annoy me - technically, I'm sure some obscure classical guitarist is 'better' than everyone on that list, but I tend to gravitate to the people who make music I actually enjoy, regardless of whether they are considered 'guitar gods'. At a certain level, a lot of it is just showmanship.


My personal list, in no particular order, would have names like this:


John Petrucci

Ted Nugent (yep, Ole Ted ..)

Steve Vai

Joe Satriani (yep, cliched, but there ya have it..)

Ritchie Blackmore

John Brewster (Oz band, The Angels)


Of course, Thailand isnt short of people who can 'wield an axe' ...



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the best guitarist?.


of course it's me after a few drinks and cavorting around a bar playing air guitar.

i KNOW i play the riffs better ten the originals... :snowgrin:

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In no particular order:


Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (Blue Oyster Cult)

Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (session guitarist and former member of Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers who played on more records of various artists than you can imagine)

Steve Howe

John Scofield (jazz)

Jimmy Page

Frank Zappa

Les Paul

Tony Rice (bluegrass)

Johnny Marr (not a flashy soloist but still a master of the instrument)

Joe Walsh (also not flashy, but in his heyday--read: pre-Eagles!--a master of tasteful, emotional playing)

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rory gallaher was a fine guitarist.


had a couple of his records and then saw him live in a small tent at a festival my city hosts every year about a year or two before his death.

not saying he was one of the greatest but great to see a legend up close and personal.

ticket bought for me by a hospital consultant who became a great friend.

last i heard he was head of the BMA/A/E board in the UK.

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As a fairly easy going type when it comes to music I wont get into the best musician argument but I found this "100 Best Of" from Guitar World interesting.


100 Greatest Guitar Solos


1. Stairway to Heaven

"Stairway to Heaven"


guitarist: Jimmy Page

band: Led Zeppelin

album: Led Zeppelin IV


2. Eruption



guitarist: Eddie Van Halen

band: Van Halen

album: Van Halen



3. Freebird



guitarist: Collins/Rossington

band: Lynyrd Skynyrd

album: Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd



4. Comfortably Numb

"Comfortably Numb"


guitarist: David Gilmour

band: Pink Floyd

album: The Wall



5. All Along the Watchtower

"All Along the Watchtower"


guitarist: Jimi Hendrix

band: Jimi Hendrix Experience

album: Electric Ladyland


6. November Rain

"November Rain"


guitarist: Slash

band: Guns n' Roses

album: Use Your Illusion I



7. One



guitarist: Kirk Hammet

band: Metallica

album: And Justice for All


8. Hotel California

"Hotel California"


guitarist: Don Felder/Joe Walsh

band: The Eagles

album: Hotel California



9. Crazy Train

"Crazy Train"


guitarist: Randy Rhoads

band: Ozzy Ozbourne

album: Blizzard of Ozz



10. Crossroads



guitarist: Eric Clapton

band: Cream

album: Wheels of Fire



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I'm surprised they didn't pick John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) as somewhere in the top 10 - the guy is a genius. Seems to me the list is only based on the 50's to 80's.


From Wikipedia - He was also voted the best guitarist of the last 30 years in a 2010 BBC poll called "The Axe Factor".

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