15 Best Guitarists

Heres the top 5 best guitarists ever in my opinion followed by ten more in no order
1. Jimi Hendrix
2. Steve Vai
3. Joe Satriani
4. Steve Ray Vaughan
5. Eric Clapton
Jeff Beck
Frank Zappa
Jimmy Page
Randy Rhoads
Eric Johnson
John McLaughlin
Frank Marino
Eddie Van Halen
Ingwie Malmsteen
Adrian Belew

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it is a pity for my other thread, but, u cant have everything. really though, its nice to see so many people agree on opinions and such for this thread. and its nice to get different views too.

The best guitarists are obviously a matter of personal preference and opinion.My favorite is Brian May of Queen.He has alot of talent to have written many songs as well as Freddie(RIP).In anycase,how many guitarists can claim to have custom made their own guitar as a teenager no less.He made his "red special" himself,and his skill playing it is just as impressive.

Message to 'Queenfan' I forgot about Brian May. what a player and songwriter. Good choice buddy!
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talljackhole wrote:
John Lennon is cool. I presonally don't know how great of a guitarist he is though so I can't really say anything about him. But I do know, stuff about kaki. And although I may have not heard lots of types of genres, I can say that I haven't heard anything of her style or skill on acoustic ever. But of course, I admit, I'm not that old either. But still.

I think you meant 'was'.

Neither John nor Paul were great guitarists at the time of The Beatles. George was unquestionably the most accomplished of the three (yes I know there were four, but he was a drummer). In fact, George routinely introduced a new chord/series of chords to John and Paul and it was that new 'sound' that often prompted them to write a song around it/them.

It is often easy to forget/dismiss/not even consider that the 50's/60's were almost completely devoid of instructional material. There was sheet music of course, but no internet, no tab sites, NO tab, just a couple of books (such as Bert Weedon's Play In A Day) and certainly no cheap 'good' guitars. It is quite astonishing that guitarists of any memorable quality emerged from that era at all.

Dont know about great guitarist (6/12 string) but Paul was certainly a great bass player, his bass lines were some of the most melodic ive ever heard, and as for lack of good gear, i think the less you have to work with the more creative you get, and whilst good guitars and amps in the UK were very very thin on the ground in the 50's/60's, its even more suprising that 98.76% of the very top guitarists came from England. (cue the national anthem)

All good picks. A few I did not see who I think would be worth mentioning:

Django Reinhardt
John McLaughlin
Wes Montgomery
Andres Segovia
Julian Bream
Maury Mulheisen (Jim Croce's lead guitarist)

And I am not seriously suggesting him for top five or anything; But Paul Simon can play.

Good post Ray forgot all about John McLaughlin, inspired choice.

Drats. I was going to applaud the McL post, but got beaten to it. Others who've taken over his spot have complained (in interview) about how difficult it was. Again, more a case of capturing subtle nuances (that made the song) rather than speed-shred replication.

As for Sir P on bass, I'm impressed with the zap on his 'melodic' qualities. He's not the "video technique IV" type of bass player, but what he does/did has a very fine fingerprint. To me, and I'm skewing the topic slightly, it's very obvious how much influence he had on any Beatles song (some more, some less). As with guitar, I rate a bass player higher for their contribution to great songs over a 180bpm slap technique.

Very interesting posts by all, might I say. There were quite a few names I haven't heard. I try to look into some of them. There were a few that wern't mentioned that I feel might have been overlooked. Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, Bo Diddly, Andres Segovia, Johnny Cash, David Gilmour from Pink Floyd, Robert Smith from the Cure, Mike Ness from Social Distortion, Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top, Glenn Tipton and KK Downing from Judas Priest, Chris DeGarmo and Michael Wilton from Queensryche, Alex Skolnick from Testament & Savatage, Diamond Dimebag Darrell from Pantera & Damageplan, Jim Matheos from Fates Warning, Ishahn from Emperor & Peccatum, Trey Azagthoth from Morbid Angel, Eric Hoffman from Deicide, Anders Bjorler from At the Gates and The Haunted, Chuck Schuldner from Death & Control Denied, and James Murphy from Death, Cancer, Obituary, Disincarnate, & Testament are a few of the guitarist that have made an impact on each of their musical genres. Top fifteen material? Who knows? It's all a matter of opinion. Any thoughts?

Isn't Brian May worth a mention?

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