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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Most of my Top 5 are based more on their amazing songwriting abilities and uber-solid rhythm playing than their "shredding" talent - though most of them have laid down some tasty solos over their careers (though it is doubtful any of them would have been described as "shred"). Again, as others have said in previous posts, there are 1001 ways to describe "best," these are my highly subjective picks:

1. Paul Weller (The Jam, Style Council, solo)
2. Andy Partridge (XTC)
3. Bernard Butler (Suede)
4. Bill Frisell (monster avant-garde creative genuis...and nice guy)
5. The Edge - definitely NOT a "shredder," but truly original.

Prince no better than Noel Gallagher? Ouch, Lee, even I play better than Noel - without switching to a 6-string :lol: . HST, I don´t think that TAFKAPNKAPA would make many top 15s. Johnny Marr is a decent call, though. I love that acoustic arpeggio he did for an "Electronic" song that was, I think, called "For You".

I'm not really into all the obvious yawn-worthy players. Guitarists I like include:

Bill Nelson
Adrian Belew (King Crimson, Bowie, etc)
Captain Sensible (The Damned)
Daniel Ash (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets)
Wayne Kramer (MC5)
Jan Akkerman
Mick Ronson
Poison Ivy (The Cramps)
Doggen (Julian Cope, Brain Donor)
Marc Bolan
Link Wray
Dick Dale

and probably quite a few others who I'll think of later and say "Oh yeah..."

What ever happened to Angus young?

Great choices from bcinematic and glw, i like the 5 from bcinematic, Paul Weller is my all time Fav artist but not guitarist, i grew up with The Jam and saw them live on 2 occasions and was into the whole Jam scene in the mid 70's to early 80's, he's a fantastic song writer but wouldnt be in my top players, and glw Mick Ronson ex spider, was a great guitarist, but Poison Ivy from The Cramps??? have you gone mad!! :lol: The Cramps!!!!

lee_UK wrote:
... but Poison Ivy from The Cramps??? have you gone mad!! :lol: The Cramps!!!!

She's great at what she does, that whole Rockabilly thing. Sure, she plays some simple licks but they're very effective.

Beats the Shite Whipes any day.

For me, Joe Satriani takes the #1 spot. WAAAYYYYY too many people dismiss him as just being a shredder. His melodies are killer.

But....

There are some rather damned good players not yet mentioned here.

Alan Holdsworth

Ty Tabor

And for heaven's sake, no mention of either Steve Morse or Alex Lifeson? :shock:

Just had an interesting read-through of this thread. OK, I'll admit to not knowing a lot of the younger guys, so I won't pass any judgment there.

Keith Richards is obviously still doing it, although now he's just doing it on 5 strings and an open G.

John Lennon described himself as "just a rhythmer." Probably accurate.

I saw David Gilmour mentioned, and I think he's very good. He admits himself to a "lack of technique," but I think he's about as good as they come in using a melodic line to put the finish on a song.

Ah, and Chet Atkins. Someone said in the 50's and 60's there was little instructional material, but heaven knows he did plenty of it, and taught a generation to play guitar. And he was still capable of holding his own; if you haven't heard the album "Neck and Neck" with Chet and Mark Knopfler, then you haven't heard guitarists having fun.

And speaking of Knopfler...was he mentioned yet?

I think the time when one gets the 'telecaster bug' is about the same time one realises that steve vai is NOT the greatest guitarist in the world because he can play 21 notes in a second. Heres my list for anyone who cares:

1) Stevie ray vaughan
2) Jimi Hendrix
3) Prince/The Artist
4) Brent Mason
5) Paul Gilbert
6) David Gilmour
7) Billy Corgan
8) Robben Ford
9) Albet Lee
10) BB King

Whoever thinks Prince is mediocre (you know who you are) you need a reality check. I dont think you have heard th unreleased 'undertaker' Cd In which the great (little) man Lets rip with The NPG. No keyboards, No female backing singers, No 80s electro pop just Bass, drums Prince, his incredible voice and picking blues chops of doom. I doubt this wont put a smile on the face of any guitarist no matter how experienced.

Listen you knobites!

bcinematic wrote:
Most of my Top 5 are based more on their amazing songwriting abilities and uber-solid rhythm playing than their "shredding" talent - though most of them have laid down some tasty solos over their careers (though it is doubtful any of them would have been described as "shred"). Again, as others have said in previous posts, there are 1001 ways to describe "best," these are my highly subjective picks:

1. Paul Weller (The Jam, Style Council, solo)
2. Andy Partridge (XTC)
3. Bernard Butler (Suede)
4. Bill Frisell (monster avant-garde creative genuis...and nice guy)
5. The Edge - definitely NOT a "shredder," but truly original.

It's nice to see Andy Partridge getting a mention as he is one of the most underated and imaginative guitarist/composers around. But let's not forget AP's fellow XTC guitarist Dave Gregory who added some wonderful touches and solos (check out the 'old-fashioned' one in the Oranges and Lemons track 'Pink Thing' or the screeching stratospheric one in Nonsuch's 'That Wave' and to hear them duelling with their very distinct sounds listen to the end of the Nonsuch track 'Books are Burning'). I could list scores of must hear XTC tracks but I advise anyone not familiar with them to check them out. By the way Dave Gregory has a great guitar site at www.guitargonauts.com where he has photos and discussions about his vast array of guitars. It is interesting reading if you are into that sort of thing. He hs some real beauties.

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