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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To me, Paco de Lucia is the best in any genre. For those who don't know, he's a flamenco guitarist, and I can't think of anybody alive or dead who has bettered him. Right-click and "save as" this link to have a listen if you're interested.


I was lucky enough to see him playing this one (note perfect) about 15 years ago. Made me feel like burning my guitar!!

Cheers Pat, just spent half the morning browsing Dave's pick of the month section :)

RawBlues, not really my thing but undoubtedly fine stuff.

no particular order - and this is just my faves that i listen to :

carl bowry
django rheinhardt
john butler
steve hillage
eddie hazel
frank iommi
mike keneally
john squire
jonny marr
eddie stevens

oh yeah and there's me !! :twisted:

My 15 favs... let me see, other than the obvious, let me see, Clapton, Beck,Hendrix, Page, J.Mclauglin, Carlos, Roy Buchanan, SRV, Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Robet Fripp, Lary Carlton, Pat Metheny,and last but not least is a player out of Atlanta. His name is Barry Richman. When any of the living players hit Ga. , this guy is there. If you EVER GET THE CHACE YOU NEED TO CATCH THIS MAN. HE IS JUST UNBELIEVEBLE. He is the guitars players player. Check him out without fail. Allbros1a

Welcome to the board, Barry

here's my top five.
1. Izzy Stradlin
2. Joe Perry
3. David Gilmour
4. John Squire
5. john Fruciante
I cant believe how few people have mentioned Glimour (who is usually right at the top at these sorts of lists) and also i think that John Squirte (Stone Roses) is completely under rated (listen to the slide work for 'love spreads')

Gilmour usually gets in by default, because who can deny he isn't in the best. So you will find people ignore him sometimes in these sorts of polls to give the underdogs a chance. Rightfully so.

Some fool even suggested David Byrne deserved to be in back in the day...

Michael wrote:
Cheers Pat, just spent half the morning browsing Dave's pick of the month section :)

RawBlues, not really my thing but undoubtedly fine stuff.

Glad you liked it Michael, it's a good site. I love the Fano, and the Schecter Telecaster interested me, being a bit of a telecasterphile. I didn't list my guitarists in my last post so here goes:

The XTC boys
Zappa (the Shut Up N Play Yer Guitar albums are fantastic)
Johnny Marr
Pete Townsend (I love the white jumpsuit/burgundy SG era - circa 68/69 - Woodstock/Isle Of White) his stage prescence was amazing.

These are my top 15

Shawn Lane
Jimi Hendrix
Paul Gilbert
John Petrucci
Yngwie Malmsteen
Michael Angelo Batio
Rusty Cooley
Guthrie Govan
Goncalo Pereira
Steve Vai
Tony McAlpine
Steve Morse
Shane Gibson
Paul Waggoner
Michael Romeo

I think it has to be something in the nordic air. Did you know that IA Eklundh from Freak Kitchen is considered for a G3-tour? Check www.guitarizmo.com, a site seemingly under construction, but boy can he play!


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