Top Ten Guitarists of All Time
Guitar is one of the most favored instruments that exist in the world. The world has produced an ample of guitar players over the time, but some have revolutionized the society with their popularity and skills although it takes years of practice and perseverance to take the skills to the optimum level. They have served as idols for many aspiring musicians and youth. Here is some of the Greatest Guitarists Ever in history. These rock and jazz guitarists have all had long careers filled with success and failure. So have a look at the List of top 10 Guitarists and find who your favorite one is. Hope you enjoyed my list.
Top Ten Guitarists of All Time
- Jimi Hendrix
I don’t think there is anyone who wouldn’t have Jimi Hendrix in the top 10 greatest guitar players. Many citizens would say he was the best ever. Jimi Hendrix died away too young to be higher on this list, but his stringed instrument swagger and thrilling technique are without equal. Borne from the R&B bands of the early 1960s, Hendrix formed his power trio in 1966 and then took the rock world by storm, and within a year or two was considered just about the best around. But he didn’t go around and tell everybody how great he was! Hendrix’s most inventive work can be found on the double-album set, Electrical Ladyland, released in 1968, and maybe the best rock album of the 1960s, though that would be very hard to prove.
- Jimmy Page:
Jimmy Page is an English musician who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin, considered one of the top hard rock bands in history. Page is generally regarded as one of the greatest and most influential guitarists of all time. Rolling Stone magazine has delineated Jimmy Page as “the pontiff of power riffing” and ranked him number 3 in their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. In 2010, he was ranked number 2 in Gibson’s list of “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time” and, in 2007, number four on Classic Rock’s “100 Wildest Guitar Heroes”. He was introduced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice; once as a member of the Yardbirds (1992) and once as a member of Led Zeppelin (1995). Page has been explained by Uncut as “rock’s greatest and most mysterious guitar hero.” Los Angeles Times magazine voted Jimmy Page the 2nd greatest musician of all time.
- Eric Clapton:
Born on 30 March 1945, Eric Patrick Clapton, is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and fourth in Gibson’s “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time”. He was also named number five in Time magazine’s list of “The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players” in 2009. Perhaps his best rock tunes over the years are “I’m so Glad,” “I Feel Free,” “Sunshine of Your Love,” “Layla” and “Cocaine.” Like Stephen Stills, Clapton can blast away or play poignantly slow, such as in the self-penned song, “Tears in Heaven.”
- Eddie Van Halen:
Eddie Van Halen, trained as a classical pianist in his native Holland, developed a wild, finger tapping, whammy bar-accentuated guitar style that became the rage of the hard rock genre in the late 1970s; and throughout the 1980s and ‘90s he continued to astonish fans and fellow guitar players with his scatterbrained wizardry on the fretboard. Eddie’s solo work on the tune “Eruption” is considered a heavy metal classic. Perhaps one of the fastest rock guitarists ever, Eddie also has a keen melodic sense that all great guitarists seem to possess
Born on July 23, 1965, Saul Hudson is a British and American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Slash received a Radio Contraband Rock Radio Award in 2012. In January 2015 Slash received the Les Paul award.
- Chuck Berry:
Chuck Berry practically invented rock ‘n’ roll lead guitar and, in the process, influenced countless guitarists in the 1950s, ‘60s and beyond. In fact, he may be the most influential rock guitarist of all time. He played his most famous riffs on the immortal tune, “Johnny B. Goode,” of which well over a hundred recorded versions exist. In August 2014, Berry was made a laureate of the Polar Music Prize. In June 2008, his song “Johnny B. Goode” ranked first place in the “100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time”.
- David Gilmour:
David Jon Gilmour is an English musician, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. In a career spanning more than 50 years, he is best known for his work as the guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. It was estimated that by 2012 the group had sold over 250 million records worldwide, including 75 million units sold in the United States. He was awarded with the Outstanding Contribution title at the 2008 Q Awards. In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 14 in their list of the greatest guitarists of all time.
- Jeff Beck:
Jeff Beck was born June 25 1944 in Wallington England. Jeff started playing guitar at age 10. He joined the Yardbirds on recommendation from Jimmy Page. Jeff was only with the Yardbirds for 18 months, he had a bad temper which made it hard for others to get along with him. He then formed The Jeff Beck Group. They released 2 highly acclaimed albums over a 2 year period. The band broke up and Jeff reformed it 4 times over the next 4 years, he kept the same name each time. Jeff also played with Clapton a couple of times in the early 80’s. Over the past several years he has played with Roger Waters, Cindy Lauper, Kelly Clarkson, and B.B. King. Jeff is still one of the best guitar players.
- Stevie Ray Vaughan:
Stevie Ray Vaughan was an Albert King-inspired blues guitarist who also played rock, having a particular fondness for Hendrix numbers, recording versions of “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return),” “Little Wing,” and “Third Stone from the Sun.” Other than the masterful use of the wah-wah pedal, Vaughan was another guitar slinger who didn’t use lots of effects. He simply attacked his ’59 Fender Strat – or overwhelmed it could be a better way of describing it – astonishing everyone within earshot. Perhaps his best albums were two concert cuts: Live at Carnegie Hall and Live Alive, which features, among others, a rousing version of “Say What!”
- Brian May:
Brian Harold May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen. He uses a home-built electric guitar, called the Red Special. His compositions for the band include “We Will Rock You”, “Tie Your Mother Down”, “I Want It All”, “Fat Bottomed Girls”, “The Prophet’s Song”, “Flash”, “Hammer to Fall”, “Save Me”, “Who Wants to Live Forever” and “The Show Must Go On”.
My picks for the Top Ten Guitarists of All Time, may be a little different than yours, but you can’t disagree that these guys are fantastic….. Of course many great guitarists may not cover this top 10 list, but feel free to add your favorite guitarists in comments below.
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