Top 10 Best Guitarists of All Time

(Based on the votes of over 200,000 people.)

Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter.

Jimmy Page James Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

Eddie Van Halen Edward Lodewijk “Eddie” Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.

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. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.

Saul Hudson, known professionally as Slash, is a British-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.

David Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.

Stephen “Stevie” Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of music

Kirk Lee Hammett is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus.

Anthony Frank “Tony” Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. Best known as lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath

Angus McKinnon Young is an Australian guitarist of Scottish origin, best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter and sole constant member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC.

When I read this I was appalled by the headline. 

There are numerous questions I could ask challenging this choice so here I go.

What are we looking for in each guitarist?  How do we compare Genres or do we? (It seems not)  What is it that makes one guitarist special and another not? Should it be seen as a competition? Why do we need to do this? I could go on and on.

The point I am trying to make is that times change and music changes. Does that mean that one guitarist is better or worse because they play a different genre. I cannot understand there being no mention of Wes Montgomery (1923 -1968). With his distinctive finger picking style he was and still is the biggest influencer of jazz guitarists to this day. (12 Grammy Awards).  I’m pretty sure the guitar world at the time were in awe of the fact that this genius found a unique way to communicate with his audience through his chosen instrument the guitar.

George Benson has a unique guitar style of his own crossing the music genres easily. He has untold Grammy Awards and is after many decades in the business one of the finest musicians who truly deserves the accolade of greatest guitarist of all time.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I am not impressed. All the above mentioned top ten would fly off the stage if they saw George Benson coming to join them. Feel free to share your opinions.

 

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