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 Post subject: 100 Greatest Rock Guitarists (Alternative Version)
PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2011 7:08 pm 
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The Greatest 150 Rock Guitarists (by Echoes)

Main criteria: Originality, Influence, Creativity, Skill (technique, versatility)

***(for clarification of criteria, see bottom of this post)

Last Updated: April 2014.

This list is intended for those guitarists who exhibited a clear 'Rock' thread
throughout their careers.



1. Jimi Hendrix
2. Chuck Berry
3. Eric Clapton
4. Jimmy Page
5. Jeff Beck
6. Pete Townshend
7. Eddie Van Halen
8. Duane Allman
9. Richie Blackmore
10. Bo Diddley
11. Tony Iommi
12. Scotty Moore
13. Carlos Santana
14. David Gilmour
15. Brian May
16. Steve Cropper
17. Joe Messina, Robert White & Eddie Willis (Funk Brothers)
18. George Harrison, John Lennon & Paul McCartney (The Beatles)
19. Keith Richards
20. Stevie Ray Vaughan
21. Peter Green
22. Mike Bloomfield
23. Jimmy Nolen
24. Frank Zappa
25. Mark Knopfler
26. Lonnie Mack
27. Jerry Garcia
28. Curtis Mayfield
29. Mickey Baker
30. Johnny "Guitar" Watson
31. Link Wray
32. James Burton
33. Cliff Gallup
34. Dick Dale
35. Eddie Hazel
36. Nile Rodgers
37. Robert Fripp
38. Steve Howe
39. Randy Rhoads
40. Michael Schenker
41. Steve Hackett
42. Alex Lifeson
43. Dickey Betts
44. Angus Young & Malcolm Young (AC/DC)
45. James Hetfield & Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
46. Dave Davies
47. Johnny Ramone
48. Prince
49. The Edge
50. Kurt Cobain
51. John Frusciante
52. Jonny Greenwood & Ed O'Brien (Radiohead)
53. Slash
54. Jack White
55. Thurston Moore & Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth)
56. Derek Trucks
57. Dimebag Darrell
58. Steve Vai
59. Yngwie Malmsteen
60. Joe Satriani
61. Terry Kath
62. Mick Taylor
63. Roger McGuinn
64. Rory Gallagher
65. Mick Ronson
66. Ike Turner
67. Leslie West
68. Peter Buck
69. John Fogerty
70. Stephen Stills
71. Joe Perry & Brad Whitford (Aerosmith)
72. Glenn Tipton & K.K. Downing (Judas Priest)
73. Dave Mustaine
74. Mike McCready & Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam)
75. Jerry Cantrell
76. Alvin Lee
77. Gary Moore
78. Tom Morello
79. John Petrucci
80. Neal Schon
81. Johnny Marr
82. Billy Gibbons
83. Martin Barre
84. Neil Young
85. Robin Trower
86. Jorma Kaukonen
87. Tom Verlaine & Richard Lloyd
88. Lou Reed & Sterling Morrison
89. Matt Bellamy
90. Duane Eddy
91. Carl Perkins
92. Lowman Pauling
93. Buddy Holly
94. Eddie Cochran
95. Andy Summers
96. Trey Anastasio
97. Robbie Krieger
98. Big Jim Sullivan
99. Cornell Dupree




100. Paul Kossoff
101. Ace Frehley
102. Uli Jon Roth
103. Dave Murray & Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)
104. Syd Barrett
105. Ted Nugent
106. Glen Buxton
107. Hank Marvin
108. Allen Collins & Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
109. Adrian Belew
110. Warren Haynes
111. "Fast" Eddie Clarke
112. Chuck Schuldiner
113. Jeff Hanneman & Kerry King
114. Marty Friedman
115. Nels Cline
116. Robbie Robertson
117. Joe Walsh
118. Joe Bonamassa
119. Jeff "Skunk" Baxter
120. Josh Homme
121. Ron Asheton
122. Graham Coxon
123. Billy Corgan
124. Dan Auerbach
125. Kevin Shields
126. J. Mascis
127. Wayne Kramer & Fred "Sonic" Smith
128. Zoot Horn Rollo
129. Peter Frampton
130. D. Boon
131. Greg Ginn
132. Johnny Thunders
133. Mick Jones
134. Bernard Sumner
135. Lindsey Buckingham
136. Vernon Reid
137. King Buzzo
138. Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser
139. John Squire
140. Adam Jones
141. Ronnie Wood
142. Dave Navarro
143. Ira Kaplan
144. Zakk Wylde
145. Kim Thayil
146. Omar Rodriguez-Lopez
147. Dean DeLeo
148. Nick Valensi
149. Rick Nielsen
150. John Cipollina



Honorable mentions:
These fall into a couple of main categories:
a) Guitarists who have had an immense amount of influence on rock guitar, but who themselves aren't considered rock guitarists.
b) Guitarists whose style features a lot of rock influence, but not enough to consider them full-fledged rock players.

Charlie Christian, T-Bone Walker, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, John McLaughlin, Chet Atkins, Albert King, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Les Paul, Allan Holdsworth, Ry Cooder, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Johnny Winter, Bonnie Raitt, Roy Buchanan, Earl Hooker, Danny Gatton, Hubert Sumlin, Elmore James, Robben Ford, Carl Hogan, Guitar Slim, Bobby Parker, Hank Garland, John Lee Hooker, Al di Meola and Larry Carlton.

Note #1: Some, like Mike Bloomfield and Chet Atkins, fall under both categories a) and b).
Note #2: Many of these guitarists, especially from category (b), straddle the line between rock and another genre, such as blues, country, or jazz. For the sake of list brevity and conciseness, they got left off, for various reasons; each case is examined on individual basis.


***Clarification of Criteria:
Originality refers to a guitarist having a unique sound, pioneering a stylistic movement, or being an important link in the chain of rock guitar evolution.
Influence refers to a guitarist's impact on the musical community, on mainstream music, and especially on the guitar community. Guitarist's inspiration for beginners is also considered.
Creativity refers to how prolific one is - longevity is considered, as are the number and quality of albums and collaborations, as well as the guitarist's songwriting/composition as it pertains to guitar (riffs, solos, improvisation, arrangements, etc.).
Skill contains Technique and Versatility. Technique has to do with a guitarist's physical mastery of the instrument. Versatility has to do with the ability to play various guitaristic styles and musical genres, particularly those within the rock umbrella.

Originality and Influence are weighed most heavily, then Creativity, then Skill. Other criteria, such as Iconic Status, are considered and applied in exceptional cases.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Guitarists (Alternative Version)
PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:48 pm 
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I preferred the idea that was hinted at on the other thread, that you should focus on a list of modern guitarists, call them 'alternative' if you like. This is only an alternative in the sense that it's a different opinion about the same thing, which doesn't serve any real purpose.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Guitarists (Alternative Version)
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I want to make a legit list (not a list about my favorite guitarists).

I will borrow George´s criteria:

Criteria: These guitarists were picked for their importance to the rock guitar world, including: innovation, respect from other guitarists, influence on both other players as well as on styles of playing, legendary status, and overall importance in shaping the world of rock guitar. And, for their playing abilities, including: creativity, versatility, musical depth and expression both in composing and performing, live presence and improvisational skills, technique and last, but certainly not least, originality and uniqueness


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Guitarists (Alternative Version)
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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Guitarists (Alternative Version)
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Any particular reason you bold out rock in the criteria when you state you use the same criteria as the other list?


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Guitarists (Alternative Version)
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Is the same criteria that the one George uses on his all genre list, but in this case is just focus on Rock Guitar.


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Oh, so the 100 greatest rock guitarists is focused on rock guitar? Thanks for making that clear.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Guitarists (Alternative Version)
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Another clarification, for this list, the harder the guitarist rocks, the higher he will be placed.

:metal:

And by rock I mean guys smashing their guitars, not guys with beautiful and perfect long hair.


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But what if those guys with beautiful long hair rock really hard too?



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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Guitarists (Alternative Version)
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To be fair, that hair is not that beatiful.

Seriously though, am I the only one who finds the "Rock" thing vague? I think it's very subjective, it doesn't work as a criteria.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Guitarists (Alternative Version)
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I sincerely hope you're not the only one.


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Echoes wrote:
Another clarification, for this list, the harder the guitarist rocks, the higher he will be placed.

:metal:

And by rock I mean guys smashing their guitars, not guys with beautiful and perfect long hair.


Good luck with the list... :lol:


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Sodacake wrote:
But what if those guys with beautiful long hair rock really hard too?



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