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 Post subject: Re: 250+ Greatest Rock Guitarists
PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:40 am 
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I am not a fan of Metallica, but Lars does enough. He's limited, but it's enough for the band, and that's all that matters.


I can never understand why people defend Lars with that argument but not Kirk.


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I see plenty defend Kirk with the exact same argument. I dunno, I don't really get that argument. When I think of people who aren't exactly virtuosos, but are perfect for the bands they play in, I think of guys like John Fogerty or even George Harrison. Not flashy players, but great writers with an ear for melody and taste.

Hammett's playing, to me, is very banal. At times it works, but I feel like it often sticks out in a bad way instead of complementing the music.


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 Post subject: Re: 250+ Greatest Rock Guitarists
PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:00 am 
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I understand that the dislike for Kirk Hammett doesn't really have anything to do with him being too simplistic and more with him not being "tasteful" enough. I guess that's just not a quality I look for in thrash metal.

I've always found metalheads' obsession with technical efficiency to be strangely at odds with the rebellious and "extreme" image of the genre.

Then again, a lot of metalheads nowadays seem to be conservatives, so I can't think about the metalhead mindset too hard without my head exploding.


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 Post subject: Re: 250+ Greatest Rock Guitarists
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No, I hear you, I guess it's more that as Metallica were branching out, getting more sophisticated, Hammett's playing stayed the same. It works for many of the faster tunes, where you just need a fast lead break. It's more where the music slows down that I think it's just not working for me. But yeah, to me it was never about Hammett not being fast enough or technically advanced enough, or anything like that. It was just the basic things like touch and melodies.


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boo boo wrote:
Yousha wrote:
I am not a fan of Metallica, but Lars does enough. He's limited, but it's enough for the band, and that's all that matters.


I can never understand why people defend Lars with that argument but not Kirk.


I do, Im pretty indifferent to both those members, actually like Kirk more probably cause lars seems like the bigger douche. But Kirk is hailed as a guitar god often enough, which cant be said for Lars, and they're both equally mediocre, hence Lars gets more defence.


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 Post subject: Re: 250+ Greatest Rock Guitarists
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Why does Lars seem like a "douche" to you?

Are people still hung up on the whole Napster deal?....


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Can this Lars talk be settled on the drum forum?


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Why doesn't the website change when they decide on new positions on the list?


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I think it's because Lew does that and as far as I'm aware the only time this list gets brought to his attention to be put on the main site is when there's been a major update.


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The singer sounds like he's sitting on a toilet seat, pushing a big one.


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I see that on most of the lists on the forum. So Lew just does that with major changes I suppose.


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Yngtchie Blacksteen wrote:
The Greatest Rock Guitarists

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

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

Last Updated: July 2012.

Link: http://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_newguitar.html


1. Jimi Hendrix* (Jimi Hendrix Experence, Band of Gypsys, session work)
2. Jeff Beck (The Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group, session work, solo)
3. Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow, Blackmore's Night, session work)
4. Eric Clapton (The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek & the Dominos, session work, solo)
5. Jimmy Page (The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, The Firm, session work)
6. Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
7. Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, solo)
8. Chuck Berry (solo)
9. Scotty Moore (Elvis Presley)
10. Duane Allman* (Allman Brothers Band, Derek & the Dominos, session work)

11. Robert Fripp (King Crimson, session work, solo)
12. Steve Howe (Yes, Asia, the Syndicats, session work, solo)
13. Roy Buchanan* (solo, session work)
14. Brian May (Queen, solo)
15. David Gilmour (Pink Floyd, solo)
16. Carlos Santana (Santana, solo)
17. Pete Townshend (The Who, solo)
18. Steve Vai (Frank Zappa, Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, solo)
19. Yngwie Malmsteen (Steeler, Alcatrazz, solo)
20. Joe Satriani (solo, Chickenfoot)

21. Phil Keaggy (Glass Harp, solo)
22. Jan Akkerman (Focus, solo)
23. Eric Johnson (The Electromagnets, solo)
24. Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple, solo)
25. Steve Hackett (Genesis, solo)
26. Steve Cropper (Booker T & the MG's, Mar-Keys, Blues Brothers Band, session work)
27. Link Wray* (solo)
28. Jimmy Nolen* (The J.B.'s, Johnny Otis Band, Maceo & All the King's Men)
29. Lonnie Mack (solo, session work)
30. Dick Dale (solo)

31. Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones, solo)
32. George Harrison* (The Beatles, solo)
33, 34, & 35. Joe Messina/Robert White*/Eddie Willis (Funk Brothers/session work)
36 & 37. Thurston Moore / Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth)
38. Danny Gatton* (solo, session work, Redneck Jazz Explosion)
39. Alex Lifeson (Rush)
40. Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits, solo)

41. Randy Rhoads* (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne)
42. Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions, solo)
43. Michael Schenker (Scorpions, UFO, MSG)
44. Gary Moore* (Thin Lizzy, Colosseum II, solo)
45. Jerry Garcia* (Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band, solo, session work)
46. Marty Friedman (Cacophony, Megadeth, solo)
47. Bo Diddley* (solo)
48. Peter Green (John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac, solo)
49. Cliff Gallup* (Gene Vincent's Blue Caps)
50. James Burton (Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, session work)

51. Curtis Mayfield* (Impressions, solo)
52. Hank Marvin (The Shadows)
53. Duane Eddy (solo)
54. Shawn Lane* (Black Oak Arkansas, The Willys, HLS, solo)
55. Frank Zappa* (Mothers Of Invention, solo)
56 & 57. Glenn Tipton/K.K. Downing (Judas Priest)
58 & 59. Dave Murray/Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)
60 & 61. James Hetfield/Kirk Hammett (Metallica)

62. Derek Trucks (The Allman Brothers Band, Frogwings, Derek Trucks Band)
63. Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers Band, Dickey Betts Band)
64. Robin Trower (Procol Harum, solo)
65. Eddie Hazel* (Funkadelic, solo)
66. Terry Kath* (Chicago)
67. Tommy Bolin* (Deep Purple, Zephyr, James Gang, session work, solo)
68. Rory Gallagher* (solo)
69. Steve Lukather (Toto, session work)
70. Neal Schon (Santana, Journey)

71. Leslie West (Mountain)
72. Adrian Belew (King Crimson, solo)
73. Andy Summers (The Police, session work, solo)
74. Slash (Guns N' Roses, Slash's Snakepit, Velvet Revolver, session work)
75. The Edge (U2)
76. Mick Ronson* (The Spiders From Mars, session work, solo)
77 & 78. Angus Young/Malcolm Young (AC/DC)
79. Alvin Lee (Ten Years After)
80. Ray Gomez (session work, solo, Los Pop Tops, Stanley Clarke)

81. Carl Verheyen (session work, Supertramp, Carl Verheyen Band)
82. Michael Landau (session work, Raging Honkies, Michael Landau Group)
83. John Petrucci (Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment, solo)
84. Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X, solo)
85. Buckethead (solo, Praxis, Guns N' Roses)
86. Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule)
87. Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
88. Martin Barre (Jethro Tull)
89. Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, solo)
90. Johnny Marr (The Smiths)

91. Neil Young (Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, solo)
92. Dimebag Darrell* (Pantera)
93. Guthrie Govan (Asia, Erotic Cakes, The Fellowship, solo)
94. Vinnie Moore (UFO, Alice Cooper, solo)
95 & 96. Andy Powell/David Allan "Ted" Turner (Wishbone Ash)
97 & 98. Dave Davies/Ray Davies (The Kinks)
99. Mickey Baker (session work, Mickey & Sylvia, solo)
100. Tony MacAlpine (M.A.R.S., Planet X, Ring Of Fire, CAB, solo)

101. Bill Nelson (Be Bop Deluxe, solo)
102. Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush)
103. Ronnie Montrose* (Montrose)
104 & 105. Brian Robertson/Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy)
106. Andrew Latimer (Camel)
107. Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave)
108. Carl Perkins (solo)
109. Johnny Ramone* (The Ramones)
110. Chuck Schuldiner* (Death)

111. Paul Kossoff* (Free)
112. John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival, solo)
113. Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, solo)
114. Big Jim Sullivan (session work)
115. Cornell Dupree (session work, solo)
116. Joe Walsh (The Eagles, The James Gang, solo)
117 & 118. Tom Verlaine/Richard Lloyd (Television)
119. Roger McGuinn (The Byrds)
120. John Cipollina* (Quicksilver Messenger Service)

121. Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)
122. John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
123. Andy Timmons (Danger Danger, solo)
124. John McGeoch (Siouxsee & the Banshees, Magazine, Visage, Public Image Ltd, session work)
125. Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr. Big, solo)
126. Michael Lee Firkins (solo)
127. Rick Derringer (McCoys, Edgar Winter's White Trash, solo, session work)
128. George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob, solo)
129. John Sykes (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Tyger of Pan Tang, Blue Murder, solo)
130. Alex Skolnick (Testament, Savatage, solo)

131. Steve Hillage (Gong, solo)
132. Randy Bachman (The Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
133. Steve Rothery (Marillion)
134. Buddy Holly* (solo)
135. Jukka Tolonen (Tasavallan Presidentti, solo)
136. "Fast" Eddie Clarke (Motörhead, Fastway)
137. Trey Anastasio (Phish)
138. Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield, CSN, solo)
139 & 140. Allen Collins*/Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

141 & 142. Joe Perry/Brad Whitford (Aerosmith)
143. Matt Bellamy (Muse)
144. Jason Becker (Cacophony, David Lee Roth)
145. Ron Thal (Bumblefoot, Guns N' Roses, solo)
146. Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen, solo)
147. Michael Romeo (Symphony X)
148 & 149. Mike McCready/Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam)
150, 151 & 152. Jonny Greenwood/Ed O'Brien/Thom Yorke (Radiohead)

153. Peter Frampton (Humble Pie, solo)
154. Miller Anderson (Savoy Brown, Miller Anderson Band, Keef Hartley Band)
155. Kerry Livgren (Kansas, AD, solo)
156. Ted Nugent (The Amboy Dukes, Damn Yankees, solo)
157. Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme)
158. Steve Stevens (Billy Idol, Bozzio Levin Stevens, session work, solo)
159. Nile Rodgers (Chic)
160. John Jorgenson (session work, Hellecasters, Desert Rose Band)

161. Brett Garsed (John Farnham, Nelson, solo)
162. Chris Poland (Megadeth, OHM)
163. Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)
164. Vivian Campbell (Dio, Whitesnake, Def Leppard)
165. Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music, solo)
166. Bernard Butler (Suede, The Tears, solo)
167. John Squire (Stone Roses)
168. Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers)
169. Jerry Miller (Moby Grape)
170. Joe Bonamassa (solo, Black Country Communion, Bloodline)

171. Dr Know (Bad Brains)
172. D. Boon (Minutemen)
173. Greg Ginn (Black Flag)
174. Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine)
175. Lowman Pauling (The 5 Royales)
176. Reggie Young (session work, Bill Black Combo)
177. Ollie Halsall* (Patto, Tempest, Boxer, Rutles, Kevin Ayers)
178. Robby Krieger (The Doors, The Butts Band, Robby Krieger Band)
179. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
180. Jack White (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather)

181. Ace Frehley (Kiss)
182. Syd Barrett* (Pink Floyd, solo)
183. Larry Lalonde (Primus, Possessed)
184. Rik Emmett (Triumph, solo)
185. Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (Blue Öyster Cult)
186. Ty Tabor (King's X, Platypus, solo)
187. Billy Zoom (X)
188. Travis Wammack (session work, solo)
189. Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac)
190 & 191. Ric Ocasek/Elliot Easton (The Cars)

192 & 193. Jeff Hanneman/Kerry King (Slayer)
194. Prince (solo)
195. Greg Howe (solo, session work)
196. Kai Hansen (Helloween, Gamma Ray)
197. Bill Steer (Napalm Death, Carcass)
198. Robert Quine (Lou Reed, John Zorn, Tom Waits, Brian Eno, session work)
199. James Murphy (Death, Obituary)
200. Chris Rea (solo)

201. Robbie Robertson (The Band)
202. Ron Asheton* (The Stooges)
203 & 204. Wayne Kramer/Fred "Sonic" Smith* (MC5)
205. T. J. Helmerich (sessions, solo)
206. Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown)
207. Tom Johnston (The Doobie Brothers)
208. Domenic Troiano* (The Guess Who, The James Gang)
209. Johnny Thunders* (The New York Dolls, The Heartbreakers)
210. Marc Bolan* (T-Rex)

211 & 212. Rudolph Schenker/Matthias Jabs (Scorpions)
213. Dennis Coffey (Funk Brothers/session work, solo, Royaltones)
214. Wah-Wah Watson (Funk Brothers/session work)
215. Nils Lofgren (Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, solo)
216. Wild Jimmy Spruill (session work)
217. Franny Beecher (Bill Haley & His Comets)
218. Danny Cedrone* (Bill Haley & His Comets)
219. Paul Burlison* (Johnny Burnette & The Rock & Roll Trio)
220. Kim Mitchell (Max Webster, solo)

221. East Bay Ray (Dead Kennedys)
222. Mick Jones (The Clash)
223. Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society)
224. Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne, Badlands)
225. Brian Jones* (The Rolling Stones)
226. Danny Kortchmar (session work, the City)
227. Nels Cline (Wilco, session work, solo)
228. Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad, Devin Townsend Band, Devin Townsend Project)
229. Kee Marcello (Europe)
230. Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic, Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends)

231. Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi, solo)
232 & 233. Chris DeGarmo/Michael Wilton (Queensryche)
234. Ernie Isley (Isley Brothers)
235. Vernon Reid (Living Color)
236. Dave Mason (Traffic, Fleetwood Mac, session work)
237 & 238. Bob Bogle/Don Wilson (Ventures)
239. Andy LaRocque (King Diamond, Death)
240. Randy California* (Spirit)

241. Glen Buxton (Alice Cooper)
242. Steve Miller (Steve Miller Band)
243 & 244. Brad Gillis/Jeff Watson (Night Ranger)
245. Jonsi Birgisson (Sigur Ros)
246. Criss Oliva* (Savatage)
247. Gary Green (Gentle Giant)
248. J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.)
249. Zal Cleminson (Senational Alex Harvey Band, Nazareth, Elkie Brooks)
250. Jim McCarty (Cactus)

251. Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu, Napalm Death)
252 & 253. Francis Rossi/Rick Parfitt (Status Quo)
254 & 255. Scott Ian & Dan Spitz (Anthrax)
256. Dave Meniketti (Y&T)
257. Don Felder (The Eagles)
258. Mike Campbell (The Heartbreakers, Dirty Knobs)
259. Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick)
260. Tommy Shaw (Styx, Damn Yankess, solo)

261. Adam Jones (Tool)
262. Wolf Hoffmann (Accept)
263. Ronnie Wood (The Faces, The Rolling Stones)
264. Trevor Rabin (Yes)

666. Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro, solo)




Steffen Schackinger (solo)
Sebastien Cloutier (solo)
Joe Chawki (solo, October Thorns)
Kyoji Yamamoto (Bow Wow, Phenomena, solo, session work)
Gary Lucas (solo, Gods and Monsters)
Bernie Tormé (Gillan, solo)
Phil Upchurch (Phil Upchurch Combo, session work)
Mike Oldfield (solo)
Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic, solo)
Franco Mussida (Premiata Forneria Marconi)
Billy Duffy (The Cult)
Tony Hill (High Tide)
Roye Albrighton (Nektar)
Bob Mould (Hüsker Dü, Sugar)
Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (Venom)
Pat Travers (Pat Travers Band)
Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)
Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins)
Jim Matheos (Fates Warning, OSI)
Ike Turner* (Ike & Tina Turner Revue, solo, session work)
Akira Takasaki (Loudness)
Doug Aldrich (Dio, Whitesnake)
John Norum (Europe, Dokken, solo)
Reb Beach (Winger, Whitesnake)
Vito Bratta (White Lion)
Warren "Torch" DeMartini (Ratt)
Bruce Watson (Big Country)
Mick Box (Uriah Heep)
Francis Dunnery (It Bites, solo)
Dave Hlubek/Steve Holland/Duane Roland (Molly Hatchet)
Hughie Thomasson/Henry Paul/Billy Jones (The Outlaws)
Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad)
Mikael Åkerfeldt/Peter Lindgren (Opeth)
Steve Jones (The Sex Pistols)
Keith Levene (Public Image Ltd, solo)
Tony Hicks (The Hollies)
Henry Garza (Los Lonely Boys)
Mick Ralphs (Mott The Hoople, Bad Company)
Ian Crichton (Saga)
Eric Bell (Thin Lizzy)
Trey Spruance (Mr Bungle)
Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck, solo)
Hank Shermann/Michael Denner (Mercyful Fate)
Michael Weikath (Helloween)
Izzy Stradlin (Guns N' Roses)
Tom Scholz (Boston)
Gary Hoey (solo)
Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues)
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (The Mars Volta, At the Drive-In, ORL Group, solo)
Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt* (Captain Beyond, Iron Butterfly)
Jon Drenning/Ben Jackson (Crimson Glory)
John Mitchell (Arena, It Bites)
Phil Collen (Def Leppard)
Dave "The Snake" Sabo/Scotti Hill (Skid Row)
Bruce Kulick (Kiss, sessions)
Alex Chilton* (The Box Tops, Big Star)
Noel Gallagher (Oasis)
Stevie Salas (session work, Hardware)
Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe)
Bernie Watson (Cyril Davies & the R&B All-Stars, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers)
Mark Reale (Riot)
Mick Jones (Foreigner, sessions)
Timo Tolkki (Stratovarius)
Michael Hampton (Parliament, Funkadelic)
Toy Caldwell (Marshall Tucker Band)
Graham Coxon (Blur)
April Lawton (Ramatam)
Claudio Sanchez/Travis Stever (Coheed & Cambria)
James Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers)
Joe Santiago/Frank Black (Pixies)
Chris Spedding (session work, solo)
Dann Huff (Giant, Whiteheart, session work)
Mike Einziger (Incubus)
Frank Hannon (Tesla)
Chris Broderick (Jag Panzer, Megadeth)
Mark Briody/Christian Lasegue (Jag Panzer)
Joey Tafolla (Jag Panzer, solo)
Chris Duarte (solo)
Dave Peverett*/Rod Price* (Foghat)
Jorge Santana (Malo, solo)
Zoot Horn Rollo (Captain Beefheart's Magic Band)
Trey Azagthoth (Morbid Angel)
Hillel Slovak (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Mads Eriksen (solo)
Gary Richrath (REO Speedwagon)
John Mayer (solo)
John 5 (Marilyn Manson)
Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom)
Steve Lynch (Autograph)
Rusty Cooley (Outworld, solo)
Ross The Boss (Manowar)
Marcus Siepen/André Olbrich (Blind Guardian)
Brendt Allman (Shadow Gallery)
Kiko Loureiro (Angra, solo)
Thomas Youngblood (Kamelot)
Jani Liimatainen (Sonata Arctica)
Luca Turilli (Rhapsody, solo)
John Christ (Danzig)
Jeff Carlisi/Don Barnes (.38 Special)
Steve Clark* (Def Leppard)
Glen Burtnik (Styx, sessions)
Zacky Vengeance/Synyster Gates (Avenged Sevenfold)
Jim Peterik/Frankie Sullivan (Survivor)
Mark Tremonti (Creed, Alter Bridge)
Jay Jay French/Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister)
Joe Stump (solo)
Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot)
Chris Impellitteri (Impellitteri)
Matt Heafy/Corey Beaulieu (Trivium)
Johnny Farina (Santo & Johnny)
Edmund Darris (Pleasure Groove)
Kevin Peek (Sky, session work)
Michael Sembello (session work, solo)
Will Ray (session work, Hellecasters, solo)
Jerry Donahue (session work, Hellecasters, Fairport Convention, solo)
Eddie Cochran (solo)
John Geils (J Geils Band)
Lou Reed & Sterling Morrison (Velvet Underground)
Eddie Phillips (Creation)
Dick Taylor (Pretty Things)
Jake Cinninger & Brendan Bayliss (Umphrey's McGee)
Brad Nowell (Sublime)
Elliott Randall (session work)
Waddy Wachtel (session work, Stevie Nicks, Warren Zevon)
Paul Jackson Jr (session work, solo)
Michael Thompson (session work, Michael Thompson Band)
Tim Pierce (session work)
Dean Parks (session work)
Dennis Budimir (session work)
Tommy Tedesco (session work)
Peter Buck (REM)
Leo Nocentelli (Meters)
Marv Tarplin (Miracles, Smokey Robinson)
Robert Ward (Ohio Players)
Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner (Ohio Players)
Bobby Womack (session work, solo)
Jimmy Johnson (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section)
Freddie Stewart (Sly & the Family Stone)
Walter "Papoose" Nelson (Fats Domino, Professor Longhair)
Roy Montrell (Fats Domino, session work)
Al McKay (Earth Wind & Fire, Charlie Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band)
Rene Hall (session work, B.Bumble & the Stingers)
David Williams (session work)
Peter "Guitar" Lewis (Johnny Otis)
Chips Moman (session work)
Teenie Hodges (Al Green, Hi Rhythm Section)
Dick Wagner (Frost, Velvet Underground, Alice Cooper)
Steve "Deacon" Hunter (Velvet Underground, Alice Cooper, session work)
Ray Fenwick (Syndicats, Ian Gillan Band, session work)
Glenn Schwartz (James Gang, Pacific Gas & Electric, The All Saved Freak Band)
Thomas McClary (Commodores)
Pat Smear (Germs, Nirvana, Foo Fighters)
Salman Ahmad (Junoon)
Ian Mackaye/Guy Picciotto (Fugazi)
Muhammed Suicmez (Necrophagist)
Thomas Blug (solo)
Manny Charlton (Nazareth)
Davey Johnstone (Elton John, Alice Cooper, Meat Loaf, Magna Carta)
Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah)
David T Walker (session work, Dreams Come True)
Anthony Phillips (Genesis, solo)
Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike & the Mechanics)
Peter Banks (Yes, Empire)
Mick Abrahams (Jethro Tull, Blodwyn Pig, This Was)
Steve Winwood (session work, solo)
Buzz Feiten (session work, Butterfield Blues Band, Rascals)
Eric Gales (solo)
Todd Rundgren (solo, Utopia)
Clem Clempson (Humble Pie, Colosseum)
Dave Edmunds (solo, Rockpile, session work)
Bernard Sumner (Joy Division, New Order)
Lenny Kravitz (solo)
Herman Li (DragonForce)
Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, No-Man, session work)
Tony Lander (Episode Six)
Paul McCartney (Beatles, solo)
John Lennon (Beatles)
Philip Sayce (solo)
Greg Pihl (Sammy Hagar, Boston, Alliance)
Dave Flett (Manfred Mann's Earth Band)
Jim Krueger (Dave Mason, Dudek Finnergan Krueger, Happy Schnapps Combo)
Jerry Kennedy (Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, session work)
Ray Parker Jr (Love Unlimited Orchestra, Raydio, session work, solo)
Dominic Miller (Sting, solo)
Catfish Collins (The JB's, Funkadelic, Bootsy's Rubber Band, session work)
Tony McPhee (The Groundhogs, Tony McPhee Band)
Michael Rother (Neu!, solo)
Randy Holden (Blue Cheer, The Other Half, solo)
Leigh Stephens (Blue Cheer)
Michael Toles (Bar-Kays, Isaac Hayes)
Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Nick Valensi (The Strokes)
Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss)
Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots)
Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys)
Danny Whitten (Crazy Horse)
Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo)
Doug Martsch (Built to Spill)
King Buzzo (Melvins)
Sam Andrew (Big Brother and the Holding Company, Sam Andrew Band)
James Gurley (Big Brother and the Holding Company)
Michael Karoli (Can)
JJ Cale (solo)
Steve Marriott (Small Faces, Humble Pie)
James Honeyman-Scott (Pretenders)
Andy Partridge (XTC)
Dave Gregory (XTC, session work)
William Reid (The Jesus and Mary Chain)
Zal Yanovsky (Lovin' Spoonful)
Mikko Laikinen (Laika & the Cosmonauts)
Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos)
John Tropea (session work, solo)
Brent Hinds / Bill Kelliher (Mastodon)
Wata (Boris)
Jim James (My Morning Jacket)
Dweezil Zappa (solo, session work, Zappa Plays Zappa)
John Goodsall (Brand X, session work)
Jonny Buckland (Coldplay)
Gary Burger (Monks)
Dawayne Bailey (Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Chicago)
Bernie Holland (Hummingbird)
Johnny Rivers (solo)
Jackie Lomax (Badger, session work)
Geoff Mew (Screaming Lord Sutch)
Jim Martin (Faith No More)
Tony Rombola (Godsmack)
Andreas Kisser (Sepultura)
Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit)
Rick Graham (solo)
Eric Mantel (solo)
Greg Koch (solo)
Tom Principato
Daron Malakian (System of a Down)
Eelco Gelling (Golden Earring, Cuby + Blizzards)
Manuel Gottsching (solo, Ash Ra Tempel/Ashra, Cosmic Jokers)




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 (BB King, Carl Hogan, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, etc)
b) Guitarists whose style features a lot of rock influence, but not enough to consider them full-fledged rock players (SRV, John McLaughlin, Larry Coryell, etc)
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.


Stevie Ray Vaughan, Freddie King, Mike Bloomfield, Carl Hogan, Bill Jennings, Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith, Andy Tielman, Del Casher, Pops Staples, Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Bruce Cockburn, Glenn Branca, John McLaughlin, Chet Atkins, Albert Lee, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Bobby Parker, Albert King, Buddy Guy, BB King, Les Paul, Allan Holdsworth, Larry Coryell, Hank Garland, Tommy Emmanuel, Earl Hooker, John Lee Hooker, Al di Meola, Larry Carlton, Frank Gambale, Fred Frith, Marc Ribot, Ry Cooder, Sonny Landreth, Jeff Healey, Walter Trout, Rocky Athas, Junior Brown, John Martyn, Brian Setzer, Snowy White, Elder Utah Smith, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Richard Thompson, Brent Mason, Snooks Eaglin, Floyd McDaniel, Dave Beegle, Sonny Sharrock, James Blood Ulmer, Junior Barnard, Johnny Hiland, Elvin Bishop, Harvey Mandel, Shuggie Otis, Lowell George, Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Sly Williams/Jesse Allen, Glen Campbell, Jose Feliciano, Enver Izmailov, Stanley Jordan, Ernest Ranglin, Jimmy Bryant, Roy Nichols, Terje Rypdal, Clarence White, Bill Connors, Johnny Winter, Robben Ford, Danny Kirwan, Jeremy Spencer, Lonnie Donegan, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, Bert Weedon, Stan Webb



***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 all 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.

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


I think that we should make 2 separate lists one for the shredder/metal guitarists and one for the actual rock guitarists. Jimmy Page did a lot of work with a guitar that nobody else had been able to top except Hendrix. I think the top 10 may need a couple changes. Here's my top 10
1. Jimi Hendrix*
2. Jimmy Page
3. Jeff Beck
4. Eric Clapton
5. Duane Allman
6. Stevie Ray Vaughan
7. David Gilmour
8. Mark Knopfler
9. Alex Lifeson
10. Ritchie Blackmore

I think Knopfler and Lifeson are the most underrated guitarists ever. Listen to La Villa Strangiato to here how good the sound of his guitar is. Spirit of the Radio is a good one as well. Knopfler does a great job on Telegraph road playing a guitar style that you don't normally hear from others.

Blackmore on the other hand i find overrated. He's a great guitarist but he should be at the bottom of the top 10. His solos are creative but somehow repetitive. He is without a doubt a legendary guitarist but not a Top 5 material guitarist.


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ihaterollingstonemagazine420 wrote:
He is without a doubt a legendary guitarist but not a Top 5 material guitarist.


I always preferred immaterial guitarists anyway.


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ihaterollingstonemagazine420 wrote:
He is without a doubt a legendary guitarist but not a Top 5 material guitarist.


I always preferred immaterial guitarists anyway.


:lol:


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Eric J wrote:
ihaterollingstonemagazine420 wrote:
He is without a doubt a legendary guitarist but not a Top 5 material guitarist.


I always preferred immaterial guitarists anyway.


I'm not saying that he's a material guitarist. I'm saying he should drop down to either 10,9,8 or maybe 7.


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