Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage. On songs like "Machine Gun" or "Voodoo Chile," h Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage.
Pete Townshend doesn't play many solos, which might be why so many people don’t realize just how good he really is. But he's so important to rock – he’s a visionary m Pete Townshend doesn't play many solos, which might be why so many people don’t realize just how good he really is.
Slash He may have spent much of his Guns n' Roses prime shirtless, drunk and surrounded by snakes, but Slash brought good taste and restraint back to hard-rock guitar. "It was a stripped-down rock & roll sound compared to what everybody else was doing," says Slash.
Appropriately, even his instrument sprang from his imagination: His main guitar, the Red Special, a.k.a. the Old Lady, is a homemade wonder, constructed by May and his father in the early Sixties out of components including wood from a fireplace (he has been known to play it with a sixpence coin rather than a pick).
Robert Johnson Johnson is the undisputed king of the Mississippi Delta blues singers and one of the most original and influential voices in American music. He was a virtuoso player whose spiritual descendants include Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Jack White.
Randy Rhoads' career was far too short – he died in a plane accident in 1982, at the age of 25 – but his precise, architectural, hyperspeed solos on Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" and "Mr. Crowley" helped set the template for metal-guitar soloing for years to follow.
The Gibson Les Paul is one of the most recognizable guitars of all-time and the artists who brandish it seem to transcend age, era, gender and genre. From heavy metal enthusiasts to indie rock icons to reggae superstars, it seems like nearly every musical legend has strapped on a Les Paul at some point to take advantage of its signature sound.
Then he broke the record right in front of us. But the music had just struck me like lightning. I truly enter the Iommi-sphere every time I put a guitar on. Tony is a metal pioneer, but there's a real finesse to his playing; it's not all that fast. His phrasing has such a classic vibe, and I draw a lot of inspiration from Tony's trilling.
The approach that Angus Young and his rhythm-guitar-playing brother, Malcolm, developed in AC/DC's early years – high-speed pentatonic runs over thunderous power-chord licks – became a hard-rock tradition, and millions of guitarists the world over have his "Back in Black" and "Highway to Hell" licks imprinted on their brains.
Many six-string devotees — including fellows named Carlos and B.B. — insist that Britain's greatest blues guitarist isn't Clapton or Beck, it's Peter Green. In the Sixties, first with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, then as the original frontman for Fleetwood Mac (long before Stevie Nicks entered the picture), Green played with a fire and fluidity that's rarely been matched.
Whoever said it, I believe they were mostly right. So today I nominate acoustic guitar wizard Django Reinhardt as the Greatest Guitar Player of All Time. Sadly in today’s internet, hyperbole is everywhere, and I have fallen in the with the fashion of the day vis-a-vis my use of the superlative in the title. Today, Django is the GOAT.
John Petrucci has so many different emotions and technical attributes in all of his works. He's a legend. Can't even fathom the fact that people would put him so low in the list. John Petrucci is the most talented guitarist I have ever heard, He deserves to be in the top 5 for sure.
By way of comparison, if great guitarists have the ability to create fire with sticks... Mustaine has a flame thrower. Dave Mustaine is one of the founders of Thrash Metal. He is a thousand times better than Kirk Hammett. Dave Mustaine for President! Try playing the leads to Into The Lungs Of Hell.
For more than 40 years, Joe Perry's monstrous, blues-on-steroids riffs have been Aerosmith's bedrock. And his solos, jutting out from "Walk This Way" or slashing boldly through the high-gloss production of later hits like "Janie's Got a Gun" and "Cryin'," have a caffeinated energy that's every bit Tyler's match.
Chet Atkins As a record executive and producer in the Sixties, Chet Atkins invented the popwise "Nashville sound" that rescued country music from a commercial slump. As a guitarist, he was even more inventive, mastering country, jazz and classical styles and perfecting the ability to play chords and melody simultaneously, thanks to his distinctive thumb-and-three-finger picking style.
Best songs- Cliffs of dover, manhattan, dessert rose, trademark. - johnathanburton. Eric Johnson, the greatest, don't just let "cliffs of Dover" describe his unbelievable skill, listen to "Desert rose (live from Austin tx, 1988)" that is probably one of the greatest solos I've ever heard.
Billy Gibbons was a guitarist to be reckoned with long before he grew that epic beard. In early 1968, his psychedelic garage band, the Moving Sidewalks, opened four Texas shows for the Jimi Hendrix Billy Gibbons was a guitarist to be reckoned with long before he grew that epic beard.
Even placing Paul outside the top 5 is a travesty, let alone 60th. The paul gilbert the real genius of guitar history and I think the ranking are not at all up to the mark people are really crazy whom keep placed slash in number 1 position where as plenty of boss guitarist is seating ahead of him. The ranking completely seems to me ludicrous.
Johnny Marr The Smiths' guitarist was a guitar genius for the post-punk era: not a showboating soloist, but a technician who could sound like a whole band. As a kid studying Motown records, Johnny Marr would try to replicate not just guitar riffs but piano and strings too, all with his right hand.