Musictalker’s “Best Guitarists of All-Time”

After seeing Rolling Stone’s sorry excuse for a list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All-Time, I decided to compile my own list.  There may be some visible metallic influence due to my strong interest in metal music, but I tried my best to create a fair list of talented guitarists from all musical directions.  My list consists of 50 talented guitarists who I believe deserve recognition for their expertise in the use of that instrument.  The list is as follows:

  1. Jimmy Page
  2. Jimi Hendrix
  3. Eric Clapton
  4. Eddie Van Halen
  5. Jeff Beck
  6. Les Paul
  7. Zakk Wylde
  8. “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott (Pantera, Damageplan)
  9. Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave)
  10. B.B. King
  11. Carlos Santana
  12. Randy Rhoads
  13. Pete Townshend (The Who)
  14. Jack White (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather)
  15. Slash (ex-Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver)
  16. Stevie Ray Vaughan
  17. Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)
  18. Alex Skolnick (Testament)
  19. Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)
  20. Chris Broderick (Megadeth)
  21. Jeff Hanneman (Slayer)
  22. Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth)
  23. Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth)
  24. Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)
  25. Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest)
  26. K.K. Downing (Judas Priest)
  27. Yngwie Malmsteen
  28. Angus Young (AC/DC)
  29. Corey Beaulieu (Trivium)
  30. Steve Vai
  31. Matt Heafy (Trivium)
  32. Dave Murray (Iron Maiden)
  33. Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell)
  34. Ace Frehley (ex-Kiss)
  35. Kerry King (Slayer)
  36. Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
  37. John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  38. John 5 (Rob Zombie, ex-Marilyn Manson)
  39. Joe Perry (Aerosmith)
  40. Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow)
  41. Keith Richards (Rolling Stones)
  42. Mark Morton (Lamb of God)
  43. Buckethead
  44. John Mayer
  45. Nils Lofgren (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band)
  46. Mick Mars (Motley Crue)
  47. Claudio Sanchez (Coheed & Cambria)
  48. Stevie Van Zandt (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band)
  49. DJ Ashba (Sixx:A.M., Guns N Roses)
  50. Jasin Todd (ex-Shinedown)
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