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#1
Whenever I've seen those lists of the greatest guitarists of all time, I've thought, "it's an opinion, it's different for everyone." So I'd like to get everyone's list here on this thread. Just set it out like this, Here's my list, 1 being the best:


10) Brian May - Queen
9) Tony Iommi - Black Sabbath
8) Ritchie Blackmore - Deep Purple
7) Angus Young - AC DC
6) Slash - Guns N Roses
5) Keith Richards - The Rolling Stones
4) Eddie Van Halen - Van Halen
3) Jimi Hendrix - Jimi Hendrix Experience
2) Eric Clapton - Cream
1) Jimmy Page - Led Zeppelin

Don't say "Oh Hendrix is tons better than Page" cause' they're not just ranked for technical skill. They're also ranked for how much I enjoy their music, their composition skills, and their iconicness.

So, let's see you're list, there ain't a wrong answer...
Gear:

Vintage VS6 (Wine Red)

Marshall VS100 Valvestate head with 4x12 angled cab

Squier Strat (Fiesta Red) 90's, Korean
#5
Limiting yourself to just rock...

I'd throw David Gilmour in there somewhere then


edit: and Carlos Santana
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#6
No Randy Rhoads?
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#8
Randy Rhoads
David Gilmour
EVH
Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy)
Mick Mars
C.C. Deville
Slash
Warren DeMartini (Ratt)
Matthias Jabs
Vinnie Vincent

in no particular order

my axe: Jackson DK2M
#10
I'm not really a fan of Randy Rhoads? I should look up some of his stuff but come on is noone gonna post a full - fledged list of 10?
Gear:

Vintage VS6 (Wine Red)

Marshall VS100 Valvestate head with 4x12 angled cab

Squier Strat (Fiesta Red) 90's, Korean
#11
john frusciante
jack white
john mayer
brad nowell
omar rodriguez lopez
i can't think of any more.
#12
TS, your list is the top ten list of Guitar World Magazine is it not?

Timo Tolkki
Alexi Laiho
Joe Satriani
Michael Angelo
George Lynch
Jon Schaffer
Jon Nodtveidt
Buckethead
Yngwie Malmsteen
Chris Impelliterri

Thats pretty much it.
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Gear:
-2008 Gibson Les Paul Studio Cherry Sunburst w/ Alnico Pro II
-Marshall JCM2000 DSL 401
-Fender Hot Rod Deluxe
-Blackstar HT-1 mini stack
#15
Jimmy Paige
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Joe Bonamassa
Adam Jones
Mark Tremonti
Buckethead
Eric Clapton
The guys from Pearl Jam
John Mayer
AND, Jim Root.
In no particular order really
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Why bring up a dead thread?

Seriously, why get pissed because he posted a topic that was done months ago. Someone would bust his balls if he brought up a dead thread.

EDIT: And i apologize for the double post!
#17
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Why bring up a dead thread?

Seriously, why get pissed because he posted a topic that was done months ago. Someone would bust his balls if he brought up a dead thread.

EDIT: And i apologize for the double post!



I'm not getting pissed?

I'm just saying, there's many threads like this that have been recently posted, getting a bit old.
Gear:
-2008 Gibson Les Paul Studio Cherry Sunburst w/ Alnico Pro II
-Marshall JCM2000 DSL 401
-Fender Hot Rod Deluxe
-Blackstar HT-1 mini stack
#18
Sorry, yeah you're right about the searchbar thing, I should really have looked first. Sorry!
Gear:

Vintage VS6 (Wine Red)

Marshall VS100 Valvestate head with 4x12 angled cab

Squier Strat (Fiesta Red) 90's, Korean
#19
1. John Frusciante
2. Hendrix
3. John Mayer
4. Tom Morello
5. Mike Einziger
6. Jack Johnson (Its not all about the flash guys, I think JJ comes up with some of the most catchy simple riffs time after time, but maybe this has to do more with songwriting).
#20
10. Kevin Thrasher - LoveHateHero
7. Matt Reinhart - Tera Melos
9. Jason Hale - Chiodos (Flamesheild)
8. Kirk Hammet - Metallica
6. Thomas Erak - The Fall of Troy
5. Claudio Sanchez - Coheed and Cambria
4. Paul Wagonner - Between the Buried and Me
3. Shawn Lane
2. Paul Gilbert - Racer X
1. Guthrie Govan

I know the numbers aren't in order. There's my full top 10 list
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#21
Soe Jatriani and Pohn Jetrucci...

Srsly though, no particular order:

Kim Thayil, the two guys from CAKE, Eric Clapton, BB King, Tony Iommi, JIMMY PAGE, Jimi Hendrix, EVH, Paul Gilbert, Steve Vai.
#22
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I'm not really a fan of Randy Rhoads? I should look up some of his stuff but come on is noone gonna post a full - fledged list of 10?


If you like black sabbath then you will probably like Randy Rhoads... He played alot of there songs at gigs ... I really liked his version of paranoid
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#23
Oh man.... I don't really have a particular order, but here's ten that really mean something to me. Oh and the reason why.

Tomas Kalnoky (Streetlight Manifesto) - His ability as a rhythm player and singer, shows that guitar doesn't have to be the main focus of a band.

Eric Clapton - "Clapton is God" got me into the blues.

Kaki King - Her innovation makes me try different things, new tunings, techniques etc.

John Frusciante - Iconic status, his solo albums are a focus on composition rather than guitar driven works.

Brian May (Queen) - His tone is godly! He can play things to support it, but when Freddie stood aside then Brian took over.

Derek Trucks (Derek Trucks Band, Allman Brothers) - Incorporates multiple styles of music, he is the reason why i started learning slide.

Johnny Marr (The Smiths) - Melodic, held a support for Morrissey, but he never really was boring, always managed to keep himself busy.

Jack White (Raconteurs) - I don't quite know why he's here, I think his stuff with the White Stripes is overrated, but the Raconteurs certainly made an impression on me, simple and yet it adds to the song well.

Jimi Hendrix - Changed the way guitar was played, when I heard Manic Depression it shot into a full frenzy of awe and amazement.

John Mayer - I like his music, for pop music it's got some great guitar parts (Neon anyone?) His blues stuff reminds me alot of Stevie Ray, but I enjoy Stevie Ray so I'm ok with it.

These are the ones that really make an impression on me and make me wanna better myself, even though I'm primarily a bass player.
Gear:1991 Fender MIJ Jazz/Squier VM Fretless Jazz -> Pitchblack -> Way Huge Green Rhino -> Boss OC-2 -> Boss DD-7 -> Markbass Tube 800 -> SWR 4x12.

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#24
1 Andy Summers - Police
2 Manny Charlton - Nazareth
3 Brian May - Queen
4 Eric Bell - Thin Lizzy
5 Larry Rhinhardt - Iron Butterfly, Captain Beyond
6 Steve Hackett - Genesis, solo artist
7 Jon Uli Roth - Scorpions, Electric Sun
8 Tony Bourge - Budgie
9 Steve Howe - Yes, Asia
10 Alex Lifesone -Rush

EDIT I should of also mentioned Rory Galhager, damn. and Mikey Schenker, f uck his solos are bullet proof.

Hard to pick just 10.
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#25
In no pacticular order:

Joe Satriani
EVH
Chuck Schuldiner
Muhamed Suicmez
Yngwie Malmsteen
Paul Gilbert
Tony Iommi
The guys from Iron Maiden
Early Kirk Hammet
Brent Hinds
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#28
1. Steve Vai
2. Ron Jarzombek
3. Jeff Loomis
4. Paul Gilbert
5. Joe Satriani
6. Muhammed Suiçmez
7. Steve Howe
8. John Petrucci
9. SRV
10. Eric Johnson
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#29
This list is based on who influenced me the most over technical skill, in no particular order:

Tommy Iommi
EVH
Billy Gibbons
Angus Young
Brian May
Adrian Smith
Eric Clapton
Jimmy Page
Mick Mars
Pete Townshend
My Gear:

Guitars:
Partscaster
Fender MIM Telecaster
Epiphone Les Paul Custom

Amps:
Blackheart Little Giant
Jet City JCA20H

Pedals:
BYOC Confidence Boost
BYOC Dist+
BYOC Shredder
GGG Tubescreamer
Zvex SHO
#31
In no particular order:
Marty Friedman
Jerry Cantrell
James Hetfield
Dave Mustaine
Rivers Cuomo
Les Paul - and not because he died. Dude had mad chops.
Mikael Akerfeldt
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Buddy Guy
Albert King
I have a lot more to add, but it's to 10.
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400 with Gotoh GE1996T (EMG 85/60)
PRS SE Custom 24 (Suhr SSH+/SSV)
Ibanez RG3120 Prestige (Dimarzio Titans)
Squier Vintage Modified 70s Jazz V
Audient iD22 interface
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Adam S3A monitors
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#32
1. John Petrucci
2. Steve Vai
3. Jari Mäenpää
4. Gus G
5. Alexi Laiho
6. Anders Björler/Martin Larsson
7.Micheal Angelo Batio
8.Joe Satriani
9.Jeff Loomia
10.Emppu Vuorinen

my most influential guitarists
Gear:
Ernie Ball MusicMan JP7
Schecter Hellraiser 006
Mesa Boogie Road King s.2
Mesa Boogie 4x12 Recto cab

Ibanez Keeley TS-9
TC Electronics G-Force
Amp Gizmo
Voodoo Labs GCX
Voodoo Labs Ground Control Pro
#33
Richie Sambora
Gary Moore
Paul Gilbert
KK Downing/Glenn Tipton
Adrian Smith/Dave Murray/Janick Gers
Dave Mustaine
Michael Romeo
Timo Tolkki
Kai Hansen

No particular order
#34
In no particular order:

Frank Zappa - The god of all guitarists
Steve Howe - the guitarists guitarist
Uli Jon Roth - during and after the Scorpions
Steve Morse - if you haven't heard him, please do
KK Downing and Glenn Tipton - can't have one without the other
Steve Vai - the only guy that can have sex with a guitar and make is sound good.
Tommy Bolin - severly underated
Billy Gibbons - hell yeah!
Roy Buchannan - died way before his time was due
Frank Marino - ROCKS
BLAZE ON!

2006 Epiphone '58 Korina V
2008 Aslin Dane Bohemian
Real Sound Mars Twin Tube Distortion/Overdrive
Crate dxj112 amp
Dunlop HighGain used as expression pedal
#35
Paul Gilbert
Eric Johnson
Joe Satriani
Steve Vai
Randy Rhoads
Eddie Van Halen

In no specific order:
Hendrix
Satana
Page
Slash
Angus
Clapton

These are the ones I primarily listen too, there alot of greater ones, but I neglect to find them.
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#36
If you're just asking for rock players;

Jimi Hendrix
Eddie Van Halen
Randy Rhoads
Jeff Beck
Steve Vai
Eric Johnson
Steve Morse
David Gilmour
Joe Satriani
Shawn Lane

If you're asking for guitarist from any style;

Jimi Hendrix
Andres Segovia
Chet Atkins
Wes Montgomery
Joe Pass
Michael Hedges
Eddie Van Halen
Allan Holdsworth
Larry Carlton
B. B King
There's my way and the wrong way.
#37
1. Jimmy Page
2. Eric Clapton
3. Jimi Hendrix
4. Mark Knopfler
5. The Edge
6. Brian May
7. EVH
8. Buddy Guy
9. SRV
10. BB King


why yes, i am classic-rock/blues inclined. and damn proud of it!
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#38
The Edge
Thomas Erak
Tom Morello
Tim Collis
Matt Bellamy
Dave Knudson
Jimi Hendrix
Russell Lissack
Adam Jones
Shane Blay

i suppose. maybe not in that order.
#39
Loads of favourites here, but these are the guys that had the most impact on my style:

1. Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)
2. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
3. James Hetfield (Metallica)
4. Shaun Lopez (Far/The Revolution Smile)
5. Page Hamilton (Helmet)
6. Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction)
7. Gavin Rossdale (Bush/Institute)
8. Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)
9. Robert Smith (The Cure)
10. Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains)

A fairly well-rounded mix, I think.
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#40
1. Eric Clapton ~ Those rocks in the 1960's English countryside had it right. Clapton is God.
2. Jimmy Page/David Gilmour tie ~ Zoso is Zoso. He's what happens when you take the technicality of a session musician, the soul and passion of a true bluesman(Not one of the wankers you see so often in bluesy bar bands nowadays. Not all are like that, but so many are), and the firey power of none other than himself, and mix them all together using a 1959 Les Paul. David Gilmour, very simply, isn't the fastest, but he's one of the most soulful guitarists to me, knows what he's doing insanely well, and is one of the true masters of a Fender Stratocaster in addition to having one of the finest tones I've ever heard from one.
3. Jeff Beck ~ Just go listen to Live At Ronnie Scott's. In addition to coaxing sounds out of a guitar that a guitar shouldn't be able to make, at one point he's playing a slide over near the bridge pickup, where pretty much every centimeter is a step or two, nearly flawlessly, and has one of the nicest tones a strat can make IMO. Also, he does all this without a pick. This also includes pinch harmonics, which pretty much requires a pick.
4. Steve Vai/Brian May tie ~ Other than working with the god incarnate that was Frank Zappa, something about Steve's playing has always spoke to me. Brian is the guy who got me into overdubbing, as well as technique beyond basic pentatonics, and when you can go onstage when your vocalist is named Freddie Mercury, hold your own to the point you get ten minutes of just guitar, and have half the people in the crowd chanting your name just as much as his, you're a badass. This badassness is amplified when you build your own guitar by hand out of ancient Chinese oak your neighbours were throwing out with your father.
5. Jimi Henrdix ~ Do I really need to explain this one?
6. Alex Lifeson ~ he's a technical badass who actually has a melodic sense and applies restraint and a shitload of emotion, and was being a technical badass who actually has a melodic sense and applies restraint and a shitload of emotion in the 70's back before being a technical badass who actually has a melodic sense and applies restraint and a shitload of emotion was badass.
7. Joe Satriani ~ He sounds like Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Ritchie Blackmore and Alex Lifeson stole and raised a baby, and that baby happened to have talent of his own.
8. Mark Knopfler/Carlos Santana tie ~ The Sultan Of Swing is probably one of the best clean lead players and one of the best fingerpickers who aren't in Jazz or Country. Carlos Santana I can't say enough good about.
9. Kirk Hammett/Eddie Van Halen tie ~ Kirk is one of the few guitarists who can send shivers down my spine. Eddie's just there because I pretty much straight-off copied my tapping from him, sans quality.
10. Rory Gallagher ~ He's basically a white, right-handed, Irish Jimi Hendrix. According to Slowhand and May themselves, It's thanks to him Brian May sounds how he does, it's thanks to him Clapton went back to Blues. Plus he made some kickass music.

I feel like I'm forgetting someone...
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