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Top 10 Rock Guitarists
15 July 2017
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QuarryMan
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Obviously it's just my opinion. The reason I like Mr Marr so much is how inventive he is. Instead of spending his time improvising endless pentatonic shredding solos like his 80s contempories, or just bashing out G major power chords like the punk bands of the day, he turned the guitar from a weapon of mass self indulgence to a provider of texture, which is something rare in rock music. Listen to the isolated guitars on This Charming Man or The Boy With The Thorn In His Side. It's simply phenomenal. 

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Silly Girl said

I love this description so much a-hard-days-night-john-6  

Apologies for over-using the word 'amazing'. I tried to cut it down but I can see I missed a few. But yeah Hendrix defies description, even if you try to be strict and say it's an extension of delta blues (and I should add an honourable mention for Stevie Ray Vaughan who demonstrates this slightly more conventionally). 

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I forgot to Put in Frank Zappa and Ace Frehley as well. 

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19 September 2017
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Well I'm going to redo my list as I think my last one didn't properly represent my tastes.

6. Bernard Sumner - (Joy Division, New Order)

Main Style: Post Punk

Signature Songs: Disorder, Shadowplay, Day Of The Lords

5. George Harrison  

Main Style: Rock

Signature Songs: Something , Let It Be , Fixing A Hole

4. Roger McGuinn (The Byrds)

Main Style: Jangle Pop

Signature Songs: Tambourine Man, Turn! Turn! Turn!, Eight Miles High

3. John Squire (The Stone Roses, The Seahorses)

Main Style: Jangle Pop

Signature Songs: I Am The Resurrection, I Wanna Be Adored, Love Spreads

2. Mac Demarco 

Main Style: Jizz-Jazz, Jangle-Pop

Signature Songs: Ode To Viceroy, The Way You'd Love Her, Freaking Out The Neighbourhood

1. Johnny Marr - (The Smiths amongst others)

Main Style: Jangle Pop

Signature Songs: This Charming Man, How Soon Is Now?, Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now

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19 September 2017
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1. Jimi Hendrix- Enough said

2. Duane Allman- Amazing guitar tone and stamina, best jam band guitarist ever

3. David Gilmour- Personally my favorite guitarist. Amazingly consistent work with a very distinctive style that worked well with the other members of the band. 

4. Eric Clapton- Fantastic style and 1/3 of the technically best group ever. (Cream)

5. Jimmy Page- Might be the best studio guitarist on the list. Amazingly versatile between the hardest and softest Led Zeppelin song. 

6. George Harrison -  The most supple and lovely voice constantly drips from Georgie's guitar. 

7. Jerry Garcia- Unbelievably style and groove. Definitely the most dynamic on the list. 

8. Carlos Santana- "Plays with the soul of God "- A wise man

9. Pete Townshend- Great songwriter and master shredder 

10. Neil Young- Probably technically the worst on the list but has a very distinctive style that appeals to me.

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"As I'm sitting here doing nothing but aging, still my guitar gently weeps." -George Harrison

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10. Terry Kath

9. George Harrison

8. Mick Ronson

7. Jerry Garcia

6. Eddie Van Halen

5. Chuck Berry

4. Dick Dale

3. Frank Zappa

2. Jimi Hendrix

1. Prince (Did you expect anything less from me?)

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Purplish Rain , I'm glad you included Terry Kath.

I haven't figured out a complete list of 10 yet, but I know I'd put Carlos Santana at 1, Jimi Hendrix at 2, and Terry Kath at 3.

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@Desmond  I'm mostly with Desmond here, although Stevie Ray Vaughn was outstanding, and I obviously have many more great guitarists to check out. (In the pre-rock category, can't forget Django Reinhardt whose 4th and 5th fingers of his left hand were contracted and useless)

Hendrix deserves the #1 spot for having inspired most of the others mentioned on this thread (including Page, but not including Clapton or Harrison)

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27 January 2018
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@Into the Sky with Diamonds said
(In the pre-rock category, can't forget Django Reinhardt whose 4th and 5th fingers of his left hand were contracted and useless)

It's also impossible to ignore Robert Johnson - the Hendrix of the pre-rock era (and a huge influence on Hendrix and many others).

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28 January 2018
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Dark Overlord said
I mentioned Little Wing with Jimi Hendrix and i didn't feel the need to mention it twice. Also, i know that you like Johnny Marr's guitar playing but is he really that good that he gets top spot.  

Yes, I feel bad for not including Greenwood and Marr in my list, but we probably need a top 15 or 20 to be fair to everyone. Marr is an incredibly deceptive player, he plays like a good bassplayer to my ears, always adding to the song and mixing it up so that its always interesting and so difficult to repeat. @QuarryMan hits the nail on the head with the description texture.

And speaking of unsung heroes of texture, Andy Summers and Edge. Summers probably sold more chorus pedals than anyone else, but his secret weapon was the Echoplex delay. Edge is a classic example of someone making strengths out of their weaknesses and producing something new, also an innovative delay player, who probably sold more delay pedals than anyone else! I love to hear guitarists throw shade at him without a clue about the work he puts into every song (regardless of the fact that U2 are past their peak) stuart-sutcliffe Let's compare with Frank Black, who was completely unknown before the Pixies and is an incredibly strong rhythm player, he's up there with Lennon in my estimation. In the same vein, Ricky Wilson. Incredibly sparse almost naive style guitarist but that combined with Kate Pierson's underrated keyboard work was almost the entire sound of two B-52's albums. It's not just about the style, its the ideas. OK, that's getting ranty, I'll stop there.

edit: Thanks to @Desmond for the Neil Young mention, he's another great example of a texture player.

edit edit: oh god this is ridiculous, I forgot to add Andy Partridge.

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1. David Gilmour

2. Jimi Hendrix

3. Peter Green

4. Duane Allman

5. Jimmy Page

6. Slash

7. Pete Townsend

8. Prince

9. Ry Còoder

10. Vini Reilly

10b Jeff skunk Baxter

What a difficult list to do.a-hard-days-night-paul-7a-hard-days-night-paul-10

without feeling guilty.But my first 5 would never change.

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18 February 2018
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I’d like to elaborate on why Jerry Garcia is the best guitar player ever. 

His abilty as a bandleader is unprecedented. His ability and vision revolutionized improvisational music. He and Duane Allman’s ideas for guitar based jam rock changed music forever. 

His riff writing ability is up there, if not above the likes of Keith Richards, Mark Knopfler, and even George Harrison

His solimg ability and style is the the most free and unique style ever played. He is a technical wizard who plays right from the soul. He puts George’s feel into lightnig fast blues and psychedelic runs that leave the audience and his bandmates in a tizzy. 

This is why no guitar player was or ever will be better than Jerry Garcia. 

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18 February 2018
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1. Steve Marriott. (Awesome guitarist in an awesome underrated band. Too bad he died so early.)
2. Kirk Hammett. (From Metallica. He just delivers amazing solos song after song.)
3. Jimi Hendrix. (Probably would be #1, but I have to be in a certain mood to listen to his awesome guitar shredding.)
4. Carlos Santana. (His solos are so funky and fun to listen to, besides being good at articulate melody lines.)
5. Tommy Iommi (From Black Sabbath. Grumbling, nasty, asphalt pounding grungey solos, very innovative as well.)
6. Steve Hackett. (From Genesis. Really kicked his career Off The Ground on his solo album, a lot of powerful riffs and solos.)
7. Peter Frampton. (He didn't really do anything amazing, I just like his stuff.)
8. Randy California. (Great guitarist. Even if Led Zeppelin stole his Stairway To Heaven solo. a-hard-days-night-paul-11 )
9. Terry Kath. (This dude was so good. If he hadn't died, Chicago would have been a very different band than what it is.)
10. David Gilmour. (Blah, his solos never vary in sound. But most of them are good-ish.

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#1:  Rory Gallagher

 

The absolute greatest.

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Evangeline said

9. Terry Kath. (This dude was so good. If he hadn't died, Chicago would have been a very different band than what it is.)
 

Yeah, they wouldn't have became as syrupy

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SpecialCup said
#1:  Rory Gallagher

 

The absolute greatest.  

I'll probably never making a list, but Rory would be pretty high on my list, too.

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