Skip to comments.Guitar World Magazine: Eddie Van Halen Named #1 Guitarist of All Time (Top 100 List)
Posted on 10/11/2012 10:37:43 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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-— The real “greatest” guitarists are no doubt studio musicians with names unfamiliar to the public -——
Now that you mention it, where’s Jeff “Skunk” Baxter? “Bodhisattva”?
What’s better than that? Seriesly.
My thoughts exactly - also begs the question: where’s Pat Metheny?
Saw Pat for the umpteenth time last Friday, great show.
Eric Clapton is not god, according to those who voted...
No Dick Dale or Link Wray or Davie Allen.
What the f*** is a Buckethead?
Link Wray (inventor of the power chord):
(Jimmy Page Listening to Rumble):
Travis Wammack (like a teenaged Link, also Muscle Shoals session musician and band leader for Little Richard) - Robert Plant and Jimmy Page were fans:
Guitar Wolf (from Japan) would kick Buckethead’s ass.
The real “greatest” guitarists are no doubt studio musicians with names unfamiliar to the public.
Larry Carlton (think Steely Dan) comes to mind.
Frankly, the greatest guitarists were likely playing well before this thing called rock and roll was over represented in the list of the top 100 guitar players.
No Jim Hall? No Kenny Burrell?
But I think most of us know what this list really represents - the top 100 most popular guitar players to readers of Guitar World, having next to nothing to do with the 100 best guitar players (given no objective criteria exists).
Thanks for the update. I recalled the tributes to him posted here some time ago, must of been the announcement that he had Alzheimers.
Any list without Brent Mason is not worth serious consideration
Well, after everything Clapton stole from Harrison. (Songs. Women. Who knows what else?)
17. John Petrucci - WOOT!
No Ernie Isley? “Who’s That Lady” is in my Top Ten list of solos.
Yup, And Tommy must have learned a lot from Lenny Breau, one of the greatest who died in his early forties.
Malcolm made the list - #84. Pretty impressive for a rhythm guitarist.
Neal Schon often goes unnoticed. I think because Journey was so "pop". Heck at 17, he had Carlos Santana and Eric Clapton wanting him in their bands.
Behind Dicky Betts and Warren Haynes?
Someone who knows absolutely nothing about guitar playing piled up this putrid heap of manure.
Should be labelled: Top 100 Most Popular Pop & Rock Guitarists According to Guitar World Readers
Right on soupbonel...Pat Travers rocks!! (hence my screen name).I just today booked a flight to see him 11/8 in Las Vegas!!
Never heard of half these guys, not convinced about 35% of the remainder.
Too many greats were left out:
John Williams, Segovia (a little overrated in my opinion, but great), Julian Bream and the greatest, Francisco Tárrega
Likewise: Paco Pena, Paco Cepero, Diego del Gastor, Melchor de Marchena, Paco de Lucia, Nino Ricardo and Ramon Montoya, and Sabicas ...
There are probably half a dozen guitarists from S. America Barrios for example, Hawaii, and Portugal deserving mention.
Among the rockers, I like the guys who play through glass (tubes)— J. Winter, Albert King, Hendrix and Stevey Ray to name a few- it’s the biting edgy attack and sagging decay I like.
Then there are the electronics guys: Queens guitarists got some incredible tones and novel riffs .
Unsung hero: Niels Lofgrin.
Glaring omissions: Leo Kotke, John Renbourn and Richard Thompson.
They should have consulted me about this, or anything else; I can’t understand why nobody does. I’m sitting on an amazing stock of opinions and I’m letting them go for cheap. ;-)
Thanks for a pleasant diversion.
Don't forget Roy Clark and Wade Hayes. Both are downright amazing pickers.
Without Dex Romweber or Billy Childish, there is no Jack White.
Dex Romweber (formerly 1/2 of Flat Duo Jets, since the 1980s)
Billy Childish (over 100 albums out since 1977)
Obvious popularity contest is obvious...
Plenty of skilled musicians in that list, but the order leaves a lot to be desired.
Stevie Ray Vaughn was tons better than Hendrix. This list stinks.
Stevie Ray is standing on Hendrix’s shoulders. No Jimi and Stevie Ray is deriving his sound from some other blues inflected player.
When one says “guitar”, one thinks Johnny Smith
FZ not only at #27, but behind a bunch of posers who can't hold a candle - go figure!
That look isn’t going to age well. How will the public know it’s still him when he’s playing gigs at age 72?
Eric Clapton at 28? one under Franz Zappa - thats all i need to know about this list.
Exactly, no way does Clapton get within 40 spots of Zappa.
Clapton is a really good guitar player. Zappa was an incredible musician who happened to play the guitar (even thought his band was his best instrument).
No, but I will.
Ditto! Glad to see another APP fan. :)
Bairnson is my all-time favorite melodic soloist. Just... smoooooooooth.
Silence and I
... ear candy
I'll keep that in mind.
George Lynch should have made the top 30 easy -
Also, Country and Western got jobbed......
Ray Flacke is better than 1/2 of these guys
Psshhaaww! And then Heath wakes up. I’ll give Heath his dues because he’s a Texan, but he ain’t Eddie Van Halen.
Damn good question. Anybody who ever heard Alvin Lee play "Goin' Home" would have him #1 or #2, behind Hendrix.
The list clearly was made by pinheads, as Alvin Lee isn't even in the top 100.
Hard to give credence to a list that excludes Gary Moore and Steve Gaines.
Junior Brown also deserves a mention.
I call foul!
Eddie Van Halen? Give me a break.
To vote intelligenty, one would need to actually know what a guitar is supposed to sound like.
Among contemporary persons I have heard play decent guitar are, Jimmy Bruno, George Van Eps, Howard Alden, any of the prominent Brazilians (e.g. Charlie Bird, Lorendo Almeida).
But the guitar bench marks for the rest of us came from (In chronological order) 1. Eddie Lang, 2.Django Reinhardt, 3. Johnny Smith. 4. Les Paul. If you have not heard Johnny Smith's early 50's recording of S'Wonderful you have really missed a tour de force improv.
ah...yes.....they did forget Junior Brown
there’s no way Eddie can finger pick like Heath - very few can. Only players that come close are classical players.
You are correct my friend. You could start that list with Johnny Smith.
“Sorry, But Randy Rhoads was the greatest guitarist i ever seen or heard. At times, it sounded like there were 3 guitarists playing.”
Well, most of Randy’s parts on Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman were double- or triple-tracked. And he did it the hard way.
I’ve always thought that if he’d lived past 1982, most of us would be saying, “Yngwie WHO???”
While Steve Lukather is best known for Toto, it’s amazing how many hits he played on throughout the 80s.
It seems that Christian musicians may have been excluded from this list. Lincoln Brewster is also an amazing guitarist.
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