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100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time…


 

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I remember when this list came out, I was working at VFNZ and immediately got into an argument with a guy who I worked with and it centered around that I couldn’t understand why Mike Bloomfield was rated above Ritchie Blackmore…his argument? Bloomfield inspired DJs just like him all round the world…WTF?

Anyway, I thought I would sho some highlights (and lowlights) from the Rolling Stone list and cross-reference it with Guitar World’s greatest guitar solos…makes for interesting reading (if you like guitars and random lists)…

  • #96 Angus Young
  • #87 Joan Jett
  • #86 Tony Iommi
  • #85 Randy Rhoads (RIP) – #28 “Mr. Crowley”, #9 “Crazy Train”
  • #82 David Gilmour – #21 “Time” #4 “Comfortably Numb”
  • #72 Joni Mitchell
  • #71 Lightnin Hopkins (RIP)
  • #70 Eddie Van Halen – #46 “Hot For The Teacher”, #2 “Eruption”
  • #55 Ritchie Blackmore – #15 “Highway Star”
  • #51 Paul Kossoff (RIP)
  • #50 Pete Townshend
  • #30 Buddy Guy
  • #27 Mark Knopfler – #22 “Sultans of Swing”
  • #15 Carlos Santana – #49 “Europa”,
  • #13 Jerry Garcia
  • #12 Kurt Cobain (RIP) – #26 “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
  • #11 Kurt Hammett – #24″Fade to Black”7 “One”
  • #10 Keith Richards (RIP? So hard to tell) – #48 “Sympathy For The Devil”
  • #9 Jimmy Page – #38 “Whole Lotta Love”, #16 “Heartbreaker”, #1 “Stairway to Heaven”
  • #8 Ry Cooder
  • #7 Stevie Ray Vaughan (RIP) – #27 “Pride and Joy”, #13 “Texas Flood”
  • #6 Chuck Berry – #12 “Johnny B. Goode”
  • #5 Robert Johnson (RIP)
  • #4 Eric Clapton – #43 “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, #14 “Layla”, #10 “Crossroads”
  • #3 B.B King – #33 “The Thrill Is Gone”
  • #2 Duane Allman (RIP) – #14 “Layla”
  • #1 Jimi (RIP) – #32 “Machine Gun”, #18 “Little Wing”, #11 “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” #5 “All Along The Watchtower”

Notable omissions – Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen, Ted Nugent, Martin Barre, KK Downing, Joe Walsh, Lita Ford, Peter Frampton,  and Slash…hmmm, I would love to know the basis for the reasoning, but in saying that, isn’t it great to have topics to debate?

Of those above, the following have had a signature model guitar made in their honour;

Fender –

  • Hendrix – left-handed white Strat, also four replicas of the one used at Woodstock (only one in private ownership), plus a VoodooCaster
  • Ritchie Blackmore – middle pickup omitted
  • Eric Clapton – in a range of colours
  • David Gilmour – two versions of his “Black Strat”
  • Buddy Guy – includes colour scheme of black and white polka dots
  • Mark Knopfler – with five-way switching
  • Eddie Van Halen – Frankenstrat
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan – replica of “Number One”

Gibson –

  • Pete Townshend – including #1 Wine Red
  • Jimmy Page – 3 models, two based on #2 and one on #1
  • Eric Clapton – the Beano Burst which was stolen and is considered one of the most sought after icons
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