Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

February 6, 2012 by staff 

Greatest Guitarists Of All Time, Rolling Stone magazine recently released the list of their top 100 guitarists of all time. They selected a panel of professional musicians, producers, and other experts to rank their favorite guitar legends. Lenny Kravitz, Eddie Van Halen, Nancy Wilson, Carlos Santana, Tom Morello, and Brenden O’Brien were among those on the panel. Their top three picks were Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and as the number one Top Guitarist of All Time, Jimi Hendrix.

Jimi Hendrix is broadly considered to be one of the best electrical guitarists in music history. Rolling Stone described him as “[exploding what their] idea of rock music could be.” Hendrix’ early career began in 1962 and he has continued to be one of the most influential musicians in a wide range of musical genres.

Hendrix has received many of the most prestigious music awards including being inducted to both the UK Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is greatly associated with his guitar of choice, the Fender Stratocaster, and his unique musical style and seemingly effortless playing has made him a rock icon worldwide. One of his most recognized tracks is his rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

Eric Clapton, ranking second on the list, is the only 3-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has also earned 17 Grammy Awards. He earned a Grammy Award for Song of the Year with, “Tears in Heaven” in 1993. Clapton started out playing for the Yardbirds and eventually formed the band, Cream. His blues-based sound and simplistic style has allowed him to stand out. Eddie Van Halen described him as “basically the only guitar player who influenced [him].”

The third top guitarist, Jimmy Page, is also a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. He is known and admired for writing, playing, and producing most of his own songs. Page has experience playing initially for the Yardbirds and later, Led Zeppelin. Some of his noteworthy tracks include “Heartbreaker” and “Stairway to Heaven.” Gibson even released several Les Paul guitars named after and in honor of the British rock star.

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