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Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
Rolling Stone magazine made a list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Guess the top 30.
Last updated: March 30, 2012
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Stevie Ray Vaughan
Eddie Van Halen
Jun 5, 2013
I was going to take the test, until it mentioned Rolling Stone. TERRIBLE list.
Jul 16, 2013
It's Jimi Hendrix, not Jimmy.
Jan 7, 2014
The vast majority on this list are from the fifties, sixties, and early seventies. That implies there have been no guitarists in the last 40 years that are worthy of being included. Beyond that, the Rolling Stones were a rock and roll phenomenon, Rock icons! But Keith Richards is hardly the 4th best guitarist of all time. Really? Look at the musicians that come after him; Jeff Beck, Eddie Van Halen, Duane Allman, Carlos Santana? Are you kidding me! Also, love Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, but its laughable to say that Neil Young is one of the greatest guitarists of all time and ranks ahead of Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Carlos Santana. I like Neil Young, but he doesn't belong anywhere on this list.
Mar 16, 2014
That is Rolling Stone... David Gilmour in the top 30 and not Steve Howe and Robert Fripp.
Apr 2, 2014
Johnny Ramone? really rolling stone? I understand the ramones are legends, but he's not as good as the others on the list. I think Malmsteen should be on here.
Oct 30, 2017
Thank you for mentioning Yngwie!
Aug 3, 2014
rolling stone magazine is a joke. several names are left off of this list and that is a shame. johnny ramone is nowhere close to the top 30
Nov 1, 2014
If I remember right, this list was determined by a reader poll, which means that it isn't Rolling Stone's staff who decided this, but readers who used whatever criteria they felt like. When you see the full list of 100 it becomes very apparent that a lot of people were just voting for the guitarist of their favorite band. There was no attempt to come up with an authoritative list based on actual criteria like technical ability or anything like that, or else more than half the list would probably be the lead guitarists of metal bands most people (including anyone who has ever worked for Rolling Stone) have never heard of. But yeah, this list is a joke.
Nov 2, 2015
The exclusion of early influences like Muddy Waters and T-Bone Walker is a bit alarming to say the least.
Sep 26, 2017
I think Bo Diddley and B.B. King are as much of a nod to those early influences as they were willing to give. Plus, I'm pretty sure this was based on a reader poll, meaning a bunch of people who have no idea what they're talking about and just voted for their favorite band's guitarist.
Jun 15, 2017
If you want a different take, try the top 100 I put together. There's still plenty to disagree with, but I made an effort to judge based entirely on what I heard and not on popularity and reputation.
Bluesdjben's 100 Best Guitarists of All Time
Apr 19, 2018
Notably missing is Jonny Greenwood!
Aug 24, 2018
The list is an absolute joke, no Steve Vai but Keith Richards. Ridiculous.
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