Jimi Hendrix named best guitarist ever

2011-11-23 11:12
Los Angeles - Legendary musician Jimi Hendrix was named the greatest guitar player in history on Wednesday by Rolling Stone magazine in a list compiled by a panel of music experts and top guitar players.

"Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage," said Grammy-winning guitarist Tom Morello in the magazine, citing Hendrix's Purple Haze and The Star-Spangled Banner as key tracks.

Hendrix is joined by the likes of Eric Clapton, BB King, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Pete Townshend among the top 10, in a list laden with rock 'n roll icons spanning decades.

The panel of experts recruited to vote for their favorite guitar players included musicians such as Lenny Kravitz, Eddie Van Halen (who was voted No 8), Brian May and Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys, along with a selection of Rolling Stone's senior writers and editors.

The experts also weighed in on their favorites, with Pearl Jam's Mike McCready calling Eddie Van Halen "a master of riffs" and Joe Perry praising Jimmy Page's "vision of how to transcend the stereotypes of what the guitar can do."

The full list will be featured in a special issue with four special covers of Van Halen, Clapton, Hendrix and Page, and will be on US newsstands and online at www.rollingstone.com from November 25.

Rolling Stone's top 10 greatest guitarists are as follows:

1. Jimi Hendrix

2. Eric Clapton

3. Jimmy Page

4. Keith Richards

5. Jeff Beck

6. BB King

7. Chuck Berry

8. Eddie Van Halen

9. Duane Allman

10. Pete Townshend

Comments

  • clement.kotze - 2011-11-23 11:56

    @Penny-wise I agree absolutely! With all your observations about the list. Jimi is my idol and was definitely great. He also reportedly adored flamenco players. The list is culture specific - blues based commercial American/British bands. Flamenco guitar players - mainly from Andalicia - are definitely the best guitar players ever, by a million miles, e.g. Tomatito, Paco de Lucia, Moraito, Sabicas, etc.

      Penny-wise - 2011-11-23 12:12

      Nice to share thoughts/comments with like-minded people who understand what great guitar playing is all about. One of the best I saw live, was a young guy who took centre stage and did a solo with the Gypsie Kings. I've been trying to find that video or identify the guitarist. The Kings stood around him as he played and they were mesmerised !!! Freakin awesome!

  • antonio.ravell - 2011-11-23 12:35

    No stevie ray vaughan......no ways

  • Bianca - 2011-11-23 13:04

    No Stevie Ray Vaughan, or even Slash???? But otherwise good list.... What about the brother and sister duo, who do the Spanish music and all sorts of covers, they are brilliant!!!

  • James - 2011-11-23 13:08

    Have youtaken into account Jazz guitar players like Joe Pass

  • gillian.sanderson - 2011-11-23 13:56

    Cool bananas!!!

      gillian.sanderson - 2011-11-23 14:01

      There are so man great guitarists out there - Steven Stills, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Carlos Santana but Jimi showed them all how to do it best!

  • Vinesh - 2011-11-23 15:50

    No David Gilmour and the Dire Straits' frontman?????

      Penny-wise - 2011-11-23 17:40

      You mean Mark Knoffler. He's good, not sure about a top 10 though

  • limphow - 2011-11-23 16:03

    I'm happy with list especially that old Chuck Berry made the top10. Marshall Hendrix indeed was the best

  • miss.pandalemming - 2011-11-30 15:43

    John Frusciante..?

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