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TOP 10 GREATEST GUITAR PLAYERS

If you're gonna talk Rock and Roll, and particularly guitar players, here is a group of guys that need to be included in the discussion.   From the screaming guitar of Eddie Van Halen, to the heavy riffs and powerful playing of Angus Young's Gibson SG, to the roots of the blues with B.B. King & lucille.   It is likely that anyone playing guitar today has been influenced in one way or another by someone on this page. 

"I saw all the women and I figured that looked good.  I was horny.  I got a guitar off my brother and started playing anything.  -  Angus Young

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Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen.

Born: January 26 1955, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Genre:  Rock

Guitar:  "Frankenstien" a modified stratocaster type guitar, usually a Kramer. 

Groups :  Van Halen

Probably most famous for "Eruption", the guitar solo intro to "you really got me" 

Eddie Van Halen Guitar Frankenstien
Jimmy Page

Jimmy Page.

Born: January 9 1944, Middlesex, England

Genre:  Rock

Guitar:  Famous for the Gibson EDS1275 used in Stairway to heaven, (pictured) but more often played Gibson standards, named No.1 and No.2, and a host of Fenders and other guitars.

Groups :  The Yardbirds, Led Zepellin, Page and Plant.

Famous song:  "Stairway to heaven"

Jimmy Pages Guitar - Gibson

Eric Clapton

 

Eric Clapton.

Born: March 30, 1945.  Surrey, England

Genre:  Rock, R&B, Blues.  

Guitar:  Fender Stratocaster, Fender Telecaster.  (brownie and blackie)  Gibson Les Paul, Gibson SG, Gibson ES-335

Groups :  The Yardbirds, John Mayhall and the bluesbreakers,  Cream,  Blind Faith,  Derek and the Dominos

Nicknamed "Slowhand", has been inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame 3 times !

Eric 
      
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Claptons Fender Stratocaster
Angus Young

Angus Young.

Born: March 31, 1955.  Glasgow, Scotland.

Genre:  Rock, Blues.

Guitar:  Gibson SG

Groups :  AC/DC

Formed AC/DC at age 18 with brother malcolm who plays rhythm guitar.  AC/DC would later become one of the most influential Rock bands of all time. 

Angus Young Gibson 
      
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 SG

Randy Rhoads

Randy Rhoads.

Born: December 6, 1956.  Santa Monica, California

Genre:  Hard Rock, Heavy Metal.  

Guitar:  Jackson Flying V.   Jackson Randy Rhoads signature model.   Gibson Les Paul Custom.

Groups :  Quiet Riot, Ozzy Ozbourne

"Mr. Crowley" and "Crazy Train" are two of the more well known songs he worked on.    Randy Rhoads died in a small plane crash in 1982 while the pilot of the plane was buzzing Ozzy's tour bus.  RIP Randy

Randy Rhoads Flying V
Steve Vai

Steve Vai.

Born: June 6, 1960.  Carle Place, New York.

Genre:  Rock, Hard Rock.  

Guitar:  Ibanez JEM

Groups :  David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, Alcatrazz, Frank Zappa, G3.

Taught by Joe Satriani, (and himself), Steve Vai is a virtuoso of guitar, and considered to be one of the more technically perfect rock guitarists.  

Steve Vai Ibanez

Stevie Ray Vaughan

 

Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Born: October 3, 1954.  Dallas Texas.

Genre:  Blues

Guitar:  Fender Stratocaster  (No. 1)

Groups :  Double Trouble.

One of the most influential blues guitarists in america during his life and since his death.   Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed in a helicopter crash in the early morning of August 27, 1990.  His is sorely missed.

Stevie Ray Vaughans guitar
BB King

B.B. King.

Born: Sept 16 1925.  Indianola Mississippi, USA.

Genre:  R&B, Blues.  

Guitar:  Lucille, a black Gibson ES-335 

Groups:  BB KIng  

The most widely respected blues guitarist in the world.   "Lucille" is his trademark guitar.   B.B. King is the fictional mayor of XM Satellite's "Bluesville" radio channel. 

BB Kings Gibson - Lucille

Joe Satriani

                                                                        

Joe Satriani

Born: July 15 1956.  Westbury NY, USA.

Genre:  Instrumental Rock, Jazz Fusion, Hard Rock

Guitar:  Ibanez Joe Satriani Signature model

Groups:  Joe Satriani, G3

Joe Satriani is a  former guitar instructor who taught the likes of Kirk Hammet (Metallica) and Steve Vai.   He started playing guitar at the age of 14 after learning of Jimmy Hendrix' death.    Satch as his fans call him has been totally shredding ever since.  

Joe Satriani ibanez

Jimmy Hendrix

Jimmy Hendrix

Born: November 27, 1942.  Seattle, Washington, USA.

Genre: Blues Rock / Psychedelic rock

Guitar:  Fender Stratocaster, Gibson "Flying V"

Groups:  The Jimmy Hendrix Experience
                 Gypsy Sun and the Rainbows
                 The cry of Love

Probably one of the most influential guitarists of all time.   Hendrix usually played a Fender Stratocaster upside down and re-strung.     He was an early pioneer, paving the way to Hard Rock, and eventually heavy Metal.   Jimmy Hendrix was found dead in a London Hotel on September 18, 1970.    

Jimmy Hendrix Guitar

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