Best Classic Rock/Hard Rock Guitarists

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Best Classic Rock/Hard Rock guitarists. NO metal guitarists allowed!

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1Jimi Hendrix - Jimi Hendrix ExperienceJimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.
2Ritchie Blackmore - Deep Purple, RainbowRichard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the ...read more.

He played both hard rock and metal - Metal_Treasure

3Slash - Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver
4Jimmy Page - Led ZeppelinJames Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.
5Brian May - QueenBrian Harold May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.
6Angus Young - AC/DCAngus McKinnon Young is an Australian guitarist of Scottish origin, best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter and sole constant member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC.
7Pete Townshend - The WhoPeter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist and songwriter for the rock band The Who.V1 Comment
8Leslie West - Mountain
9Buck Dharma - Blue Oyster Cult
10Jimmy Page - The Yardbirds, Led ZeppelinJames Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

He's is so legendary, he's on here twice.

The Contenders

11Eddie Van Halen - Van HalenV1 Comment
12Mark Knopfler - Dire StraitsMark Freuder Knopfler, OBE is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer.
13Joe Perry - AerosmithAnthony Joseph "Joe" Perry is the lead guitarist, backing and occasional lead vocalist, and contributing songwriter for the American rock band Aerosmith.
14Ronnie Montrose - Montrose, Gamma
15Paul Stanley - KISSStanley Bert Eisen, known professionally by his stage name Paul Stanley, is an American musician, singer, songwriter and painter best known for being the rhythm guitarist and co-lead singer of the rock band Kiss.

You're kidding right? Paul Stanley on a guitarist list? The guy is almost tone deaf,like the rest of Kiss. I saw them live a few times in the 70s-80s. Cause I was dumb enough to think they were cool. They played and sang so horribly out of tune it was painful to listen to. They aren't musicians and they never were.

16Stevie Ray VaughanStephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of music, and ...read more.
17Ace Frehley - KISSPaul Daniel "Ace" Frehley is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as the former lead guitarist and founding member of the rock band Kiss.
18Joe Walsh - The EaglesJoseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh is an American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.
19Steve Lukather - Toto, studio
20Keith Richards - The Rolling StonesKeith Richards is an English musician—primarily a guitarist—singer, songwriter, best-selling memoirist, and founding member of the rock band The Rolling Stones.
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1. Jimmy Page - The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin
2. Ritchie Blackmore - Deep Purple, Rainbow
3. Pete Townshend - The Who
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1. Jimi Hendrix - Jimi Hendrix Experience
2. Ritchie Blackmore - Deep Purple, Rainbow
3. Slash - Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver
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