Greatest Deceased Guitarists


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21George HarrisonGeorge Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

A very classy gentleman, played amazing guitar and wrote some incredible songs. Most certainly he will be sadly missed and never forgotten.

RIP George

Influenced more people to take up the guitar than any other human. Vastly underrated because of the bands he was in.

My favorite person in the whole wide world... George will be missed by Millions

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23Glen Buxton (Alice Cooper)
24Jeff Healy (The Jeff Healy Band)

Jeff Healey deserves to be on the top 10 list. I play the guitar backwards and upside down I've never seen anything like it in my life. he was definitely wild on the guitar!

25Lowell George (Little Feat)

Great live guitar man...

26Danny Gatton

Taught many of the others.

27Johnny Winter

He never received the respect he should have. RIP Johnny

Heard some extremely expressive playing many years ago, thought it was Sammy Hagar, but found out later it was Johnny Winter...left an indelible impression. Thanks for the memories Johnny.

As far as a guitarist who sang and played, I put him right there with Hendrix. When Clapton goes I'd say those three in any particular order. I don't see any of these other guys being in the same class, particularly for Rock N' Roll. If there's a Rock N' Roll Valhalla Johnny and Jimi are cuttin' heads right now to see who gets to sit on the throne!

28Michael Hedges

Not sure how you pick the best of this list, but Hedges is easily top 5 if it comes to technical virtuosity.

Made the most beautiful and complex songs I've ever heard.

29Mick Ronson

The best thing to come of 'youll by a country mile, nary a week goes past without hearing some of Ronno's work on the radio, much underrated much loved amd very much missed :-(

30Wes Montgomery
31Terry Kath (Chicago)

I'm A Man, 25 or 6 to 4, Song of the Evergreens, the list goes on. Put TK in a regular rock band and this argument goes another direction. Was one of Hendrix' favorite guitarists.

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32Clarence White
33Andres Segovia
34Les PaulLester William Polsfuss, known as Les Paul, was an American jazz, country, and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier, and inventor.
36J.J. Cale

Rock isn t only a kind of music but also a way of life. It is shown in his songs and unique musical phrases which reveal a cool, sensitive bohemian troubadour creating that famous J.J. cALE atmosphere which made him famous and musically immortal.

37Criss Oliva (Savatage)Christopher "Criss" Michael Oliva was an American musician who was the lead guitarist and co-founder of the band Savatage.
38Alvin Lee
39Paul Kossoff

Simply the greatest of all time & always underrated

Very impressive, but all too brief a career that was meant for greatness.

40Lonnie Mack
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