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He could have become the bets guitarist ever, but he was drinking to much and taking drugs.
But for me he will always be the best!!!!
Just shaded it over Scott Gorham, both amazing guitarists. His solos on Live & Dangerous should propel him to top 10 along with Scott.
This guy is really good, not only makes The Strokes sound great, but has an excellent solo album as well.
Clarence White almost single-handedly legitimized the acoustic guitar as a lead instrument in bluegrass. With few exceptions, before Clarence, the guitar was strictly a rhythm instrument. Tony Rice, arguably the greatest living bluegrass guitarist, cites his friend Clarence as his primary musical influence. Rice owns and plays Clarence's highly modified 1935 Martin D-28. David Grier and Russ Barenberg are two other highly acclaimed acoustic guitarists who were heavily influenced by White's innovative and highly sophisticated guitar work.
On the electric side of the guitar spectrum, White was similarly influential. With fellow Byrd Gene Parsons, White invented the B-Bender device. This device raises the b (second) string of the guitar a whole step by the use of pulleys and levers attached to the upper strap knob and the second string on the guitar. It is activated by pushing down on the neck, and produces a "pedal steel" type sound. Subsequently, his Telecaster sound became at least as revered as his bluegrass playing. Marty Stuart was one player highly influenced by White's playing; he owns and regularly plays White's now-legendary Fender Telecaster.
The guitarist from all the super nintendo video games like mega man and streetfighter. although he dusnt have a band "perSay" he can still tear itup
if you haven't seen him solo, you haven't lived......the way he jams with that slide, on an acoustic guitar is absolutely phenominal, he plays so fast and so all over the place......sure he's not very popular, and doesn't have the image or catchyness of hendrix, or page, or van halen, but i guarantee that he could play any of their riffs, and the only one that might be able to play his is jimmy page.......though it's doubtful
Formerly of the Sex Pistols and accompanying Iggy Pop, then with his own band, his music featured in NANA: Love for NANA Tribute album - ah, his guitar is majestic, epic!
This was a monster of a band during the 70ís. With Heartís original line up, only a few could clam to have ever had there musical talent. Ann Wilson on Lead Vocals, Michael Derosier on drums, Steve Fossen playing bass and three of the most underrated guitar players of all time Nancy Wilson, Roger Fisher and Howard Leese. HEART could play with the best of them and if they would have been able to stay together they would have easily dominated rock music well into the 21st century and for that reason alone Howard Leese should be in the top 30 on this list.
Howard leese is underated. 22 years in the super group HEART. That alone should put Leese on this list.
One of the most forgotten and def one of the best.
m/!!! well done hu ever put this up u are wise indeed
Can play a pretty mean slide guitar
Just listen to the song Stokin' The Neighbors, Lullaby, Baggage, and Burn That Bridge When We Get To It...
Why The Hell Isnt Euroboy even mentioned here, he is easily one of the best guitarists alive today alot of his work hasnt been tabbed because its a pain in the ass to figure out
This guy is flawless, If any one has herd the CD Indian summer would know he's one of the best.
he is the best base player in the world,i saw him play in newcastle ,he is the best
When it comes to the slide, he was perhaps the best. A favorite of Jimmy Page.
It would seem this list has also overlooked Warren Haynes.
Robert Cray has been in the guitar business for a while and he has revolutionized the blues. Not that many people have heard of him cause his genre isnt really a popular one, but he is still a great guitarist.
Greatest guitarist ever, great solos, great rythm
The greatest uruguayan guitarist.
His as good as Brian May, Queen.
Try to find a solo of him and listen.
He is a god
he's better than chuck norris and the green day , but i respect them but prince
bobby cochran played with a chet adkins style from the time he was about 10 years old and has been taking his undistorted skill to the limit ever since he learned how to play.he has a few fast songs that are even faster than any thing van halen or slash ever put out but isnt recognized as he should be because he has had too much lable trouble to atay a professionas for mor than a few years, yet in the little time he had under a lable he produced some of the most complicated peices of musec using both clean 1940/50 style playing and acoustic. that is why bobby cochran is the best guitarist ever.
Karl Sanders is a very technical,death metal guitarist.He may not be one of the best guitarists ever,but no doubt he is very good.Songs like 'What may safely be written' and 'Annihilation of the Wicked' prove it!
ya all should keep an eye on this young guy , he has "IT"
On Buckethead, someone wrote "The only guitarist who can play heavy metal about slaughterhouses and then play a soothing lullaby. ". I'm sorry but Devin Townsend released the DTP albums with both acoustic, pop and metal on. He's diverse, a fantastic song writer, and superb shredder and a comedic genius. What more could you want in someone.
From his brutally heavy work with the runaway success Strapping Young Lad to his solo work and especially his latest album, Ziltoid the Omniscient, Devin has a strong sense of fun, and is a gifted composer as well as guitarist.
Refined the talking guitar that was made popular by Peter Frampton, but deserves a mention on this list.
A relentless and underrated guitarist. Plays with a hard edge.
His major instrument is a slide guitar, but he has to be ranked amongst the best new guitarist. His live show is much better than his recordings though.
He is good..Jimi Hendrix played with him
best guitar player of all times - Whitesnake rules!
Nobody remembers the studio players. This dude has played on more hit records than most folks on this list.
the guy is unbelievable where is his place
from "XYZ"..band came a bit late on the metal scene, but his guitar playing was spectacular.
this guy is good he should be in the top 15 listen to his wasted time solo i just keep my eyes closed whenever i listen to it, i felt i was playing it
one of pinoys great guitarist..too bad he isnt playing here anymore
An incredible guitarist rock/blues genre. should be in top 50
You guys are way too biased towards mainstream music. Get a load of this guy.
The best guitarrist (of my country) I ever hear (from chile)
he is one of the best Guitarists i have ever heard. and that is the naked truth
He's skill has touched many hearts
Listen to "The Black Goddess Rises" solo!
The king of all things 80's, plus he has some of the best background riffs.
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