Best Classic Rock Guitarists

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The Top Ten

1 Brian May Brian May Brian Harold May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.

Brian May was a genius on that guitar. Especially that solo during Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy. He can make it sound like most every instrument. Reasons why Queen is the best band of all time, in my humble opinion.

Brian May is the greatest guitar player of all time.His solos in"bohemian rhapsody" and "we will rock you" are unbelievable!

2 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix Jimi 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.
3 Jimmy Page Jimmy Page James 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.
4 Eric Clapton Eric Clapton Eric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.
5 Pete Townshend Pete Townshend Peter 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 .
6 David Gilmore
7 Joe Perry Joe Perry Anthony Joseph "Joe" Perry is the lead guitarist, backing and occasional lead vocalist, and contributing songwriter for the American rock band Aerosmith.
8 Kieth Richards
9 Joe Walsh Joe Walsh Joseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh is an American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.
10 Mark Knopfler Mark Knopfler Mark Freuder Knopfler, OBE is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer.

The Contenders

11 Peter Frampton Peter Frampton
12 Angus Young Angus Young Angus 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. When performing live he does his own version of Chuck Berry's "duck walk" and has also spun on his side while ...read more.
13 Eddie Van Halen Eddie Van Halen Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.

I think Eddie Van Halen deserves to be #2 on this list!

he completely changed the way guitarists play their guitars in rock N Roll -

14 Alex Lifeson Alex Lifeson Aleksandar Živojinović, OC, better known by his stage name Alex Lifeson, is a Canadian musician, best known as the guitarist of the Canadian rock band Rush.
15 Todd Rundgren - Something/Anything? Todd Rundgren - Something/Anything?

Todd Rundgren not only played the guitar, but piano flute drums and way more, and he plays each and every instument professionaly, he also happens to be very respected.

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