Best Classic Rock/Hard Rock Guitarists

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

The Top Ten

1 Jimi Hendrix - Jimi Hendrix Experience Jimi Hendrix - Jimi Hendrix Experience 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.
2 Ritchie Blackmore - Deep Purple, Rainbow Ritchie Blackmore - Deep Purple, Rainbow Richard 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

3 Slash - Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver
4 Jimmy Page - Led Zeppelin Jimmy Page - Led Zeppelin 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.
5 Pete Townshend - The Who Pete Townshend - The Who 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 Brian May - Queen Brian May - Queen Brian Harold May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.

Brilliant guitarist of Queen.

He is not just a brillian guitarist, but a brilliant song writer, too.

7 Angus Young - AC/DC Angus Young - AC/DC 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.
8 Leslie West - Mountain Leslie West - Mountain
9 Buck Dharma - Blue Oyster Cult
10 Jimmy Page - The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin Jimmy Page - The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin 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.

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

The Contenders

11 Mark Knopfler - Dire Straits Mark Knopfler - Dire Straits Mark Freuder Knopfler is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer. He is best known for being the frontman of the British band Dire Straits.
12 Steve Lukather - Toto, studio Steve Lukather - Toto, studio Steven Lee Lukather is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger and record producer, best known for his work with the rock band Toto. A prolific session musician, Lukather has recorded guitar tracks for more than 1,500 albums representing a broad array of artists and genres. He has also contributed ...read more.

He can play whatever you want! The way he play it sounds like he has 3 hands as at the same time he sings like an angel!

13 Eddie Van Halen - Van Halen

Why is Eddie so low?

14 Joe Perry - Aerosmith Joe Perry - Aerosmith Anthony Joseph "Joe" Perry is the lead guitarist, backing and occasional lead vocalist, and contributing songwriter for the American rock band Aerosmith.
15 Ace Frehley - KISS Ace Frehley - KISS Paul 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.

Numero uno, melodic memorable solos

16 Ronnie Montrose - Montrose, Gamma
17 Paul Stanley - KISS Paul Stanley - KISS Stanley 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.

18 David Gilmour - Pink Floyd David Gilmour - Pink Floyd David Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.
19 Stevie Ray Vaughan Stevie Ray Vaughan Stephen "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.
20 Joe Walsh - The Eagles Joe Walsh - The Eagles Joseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh is an American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.
21 Keith Richards - The Rolling Stones Keith Richards - The Rolling Stones Keith Richards is an English musician—primarily a guitarist—singer, songwriter, best-selling memoirist, and founding member of the rock band The Rolling Stones.
22 Ron Wood - Faces, The Rolling Stones
23 Todd Rundgren - Nazz, solo, Utopia Todd Rundgren - Nazz, solo, Utopia
24 John Lennon - The Beatles, solo John Lennon - The Beatles, solo John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.
25 George Harrison - The Beatles, solo George Harrison - The Beatles, solo George Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.
26 Tommy Bolin - Zephyr, The James Gang, Deep Purple, solo Tommy Bolin - Zephyr, The James Gang, Deep Purple, solo Thomas Richard "Tommy" Bolin was an American-born guitarist who played with Zephyr, The James Gang, and Deep Purple; in addition to maintaining a notable solo career.
27 Terry Kath - Chicago Terry Kath - Chicago Terry Alan Kath was an American musician and songwriter, best known as the original guitarist, one of the lead singers and founding members of the rock band Chicago.
28 Don Felder - The Eagles
29 Steve Howe - Tomorrow, Yes Steve Howe - Tomorrow, Yes Stephen James "Steve" Howe is an English musician and songwriter. He is best known as the guitarist in the progressive rock group Yes.
30 Steve Hackett - Genesis, solo
31 Jeff Beck - The Yardbirds, solo Jeff Beck - The Yardbirds, solo Geoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck is an English rock guitarist. He is one of the three noted guitarists to have played with The Yardbirds (the other two being Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page). Beck also formed The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice.
32 Eric Clapton - John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, The Yardbirds, Cream, Derek and The Dominos, solo
33 Roger McGuinn - The Byrds, solo Roger McGuinn - The Byrds, solo James Roger McGuinn known professionally as Roger McGuinn and previously as Jim McGuinn, is an American musician.
34 Rick Parfitt - Status Quo
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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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