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 .

Since this is TheTopTe ns.c om here are my Top 10 Pete Townshend guitar songs by The Who
1) Pinball Wizard �" The story goes that Pete Townshend wrote this song because he knew one of the main rock critics in England loved pinball. It turned out to be one of the most important hits The Who ever had which made the album “Tommy” a huge success and saved The Who from bankruptcy (you can only smash your instruments for so long before money becomes an issue). Pinball became a great symbol in the story of “Tommy” as well �" that we are more than just our earthly senses �" hence why the deaf, dumb and blind boy could become the pinball wizard. Pete Townshend gets the Who MVP for the song “Pinball Wizard” for his writing, guitar and vocal work and the definitive version is on the album “Tommy”.

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2) 5:15 �" As with a lot of the songs on “Quadrophenia”, this song vacillates ...more - Garjen

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.
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, OBE is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer.
12 Eddie Van Halen - Van Halen V 1 Comment
13 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.
14 Ronnie Montrose - Montrose, Gamma
15 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.

16 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.
17 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.
18 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.
19 Joe Walsh - The Eagles Joe Walsh - The Eagles Joseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh is an American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.
20 Steve Lukather - Toto, studio Steve Lukather - Toto, studio
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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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