Greatest Deceased Guitarists
Jimi. Charisma abound. He could drawn you into his playing like no other. Probability the most influential guitarist of all time.
Always voted top by all his peers. Innovative. Inspired generations of guitarists since. Number 1 by a country mile.
Such a bad guitarist the only reason people think he's good is because he's dead
He is the greatest of them all. Yes, it is ridiculous that he isn't first.
What a great talent has been taken away from us! Truly shaped metal with his approach to playing!
Among the best! Wicked solos and tricks for sure. A good guy and awesome stage presence.
A True savant on guitar, style and speed. Nicest person you could ever meet.
What he did for shredding and heavy guitar is unmatched
Randy is a GOD... 25 is no age to die, (Hendrix and Cobain were 27! Probably only more acknowledged for being part of the club) especially not the way he died... what he accomplished in his small career however was far greater than 99% musicians out there today. Most versatile and not only changed guitar but also music, completely broadened it with concepts of writing in different keys etc. flying high again is more impressive to me than any of hendrix's music and his live recordings were unbelievable. He was also extremely humble and respectable plus had no influence of drugs on his music, not many people can say that.
He changed rock at his time. Revolutionized his sound and helped ozzy a lot. It's a shame he died so young. Had so much potential. Definitely could've had his name more so recognized had he stayed around. Much greater of a player than zakk wylde. Truly underrated due to misfortune of early death. His crazy train was derailed before it left station
I remember listening to Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman in the car with my Dad when I had only played guitar for about 3 months. After Mr. Crowley I thought to myself, "I want to be like this guy! " Randy Rhoads will forever be my favorite guitar player. He has completely influenced my style of playing and the musician I am today.
Hendrix has my vote for most innovative and influential to musicians, but the loss of Randy Rhoads' brilliance, and others like Malcolm Young of AC/DC, Gaines/Collins of Lynyrd Skynyrd, for some reason have cut much deeper into my heart and hurt more. May they all RIP, they're not forgotten and sorely effing missed.
Awesome blues guitarist that started a new generation of blues . Saw Stevie about a month before his death. Great voice for singing the blues & his guitar never stop playing.
This list is the "top ten most popular" among the contemporary idiots that think they know talent, not the top ten best. George Harrison and Prince belong in the top five, most definitely. John Lennon? You gotta be kidding. Stevie Ray and Jimi should share number one, because they just didn't typically play the same genre. Where's BB King?
The greatest guitarist in opinion. I haven't viewed any of his videos that have left me feeling blah. His energy just pulls me in.
Stevie Ray could make the guitar sing, cry and dance to every note. Not many guitarists can give the guitar feeling, but Stevie did just that. He could play a solo flawlessly. If I would recommend listening to newer guitarists, SRV would be at the top of the list.
Chuck is so underrated. You are a legend, mate.
Why is chuck so underrated
Master of his arts.
He's the real mvp
One of the best rythym players ever
The Beatles guitarist. They wouldn't have been them without him. Over shadowed by John & Paul, George came into his own right with his playing & ever growing song writing. God Bless him.
A very classy gentleman, played amazing guitar and wrote some incredible songs. Most certainly he will be sadly missed and never forgotten.
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
Duane once said his fingers were like wired to his brain. Love the his brain worked. From his studio work to the Allman Bro's., he was no less than awesome.
I believe Duane, had he lived, had the ability to surpass Clapton. When he died in '71, he already established his ability and "a" sound, but according to little brother Gregg, "he was nowhere near his peak and practiced constantly to reach it. Sure he wanted to start a band and making money made life easier, but it didn't stop there. Duane had a real passion and you could hear it in his music.
Simply the best of all time in my humble opinion. Made history in putting southern rock on the map, besides his legendary playing alongside Dickey Betts, Eric Clapton... Best slide player of all time, period! R.I.P. Huge fan from Brazil.
Simply the best of all time. The slide supremo. Huge brazilian fan! Long live the Allman Brothers Band!
That boy could shred a fretboard & is one of the greatest soloist's EVER!
All 6"5 of that boy rocked a stage presence & wrecking a ThunderBird, Explorer or Strat!
This generation doesn't have a clue what true musicians are!
Allen will always be known for his Freebies solo, but he was an amazing rythym player. His soloing skills were excellent and he knew his way a round the fretboard
T for tecas...knebworth...blew richards and wood off the stage
Truly an amazing guitarist, and to sing at the same time; truly a legend who left too soon.
He was an inspiration to me and I will never forget his music. He was truly amazing.
What he was never a good guitar player
He was so awesome I looked up to him a lot and he was my inspiration for playing guitar and singing at the same time some say that's hard to do but Kurt mastered it
Rory Gallagher was the People's Guitarist. Unassuming but tenacious, the Irish blues man devoted his life to touring and playing his beloved Fender Strat...
Jimi hit the nail on the head. They are in my top five. Rory and Jimi are in my top five. Johnney Winter is there, too. The other two don't qualify yet-They're still alive.
Amazing Guitarist. Some of the greats will tell you the same thing!
Straight out blues guitarist that put a whole new spin on things
All these guys are incredible, but if we are talking pure technical skill Prince blows most of them out of the water. Top 5 without a doubt, along with Vaughan, Hendrix, Gallagher, and Rhoads.
Listen to his solo on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" it's the BEST EVER
He should be #1
Gary could shred a guitar faster than your mind could keep up with. Just listen to Hiroshima. His Parisian Ways puts a tear in my eye every time .
Give a listen to "Still Got the Blues" and the live version of "Cold-Hearted". Gary Moore belongs in the top three, easy.
Definitely one of the greatest of all time, I would say number 3 between Clapton and Jeff Beck!
Legend nothing more needs to be said. A gentleman with sole and the best I had seen live
Jerry Garcia is one of the best guitarists and as much as I like Kurt Cobain how is Kurt ahead of him.
Miss him so! Bad. Oh bobby pappy is too much. Old dead head 200 shows, 58 yrs old. Thanks.
Played with his heart, more than his fingers.
Kurt Cobain knew three scales, let's at least get Jeryy above him.
Making over 80 albums and everyone sounding unique. He was a genius in his writing and he heard music in everything. Belongs higher on the list. Kurt cobain was the best at being the worst guitar player. Anyone that has ever studied the guitar can contest to the fact that many of these lists are so far off
Hands down the best modern day musical genius of all time!
The best musician of all time.. Well for me at least.
Shut up and play your guitar.
Saw Roy play in Tucson at a bar called Dooley's in the early 80's. Was 10 feet from him. He played pure music...Didn't need all the pedals and gizmos some of the other top guitarists use. My opinion top 5. Listen to Down By The River on the Sweet Dreams Anthology and tell me what you think!
Never saw Roy, but from the 1st LP I heard made me a fan. The way he played 'Hey Joe' made the other versions seem a bit weak.
Worthy of the top ten list in my opinion!
The best guitarist you never heard of
One of the best and most influential rock guitarists that has ever lived. Should be #1 in my opinion. Who doesn't love Def Leppard? Everybody knows Pour Some Sugar On Me and Photograph. Come on guys, start voting.
I’m my opinion I think that Steve Clark was one of the best guitarists who has ever lived- he played with such emotion and passion and played very well and didn’t show off about how fast he could shred a guitar but he played like he meant it and with such amount of passion and emotion. His solos in God’s of War, Love bites, Bringin on the Heartbreak (and many more amazing songs) are truly beautiful like him and he is often over looke sby people like slash and Jimi but if you go onto YouTube and watch them play drunk or whatever they are awful (no offense) but Steve wasn’t like that he always put his music first and was such a beautiful, underrated, loved soul who should still be alive today- he didn’t deserve to die but he will always he in our hearts xx
He's the reason why I picked up a guitar and he'll live in my heart till the day that I die
He should be at number 15 at least
This guy should have been there then you guys would know what he was...listen 2 his music then you'll know what I mean
BB king was one of the greatest Blues guitar players of all time. his personal best songs are "blues boys tune" and "sweet sixten" his lives are amazing. back in the days BB king belonged to the three Kings of blues. Albert king, Freddie King, BB king.
BB king played with the greatest guitar folk,blues and rock players. He even recorded a full album with Eric Clapton not too long ago.
He had his own club in chicago where he was playing with his band
BB king was without a doubt one of the greatest blues Guitar Musicians of all time
What can you said that hasn't been said. The man made Lucille talk and tell the story of the blues ever time he picked her up.
He inspired Everyone!
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.
A true blues guitarist
He could write, sing and play. Check out his tone on Alphonse Mouzon's Golden Rainbows, Speed and innovation on Cobham's Quadrant 4, funk on Deep Purples Getting Tighter, writing, singing, playing on James Gang's Alexis and Rock/Jazz work out while 6 months away from his heroin fueled death on Post Toastee. But hey, he was no Cobain lol.
Bolin had many styles and tones in his repertoire. It is criminal how low he is ranked here
A fleeting glimpse of brilliance at it's understated best
Easily top ten candidate!
Not sure how you pick the best of this list, but Hedges is easily top 5 if it comes to technical virtuosity.
Seemed like he was playing multiple instruments at one time. Very courageous player.
Made the most beautiful and complex songs I've ever heard.
Not so much rock, but a virtuso of style and broad range of musical genre.
Amazing guitarist, it's such a shame he had to get rapped up in herion.
Slim is the best
Always said he played guitar to support his hot rod hobby, Danny played Western-Swing, C&W, Rockabilly, Blues, Soul, Rock & Jazz. From Maryland, he was an unassuming individual until he picked up a guitar then watch out. He was without a doubt THE master of the Telecaster even nicknamed "The Telemaster". His old instructional video has so many licks, tricks and runs that it keeps most guitarists woodshedding for years. Danny also invented the "open bottle of beer" slide where he would pop open a bottle of beer in concert, take a short sip then use it as a slide for his guitar without spilling a drop. He also played guitar for people like Joni Mitchel,
Another nickname for Gatton was "The Humbler" because he humbled many other guitarists in cutting heads (I.e. guitar duels). Roy Clark met him when he was a youngster and was said to tell Danny's mother there was nothing he could teach Danny. His admirers include Buckethead, Steve Vai, Ritchie Sambora, Joe Bonamassa, Vince Gill, ...more
Taught many of the others.