Greatest Deceased Guitarists


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21 Tommy Bolin Tommy Bolin 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.

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

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.

22 Roy Buchanan

Worthy of the top ten list in my opinion!

The best guitarist you never heard of

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23 Syd Barrett Syd Barrett Roger Keith Barrett was an English musician, composer, singer, songwriter, and painter. Best known as a founder member of the band Pink Floyd, Barrett was the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter in its early years and is credited with naming the band.

Syd was very creative.

24 Hillel Slovak (Red Hot Chili Peppers) Hillel Slovak (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Amazing guitarist, it's such a shame he had to get rapped up in herion.

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25 John Lennon John Lennon 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.

He's the real mvp

Master of his arts.

One of the best rythym players ever

26 Glen Buxton (Alice Cooper)
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.

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.

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28 Jeff Healy (The Jeff Healy Band)

Jeff Healey deserves to be on the top 10 list. I play the guitar backwards and upside down I've never seen anything like it in my life. he was definitely wild on the guitar!

29 Lowell George (Little Feat)

Great live guitar man...

30 Danny Gatton

Taught many of the others.

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32 Alvin Lee Alvin Lee

The fastest yet emotive playing can't be copied by anyone

33 Wes Montgomery Wes Montgomery

He played without a pick

34 Les Paul Les Paul Lester William Polsfuss, known as Les Paul, was an American jazz, country, and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier, and inventor.

Just listen to his songs or variety and compare it to anyone from his era or even into the mid 60s.

35 Criss Oliva (Savatage) Criss Oliva (Savatage) Christopher "Criss" Michael Oliva was an American musician who was the lead guitarist and co-founder of the band Savatage.
36 Johnny Winter Johnny Winter

He never received the respect he should have. RIP Johnny

Heard some extremely expressive playing many years ago, thought it was Sammy Hagar, but found out later it was Johnny Winter...left an indelible impression. Thanks for the memories Johnny.

As far as a guitarist who sang and played, I put him right there with Hendrix. When Clapton goes I'd say those three in any particular order. I don't see any of these other guys being in the same class, particularly for Rock N' Roll. If there's a Rock N' Roll Valhalla Johnny and Jimi are cuttin' heads right now to see who gets to sit on the throne!

37 Michael Hedges

Not sure how you pick the best of this list, but Hedges is easily top 5 if it comes to technical virtuosity.

Made the most beautiful and complex songs I've ever heard.

38 Mick Ronson

The best thing to come of 'youll by a country mile, nary a week goes past without hearing some of Ronno's work on the radio, much underrated much loved amd very much missed :-(

39 Clarence White
40 Andres Segovia Andres Segovia
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