Top 10 Guitarist Showdowns

The Top Ten

1 David Gilmour vs Robert Fripp
2 Ritchie Blackmore vs. Tony Iommi

Ritchie wins - faster, more technical, more innovative. Some credits that belong to Ritchie are attached to Tony Iommi. - Metal_Treasure

3 John Petrucci vs Kirk Hammet

Hammet is good, but when it comes to songwriting and long, complex solos, Petrucci easily wins. - IronSabbathPriest

John petrucci

4 Dimebag Darrel vs Marty Friedman

I'd like to see this battle! Sadly, Darrel is no longer with us. RIP Dime. - IronSabbathPriest

5 Jimmy Page vs Keith Richards

Two VERY influential guitarists in two of the most successful bands of all time. - IronSabbathPriest

6 Randy Rhoads vs Tony Iommi

Randy's awesome solos made Ozzy what he was back then! And if it wasn't for Iommi and his guitar, heavy metal wouldn't exist! - IronSabbathPriest

7 Jimmy Page vs. Ritchie Blackmore

Ritchie Blackmore. Jimmy Page himself admitted that Ritchie was a step ahead. - Metal_Treasure

8 James Hetfield vs Dave Mustaine

The two had a falling out in the 80s and 90s. But they're best buddies again! And in two of the most successful thrash metal bands. M/ - IronSabbathPriest

9 John Petrucci vs Yngwie Malmsteen
10 Adrian Smith vs Dave Murray

If you're an Iron Maiden fan, you have to like one or the other! I personally choose Smith. What's your opinion. - IronSabbathPriest

The Contenders

11 Jeff Loomis vs John Petrucci
12 James Hetfield vs Jon Schaffer

I'd love to see this. Love them both, they are great rhythm guitarists. Don't know who's gonna win though... - Metal_Treasure

Jon's more articulate, plays tighter and has more stamina in his picking hand.
James has been at it longer and is tons more soulful and could fill in for Jon easily if he choose/had to. James is also a better lead player in a pinch.

13 David Gilmour vs Alex Lifeson

Both fantastic guitarists with great innovations and inspiration...but in terms of guitar playing skills I'd go with David Gilmour, the greatest emotion of rock history

Both are awesome. Solos beyond human understanding. Listen to Pink Floyds "Comfortably Numb" and Rush's "Limelight" to decide! - IronSabbathPriest

14 Ritchie Blackmore vs Robert Fripp

Ritchie Blackmore - his only competition was Jeff Beck. Ritchie Blackmore is criminally underrated - most of the credits that belong to him are attached either to Jimmy Page or Tony Iommi. - Metal_Treasure

Deep Purple and King Crimson... Two of the most underrated rock bands. SMOKE ON THE WATER! - IronSabbathPriest

15 Marty Friedman vs Jeff Waters
16 Marty Friedman vs Jason Becker
17 Joe Satriani vs Steve Vai
18 Glenn Tipton vs Jeff Hanneman

If Hanneman was still alive, I would have definitely wanted to see this awesome battle! - IronSabbathPriest

19 Stevie Ray Vaughan vs Jimi Hendrix

Hendrix was the inovator while SRV improved Hendrix style. Overall I'd go with Hendrix.

20 "Fast" Eddie Clarke vs Synester Gates

I'm running out of ideas now. It's obvious who I'd want to win. As Motorhead are way better than Avenged Sevenfold. - IronSabbathPriest

21 Andres Segovia vs Django Reinhardt

In the non-rock world, Segovia [flamenco style] and Reinhardt [jazz style] are considered by far the best guitarists of all time.

22 Jimi Hendrix vs Eric Clapton
23 Eric Clapton vs. Duane Allman

This showdown actually happened, and luckily the recording equipment was running the whole time.
The result is the historic album "Layla, and Other Assorted Love Songs" by Derek & the Dominos.
Allman tragically died a relatively short time later.

24 Jimmy Page vs. Jeff Beck

This showdown did happen, and both guys were in the Yardbirds together for almost a year. Beck was the slightly stronger player, but Page had the much stronger personality, and eventually drove Beck out of the band, but not before making some of the most amazing music ever created as they tried to out-do each other.

Without a doubt - Jeff Beck. Jimmy Page is the most overrated guitarist and musician. - Metal_Treasure

25 Brad Delson vs. Ben Moody
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