Eric Johnson

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Eric Johnson (born August 17, 1954) is an American guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist from Austin, Texas. Best known for his electric guitar skills, Johnson is also a highly proficient acoustic, lap steel, resonator, and bass guitarist as well as an accomplished pianist and vocalist.


Eric Johnson is precise, clean, creative, talented and fast. Never heard anyone better. My guess is that he could play anyone else's stuff but almost nobody could play his.

Unique. He plays with such ease, it's incredible. Love his music, 'Up close' is brilliant, not that I had any doubts. My favourite guitarist ever, definitely. Unrivaled timing, technique, skill and feel. Comparable only to Hendrix in my opinion. I don't even want to mention how versatile he is. But it's sad that broader audience is not familiar with his work, it can make anybody's day awesome! Long live Eric Johnson!

Just downright impressive and incredible guitarist. His unique original style, and blending of many types of music make him an innovator in rock music. Tends to get a little repetitive and recycles licks. He is so mild mannered and humble. He focuses and doesn't show off on stage, and has a liking for economy picking. Best songs- Cliffs of dover, manhattan, dessert rose, trademark. - johnathanburton

Eric Johnson, the greatest, don't just let "cliffs of Dover" describe his unbelievable skill, listen to "Desert rose (live from Austin tx, 1988)" that is probably one of the greatest solos I've ever heard. Not only is he one of the most respected guitarists of all time, but what you need to realize is, he plays his guitar, while he sings the songs that he wrote, produces his creations in his own studio and then those amazing multidimensional tones are given to us to enjoy. What makes EJs' music complete was Ken Brock and Tommy taylor. Ken is outstanding bass guitarist that beautifully complimented EJs' guitar. And if you listen to literally any song in any EJ album, Tommy Taylor is one of the greatest drummers in rock history, he never misses a beat. Being a heavy and thrash metal fan, I've always wondered what would it sound like if EJ and Tommy did some heavy Metallica like metal, it would probably be better than any metal band out there period, EJ just wouldn't be allowed to sing ...more

Grossly under-rated by the public at large, but highly respected by his peers. His tone is unmatched and his technical chops are ethereal. Can shred with the best of them and a great blues player as well

Most amazing use of notes and techniques. He can play 10 notes per second and still make them singing with heavenly melodies. And He is so versatile. A true musician with unbelievable skill and totally unique style. His approach to every note in the Guitar fretboard has a purpose. Life is better with beautiful Music and Eric is a gift to all of Us. Thank You Eric, every note you play is meaningful and Your techniques are out of this world.

The greatest guitarist alive, without a doubt. Shredding ability is amazing, though not the fastest guitar player alive, his tone and other abilities are what make him better than the rest. Much better than all above him, with the exception maybe of Hendrix.

Technically one of the most skilled guitarists ever. No one else can create a composition as complex and frustrating as Cliffs of Dover like Eric Johnson. He truly is a Master of the guitar. He never messed up, he just hits every note. It pains me to think of how much time he would of put into the instrument to be as good as he is.

Anyone who knows anything about guitar and has seen eric play knows how much higher he should be on this list. I could watch videos of him all day and never get bored. I can't say that about any other player. Watch his performance at the Woodlands in Texas and you'll see exactly what I mean. Tone like no other!

Eric's versatility is simply unmatched by other guitarists. While famous for his electric playing he is actually most impressive playing acoustic. He is the guitarist's guitarist.

By far the greatest ever. Greatest Tone, Most versatile, for speed he is the smoothest around. Keep this in mind while you are voting that speed doesn't mean anything in this game if you can't do it tastefully.

As smooth and talented as they come. Immensely under rated by most outside of the guitar community. But to fellow guitarists, he's cream of the crop. Just check out his MySpace page...

His soul rivals page, his feel rivals clapton and his technical skill is incredible. Inarguably one of the greatest ever to touch the instrument. highly underrated

Eric Johnson's proficiency in music theory and mechanical skill enabled him to compose and perform some of the most mind-blowing instrumental masterpieces of his time. I know of few people who can play his pieces well, he deserves higher than 39 on this list.

No one else in the world can do what Eric can do. To my ears, he is the most versatile, technically proficient guitar player on the planet. Some people have said that he lacks soul, doesn't jump around, etc. Just listen. What he does with his fingers is truly amazing!

Easily one of the most versatile guitarists in the world. An absolute joke that a guy like Sambora could be rated higher than this virtuoso. - matt7140

I have to agree Cliffs of Dover is one of the greatest guitar songs ever he blends his riffs and picking like he is telling a story he is as good as Eric Clapton, Hendrix, and Paige in my book.

Watch him play live from Austin, Texas 1988, you can find it on YouTube. Come back and see whether or not you think he deserves your vote.

The perfect connection between classic blues, jazz and a modern way to play guitar, with some incredible vintage sounds. He definitely has the ability to make simple things sound great.

Even Clapton was in awe of Jimmy...Not doubt he is #1...that being said many of these artist could easily be #2, Paige, Richards, Duane, Beck, Peter Green. I first saw Eric Johnson play in 1982 to a crowd of about 10 people. I must say having seen Paige and Clapton, Eric Johnson made an impression! Cliffs of Dover is an "experience."

I saw him in Austin and he was so amazing that I had goose bumps and tears in my eyes at the same time. Definitely one of my top 10 right before Mark Tremonti!

Eric's technical ability combined with his knowledge about chords and arpeggios surely makes him one of the best out there...

He's brilliant too and plays the guitar in a melody because melody is important and it doesn't matter how fast you can play - Youg

His tone is very unique and sounds like no one else, smooth, fast, seamless, he is a great guitarist

One of the hardest songs on guitar and possibly the best classic rock song ever cliffs of Dover was written by this guy at 36 no way more like top 10