Here's a list of greatest hard-rock guitarists of 1970s from my experience
The Top Ten
1Jimmy 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.
"Hard Rock" is not a strict and firmly established label and may be applied to any of these guitarists or bands. An individual can use these labels and choose definitions as they personally see fit but shouldn't insist others follow the specific subjective guidelines
He is the best ever
The Who, Queen, Jeff Beck, and Rush are the only hard rock artists on this list. - Brobusky
2Pete 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.
3Jeff BeckGeoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck is an English rock guitarist. He is one of the three noted guitarists to have played with The Yardbirds (the other two being Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page). Beck also formed The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice.
Nice he's remembered. Saw him in '73. Great show. But where the deuce is Hendrix?
Jimi Hendrix is more of a Psychedelic rock than hard rock. Beside he didn't live too long in 1970s. But if it was 1960s then I'd rather put him at first - zxm
Parsing things a little to closely regarding what is or is not "hard rock". Surely if Beck is on the list, along with the guitarist who replaced Beck in the Yardbirds [Page], so should the guitarist who Beck originally replaced in The Yardbirds [Hint: the only THREE TIME Hall of Fame inductee].
4Gary Moore (Thin Lizzy)Robert William Gary Moore was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer, songwriter, and virtuoso rock and blues guitarist.
5Ritchie 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.
6Brian May (Queen)Brian Harold May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.
Dead on time: brilliant guitar!
What can you say? Tonality and musicality. The guy is great.
7Angus 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.
8Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.
Way, way, way TOO much shredding.
9Glen Buxton (Alice Cooper)
10Alex Lifeson (Rush)Aleksandar Živojinović, better known by his stage name Alex Lifeson, is a Canadian musician, best known as the guitarist of the Canadian rock band Rush.
11Ted NugentTheodore Anthony "Ted" Nugent is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and far right activist. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of the Amboy Dukes, a band formed in 1963 that played psychedelic rock and hard rock.
12Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. Best known as lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, he has been the band's sole continual member and primary composer. At age 17, he accidentally lost the fingertips of his middle ...read more.
Tony Iommi introduced a new vision of rock with Black Sabbath. For the first five albums he came up with riff after riff that is perfect for the songs. Tony has continued to provide guitar based music that is very melodic and heavy to this day.
14David GilmourDavid 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.