Greatest rock guitarists
of all times


TM, ®, Copyright © 1999 Piero Scaruffi
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(For the 21st century see this page)
  1. Jimi Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix)
  2. Marc Ribot (Marc Ribot)
    (then, far behind)
  3. Robert Quine (Robert Quine)
  4. John Fahey
  5. Sandy Bull
  6. Keiji Haino
  7. Caspar Brötzmann (Caspar Brötzmann)
  8. Ian Williams (Don Caballero, Storm & Stress, Battles)
  9. Jeff Beck (Yardbirds)
  10. Joe Baiza (Saccharine Trust, Universal Congress)
  11. Bola Sete
  12. Vernon Reid (Living Color)
  13. Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
  14. Keith Richards (Rolling Stones, rhythm guitar)
  15. Chuck Berry
  16. Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
  17. Duane Allman (Allman Brothers)
  18. Steve Cropper (Mar Keys)
  19. Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs)
  20. Doug Martsch (Built To Spill)
  21. Greg Ginn (Black Flag)
  22. Munehiro Narita (High Rise)
  23. Duane Denison (Jesus Lizard)
  24. Link Wray
  25. Tom Verlaine (Television)
  26. Scott Tuma (Souled American)
  27. Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac)
  28. Helios Creed (Chrome)
  29. Nicky Skopelitis
  30. Robert Fripp (King Crimson)
  31. Arto Lindsay (Ambitious Lovers)
  32. Andy Hawkins (Blind Idiot God)
  33. Jody Harris (Raybeats)
  34. Blixa Bargeld (Einsturzende Neubaten)
  35. Gary Lucas
  36. Eddie VanHalen (Van Halen)
  37. Wayne Rogers (Magic Hour)
  38. Nels Cline (Geraldine Fibbers)
  39. Allan Holdsworth
  40. Buckethead
  41. Gayle Ellett (Djam Karet)
  42. Alan Licht (Run On)
  43. Hank Marvin (Shadows)
  44. Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead)
  45. Mike Mcready (Pearl Jam)
  46. Roy Montgomery
  47. Randy Holden
  48. Duan Eddy
  49. Karl Precoda (Dream Syndicate)
  50. Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)
  51. Kirk Hammet (Metallica)
  52. Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine)
  53. Eric Clapton (Cream)
  54. Steve Vai
  • John Dragonetti (Jack Drag)
  • Adrian Legg
  • D Boon (Minutemen)
  • Jack Rose (Pelt)
  • Tom Carter (Charalambides)
  • Josh Homme (kyuss),
  • Daniel Kessler (Interpol),
  • Glenn Jones (Cul De Sac),
  • Terry Kath (Chicago)
  • Erik Braunn (Iron Butterfly)
  • Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth)
  • Tara Key (Antietam)
  • Carl Hultgren (Windy & Carl)
  • Page Hamilton (Band Of Susans, Helmet)
  • John Petkovic (Death Of Samantha, Cobra Verde)
  • Mick Jones (Clash)
  • Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)
  • Jeff Parker (Tortoise)
  • Slash (Guns And Roses)
  • Darrell Abbott (Pantera)
  • Jeff Cotton (Captain Beefheart)
  • Richard Thompson (Fairport Convention)
  • Wayne Kramer
  • Pete Townshend (Who)
  • Andy Summers (Police)
  • Norman Westberg (Swans)
  • Chris Haskett (Rollins Band)
  • Roger Miller (Mission Of Burma)
  • Neil Hagerty (Royal Trux)
  • Lowell George (Little Feat)
  • Sterling Morrison (Velvet Underground)
  • Fred Frith (Henry Cow)
  • Dave Alvin (Blasters)
  • Neil Young
  • Adrian Belew
  • David Grubbs (Squirrel Bait, Bastro, Gastr Del Sol)
  • Ivy Rorshach" (Cramps)
  • Craig Chaquico (Starship)
  • Neal Schon (Journey)
  • John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
  • Carlos Santana
  • Jeff Healey
  • Brian McMahan (Squirrel Bait, Slint)
  • Peter Buck (REM)
  • Thurstone Moore (Sonic Youth)
  • Judah Bauer (J. Spencer Blues Explosion)
  • Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine)
  • John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • Justin Trosper (Unwound)
  • Justin Chearno (Unrest, Pitchblende, Rake, Doldrums)
  • Ry Cooder
  • Ash Bowie (Polvo)
  • Mike Bloomfield
  • Billy Dolan (5ive Style)
  • Gary Chester (Ed Hall)
  • Roger McGuinn (Byrds)
  • Billy Cote' (Madder Rose)
  • Alvin Lee (Ten Years After)
  • Dick Dale
  • Richard Lloyd
  • Leslie West (Mountain)
  • Chris Brokaw (Come, Codeine)
  • Stevie Ray Vaughn
  • Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music)
  • Mark Shippy (US Maple)
  • Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • William Reid (Jesus & Mary Chain)
  • Adam Jones (Tool)
  • Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (Mars Volta)
  • Johnny Marr (Smiths)
  • Dave Pajo (Slint, For Carnation, Tortoise, Aerial M)
  • John Strohm (Blake Babies)
  • Thor Eisentrager (Cows)
  • Jeff Mueller (Rodan)
  • Brian Setzer (Stray Cats)
  • Rick Rizzo (Eleventh Dream Day)
  • Dave Schramm
  • Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam)
  • Marty Friedman (Megadeth)
  • Jim Thomas (Mermen)
  • Tommy Bolin (James Gang)
  • Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne)
  • David Roback (Rain Parade, Opal, Mazzy Star)
  • Johnny Ramone (Ramones)
  • Midge Ure (Ultravox)
  • The Edge (U2)
  • Ed Mundell (Monster Magnet)
  • Joe Walsh
  • Trey Anastasio (Phish)
  • Joe Satriani
  • Robin Trower
  • Scotty Moore (Elvis Presley)
  • Kevin Cadagan (Third Eye Blind)
  • John Kimbrough (Walt Mink)
  • Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme)
  • Ben Harper
  • Larry LaLonde (Primus, Possessed)
  • Leo Kottke
  • David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
  • Carl Perkins
  • J Mascis
  • Bert Jansch
  • Joe Perry (Aerosmith)
  • Robbie Krieger (Doors)
  • Steve Howe
  • Jorma Kaukonen
  • Eric Johnson
  • "Buck Dharma" (Blue Oyster Cult)
  • Dave Murray (Iron Maiden)
  • Dave Mason (Traffic)
  • Yngwie Malmsteen
  • Toni Iommi
Famous but quite irrelevant:
  • Brian May (Queen)
  • Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow)
  • George Harrison (Beatles)
(I did not include classical, jazz or folk guitarists)
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