Rolling Stone's "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" Do you agree?

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See More...  I do not agree with Hendrix being above Page, Clapton, Gilmore, or Barrett, but the rest I can honestly say I agree with

1Jimi Hendrix
2 Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band
3 B.B. King
4 Eric Clapton
5 Robert Johnson
6 Chuck Berry
7 Stevie Ray Vaughan
8 Ry Cooder
9 Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin
10 Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones
11Kirk Hammett of Metallica
12 Kurt Cobain of Nirvana
13 Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead
14 Jeff Beck
15 Carlos Santana
16 Johnny Ramone of the Ramones
17 Jack White of the White Stripes
18 John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers
19 Richard Thompson
20 James Burton
21 George Harrison
22 Mike Bloomfield
23 Warren Haynes
24 The Edge of U2
25 Freddy King
26 Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave
27 Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits
28 Stephen Stills
29 Ron Asheton of the Stooges
30 Buddy Guy
31 Dick Dale
32 John Cipollina of Quicksilver Messenger Service
33 & 34 Lee Ranaldo, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth
35 John Fahey
36 Steve Cropper of Booker T. and the MG's
37 Bo Diddley
38 Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac
39 Brian May of Queen
40 John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival
41 Clarence White of the Byrds
42 Robert Fripp of King Crimson
43 Eddie Hazel of Funkadelic
44 Scotty Moore
45 Frank Zappa
46 Les Paul
47 T-Bone Walker
48 Joe Perry of Aerosmith
49 John McLaughlin
50 Pete Townshend
51 Paul Kossoff of Free
52 Lou Reed
53 Mickey Baker
54 Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane
55 Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple
56 Tom Verlaine of Television
57 Roy Buchanan
58 Dickey Betts
59 & 60 Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien of Radiohead
61 Ike Turner
62 Zoot Horn Rollo of the Magic Band
63 Danny Gatton
64 Mick Ronson
65 Hubert Sumlin
66 Vernon Reid of Living Colour
67 Link Wray
68 Jerry Miller of Moby Grape
69 Steve Howe of Yes
70 Eddie Van Halen
71 Lightnin' Hopkins
72 Joni Mitchell
73 Trey Anastasio of Phish
74 Johnny Winter
75 Adam Jones of Tool
76 Ali Farka Toure
77 Henry Vestine of Canned Heat
78 Robbie Robertson of the Band
79 Cliff Gallup of the Blue Caps (1997)
80 Robert Quine of the Voidoids
81 Derek Trucks
82 David Gilmour of Pink Floyd
83 Neil Young
84 Eddie Cochran
85 Randy Rhoads
86 Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath
87 Joan Jett
88 Dave Davies of the Kinks
89 D. Boon of the Minutemen
90 Glen Buxton of Alice Cooper
91 Robby Krieger of the Doors
92 & 93 Fred "Sonic" Smith, Wayne Kramer of the MC5
94 Bert Jansch
95 Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine
96 Angus Young of AC/DC
97 Robert Randolph
98 Leigh Stephens of Blue Cheer
99 Greg Ginn of Black Flag
100 Kim Thayil of Soundgarden

LedSpencer 105 LedSpencer Published 8/19/07
 

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  • THIS LIST IS MESSED UP!!!!!!!!!


    1. Jimmy Page
    2. Randy Rhoads

    somewhere high up there in no particular order, Robert Fripp, Jimi Hendrix, Brian May, Robert Johnson, Keith Richards, Jack White, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Stevie Ray Vaughan
    anonymous anonymous 11/23/07 Reply
     
    • The things that hendrix could do was amazing and he taught himself. I mean, he could play behind his head and and with his teeth.
      anonymous anonymous 7/24/08
       
    • Right! jimmy page rules!
      anonymous anonymous 9/5/08
       
    • who gives a if he can play behind his back or hanging upside down onfire. Duane Allman has them all beat BY FAR!!!
      anonymous anonymous 10/10/08
       
    • Page is the best!
      anonymous anonymous 12/29/08
       
    • yes i m completely agree dat jimmy page and slash shud b included in top 5 and along wid them david murray of iron maiden shud b included too.
      anonymous anonymous 1/2/09
       
    • Hendrix idolised Buddy Guy and Buddy Guy was doing hendrix tricks before hendrix did them.
      anonymous anonymous 2/11/09
       
  • They have left out so many people: Joe Pass, Al DiMeola, Ynwie Malmsteen, John Petrucci, Paco De Lucia, Larry Coryell, Frank Gambale, Stanley Clarke, Strunz & Farah, Chet Atkins, Doc Watson, Ricky Skaggs, Pat Metheny, Stanley Jordan...can go on and on....

    Is this based off of Guitar talent? Or Popularity?
    anonymous anonymous 11/30/07 Reply
     
    • Hendrix is best because he is a composing genius. I mean, look at all of these rock guitarist, they take the same riff, and play it over and over again, tweaking it slightly. Hendrix was something different. It's based on composition people! Van Halen's riffs are just scales, played really fast. If that makes him best.... then you people are messed up! If scales being played fast are your basis for the best guitarist, look up Michael Angelo Batio on youtube.
      anonymous anonymous 8/26/08
       
    • DO NOT put Paco de Lucia and Yngwie Malmsteen in the same sentence
      anonymous anonymous 12/3/08
       
    • I am starting to think this is more popularity than anything. And where the hell is David Gilmour? i thought he would have at least made the 100. Cobain did, and that makes me wonder...see more
      anonymous anonymous 12/16/08
       
  • where's Slash
    anonymous anonymous 12/5/07 Reply
     
    • obviously some retard
      anonymous anonymous 7/4/08
       
    • i think they named him as Les Paul!
      anonymous anonymous 11/30/08
       
    • yea wheres slash, hes so cool
      anonymous anonymous 12/5/08
       
    • I know! like wtf
      anonymous anonymous 12/13/08
       
    • yeah, what the heck, no friggin Slash? he's by far better thatn Kurt Cobain. Kurt needs to go
      anonymous anonymous 1/20/09
       
  • Joan Jett before Angus Young

    who at Rolling Stone made this list
    anonymous anonymous 12/6/07 Reply
     
    • I agree with you 100 percent!!!
      anonymous anonymous 7/21/08
       
    • yah, angus young at 96th?!?!?!?
      bunch o crap
      anonymous anonymous 12/3/08
       
  • no slash? ridiculous list
    anonymous anonymous 12/9/07 Reply
     
    • What happened to Slash? Whom ever did this list is drunk.
      anonymous anonymous 9/6/08
       
  • I still don't know why Hendrix is at the top, Page is the all time best guitar player. Even.
    LedSpencer 105 LedSpencer 12/11/07 Reply
     
    • page wouldent even be in my top 100000
      anonymous anonymous 7/11/08
       
    • I think hendrix should be 2, but page is definetley no. 1
      anonymous anonymous 8/24/08
       
    • Hendrix is best because he is a composing genius. I mean, look at all of these rock guitarist, they take the same riff, and play it over and over again, tweaking it slightly. Hendrix was something different. It's based on composition people! Van Halen's riffs are just scales, played really fast. If that makes him best.... then you people are messed up! If scales being played fast are your basis for the best guitarist, look up Michael Angelo Batio on youtube.
      anonymous anonymous 8/26/08
       
    • dude r u kidding me page is great but hendrix is way bettern hendrix was around b4 page hendrix n had his own crzy style jimmy page jus has the same ole style with some great solos n i think ur a retard
      anonymous anonymous 9/1/08
       
    • if you belive hendrix was around before Page, your the idiot. Page was one of the most hotly sought after studio musicians in England before Hendrix even started recording. To say that his style is "the same old style" is absolute idiocy. Page's and Hendrix's styles are very similar, as their both heavily steeped in blues. Im not attempting to put Hendrix down because he was incredible, but Page is the better guitarist.
      anonymous anonymous 12/12/08
       
    • you = moron


      Jimi--no better
      anonymous anonymous 2/1/09
       
    • no Slash should be #1
      anonymous anonymous 4/19/09
       
  • P.S. Who votes to write a complaint about this list?
    LedSpencer 105 LedSpencer 12/11/07 Reply
     
    • you seriously dont know guitarists.
      paige may not be the best but he is definately a hundred times better than slash.
      SLASH IS THE MOST OVER HYPED UP GUITARIST THERE IS RIGHT NOW. he is good ill give you that but he is nowhere near any of these guitar legends. he just todays games to get fame
      anonymous anonymous 8/7/08
       
    • yes there r many better guitar players then slash but he puts so much feeling into his solos he should of at least made the list plus kurt at 12=outrageous
      anonymous anonymous 8/10/08
       
    • i agree with you this is such horse
      anonymous anonymous 9/12/08
       
    • absolutely. this list is actually sad.
      anonymous anonymous 2/8/09
       
    • I do cause Slash, Dave Murry, Mick Mars, C.C. DeVille, and Glenn Tipton should be on this list. With no Kurt Cobain!!!!!!!!!!
      anonymous anonymous 4/19/09
       
  • where the hell is slash and buckethead? especially slash.. this list is ridiculous
    anonymous anonymous 12/16/07 Reply
     
  • its not a list without slash on it... and seriously, i like nirvana and everything but kirk cobain is numnber 12?? i think hes gettin a little too much respect... and number one all time is eric clapton and there is no argument
    anonymous anonymous 12/19/07 Reply
     
    • no way eric clapton should be number one. mibi 2 or 3 but jimmi was better
      anonymous anonymous 7/11/08
       
    • i dont believe it was based off of guitar talent (as in who could play the best and hardest things) but who was the best writer and that is why hes up there but i do agree he should be on the list but i lil lower
      anonymous anonymous 8/15/08
       
    • NO! NO! NO! NO!!! Hendrix is best because he is a composing genius. I mean, look at all of these rock guitarist, they take the same riff, and play it over and over again, tweaking it slightly. Hendrix was something different. It's based on composition people! Van Halen's riffs are just scales, played really fast. If that makes him best.... then you people are messed up! If scales being played fast are your basis for the best guitarist, look up Michael Angelo Batio on youtube.
      anonymous anonymous 8/26/08
       
    • With argument Eric is a horrible guitar player seriously!!!!!! Slash or Mick Mars should be #1!!
      anonymous anonymous 4/19/09
       
  • No Allen Collins, Steve Gaines, Ed King, Gary Rossington, or Paul Kossoff? Kurt Cobain 12th? Someone in this for hype? Man, I'm a better guitarist than kurt cobain.... The fact that Robert Johnson is even included is amazing to me. He's so great it would seem like they'd HAVE to leave him out.
    anonymous anonymous 12/23/07 Reply
     
  • This is obviously a list of pop guitarists :P As Mclaughlin is way back in the 40's. Rolling Stone probably couldn't keep a 9/8 beat and had no clue what he was doing...
    Also greats like Metheny are not to be found. I mean it's painful to see Jack White and Johnny Ramone in the top 20. Sure they had influential music, but if this is best GUITARIST they shouldn't even be on the list. It's as if Rolling Stone got any pop album they could and took the guitarist from it and then they add Robert Johnson at 5th - awkwardly - to have their readers believe that they are respecting the blues roots. He is a legend, but not the 5th greatest guitarist...Oh I forgot about Kurt at number 12....
    anonymous anonymous 1/24/08 Reply
     
  • wtf this list is so gay, Eddie Van Halen at 70 whoever made this list is a retard, he should be 2 right behind Clapton!!!!
    anonymous anonymous 1/28/08 Reply
     
    • No, you stupid ! Hendrix is best because he is a composing genius. I mean, look at all of these rock guitarist, they take the same riff, and play it over and over again, tweaking it slightly. Hendrix was something different. It's based on composition people! Van Halen's riffs are just scales, played really fast. If that makes him best.... then you people are messed up! If scales being played fast are your basis for the best guitarist, look up Michael Angelo Batio on youtube.
      anonymous anonymous 8/26/08
       
  • Too bad he's not still alive he'd still be on that thing like BBKing. He played lefthanded remember? So what do you think? I think he started all of that Rockn Roll crazy Guitar playin' You hear today. This world was made for all people. God bless America!
    anonymous anonymous 2/7/08 Reply
     
  • good job rolling stone.... NAAT this is like no slash? eddie at 70? gilmour 82? RAndy? like are you s off your rocker whoever made this list clearly has no idea what they are talking about. and did we forget about the shredders? Johnson Satch vai? like im not even a fan but those guys can play.
    anonymous anonymous 2/7/08 Reply
     
    • cobain and morello suck. petruchi should be on hear. dave mustaine, i mean he started a new musical style. marty fredman
      roads. eddy is to high up their. and chris broderich. people often forget him becaus sadly he is little known but he could play circles around almost everyone on that list. and hendrix was revolutionary but he wasnt increadible. he was actually a pretty poor guitarist. not worth of the number one spot. and what about dime bag and slash. this is just a y mainstream list made by people who know nothing about guitar
      anonymous anonymous 7/11/08
       
  • ROLLING STONE IT'S TIME TO ADMIT YOU SUCK BALLS. I was better than Kurt Cobain when I was a fetus.
    anonymous anonymous 2/11/08 Reply
     
    • it doesnt matter how good he played it was just how he played the guitar and his style of playing
      anonymous anonymous 8/12/08
       
  • If any one has heared of Roy Buchanan you know he rates far higher than 57, I,m not going to knock anyone elses judgement but look him up for your selves. I agree about Slash but I would,nt drop any of the others, none should be judged by a mere mortal.
    anonymous anonymous 2/11/08 Reply
     
  • jack white in the top twenty? and eddie van halen at 70? have you never seen him play eruption? and there is no finger picking acoustic guitarists like adrian legg. stevie vai and joe satriani should be in the top ten no doubt with jimmy page on top.
    anonymous anonymous 2/25/08 Reply
     
    • jack white should not be in the top 20 eddie should and mark knopfler (27) is a finger picking guitarist but most of the time not on acoustic but i totally agree
      anonymous anonymous 7/2/08
       
    • I imagine Jack White is up there because he is rather innovative by todays standards. He doesn't "Show off" like many, but on the rare occasion that he does, he's really better than good. His sound is "different" than alot of others around today and he takes a different approach to playing than most.
      anonymous anonymous 8/22/08
       
  • Man they left out buckethead yngwie malmsteen eric johnson joe satriani......
    anonymous anonymous 2/27/08 Reply
     
    • I admit these list sucks but don't even start with malmsteem... he sucks at composing.
      anonymous anonymous 3/12/09
       
  • jimi hendrix sucks at guitar, why is he on the list?
    anonymous anonymous 3/2/08 Reply
     
    • shut the f*** up, you have no idea what your talkin about, jimi hendrix is the best guitarist of all time, i agree with that part of the list. think about it, he may not of been much better than many of these guitarist but back then, he was way ahead of his time.
      anonymous anonymous 6/27/08
       
    • I really hope you were kidding, if not, you're a dumbass. Assuming you're serious, you're very ignorant and unappreciative of the roots and innovators of your music. Hendrix was WAY ahead of his time. Without him, music would sound nothing like it sounds today.
      anonymous anonymous 7/3/08
       
    • Blasphemy! You do not need to know every technical thing on the guitar to be great! Jimi made and thought of sounds no one themselves would think of. His music sent us to worlds unimaginable. You, sir, know nothing of true music.
      anonymous anonymous 7/7/08
       
    • i agree with you. i think townsend was abetter guitarist and so was page and iomi. who were odley enough coming out the same time as jimi. funny guys he started a new type of guitar. yeah and everyone changed and released albums like his within those years. bull ing . it was a musical revolution of all guitarists. you cant credid one stupid . and honestly richards and townsend came out first. hmmmmm thats odd. you ing idiots
      anonymous anonymous 7/11/08
       
    • Don't know about 'sux' but he's not number one by a long shot... but don't sweat it = his staunch defenders dropped a bit too much acid back when.
      anonymous anonymous 8/10/08
       
    • hey buddy who sed hendrix sucks.. you..ur an idiot u havve no idea what ur talking bout u stupid ..il kick ur ass if u man up to tell me where u live
      anonymous anonymous 9/1/08
       
    • hey buddy who sed hendrix sucks.. you..ur an idiot u havve no idea what ur talking bout u stupid ..il kick ur ass if u man up to tell me where u live
      anonymous anonymous 9/1/08
       
    • are you absolutely stupid?
      anonymous anonymous 3/20/09
       
  • joni mitchell should be higher
    anonymous anonymous 3/2/08 Reply
     
  • joni mitchell should be higher
    anonymous anonymous 3/2/08 Reply
     
  • joni mitchell should be higher
    anonymous anonymous 3/2/08 Reply
     
  • Even the idea of a list like this is retarded. Hendrix at one is the only thing they got right. Beyond that, it's all a question of taste. This is so retarded I don't even know why I'm bothering to type.
    anonymous anonymous 3/6/08 Reply
     
    • No Hendrix shouldn't be there no argument!!!!!! Where is Slash???????
      anonymous anonymous 4/19/09
       
  • Where are the clssical players? Where are the Africans (apart from 6 Ali Farka Touré). Where are the South Americans? Where are the jazz players? Maybe this list should be called the greatest one hundred guitarists that appeal to musically illiterate and ignorant westerners that think that Eddie van Halen is a musician because he can jerk his wrist up and down very quickly?
    anonymous anonymous 3/6/08 Reply
     
  • rolling stone has been in the music industry for decades. i think they would know who the best guitarists are over a bunch of 20 year olds who have nothing better to do then listen to their heavy metal shredding music and think "wow! hes really good!". jimi hendrix is at the top, and will probly be there for a long time. eddie van halen just did double tapping and techniques like that. listen to eruption live, it's nothing special. and as for slash, he's deffinently not one of the greatest guitarists ever. i mean, he's good, but there are tons of people who are more skilled then him.
    anonymous anonymous 3/8/08 Reply
     
    • I'm sorry but kirk hammett at no.11?
      he is far too over-rated. nearly all of his solo's are the same, he uses the same technique in every solo, plays the same notes but just maybe changes it ever so slighty. they haven't even included joe statriani, who taught hammett. where is steve vai? there are way to many over-rated guitarist far to high up on this list, in my opinion
      anonymous anonymous 11/29/08
       
    • With your crappy reasoning ...how the HELL do you justify Kirk Hammet at no. 11 then????????????
      anonymous anonymous 12/7/08
       
  • This is great....I'm amazed at the wisdom of putting brother Duane so high up..where he should be! I like him best, but can understand Hendrix as 1, given his innovations.
    Would put Santana in top 10.
    Thanks!
    anonymous anonymous 3/8/08 Reply
     
    • Shut the up, you obviously work for rolling stone.
      anonymous anonymous 7/3/08
       
  • You are a bunch of s (Rolling stone) cobain is good but 12??? WHAT THE IS the edge DOING THERE ABOVE HALEN? WHERES DIME? YOU! YOU DONT KNOW MUSIC! THE STONE HAS BEEN ROLLING FOR TO LONG. YOU.
    anonymous anonymous 3/9/08 Reply
     
  • I did not write "frick" these bastards changed my opinion. Its time to... RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE! wrrrRRRAAAAAAAGGGHHHHH!!!
    anonymous anonymous 3/9/08 Reply
     
  • I agree with most people here- Jimmy Page # 1, Wes Montgomery #2,Jimmi #3, Eric Clapton #4, David Gilmour #5, SRV #6, Jerry Garcia #7, Ed Van Halen #8, Mark Knopfler #9,Warren Haynes #10 ,I would also put Slash very he plays a very clean acoustic too. Rolling Stone should be ashamed of self. Ok, Kirk Cobaine # 12 on list of Rock frontmen of all time but guitar, no
    anonymous anonymous 3/12/08 Reply
     
    • youre obviously an idiot. tis list is not good as defined by "oh look at how fast my fingers move" but good as in innovations. can halen hasnt done for guitar.
      anonymous anonymous 12/16/08
       
  • 82 David Gilmour of Pink Floyd? Thats quite disrespectful. Rolling stone are very ignorent it seems.
    anonymous anonymous 3/16/08 Reply
     
  • I agree with the guy who mentioned allen collins. I think rolling stone are too big-headed for their own good. It's almost as if they have intentionaly taken the duty of making bull lists upon themselves! They are very bias. This list is just some rich dudes opinion who thinks he knows everything. Bull really.
    anonymous anonymous 3/16/08 Reply
     
  • What Eddie at #70 give me a break. And Cobain is nowhere near the top 100 of all time. How about Alex Lifeson of Rush or Lindsey Buckingham or Bilyl Gibbons or Joe Satriani. Jack Black, Johnny Ramone and Cobain you people are on crack.
    anonymous anonymous 3/18/08 Reply
     
  • where's slash and page and randy rhodes, but at least hendrix IS NUMBER 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    anonymous anonymous 3/21/08 Reply
     
    • Where is Slash????!!!!!!!!And Kurt Cobain at #12??????? Who wrote this???
      anonymous anonymous 4/19/09
       
  • Hendrix is right to be at number 1 , but Slash should be on the list , kobain at number 12 is ridiculous and frusicante should maybe be placed like number 20 but i guess rolling stones know whats right.......or do they! scrap rolling stones make your own mind up
    anonymous anonymous 3/22/08 Reply
     
  • I agree the list is very much a pile of bs*. Mark Knopfler and Chet Atkins deserve better. As does the aforementioned Van Halen and i think Tommy Emmanuel deserves a mch more honourable mention...(check out his rendition of classical gas on youtube UNBEATABLE) George Harrison ad Kurt Cobain above Angus Young David Gilmour and Van Halen. off rolling stone!! this is even mnore pathetic than the "Greatest Artists" artical
    anonymous anonymous 3/23/08 Reply
     
  • Tommy Emmanuel, abso-in-lutly man!
    anonymous anonymous 3/26/08 Reply
     
  • (To the first commenter) Randy Rhoads does NOT deserve to be #2 at all. All this 'shred' playing is hollow, empty and meaningless. Listen to Gilmour - every note he plays is full of meaning and passion, not to mention the brilliant composition of each solo - unlike via, who just recites scales from a text book at 400 bpm, that’s not talent.
    anonymous anonymous 3/26/08 Reply
     
    • 100% agree with you about gilmore, i have never her any of his work that seems bland....it pours emotion. but steve vai? come on he is pretty damn good
      anonymous anonymous 3/5/09
       
  • Hendrix deserves #1, but no Slash c'mon, plus Duane Allman at #2 the allman brothers blow he shouldn't be on the list, Van Halen is a top top 10 guitarist, dimebag should be on here too, by the way who the hell is ry cooder and why is he at #8
    anonymous anonymous 3/27/08 Reply
     
    • Wow, are you retarded? Are you even away of who Duane Allman is? Or the fact that he didn't just play for the Allman Brothers. Listen to the album Layla. Its a misconception that Eric Clapton did all the lead guitar. Duane Allman did it. If you knew anything about guitars or guitar players, you would know that.
      anonymous anonymous 8/22/08
       
    • oops, I meant "are you even aware".
      anonymous anonymous 8/22/08
       
    • duane allman is by far one of the best guitarists to ever exist and should not have died because stylistically he is amazing. van halen is very good but by no means a top 10 guitarist. hes fast but there are better guitarists.
      anonymous anonymous 12/1/08
       
  • i am came from croatia this is horses it is terible shock music ever this is worst than 11,09----who rout that list is mumy soon and he is guy...it is come on croatian laungue----lagani prikaz propasti zapadne civilizacije..eto gledam danas ovu listu i sve više shvatam kako je mržnja prema britancima i amerima sve veča veča i veča ovo tko je napisao napravio je veliku veliku pogrešku i trebao bi odgovarati u hagu umijesto generala gotovine,markača,čermaka...takvi ljude uopče nebi smjeli širiti lozu i čovječanstvo i znaj govno koje je to pisao da si DEGENERIK I IZOPAČENIK ZAPADNE CIVILIZACIJE I GORIT ČEŠ U PAKLU ZAUVIJEK
    anonymous anonymous 4/3/08 Reply
     
  • This is a silly popularity contest. The author who pointed out that Rolling Stone threw in Robert Johnson as some obligatory nod to "blues roots" was dead on; RS is not a music magazine a la Downbeat, it is a cultural magazine, and as a magazine that needs to pander to its boomer roots and sell copies, which it achieves when the 50-something driving the convertible with his skullet in a ponytail reads this list, nods his head and whispers "Yeah, man, right on - Robert Johnson was THE MAN". Further, any idea of taking an artistic medium and pronouncing its contributors as "better" or "best" is like saying Diet Coke tastes better than Pepsi - to some it does, to some it doesn't - it's subjective. You may be able to argue popularity in terms of record sales, concert bookings, tv appearances, radio airplay, mp3 downloads; or you may be able to argue ability in terms of complexity of composition. But you cannot argue "good better best". And after all that, WHERE THE HELL IS DONALD "BUCK DHARMA" ROESER OF BLUE OYSTER CULT? Here's a test, guitarists (and yes, I am one too): try playing the riff and solo from "(Smells Like) Teen Spirit", a wonderful song, then try playing the riff and solo from "Cities on Flame". COF is NOT a shredding song; it is pure rock and roll by any definition. Oh, and by the way, the opening of SLTS is the same chord progression as "Godzilla"...curious, no?
    anonymous 5 tryan1016 4/4/08 Reply
     
    • Do you know how many people Robert Johnson inspired? Most of the great guitar players were inspired by him. I believe the list doesn't just take "who sounds the best" but who was/is innovative for their time and who was the most inspirational. People may not agree with Robert Johnson on the list, but how many of your "top" look up to him? Jimi Hendrix looked up to Robert Johnson, for goodness sake, as did many others. They must see something you don't, I guess.
      anonymous anonymous 8/22/08
       
  • what the f**k???
    Where are all the shredders???
    Wheres marty friedman or dave mustaine cris Oliva Kerry King Jeff Hennaman MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO Al Pitrelli Buckethead
    WHAT THE F**K????
    This list is retarded and kurt cobain is even on this list im better then that foo and i have only been playing for 1 year.
    anonymous anonymous 4/4/08 Reply
     
    • dude no lie one yr? u prolly suck at guitar so until u know what ur talking bout certainly dont rip on kurt cobain u obviously kno nothing about what kurt has done with a guitar so shut up n learn ur facts
      anonymous anonymous 9/1/08
       
    • amen to michael angelo batio...that dude is a freak

      kurt gets sympathy votes...well, that and he was a pioneer for the grunge movement, much like hendrix in the 70s, but with less tassles and awesomeness
      anonymous anonymous 12/15/08
       
  • Kurt Cobain # 12? Ridiculous!

    Brian May has a song called 39, so I take that as a coincidence :D He deserves to be A LOT higher than that.
    anonymous anonymous 4/7/08 Reply
     
  • No Herman Li or Sam Tottman, Stephen Stills and Stevie Ray are way too low on the list, Kurt Cobain wasn't even that good, and John Frusciante shouldn't be on there. Angus Young should also be somewhere in the top 20. The man could hit every note to a tee even when having what ammounted to a grand mal siezure onstage. The fact that someone from a ty screamo band like MBV even made the list amazes me, I've only been playing for six years and my scales FAR surpass anything he does. And where are Michealangelo, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Buckethead?!
    anonymous anonymous 4/8/08 Reply
     
    • my friend, u should have ur teeth kicked in for saying herman li and sam totman on a subject such as this...last time i checked, u needed to actually be able to play your songs without digital editing and fast forwarding
      anonymous anonymous 12/15/08
       
  • DUDE! WAT THE FCK! what happen 2 slash??? i agree with ever1 here rolling stone suxs mega balls! cobain at #12?? he is great but not that great! PAGE SHOULD BE #1! hendrix can go down 2 #2 or 3 dude come on!and holy how the fck did jack white even get on the list??HE CANT PLAY ! dude i can even play better then him and im not even a musician fcking rolling stone suxs
    anonymous anonymous 4/11/08 Reply
     
  • I find it insulting that angus young is where he is on the list.aside from the fact hes had some sweet solos he plays some pretty tough riffs.also where is slash.three words,november rain solo.
    anonymous anonymous 4/12/08 Reply
     
  • ok WHere is slash, darroll abbott? eddie van halen shouldbe way higher geez but its great kirk hammett finally gets recognised for how good he realy is at 11th
    anonymous anonymous 4/21/08 Reply
     
  • Thanx for a beautiful cover and an obvious choice, too.But methinks that's where the whole thing ends.If guitar playing is also an artwork beyond just being an occupation,then someone ought to list Peter Framton close to 1-5;the same goes for Saul Hudson aka. These gentlemen turned guitar and its accessories to spectator dedlight.Mark Knofler ought to have up, too.
    anonymous anonymous 4/22/08 Reply
     
    • I agree. Peter Frampton should be on this list. The things he does with a guitar are amazing.
      anonymous anonymous 7/21/08
       
  • I respect this list as it would not of been easy for rolling stones to create a list everybody would agree with. Although most if not all o the guitarists below 50 are hugely underated. I mean David Gilmour at 82? Have none one from rolling stones heard his MANY guitar solos or riffs from comfortably numb, time, money, echoes or the entire wish you were here album? And why the is Eddie Van Halen at 70, I mean the only way this list would make the slightest bit of difference is if the list was published upside down. And I do agree with the other anonymouses where is slash? maybe he isn't the greatest but he should be somewhere on the list.Also, since when has edge from u2 been regarded as great guitarist, I missed that meeting. And lastly kurt kobain or kurk hammitt sould not be in the top 20, i mean i do respect them but their names should not be in the place or Gilmour, Townsend, Eddie Van Halen,
    anonymous anonymous 4/27/08 Reply
     
  • CURT COBAIN SHOULD NOT EVEN BE IN THE TOP 500 GUITARISTS OF ALL TIME!!!!
    ED VAN HALEN SHOULD BE TOP 10!!!!
    TONY IOMMI SHOULD BE IN TOP 40 AT LEAST!!!
    GOD DAMN ROLLING STONES MAGAZINE SUX
    anonymous anonymous 4/27/08 Reply
     
  • Buddy Guy without a doubt should be much higher than 30, even clapton bows down to him
    anonymous anonymous 4/27/08 Reply
     
  • can't believe keith urban isn't on the list. good grief! haven't u studied him....no brainer for the list peeps.
    anonymous anonymous 5/2/08 Reply
     
  • Johnny Ramone, Tom Verlaine, Robert Quine, Joan Jett and Angus Young probably would not be around if it weren't for Johnny Thunders (New York Dolls)...how was he left off of this list?

    Also: how do Kurt Cobain and Johnny Ramone rank above Steve Howe?
    anonymous anonymous 5/3/08 Reply
     
  • This list is really bad. My top ten would be:

    1. Jimi Hendrix
    2. Eddie Van Halen
    3. Jimmy Page
    4. Randy Rhoads
    5. Kirk Hammet
    6. Joe Satriani
    7. Angus Young
    8. Slash
    9. James Hetfield
    10. Santana

    Not in that order
    anonymous anonymous 5/3/08 Reply
     
    • This is my list of top ten guitarists:
      Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman, Eric Clapton,Jeff Beck,Jimmy Page,David Gilmore,Stevie Ray Vaughan,Eddie Van Halen,Randy Rhoads
      anonymous anonymous 8/12/08
       
  • Kirk Hammett should be #1 no offence jimi.
    anonymous anonymous 5/4/08 Reply
     
    • i agree. but i also think All of Megadeths guitarist shoudl be on here. and Dave Mustaine really invented thrash. and dime isnt on here
      anonymous anonymous 7/11/08
       
    • kirk should be in the top ten but not number 1. dave mustaine should be at least on the list. he's good but has no soul, just speed. dimebag darrell should be in the top three.
      anonymous anonymous 10/10/08
       
    • oh how wrong you all are. sorry but kirk is the most overated guitarist ever. he isnt really that great at guitar. he just happens to be in one of the most popular metal bands ever. his solos all sound the same, probably because he plays them all on the same string. and he also uses a wah-wah pedal way to much. he even admited in an interview he can't do legato properly. he was taught by satriani for god's sake! He should be abel to do legato if he had a teacher like that. sorry, buy kirk doesnt deserve to be anywhere above top 50, sorry. dave mustaine is also overated but i wont go on about him (:. As for dime, he should be up there in the top 10, if not at least the top 20!
      anonymous anonymous 11/29/08
       
  • this list sucks... cobain shouldn`t be there, and in 12???? and where is petrucci, slash and sakk wylde? and randy rhoads, gilmour and Iommi should be in the top 20 at least
    anonymous anonymous 5/5/08 Reply
     
    • I agree. Randy Rhoades was amazing. Cobain definitely doesn't belong there.
      anonymous anonymous 7/7/08
       
  • Like everyone else said, this list is bullsh*t. There are very few things about this list that i agree with, but here are the main things i have a problem with (in no order) are:

    1.) Wheres Slash? -- If you have any doubt about Slash being on the list, just listen to the solos to "Sweet Child of Mine" or "November Rain". That should clear it up.

    2.) David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) at 82? -- Rolling Stone should be ashamed of themselves for this one. I have NEVER, and i mean NEVER, heard a guitar solo that has as much passion in it as Gilmour's solo in "Comfortably Numb." I still get goosebumps every time i hear it.

    3.) Angus Young (AC/DC) at 96? -- Wait a minute Rolling Stone. So you're telling me that Angus Young was 4 or 5 spots from being out of this list? Whats the reasoning behind this? The man was incredible. Very entertaining, while still playing awesome riffs. I just don't understand.

    4.) Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) at 12 and Jack White (White Stripes) at 17. -- Wow. This is stunning. Good performers, good front-men, both influential, but are they the top 20 guitarists to ever step foot on the planet? Absolutely not.

    Just my 2 cents. Im still amazed at this ignorant list....
    anonymous anonymous 5/5/08 Reply
     
  • I agree with the first review, that Randy Rhoades should be better than 85. Brian May should be better, too. And Tommy Iommi and Angus Young at 86 and 96? These people are sick in the head. My biggest problem is Eddie Van Halen behind these guys Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth. I HATE SONIC YOUTH! Rhoades, May, Iommi, Young, and Van Halen are some of my top ten. Jimmy Page should be 3, and I leave Hendrix where he is. Joe Perry should be in the top ten also. And WHERE'S SLASH?????
    anonymous anonymous 5/10/08 Reply
     
    • First off Jimi is the greastest guitarist ever. He once was exchanging licks with Eric Clapton and Clapton got up and walk away. Later was ask why and he said he was blown away how great this kid was and I think Clapton knows more about playing than anyone posting comments. 2 would be Duane Allman who was just as amazing as Jimi both in style and creativity. He was also on numerous number ones as a studio musicain. People who recoded at muscle Shoals like King Curtis, Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin who request for him to play with them on their albums. Also Eric Clapton thought he was so great that he try to get him to quiet the allman brothers to play with derek and the dominios.
      anonymous anonymous 3/16/09
       
  • Of course, Hendrix is rightfullly #1, more original and preformance driven than any others on the list. For such a short career, his influence on other musicans is fantastic. He bangs,wails,electrifies like no other and is a true original. Kicked plenty of ass while playing.
    anonymous anonymous 5/12/08 Reply
     
  • Ok, honestly this is an ok list... considering it is an object of opinion therefore it is up for argument. No one should be angry at this list, because it is just one man opinion. But to be honest with you, David Gilmour as low as 82 is a disgrace. He's easily one of the top 10 in my opinion. But even MORE frustrating is the ALVIN LEE of 10 Years After is not on the list let alone even mentioned by any of you. Have you never seen 10 Years After at Woodstock. ing terriffic.
    anonymous anonymous 5/12/08 Reply
     
  • Oh and how could I even forget. Syd Barrett should sure as hell be on that list.
    anonymous anonymous 5/12/08 Reply
     
  • Kurt Cobain? 12th? thats just stupid. Kurt Cobain was nowhere near as good as anyone from 50th place up. Kirk Hammett is the greatest guitarist of all time, if you want my opinion. Santana should be higher as well.
    anonymous anonymous 5/14/08 Reply
     
  • Where are Steve Vai and Joe Satriani on this list?
    I don't know why Jack White is on this list.
    anonymous anonymous 5/14/08 Reply
     
    • bloody right and who the hell is the white stripes guy there c'mon vai+satch are awesome
      anonymous anonymous 1/22/09
       
  • john frusciante IDOLIZED frank zappa. ZAPPA IS #1.
    Jimmy Page is no number one. Kirk Hammett is not so great either. kurt cobain didn't even know how to play a guitar. AT ALL.
    anonymous anonymous 5/15/08 Reply
     
    • ok YOU ARE ALL RETARDED. for one thing all you people who think slash shuld be on this list no nothing of what makes a good guitarist.Just beacuse he plays fast does not make him good. Jimi hendrix IS the greatest guitarist of all time. he did things that no ther guitarist could even dream of EVEN while singing. and for all you people who think Van Halen is under rated on the list,your nuts! he ws nothing but a rock guitarist and had no veratilty at all. he said it himself. Now , no list is going to meet everybody's expectations of who they THINK is the best because we all have different opinions.
      anonymous anonymous 1/13/09
       
  • Where is Lindsey Buckingham?????
    anonymous anonymous 5/22/08 Reply
     
  • i think i find the horrible spelling and grammar of many of the replies to be most insulting. wow, people! really, how hard is it to spell Kurt? actually, how hard is it to spell any name when it's right in front of you.


    in regards to the list, Gilmour should definitely be higher, Cobain should be lower, etc.

    i find it comical when metal heads defend every shredder out there. yes, we know you can play fast but that doesn't automatically make you a good musician.
    anonymous anonymous 6/3/08 Reply
     
    • I agree. Innovation and creativity make the guitarist, not speed and how much it makes your head bang.
      anonymous anonymous 7/21/08
       
  • what no page hamilton?
    anonymous anonymous 6/5/08 Reply
     
  • COME ON!!! Kurt Cobaine barely knew the basics of guitar playing, he should't even be on this list! and Randy Rhoads should be at least on the top 10! and where is Yngwie, Petrucci, Mustaine... Not to mention that Eddie Van Halen is almost at the end of the list when he should be on the top, the same goes for David Gilmour! and please tell me who do i have to shoot to get some one from Maiden or Dragon Force on this "list"
    anonymous anonymous 6/8/08 Reply
     
  • Jimmy Page stole everything from Jeff Beck he shouldn't be that high. But this isn't really something you can rate it's all relative and based on personal opinion.
    anonymous anonymous 6/8/08 Reply
     
  • the list is a total bull. David Gilmour on 82, come on!! and alvin lee is not even on the list. that!!
    anonymous anonymous 6/9/08 Reply
     
  • All you pussies need to shut the up. Any true guitar enthusiast or rock and roll fan shouldn't need to rely on a ty list to tell them who the greatest guitarist of all time is. The guitar is an expressive instrument, just as rock is an expressive musical outlet. Whoever understands this should be able to determine for themselves who deserves to be called number one. I do not agree with the list in the slightest, but I take pride in the fact that I am able to listen to the beauty of the guitar, and decide for myself who the greatest is.
    P.S. maybe kurt cobain shouldn't be on the list, but to the dude who said he could play better than kurt after 1 year- you need to shut the up.
    anonymous anonymous 6/10/08 Reply
     
    • You're honestly right. As long as I can still hear great guitar playing years later, I am satisfied.
      anonymous anonymous 7/21/08
       
    • So lemme understand. You have an opinion that the list is not right according to you, but you also say that the rest of us are 'pussies' for looking at the list and giving our opinion. So guess where you would come on 'top 100 hypocrits'. And if you take pride in the fact that you listen to the beauty of a guitar, why do you feel the need to tell us? Maybe you have the musical sensitivity of a sloth or maybe you are insecure about your guitar skills and feel that putting Cobain as your role model makes you seem better than you actually are. Cobain was a good musician not a good guitarist. Deal with it.
      anonymous anonymous 1/23/09
       
  • I think people only want to change the order of the list cuz of THEIR favorite bands
    they want their favoirtes to be at the top
    but i still think hendrix is the best of all time
    anonymous anonymous 6/10/08 Reply
     
    • You're right. People are blinded by who their favorite is. They do not take time to hear the music and appreciate each note. With this said, Jimi, no matter the criticism deserves the top spot because he did his own thing instead of following traditional guitar style.
      anonymous anonymous 7/21/08
       
  • SLASH SHOULD NOT BE ON HERE, he is not even a good guitarist, for gods sake the riff at the beginning of sweet child o mine is harder than the solo, and fyi, nobody cares if you are better than kurt cobain he had incredible creativity.
    anonymous anonymous 6/11/08 Reply
     
    • You pick up a guitar and do half the stuff he does
      anonymous anonymous 10/9/08
       
  • no j mascis??? no steven drozd?? i mean jimmy paige diserves it too
    anonymous anonymous 6/12/08 Reply
     
  • come on u all know randy should be int he top ten at least. 86! thats stupid.
    anonymous anonymous 6/13/08 Reply
     
  • Knopfler is the best
    anonymous anonymous 6/15/08 Reply
     
  • what the !!! this list is a where is salsh he must within this list in one of the first places and van halen in 70 place this list is a
    anonymous anonymous 6/15/08 Reply
     
  • I'm happy jerry is up there, but i think trey anastasio should be wayyyyyy higher. Haha, jack white and johnny ramone in the top 20??
    anonymous anonymous 6/15/08 Reply
     
  • terrible neil young at 83 no chance he should be way better ranked
    anonymous anonymous 6/17/08 Reply
     
  • Why is Kurt Cobain so high up? He was a good song writer but not THAT great at guitar. Also, where is Slash? Where is Brian May?
    anonymous anonymous 6/18/08 Reply
     
  • This is has to be the worst list in the history of the human race!! why is kurt at number 12? and where the hell is slash?? and why is angus young at the bottom of the list?? everyone at rolling stone should fired!
    anonymous anonymous 6/18/08 Reply
     
  • Stevie Ray should definately be before Chuck Berry, and I think Slash should be somewhere around 10 and 15.
    anonymous anonymous 6/18/08 Reply
     
  • Also, where's Yngwie?
    anonymous anonymous 6/18/08 Reply
     
  • David Gilmour should be higher on the list. how could you put him all the way down at 82?
    anonymous anonymous 6/19/08 Reply
     
  • of course this list is skewed, if you made a list of the 100 greatest guitarists everyones else would be saying wtf. yeah kurt cobain gets too much credit but i'd like to see you write a song as lasting as smells like teen spirit or come as you are. still, slash, billy corgan and DEFINITELY phil keaggy should probly up there somewhere.
    anonymous anonymous 6/19/08 Reply
     
  • OH NO. This list is so incorrect it makes me want to punch it. He wasn't recognized greatly because his music was so absurd but Frank Zappa is an amazing guitarist. He should be in the top 30. So should Trey Anastasio.
    anonymous anonymous 6/22/08 Reply
     
  • where is shanw lane, paul gilbert, yngwie, and oh yeah bucketead (the best ever)
    anonymous anonymous 6/22/08 Reply
     
  • Angus should be higher and slash should be here nut I'm fine wihout Herman Li
    RobertC 5 RobertC 6/22/08 Reply
     
  • Angus should be higher and slash should be here nut I'm fine wihout Herman Li
    RobertC 5 RobertC 6/22/08 Reply
     
  • Eddie van Halen 70? and Pete Townshend 50? what is that. and Kirk Hammet but not James Hetfield?
    anonymous anonymous 6/24/08 Reply
     
  • decent list but put the inovators at the top, without them the more recent guitarists wouldn't even be famous. inovation and knowledge of music before popularity.
    anonymous anonymous 6/24/08 Reply
     
    • amen to that
      anonymous anonymous 7/21/08
       
    • amen to that
      anonymous anonymous 7/21/08
       
  • I agree with Hendrix being #1, but no Slash? What kind of 100 list is there without a Slash? Rubbish!!!
    anonymous anonymous 6/26/08 Reply
     
  • ok? how does this work? joe satriani taught kirk hammett, and kirk hammett is 11th, but joe satriani is no where to be found on the list? that just doesnt add up, the student ahead of the teacher? i understand kirk eventually i say became better, but still.. this list seems more of what guitarists had better riffs/ solos or songs, then who is actually greater.i mean look at curt cobain! some of the best songs in my opinion, but have you ever read the music for his songs, or looked at the tabs?! i could play those riffs before i even knew how to play guitar! and Jimi Hendrix, my favorite guitarist EVER, and i mean, hes my god. but #1, i honestly dont know.. i think alot of people think hes so great, and like him just because hes dead. but in that case i guess jerry garcia would be up higher too?
    anonymous anonymous 6/27/08 Reply
     
    • Someone taught Michael Jordan how to play basketball, does that make him better. You just want you favorite bands guitarist up there. The list is not perfect but not bad. I mean i a huge Phish Phan does that make Trey the best Guitarist no. Jimi is number on because he was the greastest. Does the fact that he is dead help, probably. But take your favorite Guitarist and then only look at the first 4 years of there career and compare that to jimi. Can they even compete with what Jimi did in those 4 years.
      anonymous anonymous 3/17/09
       
  • I Think is list is pretty accurate in the Top 20 (other than Page should be #2) I Think guys like David Gilmour who have the 3rd greatest solo of all time shouldn't be #82 or Eddie Van Halen who has the 2nd greatest solo at #70... I also noticed Slash isn't even on here... he should be at least #15... finally... I noticed Randy Rhoads and Tony Iommi (2 of the most famous players of All Time) are up there in the high 80s... I hope you change your list!
    anonymous anonymous 6/27/08 Reply
     
  • This is without a doubt the silliest list of Guitarists I have ever seen and if I was Rolling Stone, I would publish an official apology to anybody who has seen this.
    Anybody who really appreciates and understands music on a high level will probably have a top 15 that includes the following people - And for me the order of these isn't important because sometimes it's a matter of personal taste. All the people on my list are either significant pioneers, revolutionaries or modern but still cool:
    David Gilmour of Pink Floyd
    Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin
    Jimi Hendrix
    Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits
    Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones
    George Harrison
    B.B. King
    Carlos Santana
    Eric Clapton
    Robert Fripp of King Crimson
    Steve Howe of Yes
    Pete Townshend
    Eddie Van Halen
    Kim Thayil of Soundgarden
    John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers
    anonymous anonymous 6/27/08 Reply
     
    • Hell yeah. Now this person's list I can agree with!
      anonymous anonymous 10/10/08
       
  • 70. Eddie Van Halen???
    96. Angus Young???

    Come on!! They deserve to be in a better place on that list! Have you seen how they shred the guitar?
    anonymous anonymous 6/27/08 Reply
     
  • where is joe satriani?
    anonymous anonymous 6/27/08 Reply
     
  • this is a BullS**T list, where is joe satriani? you would've thought he would at least be above kirk hammett seeing as he taught him.. kirk hammett should be above B.B King, seeing as he is a much more advanced and technical player, and why is jack white from the white strips ranked 17? im better then him! but tony lommi is ranked 86? what a load of bull!
    anonymous anonymous 6/27/08 Reply
     
  • Some of these guitarist are just up there because of the success and popularity of their bands and are not that great at all if you think of them as just guitarsits (Kurt Kobain, Jack White, Johny Ramone). How they can be so far ahead of other truly great guitarists is a joke.
    anonymous anonymous 6/28/08 Reply
     
  • David Gilmour should be higher, way higher.
    anonymous anonymous 6/28/08 Reply
     
  • This is what i think for the top 10

    1. Eddie Van Halen
    2. Eric Clapton
    3. Bo Diddly
    4. Jimmy Page
    5. Jimi Hendrix
    6. Tom Morrello
    7. Randy Rhoads
    8. Slash
    9. Stevie Ray Vaughin
    10. Les Paul
    anonymous anonymous 6/28/08 Reply
     
  • WOW I can't believe some of you IDIOTS would actually consider putting Jimmy Page above Jimi Hendrix. Page is so sloppy. Watch The Song Remains the Same Movie and you'll see how terrible he really is. I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU GUYS ARE PUTTING ANYBODY ABOVE HENDRIX. Only exception:SRV
    anonymous anonymous 6/28/08 Reply
     
    • I hear that...see more
      anonymous anonymous 7/21/08
       
  • rolling stones has been in this industry for so long. and i think all the disparities around here is due to the differing perception among us..and also these people came from different genre and so it has a very different range on how u measure the bad and the good ones.
    anonymous anonymous 6/28/08 Reply
     
  • This list sucks. Jimi is the best but everything else is ed up completly. Angus Young at 96, Eddie at 80, and slash isn't even on the list. Jack white is good but Eddie, Slash, and Angus can kick his butt. And Johnny Ramone wasn't one of the greats he played the same thing over and over in every one of their songs.
    anonymous anonymous 6/29/08 Reply
     
  • Where is Gary Moore? One of the greatest guitarists ever. And why is David Gilmour so low?!

    Bad list.
    anonymous anonymous 6/29/08 Reply
     
  • Why is Kurt Cobain at Number 11?! That's ridiculous! And why isn't Zakk Wylde on the list? Tony Iommi and Angus Young should be ahead of Kurt Cobain and Jack White
    anonymous anonymous 6/30/08 Reply
     
  • Where The Hell Is Dave Mustaine!!!?
    anonymous anonymous 7/1/08 Reply
     
  • 1. Clapton's combination of speed, accuracy, and longevity make him #1.
    2. Where is Terry Kath from the original band Chicago? Hendrix once admitted that Kath was better than him. 3. Gilmour's great!
    anonymous anonymous 7/1/08 Reply
     
  • wow... some one should be fired for this. This list is in order by most popular, not most talented. LOL good call on Kurt Cobain #12. Lay off the blow Rolling Stone. Sadly, you have never failed to be the definition of POP-Culture.
    anonymous anonymous 7/2/08 Reply
     
  • 18 John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers
    WHAT THE WORLD!!!!
    THISI IS WRONG!!!!
    RANDY RHODES IS SOOOOO MUCH BETTER THEN THIS FAGGET!!!
    anonymous anonymous 7/2/08 Reply
     
    • what the hell, why do you have to insult frusciante??? he didnt put himself on that list
      anonymous anonymous 11/25/08
       
    • Frusciante is a beast. You must not know music. Moron.
      anonymous anonymous 12/2/08
       
  • agreeed! although i thing dimebag derrell should be there somewere and randy should be above tom morrello XDD
    and zack wyld deserves some place too lol XD
    anonymous anonymous 7/2/08 Reply
     
  • 18 John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers ?????
    why?
    anonymous anonymous 7/2/08 Reply
     
    • Is that serious question?
      anonymous anonymous 12/2/08
       
  • 70 Eddie Van Halen
    WHY??
    he should be like in the top 10 ATLEAST
    i put him number 1
    anonymous anonymous 7/2/08 Reply
     
  • where the f**k is rory gallagher - the man who was said by eric clapton to " have got me back into the blues"????????
    anonymous anonymous 7/3/08 Reply
     
    • A list of the 100 greatest guitarists ever without Rory Gallagher let me doubt about the value.
      anonymous anonymous 2/7/09
       
  • Tom Morello's on here but no Slash? Randy Rhoads at 85? Kurt Cobain at like, top 20? What the hell. Faggotry.
    anonymous anonymous 7/3/08 Reply
     
  • Is this a list of greatest or the most popular guitarist? Or maybe the fastest.. or the loudest? Who is greater Ry Cooder or Frank Zappa and why Cooder is? Steve Ray Vaughan was great - I love his play.. but he didn't add anything more than Jimmi Hendrix did. Cobain is great? C'mmon... what about Steve Gossard? He even doesn't appeared here.. such lists are rubish
    anonymous anonymous 7/3/08 Reply
     
  • You guys ever heard of Billy Gibbons?
    anonymous anonymous 7/3/08 Reply
     
    • He was Hendrix's favorite.
      anonymous anonymous 12/2/08
       
  • This list's all wrong. Angus Young should have been way higher!!!
    anonymous anonymous 7/3/08 Reply
     
  • No Django? No John Petrucci? No Buckethead? No Demartini? Eddie at 70? Kurt Cobain is even on this list? I'm so glad that is dead. But this list reeks of viral marketing to get attention for Rolling Stone. I'll never buy another one of your magazines.
    anonymous anonymous 7/3/08 Reply
     
  • John Mayer?????
    anonymous anonymous 7/4/08 Reply
     
  • ok this is the stupidest list in the world and rolling stone is retarded. here's my top 5 startin w/ first and goin to 5: Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chuck Berry, Les Paul, and Slash
    anonymous anonymous 7/4/08 Reply
     
  • I can't beleive Eddie Van Halen is not in the top five! what a joke
    anonymous anonymous 7/4/08 Reply
     
  • Ah....Slash doesn't really deserve to be in it. He uses all this crappy effects sh*t to make it sound good but my God.................

    WHERE THE HELL IS RORY GALLAGHER?!?! Jimi Hendrix himself said that Rory is better than him!
    anonymous anonymous 7/5/08 Reply
     
  • Page Sucks soo bad. He shouldn't even be in top 50. He just has the Zeppelin Name.
    anonymous anonymous 7/6/08 Reply
     
    • dude you are retarded jimmy page is lyk the 2nd or 3rd best british guitarist ever.
      anonymous anonymous 7/11/08
       
  • where are people like Allen Collins and Alvin Lee? I know you can't get them all but "FreeBird" and "I'm Going Home" are enough of contributions to the music world to at least put that in the top 100. And how does someone as talented and influential as David Gilmour fall all the down into the eighties. Not one "shredder" guitarist is mentioned from Petrucci, Malmsteen, Buckethead, Satriani, Vai, the list goes on. And where the hell is Slash?
    anonymous anonymous 7/6/08 Reply
     
  • I agree with most of it except for Eddie Van Halen and Angus Young should be higher up and Slash should be at least in the 20s and hes not even on the list! Psh! And well, I love Nirvana and Kurt Cobain but I think that Slash, Angus, and Eddie beat Kurt any day.. and he made 12? come on! I at least want Slash and then I will shut up!
    anonymous anonymous 7/6/08 Reply
     
  • I think this is a good list but Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Eddie Van Halen, Tony Iommi and Randy Rhodes should be higher up. Keep Jimi at number 1. And where is Alvin Lee.
    anonymous anonymous 7/6/08 Reply
     
    • No Paul Gilbert, wtf? This list is ed.
      anonymous anonymous 7/7/08
       
  • Kurt Cobain at 12? No Slash?

    Who came up with this list?

    I will, however, defend Hendrix's #1 position. He might not have been the most technically accurate guitarist, but the way he could create sound has been unmatched. Allman and Clapton have even given him the credit in the past.
    anonymous anonymous 7/7/08 Reply
     
  • I love Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, etc but Jimi is the most impressive of them all. Even they, themselves, admitted it. Denying that Jimi shouldn't be number one is like going against their word in which we know is the wisest and most important of all.
    anonymous anonymous 7/7/08 Reply
     
  • Peter Frampton should be on this list. They can make space for him by taking off Joan Jett and Kurt Cobain.
    anonymous anonymous 7/7/08 Reply
     
  • hello, Steve Vai? Joe Satriani?? Not my personal favorites, but certainly greater guitarists than Bert Jansch, for cryin out loud. I'm a blues fan, so this would be an accurate faves list for me personally, but as far as "greatest," they've got a funny definition.
    anonymous anonymous 7/7/08 Reply
     
  • David Gilmour at 82!!! Are you having a laugh! Anybody here ever listened to the solos in Money or Comfortably Numb? (Just two great examples of many).
    anonymous anonymous 7/8/08 Reply
     
  • first of all, where's the slash??? and 2nd, why people think that Joan Jett is the only female guitarist??? what about Kelly Johnson of Girlschool? she was better then Joan, she played guitar like a man.
    anonymous anonymous 7/8/08 Reply
     
  • No Zakk Wylde? No Dimebag Darrell? No Kerry King? No Joe Satriani? No Steve Vai? No Yngwie Malmsteen? No John Petrucci? No Mark Tremonti? This list is bull.

    PS: Slash wouldn't be very high, maybe 30th if he's lucky.
    anonymous anonymous 7/8/08 Reply
     
  • this is exactly why i dont read this magazine they dont know wat the there talkin about i mean kurt cobain is not better then van halen and joan jett shudnt even b on this list let alone higher than angus young
    anonymous anonymous 7/9/08 Reply
     
  • this is exactly why i dont read this magazine they dont know wat the there talkin about i mean kurt cobain is not better then van halen and joan jett shudnt even b on this list let alone higher than angus young
    anonymous anonymous 7/9/08 Reply
     
  • this is exactly why i dont read rolling stone i mean for gods sake its greatest guitarists not influential
    anonymous anonymous 7/9/08 Reply
     
  • where the hell is yngwie malmsteen satch vai slash buckethead i mean holy crap wtf kind of list is this its almost shamful disrespectful and offensive id love to find who made this article and kick his head in
    anonymous anonymous 7/9/08 Reply
     
  • where is zakk wylde? he is absolutley insande and he isnt even on here? listen to black label society and u will see what solo's really are
    anonymous anonymous 7/9/08 Reply
     
  • where is zakk wylde? he is insane and he isnt even on here. i think he should be at the top too. listen to black label society and you will see what solo's really are
    anonymous anonymous 7/9/08 Reply
     
    • I agree completely, he should definitely be in the top 15 at least.
      anonymous anonymous 7/13/08
       
  • So Joan Jett is a better guitarist than Bruce Springsteen? Interesting
    anonymous anonymous 7/10/08 Reply
     
  • where's eric johnson, come on cliffs of dover
    anonymous anonymous 7/10/08 Reply
     
  • Umm... Joan Jett is better than Angus Young??? wow!! Not saying Angus is the greatest by any means, but certainly better than any girl.. and definatly deserving of top 20 status.. not 96th.. that's just insane.
    anonymous anonymous 7/10/08 Reply
     
  • Where is Steve Vai, Petrucci, or Satch? This list blows, how is flippin Joe Perry at 48 ahead of Pete Townsend, EVH, Gilmour, and Randy Rhoads. Rolling Stone Magazine you ing suck
    anonymous anonymous 7/11/08 Reply
     
  • Where is Steve Vai, Petrucci, or Satch? This list blows, how is flippin Joe Perry at 48 ahead of Pete Townsend, EVH, Gilmour, and Randy Rhoads. Rolling Stone Magazine you ing suck
    anonymous anonymous 7/11/08 Reply
     
  • Where is Steve Vai, Petrucci, or Satch? This list blows, how is flippin Joe Perry at 48 ahead of Pete Townsend, EVH, Gilmour, and Randy Rhoads. Rolling Stone Magazine you ing suck
    anonymous anonymous 7/11/08 Reply
     
  • OMG you have Vernon Reid ahead of Eddie Van Halen?.. LOL..

    Is it me, or is Rolling Stone completely lost their minds?..
    anonymous anonymous 7/11/08 Reply
     
  • Jesus!.. mama Carter (a cross picking legend) could outplay 90% of this list..
    anonymous anonymous 7/11/08 Reply
     
  • Pathetic list, Dave Gilmore @ #82? Have these people never heard pink floyd? where are Datch and Vai, why no slash? and wtf is Jack white doing on this list?
    anonymous anonymous 7/11/08 Reply
     
  • This must be a more of a poularity contest than based on skills and taste. Where's Tommy Bolin????
    anonymous anonymous 7/11/08 Reply
     
  • you can't argue that jimmi hendrix is the best guitarist that ever lived. but i do agree jimmy page should be higher. and slash should be in the top 5 atleast. and dimebad darrel should be on the list atleast
    anonymous anonymous 7/11/08 Reply
     
  • Eddie Van Halen number 70? wtf
    anonymous anonymous 7/12/08 Reply
     
  • WHERE'S JEFF BECK YOU AHOLE?
    anonymous anonymous 7/12/08 Reply
     
  • EDDIE VAN HALEN 70? AND IKE TURNER 61? YOU AHOLE!!!!!!!!!!
    anonymous anonymous 7/12/08 Reply
     
  • Um...yeah, this list is very messed up. Why is Eddie Van Halen so low!? Zakk Wylde didn't even make the list!!! Slash isn't on here either! There are so many people on this list that don't need to be there and could eaily be replaced by better ones.
    anonymous anonymous 7/13/08 Reply
     
    • i completely agree
      anonymous anonymous 7/14/08
       
  • this list suks. it should be 1.hendrix, 2.page, 3.clapton, 4.angus young, 5.jeff beck, 6.carlos santana, 7.brian may, 8.pete townshend, and 9.richards. and where the heck is slash. he should be in the top 10
    anonymous anonymous 7/14/08 Reply
     
  • where is slash and michael angelo batio and what about zakk wylde come on this list needs to be modificated . well at least kirk hammett is in the 11th place thats fine to me
    anonymous anonymous 7/14/08 Reply
     
  • Lol what? This list is ridicolous. Slash is not even on it. JAck white is in 17th and eddie van halen 70th? WHAT THE ******
    anonymous anonymous 7/14/08 Reply
     
  • Who says we go around and raise chaos because this list kinda sucks? Yes, Randy Rhoads and Tony Iommi should be right next to eachother. At least in the top 50 though. But, after viewing more lists, I've decided that Rolling Stones sucks at list-making. Unfortunately, this is more of a difference in generation, rather than opinion. How would I truly know Jimi Hendrix's impact if I was born in 1991? I can't. So, I guess Rolling Stone has that over me. But they should change the name to "Most Influential", not "Greatest". Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen are GREAT guitarists when compared to Hendrix and Cobain. Influence however, Hendrix would win, which he did.
    anonymous anonymous 7/14/08 Reply
     
  • Dude your totally wrong. Hendrix could rape rhoads and van halen at guitar>
    anonymous anonymous 7/15/08 Reply
     
    • HENDRIX COULDN'T PLAY THE SAME THING TWICE, YOU ING IDIOTS! HE HAD CATCHY SONGS, BUT HE WAS GOOD, NOT GREAT. YOU S THAT THINK HE WAS THAT GREAT OBVIOUSLY DON'T PLAY.
      anonymous anonymous 10/11/08
       
  • HEY Rolling Stone!!!! Why can be David Gilmour on 82th place? Did you heard his solos on In The Flesh tour 77'? David Gilmour MUST be in TOP 10.... This list is ridiculous.
    anonymous anonymous 7/16/08 Reply
     
  • This list is an absolute joke...Just like Rolling Stone. And not ONE of you ...NOT ONE mentioned Michael Schenker or Al DiMeola...Eric Clapton is the most over rated guitarist EVER. It just proves that Rolling Stone has cranial rectumosis to the inth degree. I truley believe that this magazine is so freaking pious that it cant spit out any piece of trash and just becuase they came up with it, its the GREATEST. Its either that or they employ a complete staff or tone deaf morons.
    anonymous anonymous 7/16/08 Reply
     
  • just like everyone says, most of this list is a joke. I mean some of the top 10 is accurate. I mean, PAT METHENY isn't even on this list. I'm NOT a Santana fan whatsoever, but Cobain OVER Santana??! Hell, I loved Nirvana's music growing up and still like a lot of it, but man c'mon. Yeah, if you need proof Rolling Stone isn't much to go off of when it comes to this subject, then thats it.
    anonymous anonymous 7/16/08 Reply
     
  • this list
    anonymous anonymous 7/16/08 Reply
     
  • Where is Steve Vai?
    anonymous anonymous 7/17/08 Reply
     
  • where the is omar rodriguez?
    anonymous anonymous 7/17/08 Reply
     
  • TIM REYNOLDS
    anonymous anonymous 7/19/08 Reply
     
  • Well... Lots of great guitarists are missing.. Michael Angelo Batio isn't on the list, neither is Dave Mustaine, which both in my opinion should be there..
    anonymous anonymous 7/19/08 Reply
     
  • This whole list is junk after hendrix.

    And is just me or should Mike McCready and Stone Gossard deserve to be on here?
    anonymous anonymous 7/19/08 Reply
     
  • wtf im confused they said that eddie van halen, santana and randy rhoads or suckier then kurt cobain in this list. i dont get it at all like what the hell, he was a good guitarest but not that close to be good
    anonymous anonymous 7/19/08 Reply
     
  • Kurt Cobain is 14??? What a crapt.....
    anonymous anonymous 7/19/08 Reply
     
  • Kurt Cobain #12, seriously, and no slash, this list is a joke, and an embarrassment to what use to be a good magazine.
    anonymous anonymous 7/19/08 Reply
     
  • Kurt Cobain number 12???????, seriously, and no slash at all, this is a joke right. This list is an embarrassment to what use to be a good magazine a LONG TIME AGO.
    anonymous anonymous 7/19/08 Reply
     
  • CMON!! This list is . Only Kirk Hammett is in right place.
    No Marty Friedman, Dave Mustaine,
    And Jimi Hendrix should be number 20.. He is overrated, but still great.
    anonymous anonymous 7/20/08 Reply
     
    • AMEN! Hendrix should be between 10 and 20. He was a great song writer, but only a good guitarist - at best. Did he get #1 because he's dead and black?
      anonymous anonymous 10/11/08
       
  • I hate when people say "HEY THESE GUYS WER LEFT OWT!!??!!!!1", Due mainly to the fact that they only had 100 positions to fill, and when people say things like that they're simply trying to show how many guitarists they know. And it's not just skill, it's innovation. Al Di Maeola was not innovative at all, just very VERY skilled. Plus, this is mainly a blues and rock/metal list, not a jazz/classical list. Use your brains, people.
    anonymous anonymous 7/20/08 Reply
     
  • randy rhoads at 85? give me a break
    anonymous anonymous 7/20/08 Reply
     
  • first of all duane allman is way better than slash, slash is like any other guitarist in the 80's and duane all man was creating blues solos when slash was a mere infant.
    anonymous anonymous 7/20/08 Reply
     
    • I agree. Duane Allman's guitar on "Layla" was genius!
      anonymous anonymous 7/21/08
       
  • john fogerty why is he on the list, kurt cobain i like kurt but not on this list and neil young? where marty freidman
    anonymous anonymous 7/20/08 Reply
     
  • No Alex Lifeson, No Lidsay Buckingham, but worst is no Andres Segovia! that man popularized the guitar and Asturias is one of the greatist guitar pieces ever performed. This is ALL TIME right? No Tim Reynolds, no Peter Green, no Sid Barrett. This list is as ridiculous as their topp 500 songs list.
    anonymous anonymous 7/21/08 Reply
     
  • I agree. Brian May should be higher up. Kurt Cobain is a great musician but he has no place on this list.
    anonymous anonymous 7/21/08 Reply
     
  • this list is bull...eddie van halen at number 70...give me a break. I think time magazine could have done a better job..lol
    anonymous anonymous 7/21/08 Reply
     
  • Steve Howe #69? No Steve Morse ? Did any guitarists participate in this poll ?
    anonymous anonymous 7/21/08 Reply
     
    • 1 hendrix
      2 clapton
      3 steve morse
      4 les paul
      5 steve howe
      6 eric johnson
      7 steve vai
      8 bill nelson be-bop deluxe
      9 jeff beck
      10 warren haynes
      anonymous anonymous 7/21/08
       
  • Where's Michael Angelo, I can't see him? Also, you will notice (those of you complaining) that almost every rock guitarist just play the same few riffs over and over again, and they just kind of tweak them around, or mess them up a little bit. Take the Back in Black solo for example, he's taking the same few riffs! I comepletely agree with this list, except Angus Young is better than Van Halen.
    anonymous anonymous 7/22/08 Reply
     
  • this list is missing something very important, steve vai, slash, joe satriani and eric johnson and lots more
    this list is no where near accruate
    anonymous anonymous 7/23/08 Reply
     
  • 1Jimi Hendrix
    2 Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band
    3 B.B. King
    4 Eric Clapton
    5 Robert Johnson
    6 Chuck Berry
    7 Stevie Ray Vaughan
    8 Ry Cooder
    9 Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin
    10 Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones
    11Kirk Hammett of Metallica
    12 Kurt Cobain of Nirvana
    13 Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead
    14 Jeff Beck
    15 Carlos Santana
    16 Johnny Ramone of the Ramones
    17 Jack White of the White Stripes
    18 John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers
    19 Richard Thompson
    20 James Burton
    21 George Harrison
    22 Mike Bloomfield
    23 Warren Haynes
    24 The Edge of U2
    25 Freddy King
    26 Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave
    27 Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits
    28 Stephen Stills
    29 Ron Asheton of the Stooges
    30 Buddy Guy
    31 Dick Dale
    32 John Cipollina of Quicksilver Messenger Service
    33 & 34 Lee Ranaldo, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth
    35 John Fahey
    36 Steve Cropper of Booker T. and the MG's
    37 Bo Diddley
    38 Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac
    39 Brian May of Queen
    40 John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival
    41 Clarence White of the Byrds
    42 Robert Fripp of King Crimson
    43 Eddie Hazel of Funkadelic
    44 Scotty Moore
    45 Frank Zappa
    46 Les Paul
    47 T-Bone Walker
    48 Joe Perry of Aerosmith
    49 John McLaughlin
    50 Pete Townshend
    51 Paul Kossoff of Free
    52 Lou Reed
    53 Mickey Baker
    54 Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane
    55 Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple
    56 Tom Verlaine of Television
    57 Roy Buchanan
    58 Dickey Betts
    59 & 60 Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien of Radiohead
    61 Ike Turner
    62 Zoot Horn Rollo of the Magic Band
    63 Danny Gatton
    64 Mick Ronson
    65 Hubert Sumlin
    66 Vernon Reid of Living Colour
    67 Link Wray
    68 Jerry Miller of Moby Grape
    69 Steve Howe of Yes
    70 Eddie Van Halen
    71 Lightnin' Hopkins
    72 Joni Mitchell
    73 Trey Anastasio of Phish
    74 Johnny Winter
    75 Adam Jones of Tool
    76 Ali Farka Toure
    77 Henry Vestine of Canned Heat
    78 Robbie Robertson of the Band
    79 Cliff Gallup of the Blue Caps (1997)
    80 Robert Quine of the Voidoids
    81 Derek Trucks
    82 David Gilmour of Pink Floyd
    83 Neil Young
    84 Eddie Cochran
    85 Randy Rhoads
    86 Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath
    87 Joan Jett
    88 Dave Davies of the Kinks
    89 D. Boon of the Minutemen
    90 Glen Buxton of Alice Cooper
    91 Robby Krieger of the Doors
    92 & 93 Fred "Sonic" Smith, Wayne Kramer of the MC5
    94 Bert Jansch
    95 Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine
    96 Angus Young of AC/DC
    97 Robert Randolph
    98 Leigh Stephens of Blue Cheer
    99 Greg Ginn of Black Flag
    100 Kim Thayil of Soundgarden
    Wat the hell
    anonymous anonymous 7/23/08 Reply
     
  • this is super retarded why in gods name is kurt cobain 12 evh 70 jimmy page should be 1 tony shouldn't be 86 and kirk hammet should burn the list because a terrible guitarist is under him
    anonymous anonymous 7/23/08 Reply
     
  • this is super retarded why in gods name is kurt cobain 12 evh 70 jimmy page should be 1 tony shouldn't be 86 and kirk hammet should burn the list because a terrible guitarist is under him slash!!!!!!
    anonymous anonymous 7/23/08 Reply
     
  • this is super retarded why in gods name is kurt cobain 12 evh 70 jimmy page should be 1 tony shouldn't be 86 and kirk hammet should burn the list because a terrible guitarist is under him
    anonymous anonymous 7/23/08 Reply
     
  • you are on CRACK. jimi hendrix could shred every ones face off on this list. You suck!!!!!!!!!
    anonymous anonymous 7/23/08 Reply
     
  • Angus Young should be in the top ten u guys r on crack listen to his solos it sounds as if electricity is coming through his fingers to play. and Jimmy Paige should be above Jimi Hendrix since they never got to battle.
    anonymous anonymous 7/23/08 Reply
     
  • Where the hell is slash, i mean honestly, this isn't a list without Slash, u people are ing crazy
    anonymous anonymous 7/24/08 Reply
     
  • Where is slah people, i mean honestly, how do you have this list without slash, cmon, get your stuff together people
    anonymous anonymous 7/24/08 Reply
     
  • How the hell did Jack White make that list!? Especially at number 17! I'd say he is average at the guitar at best!
    anonymous anonymous 7/24/08 Reply
     
  • where is slash????????
    anonymous 5 eashan 7/24/08 Reply
     
  • Where the is Rory Gallagher? He should he should have been on the top 100, but on this list his not even in the top 100
    anonymous anonymous 7/25/08 Reply
     
  • Where is George Harrison?
    And why is Jimmy Page #9?
    anonymous anonymous 7/25/08 Reply
     
    • George Harrison was rated 21 on this list. I can't believe they'd put someone like Kurt Cobain at #12...above so many who were so much more talented!
      anonymous anonymous 10/10/08
       
  • jack white, kurt cobain, kirk hammet, johnny ramone are all way too high and where is slash and eric johnson, al di meola, steve vai, joe satriani,
    the only thing i can agree on is hendrix is #1
    anonymous anonymous 7/26/08 Reply
     
  • where the hell is slash?
    the following should be in the top 10:
    jimi hendrix,jimmy page,frank zappa,angus young,slash,tom morello,bucket head,eddie van halen,eric clapton....not in that order
    anonymous anonymous 7/27/08 Reply
     
  • rating a guitarist is perhaps the most difficult job in the world to do, even when ur with rolling stones. the rolling stones is often accused of being stuck in the 60s anyways. yeah, but some sequence in the list don't make sense. to all of u who thought cobain was rated higher than he deserves. yeah, u guys are probably right, but maybe that's coz he developed a new genre with not only his vocals but also with his screeching guitars that grandmas would have died the moment they heard the sounds of that guitar. he's not the solo guitar player that many of us grew up listening to in the 80s and 90s. but honestly, tell me, how many guitarists have been able to recreate the sound he created? the heavily distorted sound, the signature riffs( though some of these riffs have been overrated), combined with the haunting and screaming vocals. anyways, he's a great guitarist among the top, but yeah, he should be down from where he is in the list but so should be many other guitarists in the list. gracias
    anonymous anonymous 7/27/08 Reply
     
  • think that morello deserves a higher ranking
    anonymous anonymous 7/27/08 Reply
     
  • Tony Iommi at 86?????? Do they somehow not know that this man single handedly invented the metal riff ?????????
    anonymous anonymous 7/29/08 Reply
     
  • jimi hendrix is defnitely the best outta anyone. no question at all
    anonymous anonymous 7/30/08 Reply
     
  • ing Jack White at No.17? He is a mediocre guitarist at best. He shouldn't even make the list, considering he wrote Icky Thump, which is possible one of the worst songs ever recorded.
    anonymous anonymous 7/31/08 Reply
     
  • this list was sort of a popularity contest. I mean, surely Hendrix and Clapton deserved to be somewhere on the top, but i dont think they put them there for the right reasons. These are just guitarists Clapton was referenced to as a god, and its thing like these that made Rolling Stone magazine put them on top, not their amazing guitar skills. David Gilmore, for example, is an amazing guitarist (just listen to the solos on comfortably numb, but her was never called a god. and doesnt anyone think dave mustaine deserved to be on there? I mean, I think he's a way better guitrist than hammet who was way on top!
    anonymous anonymous 8/1/08 Reply
     
  • I love Nirvana but Kurt Cobain, if he has to be on the list, should be at number 82 and DAVID GILMOUR should be in the top 20 at least. COME ON!!!! Slash was way better than Kurt and why is Johnny Greenwood only at 49
    anonymous anonymous 8/3/08 Reply
     
  • Oh and to the fricking person that said we only wanted to change it so our favorite bands were on it is lame. this list is way out of wack and who everyone wants to be number one blah blah blah doesnt matter i think EVERYONE AGREES
    1) kurt cobain should not be on here or at least not in the top 50 2) David Gilmour and Slash for the most part should be on here and in the top 20 at least
    2)Jack White should not be on the list or in the top 20 either
    anonymous anonymous 8/3/08 Reply
     
  • OMG... Kurt Cobain was not a guitarist.. he was a song writer who mainly used the guitar when he composed his songs... Where are Andy Summers, Pat Metheny, Dominic Miller (to quote just a few)?
    anonymous anonymous 8/3/08 Reply
     
  • Why isn't Slash in the list? Also, Brian May and Angus Young should be higher on the list!
    anonymous anonymous 8/3/08 Reply
     
  • Angus young is the BEST guitarist of all time! Most of those people SUCK!
    anonymous anonymous 8/3/08 Reply
     
  • wow wheres all the good guitarists??? gilbert, satch, petrucc, romeo etci
    anonymous anonymous 8/3/08 Reply
     
  • this list is a joke, that is the most positive thing i can possibly say about this blasphemous work of ignorance. to start, frank zappa and steve vai could both outshred hendrix at any point of their careers, hands down. and i firmly believe david gilmour has proven himself to be greater than number 82. but most importantly, i am baffled at the fact that somebody actually put johnny ramone and kurt cobain in the top one million guitarists, let alone the top one hundred. i believe this list has brought nothing but shame to us all.
    anonymous anonymous 8/3/08 Reply
     
    • u wish hendrix will play circles around them man so shut up
      anonymous anonymous 8/8/08
       
  • man where's Dimebag Darell, you put like some of the worse guitarists ever
    anonymous anonymous 8/4/08 Reply
     
  • What the hell is this piece of . Jimi should be #2 are you forgetting about a man, a warrior, a guy that played guitar like no one ever will again like him. August 20,1966-December 8,2004. "Dimebag" Darrell Lance about. Put him in there. R.I.P
    anonymous anonymous 8/4/08 Reply
     
  • no leo kottke? is this a joke?
    anonymous anonymous 8/4/08 Reply
     
  • Danny Gatton at 63rd is the biggest injustice/joke, of many, on the list- the man forgot more about guitar, than all the rest combined, save Hendrix and Johnson. The exclusion of Lindsey Buckingham and Nils Lorgren from a 100 best list is comical. Kurt Cobain at 12 - could the man tune a guitar?
    anonymous anonymous 8/5/08 Reply
     
  • Where is Jason Becker??? Though he cannot play anymore, he is still the best
    anonymous anonymous 8/6/08 Reply
     
  • hey what about jack black??? no, i'm just kidding...see more
    anonymous anonymous 8/6/08 Reply
     
  • this my friends looks and smells like a popularity contest. granted many great ones listed but just as many missing. i wonder is RS has a blog that we can flood... :-)
    anonymous anonymous 8/7/08 Reply
     
  • some great guitarists have been excluded like:MURRAY,SMITH or GERS of iron maiden and also DAVE MUSTAINE!
    anonymous anonymous 8/7/08 Reply
     
  • Stevie ray vaughan
    Jimmy paige
    Eddie Van Halen
    Jimi Hendrix

    other than that i pretty much agree with this list agree
    anonymous anonymous 8/7/08 Reply
     
  • this list is good but jimmy page should be higher and jimi Hendrix is probably the best guitarist of all time
    anonymous anonymous 8/8/08 Reply
     
  • Why is randy rhoads almost at the bottom of the list? he deserved better recognition than that. he was a master at not just guitar, but the theory of music.
    Whos the guy who made this list?
    i mean, you try writing complicated music like him. its not that easy. every single one of his solos were greater than others.
    anonymous anonymous 8/8/08 Reply
     
  • I can not believe one thing

    NEIL YOUNG AT 83????????????????????
    anonymous anonymous 8/8/08 Reply
     
  • Where is John Mayer?!
    anonymous anonymous 8/8/08 Reply
     
    • John Mayer has talent, but he does not express it. He's too concerned about making his "photo shots" at Malibu with his girl firends.
      anonymous anonymous 11/14/08
       
  • where the heck is terry kath from Chicago on this list??? How is angus here but Kath isn't? Kath was twice the guitarist Young was and if you don't believe listen to his solo in 25 or 6 to 4
    anonymous anonymous 8/9/08 Reply
     
  • Kay, look ... I agree that there are a lot of guitarists that should be on this list, and a lot of guitarists that should NOT be on this list. There should be John Mayer on this list, for sure.. and randy and angus definately deserve to be placed higher on the list. But honestly, what's the point in getting all worked up about it? There probably are good reasons why Joan Jett is higher than Angus, and why other guitarists are higher up and not so high up on the list. But I really do think Jimi deserves to be number 1 on the list.. He may not have been the BEST guitarist, skill wise... but he was damn well amazing for his time. He introduced so many things for the electric guitar.. and the fact that he taught himself is just remarkable.... yeeeah, that's all I got.

    ps. John Frusciante deserves number 2 spot ...
    :)
    or 1.5 spot.
    yes.
    anonymous anonymous 8/9/08 Reply
     
  • 1.tony iommi
    2.angus young
    3.randy rhoads
    anonymous anonymous 8/9/08 Reply
     
  • mmmkay i cant believe no one has said this but WHERE THE HELL is TED NUGENT he was awsome!!!!! where is slash he should at least be in like the 30s or 40s Page should be second EVH should be in the the top 20 angus young should be way way way higher i mean cmon even his first name kets you know his guitar is tasty.....Randy Rhoads should be higher same with blackmore one of the most underrated guitarists same with brain may his solos sounded so great..........UHHH kurt cobain 12 sure he was creative but not that high...wheres all the jazz guitarists too like alex degrassi also Jack White saved rock n roll from bands like fall out boy yuck i thank the white stripes but maybe not 17th anyways
    anonymous anonymous 8/9/08 Reply
     
    • Right On Bro Uncle Ted should be top 30 no doubt. I Saw him in concert and the Stranglehold solo sounded as good as any recordiing. Another guy nobody gives any love to is Chuck Berry. The Guy invented rock guitar and was great at that, give him # 2. Frank Zappa is a God, probably 80% of the guys on here couldnt play hiis stuff under and circumstances. Eddie Hazel was as good as Hendrix as well
      anonymous anonymous 8/22/08
       
  • no slash?
    hendrix before clapton?
    van halen number 70?
    joan jett before angus young at 96?
    and jimmy page and carlos santana at 9 and 15?
    kurt cobain sucked and you have him at 12.
    whoever did this list is a dumbass.
    anonymous anonymous 8/9/08 Reply
     
  • No don't agree - but then the other dozen or so I have in mind wouldn't fit a genre that 'Rolling Stone' would recognize. Pity they didn't qualify the title - this is NOT the TOP 100 at large although wouldn't argue 'perhaps' among those 'Stone' would recognize. No Feliciano? No Clark? No Travis? No Atkins? No top 100. Bah.
    anonymous anonymous 8/10/08 Reply
     
  • Too much true talent absent from broader world. Hendrix #1/before Clapton? That's halo effect in a 'purple haze', no way. Paul at #46? Rip-off. No Atkins, Feliciano or Travis? No reality for 'all time' list.
    anonymous anonymous 8/10/08 Reply
     
    • I hate you all
      anonymous anonymous 8/10/08
       
  • Where the hell is Randy Rhoads? He was one of the best of all time.
    anonymous anonymous 8/10/08 Reply
     
    • Sorry I found Randy but he should at least be in the top 5.
      anonymous anonymous 8/10/08
       
  • Hello??
    Anyone heard of Duane Eddy?
    anonymous anonymous 8/12/08 Reply
     
  • Allman and Clapton in front of SRV? Huh...?? The Edge in front of Freddy King? Johnny Ramone better than Buddy Guy... Wow! This list sucks canal water!
    anonymous anonymous 8/12/08 Reply
     
  • My top ten guitarists would be:
    Jimi Hendrix,Duane Allman,Eric Clapton,Jeff Beck,Jimmy Page,David Gilmour,Stevie Ray Vaughan,Eddie Van Halen,Randy Rhoads
    anonymous anonymous 8/12/08 Reply
     
  • Where's Robin Trower?(Former guitarist for Procol Harum, who went on to form the Robin Trower Band) He's awesome and should have been recognized on this list!
    anonymous anonymous 8/12/08 Reply
     
  • Billy Gibbons? ZZ Top? That little ole band from Texas? Should have been on the list.
    anonymous anonymous 8/12/08 Reply
     
  • what about slash
    anonymous anonymous 8/13/08 Reply
     
  • most of the votes are by fanboys ofcourse not taking in regard technical ability; where's fripp?... stevie ray vaughn is better than hendrix; but what about paco de lucia... that man takes guitar to the next level with his combined push/pull stroke phenomenon
    anonymous anonymous 8/13/08 Reply
     
  • i agree hendrix should be no 1 but where is zakk wylde, slash, and dave mudtaine on this list. Every guitarist in the top ten is a blues guitarist so this list was most likely made by a blues fan.
    anonymous anonymous 8/13/08 Reply
     
  • Hendrix is #1. But Page is deff #2 and Townshend should be higher
    anonymous anonymous 8/13/08 Reply
     
  • Are you kidding me?! David Gilmour is all the way down at 82 while Jack White is the 17th best guitarist of all time?...and seriously, no Slash?..I could go on forever about this list. Wow.
    anonymous anonymous 8/13/08 Reply
     
  • what about slash!!!!!!!!! wtf is wrong with these ppl and wat is rhandy rhodes doing at the bottom of the list, whoever made this list is a moron
    anonymous anonymous 8/14/08 Reply
     
  • It's not always about the competence, you're the best when you have the passion and love, that's why kurt cobain, jack white& robert johnson are ranked so ing high
    anonymous anonymous 8/14/08 Reply
     
  • Will someone explain to me why in gods name Joe Walsh from the Eagles is not on this this list?? Joe Walsh was and still is AMAZING! But Terry Kath from Chicago to needs to be on this list. Disagree?... go to Youtube and watch the Uptown video. Jimi Hendrix once said that Terry Kath was better than he was.
    anonymous anonymous 8/14/08 Reply
     
  • Kurt Cobain was a crap guitarist O.o. Van Halen should be higher in the list, hes amazing. Steve Vai should be on the list, Joe Satriani should be on the list, Jack White should be removed and killed. I mean, Steve Vai is WAY better than Frank Zappa at guitar because Zappa had that impossible guitar playing thing which Steve Vai did at his gigs.
    anonymous anonymous 8/15/08 Reply
     
  • The fact that Kurt Cobain is even on this list shows that its based on popularity and not skill... Also, although I love/d the Beatles, George Harrison was really quite talentless.
    anonymous anonymous 8/15/08 Reply
     
    • This is clearly an ignorant person. If one actually LISTENS to the work George Harrison did, he or she could never say he is "quite talentless".
      anonymous anonymous 10/10/08
       
  • Awful Just Awful. How could you leave out slash? Pete Towshend and Eddie Van Halen are top ten guitarist. This List is a load of trash :(
    anonymous anonymous 8/16/08 Reply
     
  • Not exactly a list that was checked by musicians or people that realu know something about guitarplaying is it?
    No Jan Akkerman, Merle travis, chet Atkins, Tarrega ?? just to mention a few...see more
    anonymous anonymous 8/17/08 Reply
     
  • Let's set one thing straight to all you "Why in gods name is Slash not on here?" While this list is crap... you still have to have talent. Slash was a mediorce guitarist at best. Most people on this crappy list have talent AND were extremely influencal... erego Jimi Hendrix @ Number 1. 5 People who NEED to be on this list are as follows
    1. Terry Kath of Chicago
    2. Joe Walsh of the Eagles
    3. Joe Satriani
    4. Nancy Wilson of Heart
    5. Eric Johnson
    anonymous anonymous 8/18/08 Reply
     
  • To start Hendrix is by far my favourite guitarist, to show you my musical preference.

    But Eddie Van Halen should be higher for inventing styles and techniques of playing guitar.

    Paul kossof is WAY better than pete townshend!

    toni Iommi's Genius riffs > Randy Rhoads childish shredding

    Angus Young is a very, very influential guitarist to people in metal/Hard Rock as he is the main icon in pop culture for a guitar hero.

    Buddy Guy is Hendrix'es main influence. So hes to far down for my liking.

    Kurt Cobain is just an Emo. Shame he ruins my first name.

    Stevie Ray Vaughan is probably the most unorigonal guitar player ive ever seen, hes just a tight cover band guitarist.

    Duane Allman and the allmond brothers are awesome, but hes only put so far up because of Layla and Jessica. Coincidence that hes next to Eric Clapton also.

    Kirk Hammet LOL. Hes a great guy and metallica are one of my favourites, but he dont write the riffs and his solos are just a mess of notes realy.

    Joan Jett? PFFFFtTTT.

    Tom Morrelo is only that high because of his extensive tremelo pedal use.

    Even though i dont realy like queen, Brian may has some mind boggling solos, he should be higher.

    Les Paul JUST for inventing a famous guitar?

    The Edge is alright but that high up?


    Im pretty sure that Pete townshend wrote this list. Read his review on Hendrix and youll see why, alot of his favourites are higher up than they should be. And i think Angus Young is so far down just because he outdoes Pete townshend at his own stuff.
    anonymous anonymous 8/18/08 Reply
     
    • Hey Retard Duane was dead before Jessica even came out. Layla came out after he died and it was played by Clapton. dude you dont even know what your talking about
      anonymous anonymous 8/22/08
       
  • ANGUS YOUNG AT 95?!?! Tony Iommi at 86?! WHO THE HELL MADE THIS LIST?!
    anonymous anonymous 8/19/08 Reply
     
  • Alvin Lee of ten years after is on every list I've seen other than this one, Kurt Cobain is a great song writer, but not the 12th best guitarist in history. The edge has done very little impressive things on the guitar and should not even be on this list. Duane Allman is a great guitarist but sorry he should miss the top ten. This list has no integrity and should not be taken as an actual measure of its topic.
    anonymous anonymous 8/19/08 Reply
     
  • There are many good but more dumb rankings here. I am one that will say without a doubt that: Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Al Dimeola, Zakk Wylde, Dimbag Darrell, and Yngwie Malmsteen not only should have been on this list but domniated on it...Jack White and Kurt Cobain 12 and 17...Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads at 70 and 85 wtf!...even more so we are forgetting about the "fathers of modern guitar"...Andrea Segovia and Fransico Tarrega...I'll leave it at that
    anonymous anonymous 8/19/08 Reply
     
  • ok 1st of slash is not on here
    2.WHERE IS RANDY RHOADS!!! he should be top 10
    3. the only thing i agree with is that clapton is top 5
    4. but jimmy page should be higher
    anonymous anonymous 8/19/08 Reply
     
  • evh should have been in the top 20 because he and his fret tap smacked evryone in the face and said listen to this and kurt cobain i respect him hes from washington like me but he wasnt a very great guitarist or not in the top 100 and richie blackmore should have been higher and so shoul have randy rhoads thats all i have to say
    anonymous anonymous 8/20/08 Reply
     
  • 1)jerry garcia
    2)john williams
    3)scott henderson
    4)guthrie govan
    5)eric clapton
    6)jimmy page
    7)frank zappa
    8)mark knopfler
    9)bb king
    10)david gilmour
    in no particualr order
    anonymous anonymous 8/20/08 Reply
     
  • I only got as far as to see Keith Richards being ranked ahead of Jeff Beck. I'll bet Keith had a good laugh about that one.
    anonymous anonymous 8/21/08 Reply
     
  • WTF?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!

    No SLASH?!?!?!?!

    Jack White?!?!?!?

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!!
    anonymous anonymous 8/21/08 Reply
     
  • wheres slash
    he's better than kim thayil and joan jett
    not to be sexist
    anonymous anonymous 8/22/08 Reply
     
  • if their gonna make the top 100 "best" guitarists of all time, then they better make a top 100 most talented guitarists of all time.
    I mean, Jimmy was good, but he wasn't great, and playing with your teeth doesnt make you good haha, it just means you're high and your having fun haha. No offense to him cause that is a talent, but they need to make a list for the guitarists who really kick butt, like Buckethead, and Satriani, and Eric Johnson, John Mayer, and to move up all the people with much more talent. Like Van Halen, 70? I dont think so, haha you better move him to the 20 and up region, and many others.
    But if posers like Herman Li and that sam guy make that list, they better be like 100 haha
    anonymous anonymous 8/22/08 Reply
     
  • THE EDGE #1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    anonymous anonymous 8/22/08 Reply
     
  • wtf no slash and eddie van halen is 71 at least top ten
    anonymous anonymous 8/22/08 Reply
     
    • Van Halen? Top ten? He's just playing scales really fast dude. No composition talent at all. Hendrix is best because he is a composing genius. I mean, look at all of these rock guitarist, they take the same riff, and play it over and over again, tweaking it slightly. Hendrix was something different.
      anonymous anonymous 8/26/08
       
  • Angus Young is below Dee-Dee Ramone? How is that happening? The Ramones were a great band but none of their songs were particularly musically ingenious. I feel that Angus Young had wonderful techniques and was a very skilled guitarist and soloist. Most of the Ramones songs have three or four basic power chords. I think that John Frusciante should have been a but higher, and Keith Richards a bit lower. Again, Rolling Stones, great, groundbreaking band, but not always a lot of musicianship in there.
    anonymous anonymous 8/23/08 Reply
     
    • "Again, Rolling Stones, great, groundbreaking band, but not always a lot of musicianship in there."
      you'd probably say that paul mccartney is your favorite beatle, too, wouldn't ya? lame-o.
      anonymous anonymous 4/14/09
       
  • Eddie Van Halen at 70 :O
    Joe Satriani & Steve Vai missing :O
    Whoever thought Kurt Cobain was a better guitarist than these guys..ought to get his ears checked up...
    How could one compile the list without the names of these guys...

    I'd also like to include saul hudson or slash in the list....even though he won't be a match to the legends he ought to be there too...he's lot better than few guys on the list
    SambidhanM 5 SambidhanM 8/25/08 Reply
     
  • where the is slash?? Morello should be higher and Glimore should DEFINATELY be higher. i think Matthew Bellamy should be on this list too
    anonymous anonymous 8/25/08 Reply
     
  • n what about the guys from dragonforce? :D
    anonymous anonymous 8/25/08 Reply
     
  • Ahem.. Anybody here ever hear of a fellow named Steve Morse? Whoever compiled this list is a dweeb. There are COUNTLESS guitarists that should be on this list and are not. Look, The Beatles are my all-time favorite band but even I know that George was never going to win any guitar playing competition. Where are Steve Morse, Andres Segovia, Joe Satriani, Christopher Parkening, Al DiMeola, Allen Holdsworth, Pat Metheny,etc etc etc....
    anonymous anonymous 8/25/08 Reply
     
    • Have you ever really paid attention to the complexity and inventiveness of George Harrison's guitar playing? Not to mention the incredible work he did on John Lennon's "Imagine" album....his career after the Beatles' as a slide guitarist? I think people really ignore GH's talent because they're basing everything on he did in 1963-4
      anonymous anonymous 10/10/08
       
    • saying that George Harrison isn't an exfcelent guitarrist you are showing us your ignorance..
      anonymous anonymous 3/15/09
       
  • TONY IOMMI, Eddie Van Halen, Clapton and Santana should be on a higher postition definitely!. Hammett being 16th, good, he's amazing.
    QueenNothing 135 QueenNothing 8/25/08 Reply
     
  • No doubt that hendrix is number 1, although many in this list are not accomplished guitar players, this is more like a beauty contest : Jack White? Kirk Hammett? Kurt Kobain? Jonh Frusciante? Please. Surely they´re popular, thay have influenced music but are they the greatest guitar players? no way...

    How about the late Shawn Lane, or Al Di Meola. I know that Paco de Lucia is a much better guitar player in every way than the edge. Some people in the list are just good (some not even good just mtv popular), this is not a fair list...

    Musicians should do this, it will not be perfect, but i bet it will be much better....
    anonymous anonymous 8/25/08 Reply
     
  • PETE TOWNSHEND ?!
    anonymous anonymous 8/26/08 Reply