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06/08/2010 at 08:34 PM
The list is in alphabetical order!
06/08/2010 at 09:10 PM
Screw this list.
Chet Bakter |
06/08/2010 at 09:12 PM
It's alphabetical, people... THAT is why Vaughn is ranked lower... because he comes later in the ALPHABET.
Wow.... just wow.
06/08/2010 at 10:01 PM
Prince is not in the Top 50? You've got to be kidding me. But LA news is a joke, I don't know why I even come to this site.
06/08/2010 at 10:07 PM
Serious omissions: The great gypsy guitarist Manitas de Plata; the Romeros of classical guitar fame and of course Jimi Hendrix should be near or at the top.
Stan H |
06/08/2010 at 10:08 PM
No one has mentioned Terry Kath, yet Hendrix himself said that Kath was better than him.
06/08/2010 at 10:09 PM
Where is my main man George Benson?
06/08/2010 at 10:11 PM
The Edge at 14 and Jimi Hendrix at 21?!!! You're kidding right? You even put him above SRV and not only that you have him listed at 41?!! What kind of list is this? I'm seriously confused by this.
Dwayne Allman was good; a really talented artist, but you can not classify him as having a bigger influence on guitar compared to other artists on this list. I don;t care who the panel was. This list is SERIOUSLY flawed.
I get it... this list was so people like me can raise a stink. Controversy sells. I understand the concept, I just figured trolling would at least be beneath the LA Times.
Scratch me off the list of subscribers. I'm done.
06/08/2010 at 10:14 PM
George Benson? The Brotha can burn!
06/08/2010 at 10:20 PM
I can't believe how many idiots have complained about rank... Hendrix at 21 etc... THE LIST IS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER FOR CHRISTS SAKE.
06/08/2010 at 10:40 PM
The Edge before Hendrix, Page and Stevie Ray? You have got to be kidding me. Since when does a pop music guitarist that uses electronic enhancements to make the most simplistic guitar riffs sound complex a better musician than real players? I would take Rory Gallagher over The Edge as top Irish guitarist any day.
David H |
06/08/2010 at 10:43 PM
Geese, people can be so stupid. THE LIST IS ALPHABETICAL. Stop complaining about the order these guys are named in.
06/08/2010 at 10:43 PM
This list is ALPHABETICAL guys. How else to explain Hendrix at #21?? No $%^&ing way!
06/08/2010 at 10:44 PM
1) Brian Setzer (no one else menioned yet)
2) George Lynch
3) Mark Knopfler
If you change it from an alphabetical listing you will make everyone happy :)
06/08/2010 at 10:48 PM
Frank Zappa #50? He is one of the best ever! No Al Dimeola?
go back and sit on the toilet. you were obviously absent that day.
Pooty Tooty |
06/08/2010 at 10:48 PM
Joe Blow |
06/08/2010 at 10:56 PM
You forgot one of the great session guys of all time... STEVE LUKATHER
Gary Dawson |
06/08/2010 at 11:00 PM
Hello...What about Captain Fingers - Lee Ritenour
06/08/2010 at 11:08 PM
Queen's Brian May
Steve Harris |
06/08/2010 at 11:13 PM
Maybe the stupidest and worst list on guitarists I have ever seen. Jimi Hendrix should be 1 by a mile, but I understand some contention about that, but 21? Enough said.
06/08/2010 at 11:17 PM
(what a dumb list)
06/08/2010 at 11:32 PM
this obviously is NOT in order.
where's Alex Lifeson???
06/08/2010 at 11:54 PM
I know these lists are a joke, but EVH #44? That is a joke!
Travis MacKenzie |
06/08/2010 at 11:55 PM
Glad someone near the bottom noticed that the list is alphabetical. I was thinking that not only do people in LA seem to have questionable taste in guitar music, but it is the land of illiterates.
Really, whining that Mark Knopfler isn't on the list?
Any list that includes Yngwie or Keith Richards among the top 50 guitarist was clearly meant to be provocative rather than definitive anyway.
richard ikeson |
06/08/2010 at 11:58 PM
C'mon guys get that malmsteen fella out of that list. And since you put Chet Atkins here, don't forget about Jerry Reed. Since you're doing "Better than the Rolling Stone's list", do it right.
06/09/2010 at 12:10 AM
Dave Davies of the KINKs! He perfected the 'short' 5-15 second guitar solo. Think 'No More Looking Back', not 'You Really Got Me'. His solos were seamless w/the songs whereas many of the aforementioned guitarists always leave me wondering....when are they going to get back to the song? And what did HENDRIX say to Dave Davies when they met on a plane from NY to LA? "Thanks for creating the sound that made me famous". NUFF said.
Peter Low |
06/09/2010 at 12:52 AM
Ok the idiot that thought Eddie Hazel should be left off the list should stick to window licking. Rhoads was average and Keith Richards was not even that. Are a LOT of great guitarists left off the list and Robin Trower, Johnny Winter, Eric Johnson should be on it.
06/09/2010 at 12:56 AM
Where the hell is Billy Corgan? His guitar sound is instantly recognizable and his chops formidable. This and some other notable omissions (e.g., Knopfler, Frusciante) speak volumes about the limited utility and scope of this list. What a poor, poor showing, LA Times. May I also note that Dave Navarro's work with Jane's Addiction was absolutely definitive for an entire era?
06/09/2010 at 12:57 AM
No Holdsworth and no Belew?
But you have morello and jack white?
this list is a sham
Matthias Miller |
06/09/2010 at 01:35 AM
No Brian May of Queen?? Crazy and a shame...you are missing out!
06/09/2010 at 01:42 AM
Where's Alex Lifeson?
Dr. Strangiato |
06/09/2010 at 01:47 AM
OK, everyone, calm down. The list is alphabetical.
06/09/2010 at 01:56 AM
06/09/2010 at 02:16 AM
06/09/2010 at 02:19 AM
06/09/2010 at 02:20 AM
I think choosing '50' was a mistake. Any serious list can be whittled down to actually including the best by creating categories (era + genre).
I don't particularly like Richards, but he does belong due to his riffs, and the massive influence of the Stones sound.
On the other hand, Tony Iommi, was an innovator of an entire genre and cannot be ignored either.
Finally, Rory Gallagher (RIP) should probably go as the most underrated of all time.
Satisfy these deserving passionate guitar fans who have responded by continuing the quest for the best.
06/09/2010 at 02:54 AM
The LA Times, once one of the top 50 newspapers, now hires teenagers to write sensational, inaccurate drivel. Don't write a crappy piece and blame it on the experts YOU picked. Listen to the album "Neck and Neck" where Mark Knopfler lovingly plays rings around your #2, the late great Chet. And NOBODY even mentioned me!
Freddie King |
06/09/2010 at 03:07 AM
an unbelievably stupid pick. whoever did this is unqualified for this job. also, like others, the page wouldn't let me vote "again" on my first try. apparently the person who put this together is aware that they won't appreciate the feedback this generates. Rolling Stones 100 greatest is much more in touch with reality.
D Jones |
06/09/2010 at 03:32 AM
Morons, the guitarists are listed in alphabetical order. They're not saying Jimi Hendrix is 21st best.
Yngwie J. Simpson |
06/09/2010 at 03:44 AM
Holdsworth should be in here.
Rich S. |
06/09/2010 at 03:48 AM
Sure and it's a rich world we live in when Angus Young, Sharon Isbin and Chet Atkins all share the same list. Hallelujah !
Ken Neely |
06/09/2010 at 05:43 AM
Any list of the supposed 'greatest guitarists' that doesn't include Jerry Garcia isn't worth voting on.
Also I presume this list is for electric guitarists exclusively? If not, where is Norman Blake? Possibly the greatest American flat picker alive.
06/09/2010 at 05:57 AM
Keith Richards and The Edge, are you kidding. Most of this list wishes they were as good as Steve Morse. Missing Al Di Meola. Can't believe you could leave out Joe Satriani.
06/09/2010 at 06:10 AM
Stanley Jordan, of course
06/09/2010 at 06:19 AM
Neither the complier of this list, nor any of the responses to it, mentioned Sabicas, the greatest Flamenco guitarist of all time. Max Jacobson,
Max Jacobson |
06/09/2010 at 06:53 AM
The Edge? HAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
That's funny. That's really funny.
06/09/2010 at 06:54 AM
Remove Angus Young, Edge, Jack White, Keith Richards. Add Steve Howe, Steve Hackett, Allan Holdsworth, Joe Satriani, Adrian Belew.
T. Jones |
06/09/2010 at 06:58 AM
How dumb can some readers be mistaking an alphabetical list for a ranking?
06/09/2010 at 07:03 AM
The list is alphabetical, not according to ranking. Be upset about those omitted, but not by how they are numbered.
Jack Tripper |
06/09/2010 at 07:33 AM
Charlie Byrd, Robben Ford,
Melvin Taylor, Wes Montgomery
So much incredible talent to
choose from, list should be 500.
06/09/2010 at 07:43 AM
How can this list NOT have Steve Howe? That's absurd!
06/09/2010 at 07:43 AM
Where is Dimebag Darrell?
Lil Ralphie from up the way |
06/09/2010 at 07:48 AM
Glad to see Merle Travis on the list. I would add Hank Snow. Both have distinctive and immediately recognizable styles. Both are country music legends.
Dick Ellingson |
06/09/2010 at 07:53 AM
Jack White? Over Via? Lifeson? Satriani? Di meola? man the real list goes on and on, What a JOKE
06/09/2010 at 08:00 AM
The title should have been the guitarist you liked most, or most popular, whatever....but not the best. Technically, guys like Joe Pass, Carlton, De Lucia, and many more, were far and far better guitarists than Dwayne or Jimi. If you asked Dwayne or Jimi or Eric, you would hear whos best from their perspective, many of which would not be found on the list given us to choose from.
06/09/2010 at 08:06 AM
Can't believe Albert Lee is missing. That's a crime. Glad of Richard Thompson. Amazing player.
J.C. Province |
06/09/2010 at 08:07 AM
Most of you that made comments obviously cant read because it clearly states that the 50 greatest gutarists are listed in ALPHABETICAL ORDER - So Jimmy Hendrix being number 21 is because of his last name - duh
06/09/2010 at 08:16 AM
Lists like this are bad juju.
06/09/2010 at 08:17 AM
I'm not sure why people are so up-in-arms about the "rankings." The article makes it clear this is an alphabetical list so as not to show preference to any one player. I think that's as it should be.
We have artists here from a variety of genres. To rank one above another is almost to say that one genre of music is better than another as a form of expression.
Is Keith Richards as great as Django Reinhardt, who played with four fingers. Technically, no. But in rock music, he's one of the best who ever lived, just as Django is one of the greatest jazz players of all time.
Terrific list. I'm surprised Slash is not on the list, and I wish Neil Young had made it. Lindsay Buckingham and Mike Campbell would be at home here, too.
06/09/2010 at 08:23 AM
I can see that Slash was on the panel of judges, so I guess his exclusion is to be taken as a sign of humility?
I love lists like these because they are reminders of how subjective loving music is. We can argue all day about whether Knopfler or Satriani should be here, and that makes it fun. I only wish others could see that and not refer to those they disagree with as "idiots." Reading the names of the judges, I have a hard time believing any of them could fall into that classification.
06/09/2010 at 08:30 AM
Amazing the number of commenters who missed that the list is in alphabetic order.
Patrick O'Connor |
06/09/2010 at 08:37 AM
To everyone above who thinks the list is a ranking, it is clearly alphabetical, so obviously C's come before H's.
My guess is too many readers spend way too much time playing air guitar to worry about reading how the list was put together, or even learning the alphabet.
06/09/2010 at 08:41 AM
JOHN PETRUCCI JOHN PETRUCCI JOHN PETRUCCI JOHN PETRUCCI JOHN PETRUCCI JOHN PETRUCCI JOHN PETRUCCI JOHN PETRUCCI JOHN PETRUCCI JOHN PETRUCCI JOHN PETRUCCI JOHN PETRUCCI JOHN PETRUCCI JOHN PETRUCCI JOHN PETRUCCI
06/09/2010 at 08:45 AM
Frank Zappa? WHAT? I'd pick Ted Nugent and Joe Satriani.
06/09/2010 at 08:46 AM
Obviously, someone isn't paying attention...the list is in ALPHABETICAL ORDER, and clearly says so up top.
Pay attention before you make an idiot out of yourself.
06/09/2010 at 08:46 AM
I hope its not an indicator of the general intelligence level of people who are interested in guitar that many of the most vociferous comments object to rankings. THe problem is, they're not rankings; the listing here is ALPHABETICAL!
Also, Bireli Lagrene should have been included and any number of jejunes, i.e., Mick Taylor, Michael Bloomfield, should have been omitted.
06/09/2010 at 09:10 AM
This list is definitely a joke. What about Al DiMeola? The guy won Guitar Player Magazine Best Guitarist for several years running. Considered to be the father of modern fusion. A list with Chuck Berry or The Edge is a joke from the start.
Doug Hall |
06/09/2010 at 09:14 AM
Here are a few virtuosos to consider:
Carlos Montoya, Carlos Guitarlos, David Lindley, Kenny Burrell, Stanley Jordan, Antonio Briebresca, Ike Turner, Shuggie Otis, Lonnie Johnson, Steve Cropper, Mickey Lespron, David Moreno, Sabicas
Ricardo Munoz |
06/09/2010 at 09:17 AM
Prince?! Are you kidding me?! Take away his effects pedal and he is nothing. He doesn't have command of even one scale. The guy plays the same run over and over with new effects. Influential, yes. But not for his skills as a player. I could teach a beginner every Prince lick in one week.
Doug Hall |
06/09/2010 at 09:18 AM
I think you forgot Gary Richrath from REO Speedwagon and Terry Kath from Chicago!
06/09/2010 at 09:40 AM
What about Gary Richrath formerly of Reo Speedwagon?
06/09/2010 at 09:41 AM
everyone is silly! all you have to do is actually read the paragraph at the top of the list. Slash helped compile, and they're listed alphabetically. lighten up weirdos.
06/09/2010 at 09:42 AM
John Frusciante anyone?
06/09/2010 at 09:43 AM
Everyone needs to take a step back and realize that these names are listed alphabetically and not in order of talent. As a classical fan, I would have taken issue with Parkening being ahead of Segovia, but I decided to use my brain first.
06/09/2010 at 09:43 AM
How about Brian May of "Queen"? Gary Moore of "Thin Lizzy"?
06/09/2010 at 09:44 AM
No Billy Corgan? He plays all the guitar and bass tracks on the albums.
Big Game James |
06/09/2010 at 09:45 AM
These lists are always silly fun, and there can't but be numerous omissions. Most of my overlooked favorirtes have been mentioned in the comments above, but Clarence White, people. He virtually invented bluegrass guitar playing and then he and Gene Parsons invented an electric guitar (the B-bender) so he could play the stuff in his head that no one else had ever figured out. And he was from Burbank.
06/09/2010 at 09:45 AM
A total joke.
These lists are always destined to bring out different opinions because there is no right answer, but anyone who doesn't put Jimi Hendrix at least the top five actually is wrong.
Hendrix wasn't just the best, he was the most influential, and really impossible to imitate.
Also the list should be best blues/rock guitarists, because there's a lot of brilliant but boring jazz players out there.
Tom Woods |
06/09/2010 at 09:48 AM
Oh wait- it's alphabetical. That makes a difference. Allman at the head and Zappa on the tail end.
Tom Woods |
06/09/2010 at 09:50 AM
People can't read .. the list is alphabetical !! .. what about Michael Hedges ? He was one of the most unique talented guitarists .. definitely better than some on this list.
Joe Shmoe |
06/09/2010 at 09:59 AM
I see a lot of those who posted missed that the list is in alphabetical order, as in by last name, which is how Allman comes before Van Halen, who isn't all that original.
06/09/2010 at 10:17 AM
I love all the "you guys are idiots for putting this guy in front of that guy" comments...
Yea... they're a bunch of idots... as opposed to all of you who didn't read that the guitar players are LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER.
06/09/2010 at 10:18 AM
I think that you have completedly lost your ever loving minds! You do not even have Prince Rogers Nelson listed, who is better than almost everyone on this list by far. You have no Pat Methany, no Jerry Garcia. How is it that you have no mariachi guitarists? This is extraordinarily biased bull- not a legitimate assessment of talent!!!
06/09/2010 at 10:18 AM
while boasting a huge chunk of the capable and influential, it has a few songwriters who can barely play;
These guys can't play 1% of what my guitar students can do.
Perhaps the title should be
50 most popular?
06/09/2010 at 10:25 AM
ummm.. jerry garcia is not on this list. that is a joke. hendrix at 21!? what!?
06/09/2010 at 10:26 AM
I can't believe how many posters did not notice that this list is in alphabetical order, which seems like a brilliant idea to me. No more squabbling over whether Hendrix or Allman is number one, like on that (in)famous Rolling Stone list.
06/09/2010 at 10:28 AM
the list is alphabetical people!
06/09/2010 at 10:29 AM
I would put the following in my top four: Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, Duane Allman. I think they combine incredible levels of both technical skill and, for lack of a better word, soul. My top 50 would definitely include Charlie Hunter and Marc Ribot.
P B. |
06/09/2010 at 10:36 AM
From the 50's Rock'n'Roll era:
James Burton (Ricky Nelson Band)
Easy Listening Instrumentals:
any of The Romeros
06/09/2010 at 10:37 AM
You guys all know that this was in alphabetical order (and NOT talent order), right?
06/09/2010 at 10:50 AM
Where is Robert White? Johnny Guitar Watson? George Benson? Dennis Coffey? Bootsie Collins? George Johnson? You're telling me not ONE of these guys made the list???
06/09/2010 at 10:54 AM
The list is missing Roy Buchanan.
But more disturbing is the number of 'readers' who couldn't figure out that the Times' list is alphabetical, not a numerical ranking. Just how bad are these schools getting here in California?
No, Jimi Hendrix isn't number 21, his name begins with an 'H'. Jeez.
Jeff T |
06/09/2010 at 10:55 AM
3 glaring omissions: Paul Kossoff,Robert Johnson,Mark Knopfler.
Pete Carmichael |
06/09/2010 at 11:16 AM
Oh,and where's Peter Green?!
Pete Carmichael |
06/09/2010 at 11:21 AM
Pontius Pilate |
06/09/2010 at 11:24 AM
ROBIN TROWER. Hello?
06/09/2010 at 11:34 AM
People are complaining that Steve Vai isnt on the list?!?!?!? Going over the results only 8 people voted for the master Andres Segovia..... HE IS THE GREATEST GUITARIST OF ALL TIME!!!!!! so who is lacking taste?
06/09/2010 at 11:48 AM
Steve Lukather, Martin Barre, Elliot Easton and Mark Knopfler to name a few
Charles Quinn |
06/09/2010 at 12:19 PM
rock isnt the only kind of music out there people! it represents only a small scheme of music.
F. Lill |
06/09/2010 at 12:21 PM
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