August 2010

The Greatest Guitarists Ever

Our cadre of experts picked 50 of the best ax players ever to play a riff—and then we turned it over to you to rank them. And not only did you vote in droves, you weren’t the least bit shy about commenting on whom we missed.

1. Jimi Hendrix
2. Jimmy Page
3. Eric Clapton
4. Duane Allman
5. Stevie Ray Vaughan
6. Richard Thompson
7. Chet Atkins
8. Eddie Van Halen
9. Robert Fripp
10. David Gilmour
11. Jeff Beck
12. Frank Zappa
13. Merle Travis
14. Carlos Santana
15. Jack White
16. Randy Rhoads
17. Paco de Lucía
18. George Harrison
19. Johnny Marr
20. Les Paul
21. Andrés Segovia
22. Django Reinhardt
23. Leo Kottke
24. The Edge
25. Angus Young
26. Ritchie Blackmore
27. Wes Montgomery
28. Yngwie Malmsteen
29. John McLaughlin
30. Eddie Hazel
31. B.B. King
32. Joe Pass
33. Chuck Berry
34. Roy Clark
35. Buddy Guy
36. Tom Morello
37. Doc Watson
38. Keith Richards
39. Pete Townshend
40. Julian Bream
41. Dick Dale
42. Charlie Christian
43. Christopher Parkening
44. Albert King
45. Mike Bloomfield
46. Ry Cooder
47. John Fahey
48. Sharon Isbin
49. Paco Peña
50. T-Bone Walker

See videos of all 50 of our best-guitarist contenders