List of the100 Greatest Guitar Players Ever

Easy Guitar Guy's list of 100 greatest guitar players ever may not be famous yet but I believe it will be some day. Why? Because I don't let corporations and record companies tell me who the best guitar players are. For that reason you may see names on my list that you've never heard of before. And no, I didn't include my own name.

Right now we have the best rock and roll guitar players lumped in with the best blues players. I may decide to split them up into categories later to make it easier for fans of a particular musical genre or electric or acoustic guitar music to find musicians to research.

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  1. Chuck Berry
  2. Eric Clapton
  3. Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones
  4. Jimi Hendrix
  5. Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits
  6. Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin
  7. David Gilmore of Pink Floyd
  8. Pete Townsend of The Who
  9. Angus Young of AC DC
  10. Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top
  11. John Fogerty of Credence Clearwater Revival
  12. Duane Allman (and Dickey Betts) of the Allman Brothers
  13. John Lennon and George Harrison of the Beatles
  14. Brian May of Queen
  15. Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple
  16. Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen
  17. Ted Nugent
  18. Joe Perry of Aerosmith
  19. Carlos Santana of Santana
  20. Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac
  21. Albert King
  22. Jimmy Reed
  23. Duane Eddie
  24. Stevie Ray Vaughan

Meanwhile, if there's a picker that I've neglected to mention who you feel deserves to be recognized, you are welcome to use the form below to send in his/her name for consideration. Tell us about their band, send us a picture! We love to meet new talent.

Speaking of opinions; you are more than welcome to leave a comment voicing your opinion on why Eric Clapton should rank higher than Chuck Berry or that one or another of the musical geniuses on the list is highly overrated but keep it civil. Send in a book on the subject if you want to but use decent language and refrain from attacking other people's opinions.

Remember a FAST player isn't always the BEST player. If I never teach my students anything else, I want them to learn that playing lots of notes doesn't make you great.

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James Burton Is One of the Best Guitar Players Ever but there are many others, both male and female, that are more than worthy of mention including Reggie …

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