1. Jimi Hendrix
Location: Seattle, WA
Best Covers: All Along the Watchtower, Little Wing, Voodoo Child
Best Albums: Are You Experienced?, Electric Ladyland, Axis: Bold as Love
Hendrix is considered one of the most influential guitarists of all time. His style blended blues, rock, and jazz, and he was known for his innovative use of feedback and distortion. Hendrix was also a master of the guitar solo, and his live performances were legendary.
2. Eric Clapton
Location: London, England
Best Covers: I Shot the Sheriff, Crossroads, Layla
Best Albums: Slowhand, 461 Ocean Boulevard, Unplugged
Clapton is a true guitar legend. He’s been playing for over 50 years, and his style has influenced countless other guitarists. Clapton is known for his bluesy playing, and his ability to make the guitar sing. He’s also an excellent songwriter, and has penned some of rock’s most classic songs, including “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight.”
3. Jimmy Page
Location: London, England
Best Covers: Stairway to Heaven, Kashmir, Whole Lotta Love
Best Albums: Led Zeppelin IV, Physical Graffiti, In Through the Out Door
Page is one of the most influential guitarists of all time. He’s best known as the founder and leader of Led Zeppelin, one of the most successful rock bands of all time. Page is a master of the guitar solo, and his use of feedback and distortion revolutionized the sound of rock music.
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Best Covers: Sweet Child O’ Mine, Paradise City, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
Best Albums: Appetite for Destruction, Use Your Illusion I & II
Slash is best known as the lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses. He’s a master of the guitar solo, and his style blends hard rock, blues, and punk. Slash is also known for his flamboyant stage presence, and his iconic top hat and sunglasses.
5. Steve Vai
Location: Carle Place, NY
Best Covers: For the Love of God, The Riddle, Tender Surrender
Best Albums: Passion and Warfare, Sex & Religion, The Story of Light
Vai is a true guitar virtuoso. He’s an accomplished songwriter and producer, and has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth, and Whitesnake. Vai is known for his innovative playing style, which blends rock, metal, classical, and jazz.
6. Eddie Van Halen
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Best Covers: Eruption, Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love, You Really Got Me
Best Albums: Van Halen, 1984, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
Van Halen is one of the most influential guitarists of all time. He’s best known as the founder and lead guitarist of Van Halen, one of the most successful rock bands of all time. Van Halen is a master of the guitar solo, and his style blends hard rock, blues, and punk. He’s also known for his innovative use of two-handed tapping.
7. Randy Rhoads
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Best Covers: Crazy Train, Mr. Crowley, Over the Mountain
Best Albums: Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of a Madman
Why They’re Popular: Rhoads is best known for his work with Ozzy Osbourne. He was a master of the guitar solo, and his style blended classical, metal, and rock. Rhoads was also known for his innovative use of feedback and distortion.
8. Angus Young
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Best Covers: Highway to Hell, Back in Black, You Shook Me All Night Long
Best Albums: Highway to Hell, Back in Black, For Those About to Rock We Salute You
Young is the founder and lead guitarist of AC/DC. He’s best known for his hard-rocking riffs and solos, and his trademark schoolboy outfit. Young is also known for his high energy live performances, which often include Angus riding atop a Angus’ shoulders while playing guitar.
9. Dave Mustaine
Location: La Mesa, CA
Best Covers: Symphony of Destruction, Peace Sells, Hangar 18
Best Albums: Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?, Rust in Peace, Countdown to Extinction
Why They’re Popular: Mustaine is the founder, lead guitarist, and singer of Megadeth. He’s best known for his aggressive playing style, and his use of fast tempos and heavy metal riffs. Mustaine is also known for his political views, which are often reflected in his lyrics.
10. John Petrucci
Location: Kings Park, NY
Best Covers: Dream On, The Dark Eternal Night, Pull Me Under
Best Albums: Images and Words, A Change of Seasons, Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Petrucci is best known as the guitarist and leader of Dream Theater. He’s a master of the guitar solo, and his style blends hard rock, metal, and progressive rock. Petrucci is also known for his innovative playing techniques, which include two-handed tapping and sweep picking.