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Top 10 Guitarists of All Time (REDUX)

the guitar is their weapon of choice

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watchmojo.com and today we're counting

down our picks for the top ten

guitarists of all time for this list

we've chosen guitarists based on a

combination of their talent songwriting

skills technical and creative merits and

their lasting influence if you want to

learn more about great axe men or if you

are expecting to see Brian May or Carlos

Santana on the list be sure to check out

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instrumental series number 10 Randy

Rhoads roads exploded into the heavy

metal universe after giving Ozzy

Osbourne's music a new lease on life

though randy rhoads time with the Prince

of Darkness and quiet right before that

was brief the classical guitar devotee

left a legacy that is unparalleled to

this day despite his short 25-year life

he'll always be remembered for his

ability to make a whole lot of noise

with just a few guitars and special

effects

number nine david gilmour

though the multi-talented musician plays

several different roles in Pink Floyd he

proved to be at his best when playing

the guitar David Gilmour's blues

inspired style and evocative notes have

produced some of the greatest guitar

solos in history

simply watch a live performance of

Gilmore's guitar work uncomfortably numb

and you're sure to be a convert

number eight stevie ray vaughan

with his passionate and expressive

playing style SRV brought life back into

blues rock

he differentiated himself from those

before him by blending blues rock and

jazz into his sound a fatal helicopter

crash may have taken his life but the

critically acclaimed guitarists music

will continue to live on thanks to his

work with Double Trouble and the impact

he's had on future generations of

artists number 7 BB King the king of

Blues did not only perfect the method of

using the guitar as a voice but he also

demonstrated this feat on numerous

occasions with his own guitar Lucille

and thanks to his soloing style and

exceptional vibrato BB King has become

the ultimate inspiration to many of the

biggest electric and blues rock

guitarists after him

number six Chuck Berry

we have Chuck Berry's thrilling sound

and remarkable playing style to thank

for rock and roll's growth and

subsequent explosion

by bringing R&B and guitar solos to the

genre he became a huge influence on rock

music meanwhile his stage bravado and

accompanying dance moves similarly

shaped rock performances for the better

number five Robert Johnson he must have

really traded his soul to the devil for

his talent because his guitar playing

style was so complex that few can match

it to this day

in addition to his impressive technical

capacities Robert Johnson could express

a wide range of emotions through his

voice and this made him an all-around

musical legend despite his early death

at age 27 there's no denying that the

king of Mississippi Delta blues had a

major impact on rock and roll give me

your number for Eric Clapton Slowhand

developed an unmatchable style that he's

used both as a solo artist and as a

member of bands like cream and the

yardbirds

eric clapton even coined a signature

guitar sound known as the woman tone

plus his gear for melody is untouchable

on top of that Clapton is one half of

the team behind one of rock's greatest

love songs and he played its memorable

rep with another one of the most

innovative guitarists in history duane

allman number three eddie van halen he

burst onto the scene with his drumming

brother Alex and co-founded one of the

biggest hardrock acts in American

history Eddie Van Halen revolutionized

guitar playing with his tapping

technique and hard rock style

while he continues to play with van

Halen his originality and talent have

already inspired many and will certainly

inspire scores more number two Jimmy

Page both as a co-founder of the biggest

band of the 70s and as a musician in his

own right Jimmy Page permanently altered

the sound of music by fusing blues rock

and folk he may very well be the

greatest guitarist rock has ever seen as

aptly displayed in Led Zeppelin's

Stairway to Heaven

though he was influenced by Robert

Johnson the riff king himself has left

an immeasurable and all-encompassing

influence on later artists that won't

soon be forgotten

before we unveil our number one pick

here are a few honorable mentions

you

number one Jimi Hendrix as the original

Seattle rocker Jimi Hendrix was a

musical innovator whose avant-garde

musical ideas and incomparable guitar

skills revolutionized music the

left-handed guitarist left us way too

early at age 27 but in that short time

he gave us some of the greatest guitar

solos in history

let's not forget the fact that he could

also play a mean electric guitar with

his teeth

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