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BlogCritics Guitar Poll Results

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Here are the results of the BlogCritics poll to determine the greatest guitarists ever. As of October 29, 63 people have taken the poll, with 346 names entered. All names are listed below.

At this point, Jimi Hendrix is ridiculously far in front, with Clapton easily in second place, and Page, SRV, and Eddie following the frontrunners in a close pack. Jeff Beck is in 6th, a comfortable margin in front of Santana in 7th, then things tighten up considerably.

Each artist gets one point for each first-place vote, two points for each second-place vote, etc. An artist gets 31 points for each person who leaves them out of their votes. Therefore, if every single voter gave an artist a first place vote, that artist would have a score of 63. An artist who has one vote in 30th place and no other votes has a score of 1952.

I think I’ve gotten rid of the vast majority of typos in the database, but I’ve no doubt missed a few. If you notice typos, please drop me an email and I’ll correct them in the database. Some names look like they’re probably typos, but I’m not sure, so I’ve let them stand. No effort has been made to correct capitalization, as that would take a week.

If you haven’t taken the poll yet, it’s located at http://www.coloentertainment.net/polls/guitar_poll.cfm (opens in new window). I’ll leave it up for a while.

Results are presented as follows:
RANK NAME OF ARTIST (SCORE / TOTAL VOTES / FIRST PLACE VOTES)

1   Jimi Hendrix  (553 / 51 / 22)
2   eric clapton  (968 / 42 / 1)
3   Jimmy Page  (1073 / 40 / 4)
4   Stevie Ray Vaughan  (1098 / 35 / 2)
5   Eddie van Halen  (1128 / 36 / 2)
6   Jeff Beck  (1233 / 32 / 1)
7   Carlos Santana  (1405 / 27 / 1)
8   Joe Satriani  (1420 / 23 / 2)
9   B. B. King  (1451 / 26 / 0)
10   Steve Vai  (1497 / 20 / 0)
11   Duane Allman  (1500 / 23 / 0)
12   Keith Richards  (1556 / 19 / 0)
13   David Gilmour  (1568 / 19 / 0)
14   Pete Townshend  (1590 / 18 / 0)
15   Frank Zappa  (1641 / 16 / 0)
16   Yngwie Malmsteen  (1662 / 12 / 3)
17   Randy Rhoads  (1670 / 15 / 1)
18   George Harrison  (1685 / 17 / 0)
19   Andres Segovia  (1693 / 10 / 3)
20   Brian May  (1699 / 15 / 0)
21   Chuck Berry  (1700 / 12 / 0)
22   Kirk Hammett  (1710 / 13 / 1)
23T   Angus Young  (1712 / 14 / 0)
23T   Mark Knopfler  (1712 / 13 / 0)
25   Chet Atkins  (1716 / 11 / 0)
26   Jerry Garcia  (1728 / 12 / 0)
27   Slash  (1729 / 11 / 0)
28   Robert Fripp  (1742 / 12 / 0)
29   Django Reinhardt  (1743 / 9 / 2)
30   Wes Montgomery  (1746 / 10 / 1)
31   Richard Thompson  (1751 / 10 / 1)
32T   John Petrucci  (1757 / 8 / 0)
32T   Steve Morse  (1757 / 9 / 0)
34   Al Di Meola  (1760 / 9 / 0)
35   Ry Cooder  (1784 / 8 / 1)
36   Tom Morello  (1786 / 10 / 0)
37   The Edge  (1792 / 10 / 0)
38T   Ritchie Blackmore  (1796 / 10 / 0)
38T   Robert Johnson  (1796 / 10 / 0)
40   Les Paul  (1799 / 9 / 1)
41   John McLaughlin  (1804 / 8 / 0)
42   eric johnson  (1809 / 7 / 1)
43   Pat Metheny  (1810 / 7 / 0)
44   Buddy Guy  (1811 / 7 / 0)
45T   Charlie Christian  (1823 / 5 / 0)
45T   Neil Young  (1823 / 9 / 1)
47   Lindsey Buckingham  (1824 / 7 / 0)
48   Robin Trower  (1829 / 6 / 0)
49   Tony Iommi  (1831 / 8 / 0)
50T   John Frusciante  (1832 / 8 / 0)
50T   Kurt Cobain  (1832 / 7 / 0)
52   Steve Howe  (1834 / 7 / 0)
53T   Albert King  (1843 / 6 / 0)
53T   Joe Perry  (1843 / 8 / 0)
53T   Jorma Kaukonen  (1843 / 6 / 2)
56   Leo Kottke  (1844 / 6 / 0)
57   Ted Nugent  (1849 / 4 / 0)
58T   Alex Lifeson  (1852 / 4 / 2)
58T   Dave Mustaine  (1852 / 5 / 1)
60   Steve Cropper  (1864 / 5 / 0)
61   Gary Moore  (1866 / 5 / 0)
62   Roy Buchanan  (1867 / 5 / 0)
63T   Billy Gibbons  (1868 / 4 / 0)
63T   James Hetfield  (1868 / 4 / 0)
65   Zakk Wylde  (1869 / 4 / 0)
66T   Adrian Smith  (1871 / 4 / 0)
66T   Johnny Winter  (1871 / 5 / 0)
68   Lightnin’ Hopkins  (1872 / 4 / 0)
69T   Peter Green  (1875 / 5 / 0)
69T   Stephen Stills  (1875 / 5 / 0)
71   Dick Dale  (1878 / 4 / 0)
72   Joe Walsh  (1879 / 5 / 0)
73   Michael Angelo  (1880 / 3 / 0)
74   Danny Gatton  (1881 / 5 / 0)
75   Marty Friedman  (1888 / 3 / 0)
76   Rory Gallagher  (1889 / 3 / 1)
77T   Bonnie Raitt  (1890 / 6 / 0)
77T   Frank Marino  (1890 / 4 / 0)
77T   Roy Clark  (1890 / 3 / 0)
80T   Dickey Betts  (1891 / 4 / 0)
80T   Harvey Mandel  (1891 / 3 / 0)
80T   Lee Ritenour  (1891 / 3 / 0)
83   Neil Schon  (1893 / 4 / 0)
84T   John Fogerty  (1895 / 5 / 0)
84T   Peter Frampton  (1895 / 3 / 0)
86T   Bill Frisell  (1896 / 3 / 1)
86T   Tommy Bolin  (1896 / 3 / 0)
88   Trey Anastasio  (1897 / 3 / 0)
89T   Alvin Lee  (1898 / 3 / 0)
89T   George Benson  (1898 / 4 / 0)
89T   Stanley Jordan  (1898 / 4 / 0)
92T   Bruce Springsteen  (1901 / 2 / 1)
92T   John Scofield  (1901 / 3 / 0)
94T   dave navarro  (1902 / 3 / 0)
94T   Gary Rossington  (1902 / 2 / 0)
96T   Dimebag Darrell  (1903 / 3 / 0)
96T   Micheal Romeo  (1903 / 2 / 0)
96T   Sonny Landreth  (1903 / 2 / 0)
99   Adrian Legg  (1905 / 2 / 0)
100T   Mike Bloomfield  (1906 / 4 / 0)
100T   Tim Reynolds  (1906 / 2 / 0)
102T   John lennon  (1907 / 3 / 0)
102T   Nils Lofgren  (1907 / 2 / 0)
102T   Steve Lukather  (1907 / 2 / 0)
105T   Jeff Healey  (1909 / 3 / 0)
105T   Michael Schenker  (1909 / 3 / 0)
107T   Kerry King  (1910 / 4 / 0)
107T   Mike McCready  (1910 / 2 / 0)
107T   Stone Gossard  (1910 / 2 / 0)
110T   Al Pitrelli  (1911 / 2 / 0)
110T   John Martyn  (1911 / 2 / 0)
112T   James Dean Bradfield  (1913 / 2 / 0)
112T   Robby Krieger  (1913 / 2 / 0)
114T   Bob Mould  (1915 / 2 / 1)
114T   Robert Cray  (1915 / 3 / 0)
116T   Larry Carlton  (1916 / 2 / 0)
116T   Matthias Jabs  (1916 / 2 / 0)
118T   Ace Frehley  (1918 / 2 / 0)
118T   Joe Pass  (1918 / 2 / 0)
120T   Bo Diddley  (1919 / 3 / 0)
120T   malcolm young  (1919 / 3 / 0)
122T   James Burton  (1920 / 3 / 0)
122T   Johnny Ramone  (1920 / 2 / 0)
124T   Dave Matthews  (1921 / 2 / 0)
124T   Tom Scholz  (1921 / 2 / 0)
126   Johnny Marr  (1922 / 2 / 0)
127T   Alan Holdsworth  (1923 / 1 / 1)
127T   Joao Gilberto  (1923 / 1 / 1)
127T   Martin Barre  (1923 / 2 / 0)
127T   tommy johnson  (1923 / 1 / 1)
131T   Brian Milko  (1924 / 1 / 0)
131T   Carlos Montoya  (1924 / 1 / 0)
131T   Chris Smither  (1924 / 1 / 0)
131T   Jonny Marr  (1924 / 1 / 0)
131T   Rev. Gary Davis  (1924 / 1 / 0)
131T   Robbie Robertson  (1924 / 2 / 0)
131T   Steve Hackett  (1924 / 1 / 0)
131T   taj mahal  (1924 / 1 / 0)
139T   julian bream  (1925 / 1 / 0)
139T   Reeves Gabrels  (1925 / 1 / 0)
139T   Steve Rothery  (1925 / 1 / 0)
139T   Steven Van Zandt  (1925 / 1 / 0)
143T   Bert Jansch  (1926 / 2 / 0)
143T   Buck Dharma  (1926 / 1 / 0)
143T   Camile Baudoin  (1926 / 1 / 0)
143T   David Lindley  (1926 / 1 / 0)
143T   Doc Watson  (1926 / 2 / 0)
143T   Jerry Cantrell  (1926 / 3 / 0)
143T   Ron Wood  (1926 / 2 / 0)
143T   Tal Farlow  (1926 / 1 / 0)
151T   JOHN CIPPOLINA  (1927 / 1 / 0)
151T   Kurt Kirkwood  (1927 / 1 / 0)
151T   Phil Cambell  (1927 / 1 / 0)
151T   william ackerman  (1927 / 1 / 0)
155T   Adam Jones  (1928 / 1 / 0)
155T   Allen Collins  (1928 / 1 / 0)
155T   Dave Schramm  (1928 / 1 / 0)
155T   elmore james  (1928 / 1 / 0)
155T   Henry Kaiser  (1928 / 1 / 0)
155T   Hiram Bullock  (1928 / 1 / 0)
155T   Joni Mitchell  (1928 / 1 / 0)
155T   Nick Harper  (1928 / 1 / 0)
163T   Adrian Belew  (1929 / 2 / 0)
163T   Albert Lee  (1929 / 1 / 0)
163T   Ali Farka Toure  (1929 / 1 / 0)
163T   Billy Duffy  (1929 / 1 / 0)
163T   Charlie Sexton  (1929 / 1 / 0)
163T   Freddy King  (1929 / 1 / 0)
163T   john hammond  (1929 / 1 / 0)
163T   John Williams  (1929 / 1 / 0)
163T   Kenny Wayne Shepherd  (1929 / 1 / 0)
163T   Kim Thayil  (1929 / 2 / 0)
163T   Lou Reed  (1929 / 1 / 0)
163T   PAUL KANTNER  (1929 / 1 / 0)
163T   Steven Stills  (1929 / 1 / 0)
163T   steven wonders  (1929 / 1 / 0)
177T   Eric Weaver  (1930 / 1 / 0)
177T   Hide  (1930 / 1 / 0)
177T   Jack White  (1930 / 1 / 0)
177T   leon russell  (1930 / 1 / 0)
177T   Paul McCartney  (1930 / 1 / 0)
177T   walter trout  (1930 / 1 / 0)
183T   Bela Fleck  (1931 / 1 / 0)
183T   Gary Richrath  (1931 / 1 / 0)
183T   Howard Alden  (1931 / 1 / 0)
183T   Johnny Greenwood  (1931 / 1 / 0)
183T   K.K. Downing  (1931 / 1 / 0)
183T   Kevin Shields  (1931 / 1 / 0)
183T   Larry Coryell  (1931 / 1 / 0)
183T   Mike MacCready  (1931 / 1 / 0)
183T   Sleepy LaBeef  (1931 / 1 / 0)
192T   Bill Nelson  (1932 / 1 / 0)
192T   Bruce Hall  (1932 / 1 / 0)
192T   chris thomas king  (1932 / 1 / 0)
192T   David Torn  (1932 / 1 / 0)
192T   Glenn Tipton  (1932 / 2 / 0)
192T   Ira Kaplan  (1932 / 1 / 0)
192T   Joan Jett  (1932 / 1 / 0)
192T   John Pizzarelli  (1932 / 1 / 0)
192T   Johnny Cash  (1932 / 1 / 0)
192T   Mother Maybelle Carter  (1932 / 1 / 0)
192T   Nancy Wilson  (1932 / 2 / 0)
192T   PATRICK SWEANEY  (1932 / 1 / 0)
204T   Al Anderson  (1933 / 1 / 0)
204T   Dave Mason  (1933 / 1 / 0)
204T   john jorgenson  (1933 / 1 / 0)
204T   Mark Ribot  (1933 / 1 / 0)
204T   Paul Gilbert  (1933 / 1 / 0)
204T   rory block  (1933 / 1 / 0)
204T   ROY BOOKBINDER  (1933 / 1 / 0)
204T   Rudolf Schenker  (1933 / 1 / 0)
212T   Andy Powell  (1934 / 1 / 0)
212T   Bernard Butler  (1934 / 1 / 0)
212T   Curtis Lowe  (1934 / 1 / 0)
212T   David Byrne  (1934 / 1 / 0)
212T   JACK CASADY  (1934 / 1 / 0)
212T   Jimmie Vaughan  (1934 / 1 / 0)
212T   Johnny Spampinato  (1934 / 1 / 0)
212T   Link Wray  (1934 / 1 / 0)
212T   Michael Hedges  (1934 / 1 / 0)
212T   Steve Miller  (1934 / 1 / 0)
212T   Timo Tollki  (1934 / 1 / 0)
212T   Tommy Shaw  (1934 / 1 / 0)
224T   Chris Poland  (1935 / 1 / 0)
224T   Chris Spedding  (1935 / 1 / 0)
224T   Greg Lisher  (1935 / 1 / 0)
224T   John Mayer  (1935 / 1 / 0)
224T   Luca Turilli  (1935 / 1 / 0)
224T   Merle Travis  (1935 / 1 / 0)
224T   Nick Drake  (1935 / 1 / 0)
224T   scotty anderson  (1935 / 1 / 0)
224T   Steve Gaines  (1935 / 1 / 0)
224T   Tampa Red  (1935 / 1 / 0)
234T   Andy Fairweather Lowe  (1936 / 1 / 0)
234T   Andy Summers  (1936 / 2 / 0)
234T   Brad Delson  (1936 / 1 / 0)
234T   Brian Molko  (1936 / 1 / 0)
234T   Dave Davies  (1936 / 1 / 0)
234T   henry townsend  (1936 / 1 / 0)
234T   Hubert Sumlin  (1936 / 1 / 0)
234T   jAMES burton  (1936 / 1 / 0)
234T   Janick Gers  (1936 / 1 / 0)
234T   Jim Hall  (1936 / 1 / 0)
234T   John Lee Hooker  (1936 / 1 / 0)
234T   Phil Collen  (1936 / 1 / 0)
234T   Scotty Moore  (1936 / 1 / 0)
247T   Billy Corgan  (1937 / 1 / 0)
247T   catfish keith  (1937 / 1 / 0)
247T   Dave Murray  (1937 / 1 / 0)
247T   Elvis Presley  (1937 / 1 / 0)
247T   John Prine  (1937 / 1 / 0)
247T   Jonny Lang  (1937 / 1 / 0)
247T   Nick Webb  (1937 / 1 / 0)
247T   paul stanley  (1937 / 1 / 0)
247T   Ricky Skaggs  (1937 / 1 / 0)
247T   Rudolf Shenker  (1937 / 1 / 0)
247T   Skunk Baxter  (1937 / 1 / 0)
247T   Tiny Tim  (1937 / 1 / 0)
247T   Will Sergeant  (1937 / 1 / 0)
260T   André Olbrich  (1938 / 1 / 0)
260T   Glenn Mercer  (1938 / 1 / 0)
260T   Johnny Hiland  (1938 / 1 / 0)
260T   Tommy Emmanuel  (1938 / 1 / 0)
260T   Warner Hodges  (1938 / 1 / 0)
265T   Glen Campbell  (1939 / 1 / 0)
265T   Keith Rath  (1939 / 1 / 0)
267T   Avril Lavigne  (1940 / 1 / 0)
267T   Bo Diddly  (1940 / 1 / 0)
267T   Lenny Kravitz  (1940 / 1 / 0)
267T   Tom Petty  (1940 / 1 / 0)
267T   Ulrich Roth  (1940 / 1 / 0)
272T   Gregg Ginn  (1941 / 1 / 0)
272T   Jimmy Nolen  (1941 / 1 / 0)
272T   John MacLaughlin  (1941 / 1 / 0)
272T   Jon Butcher  (1941 / 1 / 0)
272T   Mike Stern  (1941 / 1 / 0)
272T   Ottmar Liebert  (1941 / 1 / 0)
272T   Prince  (1941 / 1 / 0)
272T   Vernon Reid  (1941 / 1 / 0)
280T   Bradley Nowell  (1942 / 1 / 0)
280T   Coco Montoya  (1942 / 1 / 0)
280T   Johnny Greenwod  (1942 / 1 / 0)
280T   Mississippi John Hurt  (1942 / 1 / 0)
280T   Rick Nielsen  (1942 / 1 / 0)
280T   Slava Grigoryan  (1942 / 1 / 0)
280T   Tom Verlaine  (1942 / 1 / 0)
280T   Vinnie Moore  (1942 / 1 / 0)
288T   Carlos Alomar  (1943 / 1 / 0)
288T   Dave Van Ronk  (1943 / 1 / 0)
288T   Flavia Canel  (1943 / 1 / 0)
288T   Henry Vestine  (1943 / 1 / 0)
288T   Mike Bloomberg  (1943 / 1 / 0)
288T   Phil Keaggy  (1943 / 2 / 0)
288T   Scott Ian  (1943 / 1 / 0)
295T   Brian Robertson  (1944 / 1 / 0)
295T   Jennifer Batten  (1944 / 1 / 0)
295T   John Fahey  (1944 / 1 / 0)
298T   Joey Ramone  (1945 / 1 / 0)
298T   John Cipollina  (1945 / 1 / 0)
298T   Michael Bruce  (1945 / 1 / 0)
298T   Robben Ford  (1945 / 1 / 0)
298T   Skip James  (1945 / 1 / 0)
303T   Eddie Hazel  (1946 / 1 / 0)
303T   Greg Hetson  (1946 / 1 / 0)
303T   Larry LaLonde  (1946 / 1 / 0)
303T   Leslie West  (1946 / 1 / 0)
303T   Nigel St. Hubbins  (1946 / 1 / 0)
303T   Randy California  (1946 / 1 / 0)
303T   Ronnie Montrose  (1946 / 1 / 0)
303T   Son House  (1946 / 1 / 0)
311T   Del Vezeau  (1947 / 1 / 0)
311T   J. Mascis  (1947 / 1 / 0)
311T   Lee Ranaldo  (1947 / 1 / 0)
311T   Mick Jones  (1947 / 1 / 0)
311T   Robbie Krieger  (1947 / 1 / 0)
316T   Dean Deleo  (1948 / 1 / 0)
316T   Israel Kamakawiwo’ole  (1948 / 1 / 0)
316T   Kenny Neal  (1948 / 1 / 0)
316T   Les Dudek  (1948 / 1 / 0)
316T   Paul Chapman  (1948 / 1 / 0)
316T   Thurston Moore  (1948 / 1 / 0)
316T   Tony Mahon  (1948 / 1 / 0)
323T   Huey Morgan  (1949 / 1 / 0)
323T   Mike Campbell  (1949 / 1 / 0)
323T   Mike McCreedy  (1949 / 1 / 0)
323T   Paco De Lucia  (1949 / 1 / 0)
323T   Robert Randolph  (1949 / 1 / 0)
323T   Tom Morrello  (1949 / 1 / 0)
329T   Gary Hoey  (1950 / 1 / 0)
329T   Jonny Greenwood  (1950 / 1 / 0)
329T   Mick Ronson  (1950 / 1 / 0)
329T   Nile Rogers  (1950 / 1 / 0)
329T   Paul Simon  (1950 / 1 / 0)
329T   Willie Nelson  (1950 / 1 / 0)
335T   Brad Gillis  (1951 / 1 / 0)
335T   Chris Cornell  (1951 / 1 / 0)
335T   D. Boon  (1951 / 1 / 0)
335T   David J. Perez  (1951 / 1 / 0)
335T   Ed O’Brien  (1951 / 1 / 0)
335T   Jon Squire  (1951 / 1 / 0)
335T   Muddy Waters  (1951 / 1 / 0)
342T   Al Stewart  (1952 / 1 / 0)
342T   Criss Oliva  (1952 / 1 / 0)
342T   Freddy Everett  (1952 / 1 / 0)
342T   Kevin Sheilds  (1952 / 1 / 0)
342T   Larry Campbell  (1952 / 1 / 0)

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  • Eric Olsen

    Lordy, that ought to satisfy everyone. Thanks Tal!

  • http://perfidy.org Johno

    Taloran, I’m stunned, STUNNED, that the dude in the ape suit from “No Sleep ’til Brooklyn” is nowhere to be seen!

    Just doing my part to hold down the fort until Bricklayer gets here.

  • Eric Olsen

    Yes, and what of the fellow in the rakish “smoking jacket” (see comment #135)?

  • Taloran

    Gorillasuitman would be here if Bricklayer had voted for him once. However, six votes for the Beastie Boys guy and 3 votes for Gregg Ginn forced a disqualification. No stuffing the ballot box.

  • http://perfidy.org Johno

    Christ, so much for guile and deceit. Taloran, you run a cleaner election than Florida!

    I’m a little surprised that Stevie Ray is ranked so high, since a vote for SRV is pretty much a vote for Hendrix.

  • http://www.unproductivity.com Tom Johnson

    I am really intrigued most by some of the ties:

    23T Angus Young
    23T Mark Knopfler

    38T Ritchie Blackmore
    38T Robert Johnson

    45T Charlie Christian
    45T Neil Young

    Those are some interesting pairings. I’m sure there’s some deeper significance to be drawn from this phenomena, but I’m not the one to make it at the moment.

  • Taloran

    Hmmm….
    I should run a query to determine who voted for SRV and NOT for Jimi….

  • Taloran

    I’m particularly intrigued by the group from 28-35.

  • Taloran

    And Segovia in 19th! Who woulda thunk.

  • duane

    I’m sure that we all appreciate your work, Taloran, since this is clearly the most important topic currently on Blogcritics. And I assume that you will not take it personally if a flood of complaints rolls in, since you are, after all, the messenger. In any case, the list is a couple of light-years better than the ridiculous RS list.

    Uh-oh, here comes a complaint:

    I am sure that all the guys in the top 18 slots, if they were made aware of this list, would simply roll their eyes at their ranking above Segovia. Of course, some of those guys are dead, and might not put up much of a fuss.

    Let’s see — just one more. Slash in the same ballpark as Fripp? Hahahahahahahha…ha!

    It’s all about listener exposure, dontcha think?

    Is Nigel St. Hubbins a hybrid of David St. Hubbins and Nigel Tufnel? Nigel could blow David off the stage. After all, he is known for his solos.

  • http://perfidy.org Johno

    Really, this is a remarkable list– thought provoking, idiosyncratic, yet pretty good. I mean, I don’t care for Clapton, and would rank him much lower, but aside from highly personal beefs like that, it seems clear that blogcritics writers are much much smarter than Rolling Stone editors.

    Which we already knew, of course.

  • Taloran

    Of the 18 guys above Segovia on the list, I bet five or six of them have never heard his name, or heard it in such a drug-induced fog they thought they were hallucinating.

    People can gripe all they want, it’s not my list. I can’t see anyone liking that “other” list better, except maybe the guys who created it.

    After I published the interim results, someone wrote and said I should send it RS’s way. Waddaya think?

  • duane

    “After I published the interim results, someone wrote and said I should send it RS’s way. Waddaya think?”

    No doubt. This list puts theirs to shame.

  • Eric Olsen

    Absolutely, get some pub for yourself and Blogcritics – we love our Tal!

  • Taloran

    Why don’t you send it, Eric? The discussion about the RS list, and further discussions here on BlogCritics, propelled me to write it for the users of this site. I never would have thought to create it if I hadn’t stumbled across this site while looking for their list. I don’t have a blog to attract attention to, so you might as well do it, and get the pub!

  • duane

    All right, so Holdsworth is on the list because I voted for him. He should be much better appreciated. Here is an excerpt from an interview with one of the Guitar Gods, Eddie van Halen, from Guitar Player Magazine, April 1980.

    GP: Has seeing other guitarists ever inspired a change in your playing?

    EVH: Allan Holdsworth — that guy is bad! He’s fantastic; I love him. He’s got a rock sound. I love his solo in “In the Dead of the Night” on the U.K. album. I love the solo in “Hell’s Bells” on One of a Kind. (Drummer) Bill Bruford plays hot on that album. Holdsworth is the best in my book.
    I can kind of play like him, but it doesn’t fit our style of music. He’s a real artist.

    Did you get that?

  • BRICKLAYER

    10. guy from Slayer (the one with hair)
    09. don’t remember this one
    08. Karl Hendricks
    07. guy from Judas Priest (not sure which one)
    06. guy from Iron Maiden
    05. other guy from Iron Maiden
    04. other, other guy from Iron Maiden
    03. guy from Slayer (bald one)
    02. Gregg Ginn
    01. Dude in the gorilla suit in the Beastie Boy’s “No Sleep ’til Brooklyn” video.

  • BRICKLAYER

    20. Dude in top hat from Guns n’ Roses “November Rain” video
    19. Paul Westerberg/Bob Stinson/Slim Dunlap, or whoever played on Let it Be/Tim/Pleased to meet me
    18. Tim Armstrong
    17. Chick from Cinderella
    16. Other guy from Judas Priest
    15. Michael J. Foxxx
    14. Lita Ford
    13. Bob Mould
    12. Dude from Welcome to the Dollhouse
    11. Dude who played in the Great White “Cherry Pie” video

  • BRICKLAYER

    30. Dude from Kingdom Come
    29. Brody Armstrong
    28. Guy from Morbid Angel
    27. Big dude from the Screaming Trees
    26. Greg Ginn’s replacement in Black Flag
    25. Chick from A Perfect Circle
    24. Smaller dude from the Screaming Trees
    23. My neighbor
    22. Prince
    21. Tom Morello
    20. Dude who replaced Bruce Kulick in KISS

  • BRICKLAYER

    40. The cast of Friends
    39. Guy from Fugazi
    38. Chris Haskett
    37. Roy Clark
    36. Dude from the Beatles (deceased)
    35. Both guys from Cannibal Corpse
    34. Anyone who has ever played in Manowar
    33. Dude from SNL with the stupid facial expressions
    32. Wes Borland’s replacement in Limp Bizkit
    31. Dude from Michael Jackson’s Beat It video
    30. Randy Rhoads

  • BRICKLAYER

    50. Slash
    49. Mick Mars
    48. Dude from Accept
    47. Dude from WASP
    46. Page Hamilton
    45. Chick from Slaughter
    44. Dude with afro from Michelle Branch video
    43. Michelle Branch
    42. The Nuge
    41. Johnny Ramone
    40. Dude from Suicidal Tendencies first album

  • BRICKLAYER

    Ties:

    20. Dude in top hat from Guns n’ Roses “November Rain” video
    20. Dude who replaced Bruce Kulick in KISS

    30. Dude from Kingdom Come
    30. Randy Rhoads

  • http://perfidy.org Johno

    Holy crap. Bricklayer just put in a vote for G.E. Smith.

  • Eric Olsen

    where? I didn’t see “ugly dude maried to Gilda Radner”

  • Taloran

    I thought Gene Wilder was the ugly dude married to Gilda Radner

  • Taloran

    BTW, Bricklayer’s original vote for slot 9 was “My Mom”, just to keep the record straight.

  • Eric Olsen

    G.E. came first

  • BRICKLAYER

    Who is this G.E. Smith character? It sounds like a made up name to me!

    Oh, and my mom played in a mean power trio. They signed with a major, and you know they typical story: drugs, egos, artistic differences. She went on to do some studio work for a few crossover hardcore/metal acts in the eighties, most notably DRI and Uncle Slam. Unforutnately, a tragic fondue pot accident ended her career abruptly. And it really WAS an accident. Honest. The police could never substantiate anything.

  • http://mcfrank.blogspot.com Chris Arabia

    i’ve always been fascinated that so many people intensely dislike G.E. Smith. his ability to repulse people merely with his facial expressions is truly amazing.

  • http://perfidy.org Johno

    Bricklayer– that’s funny. I heard just that story last week from some older chick who tried to cruise me in a bar in Pittsburgh. She kept demanding I buy her Sidecars, and then put out her menthols right into them. When she leaned over to get her lighter out of her purse, her wig came off, I saw the scars, and that’s when she told me about the fondue pot.

    At that point, she got up to go fix her makeup, and my good friend Don the bartender came over. Know what he said to me? “Some women mean trouble. And some women mean trouble for you.” I left without saying goodbye.

    Nice lady, though. Despite the penis. Say “hi” to her for me, willya?

  • http://perfidy.org Johno

    Just kidding. She’s a beautiful woman.

  • BRICKLAYER

    So you were the little backward looking fella with the uh…size issue she told me about?!?!?!

    She was very hurt you ran out on her, but she said she will never forget the wonderful time you two shared in the back of your Renault! She will mail back your prosthesis as soon as she can get all the stains removed!

  • BRICKLAYER

    Just kidding. The only thing she remembers from that night is some easy mark at the bar blabbering on and on about weeblos, or something like that.

  • The Theory

    i was just about to complain about Keaggy’s positioning… when I realized I didn’t vote for him.

    Then again, I didn’t vote period. Couldn’t think of enough guitar players to fill out the required slots.

  • duane

    Speaking of TV show bands, Fernwood Tonight’s Happy Kyne and the Mirthmakers had one hot guitarist by the name of Tommy Tedesco. I’m not saying that he was in the same league as Bricklayer’s neighbor, but he was amazing, nonetheless.

  • Eric Olsen

    wasn’t Tommy a Wrecking Crew guy?

  • http://perfidy.org Johno

    Eric, I believe he was!
    I was actually just about to put together a list of the best backing bands of the rock era, and the Wrecking Crew are at number 3, behind the Funk Brothers and the Original JB’s.

  • duane

    Nah, Tommy was born in 1930. Supposedly one of the most recorded guitarists in history

    “The Most Recorded Guitarist in History” was a title conferred upon Tommy Tedesco, and it’s doubtful anyone else could lay claim to it. As a session guitarist, Tedesco’s career stretched from the beginnings of the “California Sound” in the early Sixties until 1992, when he suffered a stroke that limited his use of his right arm.

    Tedesco’s astonishing portfolio and reputation were a result of his versatile sight-reading abilities and talent for interpreting – and delivering – whatever a producer or composer wanted, whether it was a TV or movie theme, soundtrack, or pop, rock, jazz, country; in short, anything.

    A self-described “hustler,” Tedesco came from a poor neighborhood in Niagara Falls, New York, and made his way into the emerging L.A. session scene by dint of sheer determination and hard work. Never a big shot who hung around with the stars, he nonetheless worked with the biggest names in the business throughout the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s:

    Producers and composers Herb Alpert, Phil Spector, and Henry Mancini. Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Olivia Newton-John, the Fifth Dimension, the Monkees, the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean. Frank Zappa, J.J. Cale, the Mamas and the Papas, Doc Severinson, the Everly Brothers, Sarah Vaughan, the Partridge Family, Al Kooper. And this is a short list!

    Tedesco also played on numerous TV and movie soundtracks, from Bonanza and Green Acres to Jaws and The French Connection. He was always willing to play a part “bad” or “good” according to the direction of the producer, and was not limited to guitar; he carried a collection of other instruments to sessions, including mandolin and sitar, and all tuned like a guitar.

  • Eric Olsen

    yes, but he was in the Wrecking Crew, which supported Spector among many other producers in L.A. in the ’60s.

  • duane

    Oh, OK. Thanks. I gotcha. I thought you were referring to a different Wrecking Crew.

  • BRICKLAYER

    60. dude from Cheap trick
    59. dude from Antrhax
    58. chick from the Donna’s
    57. Vernon Reid
    56. chick from the Bullet Boys
    55. dude who played on first Hatebreed album
    54. dude from Sick of it All
    53. Vernon Reid’s replacement in Living Colour
    52. dude from Overwhelming Colorfast
    51. Norm Nardini

  • BRICKLAYER

    70. Mick Jones
    69. Dude from Korn
    68. Kirk Hammett
    67. David Mammett
    66. Dude from Tool
    65. Thurston Moore
    64. Thurston Howell the Second
    63. Thurston Moore’s replacement in Sonic Youth
    62. Dude in the mask from Slipknot
    61. Ms. A. Lavigne

  • BRICKLAYER

    80. Dude from Converge
    79. Drunk ornery dude from REM
    78. Sir Edward Van Halen
    78. Dude from David Lee Roth Band
    77. long haired dude from Allman Bros
    76. dude from Six Feet Under
    75. chick from Winger
    74. dude from Disturbed
    73. Guy from Pearl Jam
    72. chick from Joan Jett Band
    71. Joan Jett

  • BRICKLAYER

    89. Ace Frehley
    88. Dude from Dropkick Murphys
    87. Dude who replaced Tom Morello in Audioslave
    86. Kim Thayil
    85. Kurdt Cobain
    84. Dude from Mudhoney
    83. Dude from Green River
    82. King Buzzo
    81. Dude from Citizen Dick

  • BRICKLAYER

    100. Slash’s replacement in Guns & Roses
    099. Dude from Mighty Mighty Bosstones
    098. Dude from first 2 Goo Goo Doll’s records
    097. Black Francis
    096. Dude from the Kinks
    095. Dude from Jesus & Mary Chain
    094. Dude from Jawbreaker
    093. Dude from the Archers of Loaf
    092. Dude from Pedro the Lion
    091. Dude from U2

  • http://www.makeyougohmm.com/ TDavid

    Gee I don’t know, BRICK, the dudeinthegorillasuit probably took lessons from Eddie.

    I still like your list better than RS, for what it’s worth 😉

  • BRICKLAYER

    Johno,
    If you ever dissed my family to my face, you’d be swallowing your teeth. First you alleged I bathed with Mr. Dio’s athletic supporter, then you rip on my mother. I guess in your little fancy boy part of the world you can get away with pulling that weakness, ’cause the people you associate with and call friends are just as lacking in back bone as you are. And bully for you. You’ve probably never been on the business end of anyone’s fist but your daddy’s. But where I come from, that kind of comment gets you a beatdown. See, I know you’re not the kind of man that could ever say that in my presence. You’re the “He who laughs and runs away..” type of sissy, aren’t ya? Well, whatever, momma jokes went out in the sixth grade, so I will NOT stoop to your level of childishness and churlishness. I will pray for you. God bless.

  • BRICKLAYER

    Please omit #71 Joan Jett, and replace with dude from Marilyn Manson’s band

  • http://www.seekinggod.org Steve (Dork)

    J Mascis is the greatest ever. Then, I am second.

  • tony mahon

    cool list and very interesting. ya jus need to sort out a few typos, there are three mike McCreadys and two robbie kriegers.they need to be combined. disapointed to see cobain so high. i thought we would avoid it. would hav liked to see Bradfield higher as hes my fave.Mustaine aswell

  • Taloran

    Thanks for pointing out the typos, Tony. I’ll fix them as soon as I can, and post updated results. I won’t have the required access until Wednesday, as I’m on a business trip using a loaner laptop.
    Poll is up to 75 voters, so it’s time to post updated results anyway.

  • tony mahon

    There are 2 tom morellos aswell and 2 bo diddleys/ dont tink dre are any other problems. none i can spot

  • http://www.deadrockstars.org Jimi Hendrix

    Hey Baby,

    I just thought I’d let you know that Tommy Tedesco really appreciates being mentioned in this list.

    When we’re jammin’ up here he really liven’s things up. Quite the groovy player (he can play anything).

    Peace

  • Rudy

    THERE WE GO! RANDY RHOADS IN #17! THAT’S QUITE A JUMP FROM HIS #85 IN ROLLING STONE’S LIST! LET’S SEE WHAT OTHER SCREW UPS WE CAN SPOT!

  • Rudy

    How did Santana get so high? Maybe ’cause he’s the only guitarist anyone’s ever heard of so they put him in with Jimi Hendrix and then take other people randomly off the list.

    Finally some recognition for Jimmy Page and Eddie Van Halen.

  • Taloran

    Yep, Rudy, all we could think of was Carlos Santana. Do you know of any other guitarists we might be able to put in there?

    Sheesh.

  • axebongman

    well, RS has EVH at 70. he’s five on this list. this list is much better. i think john frusciante should be higher though. he’s tied with cobain. cobain is influential, not really a good guitarist though.

  • pearljammer

    Hey, this list is insanely better than the rollingstone list. One issue i had is that Mike McCready of Pearl Jam was ranked quite low for his extraordinary talent, and also on the list atleast 3 times under different name spellings. The correct spelling (Mike McCready) was ranked 107. Then the typos of his name were ranked 183 and 323. People need to give this guy a lot more credit…and this list is to go against rolling stone, right? Well here is a direct quote from McCready: “…Fuck that, Rolling Stone isn’t cutting edge anymore.”

  • Angus Youth

    That is more like it!!! ANGUS YOUNG – 23T w00t!

  • LJ_Chaz

    Mark Knopfler is that low? He is the greatest guitarist this world has ever seen, and where’s Tommy Emmanuel? Listen to some of his stuff, then try and disagree with me!
    Justin Hayward from the Moody Blues? Where’s he? This is voted by people who haven’t got half a clue

  • Keith

    Ok, this list makes a little more sense, but still, there wasnt a large enough group of people who voted, when the winner only had 51 votes… you know theres a little problem, and theres 200+ people tied for last place you know people were just entering in there own name… There needs to be a larger based poll with a little bit of restrictions.

  • Anthony G

    Keith, that just shows you that there are not that many guitar fans. If you want to see a poll result in which a lot of people voted then hold a rap poll eh?

  • jim

    At last a best guitar player that is in agreement with me, or at least mostly. Some of the polls are definately influenced by popularity. Your is about talent. Thanks

  • Jake

    Look, I think that the top fifty list you did was better than RS’s but this 300 some list was ridiculous. I just noticed that AVRIL LAVIGNE was at 267 right with Tom Petty! WHAT?!?! You have got to be kidding me Arvril Lavigne is a disgrace to guitar, music, and the world. There’s no way she should be on a list of greatest guitarists. I know people who aren’t famous who are thousands of times better than she is. It takes almost no talent whatsoever to play the crap she does. I appreciate your efforts to try to get a broader list, but I just don’t think that the general public knows enough guitarist to make such an extensive list. I mean AVRIL LAVIGNE was put on this list. I can’t believe no one else saw this or saw how the list crumbled after about 100. I still have some issues with the top 100 but it’s still better than RS’s.
    Thanks for your time and effort for this list. (I don’t want to critisize your efforts, just some of the stuff on the list)

  • JoJo Gunne

    Great List! It DOES put the RS list to shame! Its awful hard to disagree with the first 20 or so, although I agree, most all of them would put #19 on top.

    What really bums me out, though, is that so many on the list are playing upstairs with Jimi. What bums me out is that guys like Jimi were soooo fucking creative, inventive and unsettled that they kept inventing new sounds, new styles, new approaches. We can only dream about how Jimi or Stevie would sound like on MTV unplugged…or Jimi doing a concert with the Berlin Philharmonic…..or Stevie doing a concert with Carlos…man, that is what makes this world go around…new stuff. Now, obviously, NO ONE can argue that Jimi broke new ground (in a very short time) and so have all of the top of the list. But man, I for one sure as hell miss em!

    Oh, one more guy for the list…how about that late, great John Lee Hooker? I saw him in concert once (wouldn’t have missed it for the world!). The concert worked like this: He walks out to an empty stage, sits down on a three-legged stool, plugs in the guitar, and lets loose for 2 hours. Then, looks up, smiles, says “Thank you very much” and walks off stage. No band, no singers, just JLH and guitar. In an acoustically fantastic theater. Unbelievable…..

  • JoJo Gunne

    oh, man, I am sorry, there he is…at #234. I suppose the list might make more sense if you divided it into major music styles, like Rock, Jazz, Traditional blues, etc. I know this will get all sorts of guys worked up, but it would move guys all around on the list. THen you get into debates like who’s better in Blues, BB King, John Lee Hooker, etc.? But kudos on the list, man, it is beautiful! Rock ON!!!

  • blokbuster

    How come Doors guitarist Robby Krieger is listed twice here ( 112 and 311 ) ? It should be written with an ‘Y’, not with ‘IE’ by the way.

  • RIPPERVAI45

    very good list but krieger should be ranked way better than that hes at least in the top 100. glad to see angus young and evh ranking good and to see satriani vai and petrucci made the list. but i wanna know if avril lavigne made the list how come daron malakian and mick tompson and james root didnt make the list? they mite not be top 100 but they should be there

  • elisabeth

    i only say EDDIE VAN HALEN IS GOD.

  • walter gordon

    Haa anyone ever heard STEVE STEVENS pay Acoustic, Electric or Flamenco guitar? He is by far the most under rated guitar player of all time. Take the time to listen and enjoy his talents in Billy Idol VH1 Storytellers, simply amazing playing with a left hand moving so fast you can’t follow it. Flamnco A Go Go, Atomoc Playboys, STEVE STEVENS is simply a Guitar God!!!!

  • http://america reg

    This is the dumbest poll I ever read. Why the hell is Tiny Tim up their? Muddy Waters shouldn’t be all the way back there, Kurt Cobain should! Bradley Nowell was much better than Cobain! Clapton better than Vaughn? HA! Vaughn was up in Hendrix’s level. Put Dimebag behind Wylde’s place. Don’t base these things on popularity.

  • http://Ben Ben

    I only say Eddie Van Halen sucks sheep balls

  • judas priest

    1.Tony Iommi
    2.Adrian Smith
    3.Gary Moore
    4.Ritchie Blackmore
    5.Glenn Tipton
    6.Jeff Loomis
    7.Dave Murray
    8.dimebag
    9.Neal Schon
    10.Frank Zappa

  • judas priest

    Van Halen and specially Gilmour are way overrated in world of rock!

  • shakespear 1927 atleast

    looking for two plays atleast acts from1927

  • http://www.jbonamassa.com/andy/andy11.php Andy

    I can’t believe Joe Bonanmassa isn’t on this list. You can check him out by clicking on the link under my name.

  • Andy

    Make that Bonamassa. Sorry, Joe :)

  • SilentSam

    Here is the REAL top 10 list:
    1) Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom)
    2) Jeff Loomis (Nevermore)
    3) Chris Amott (Arch Enemy/Armageddon)
    4) Steve Vai
    5) Joe Satriani
    6) Marty Freidman (Megadeth)
    7) James Malone (Arsis)
    8) Kristian Ranta (NortheR)
    9) Dimebag Darrel (Pantera/Damage Plan)
    10) Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne/Black Label Society)

  • Chris

    Heres a top list for you guys:
    1. Randy Rhoads
    2. Eddie Van Halen
    3. Angus Young
    4. Jimi Hendrix
    5. Les Paul
    6. Slash
    7. Kirk Hammett
    8. Adrian Smith
    9. Joe Satriani
    10. Chuck Berry
    11. Eric Clapton
    12. Zakk Wylde
    13. Steve Vai
    14. B.B. King
    15. Duane Allman

    I think thats a little bettre than the rolling stones list. Why the hell is Jack White, Kurt Cobain, or even Bo Diddley on the list? What are u guys grading on?

  • nick

    jimi first what a joke the most over rated player in history. page #1

  • Scott Shafer

    jimi hendrix rules

  • Mark

    Plaese… You can’t make a guitar poll if You don’t see before Jose Feliciano and what He can do in any style

    see him at youtube.com

  • Gohan

    Petrucci should be top ten

  • dan

    i actually agreed with the stones list. Jack white may not be technically good, but he has caused a lot of kids to pick up a guitar and play his kind of music and copy his sound. Same with J ramone and Cobain. Even Jimmy page, he sux live but influenced alot with his studio stuff. leaving off satriani and Van Halen at 70? was disrepectful. I wish somebody would finally show a little love to Warren Haynes. If your a real player get some new allman brothers stuff at hittin the note.