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Guitar HeroesThink you have it to be a guitar god ? well you better get on it then and practice until your finger bleed and then some more !

At least that's what every one of the dudes here did for some years and still ........ until the where considered a GUITAR GOD.

So, who is better....who is best ? I let you decide and choose.Read up on 'em and practice hard until you deserve a spot in the gallery of heroes.

What does it take to be one ? Well in my section "mind set" you will find some useful info that will get you on your way to the next level.

Here is the list of the top 100 BEST GUITAR PLAYER OF ALL TIME as posted by Rolling Stone Magazine in 2003.
Yeah right ! It's time to get it straight, there is so many things wrong with that..... Again....Who is better, who is best ? why don't you vote for your favorite GUITAR GOD right now, right here and get it settled once and for all.

Oh, by the way, the little star on some of the indicates that there is a biography on them ready for you to look up. So check back frequently to see where I am with this task...

Top 100 Guitar Players( Rolling Stone Magazine )

1 Jimi Hendrix 51 Paul Kossoff

In this poll here you find the first 50 of the top 100 GUITAR PLAYERS. For anyone else please put their name in the provided field at the end of the list.

2 Duane Allman 52 Lou Reed
3 B.B. King 53 Mickey Baker
4 Eric Clapton 54 Jorma Kaukonen

After this top 100 list at the bottom of this page you will find more Guitar players..... Some of My Heroes that should have been in the top 100 anyways if you ask me, so help me to bring clearness into the mystery of the gods.

5 Robert Johnson 55 Ritchie Blackmore
6 Chuck Berry 56 Tom Verlaine
7 Stevie Ray Vaughan 57 Roy Buchanan
8 Ry Cooder 58 Dickey Betts

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9 Jimmy Page 59
Jonny Greenwood
10 Keith Richards Ed O'Brien
11 Kirk Hammett 61 Ike Turner
12 Kurt Cobain 62 Zoot Horn Rollo
13 Jerry Garcia 63 Danny Gatton
14 Jeff Beck 64 Mick Ronson
15 Carlos Santana 65 Hubert Sumlin
16 Johnny Ramone 66 Vernon Reid
17 Jack White 67 Link Wray
18 John Frusciante 68 Jerry Miller
19 Richard Thompson 69 Steve Howe
20 James Burton 70 Eddie Van Halen
21 George Harrison 71 Lightnin' Hopkins
22 Mike Bloomfield 72 Joni Mitchell
23 Warren Haynes 73 Trey Anastasio
24 The Edge 74 Johnny Winter
25 Freddy King 75 Adam Jones
26 Tom Morello 76 Ali Farka Toure
27 Mark Knopfler 77 Henry Vestine
28 Stephen Stills 78 Robbie Robertson
29 Ron Asheton 79 Cliff Gallup
30 Buddy Guy 80 Robert Quine
31 Dick Dale 81 Derek Trucks
32 John Cipollina 82 David Gilmour
Lee Ranaldo 83 Neil Young
Thurston Moore 84 Eddie Cochran
35 John Fahey 85 Randy Rhoads
36 Steve Cropper 86 Tony Iommi
37 Bo Diddley 87 Joan Jett
38 Peter Green 88 Dave Davies
39 Brian May 89 D. Boon
40 John Fogerty 90 Glen Buxton
41 Clarence White 91 Robby Krieger
42 Robert Fripp 92
Fred "Sonic" Smith
43 Eddie Hazel Wayne Kramer
44 Scotty Moore 94 Bert Jansch
45 Frank Zappa 95 Kevin Shields
46 Les Paul 96 Angus Young
47 T-Bone Walker 97 Robert Randolph
48 Joe Perry 98 Leigh Stephens
49 John McLaughlin 99 Greg Ginn
50 Pete Townsend 100 Kim Thayil

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Your Votes so far !

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So....here they are, the once that did not make it in the Hall of Fame, but seriously...some of the top 100's need to leave their spot for some of them here ! I mean, just take Gary Moore or good ol' Teddy Nugent, what's up with that ? Well I better stop right here before I get into trouble with the hardcore fans of Robert Fripp or The Edge ! So... just for the heck of it lets get it right and consider all aspects of a real guitar hero ( which includes by the way virtuosity ! ) and put in your votes.

For all voters that leave a comment on the poll results site I will choose 5 to receive a free Pick from Picksnlicks, Cool huh ?

Alex Lifeson Joe Walsh Marty Friedman
Eddie Willis Michael Schenker Uli Jon Roth
Jake E. Lee Sven Wagner Steve Morse
Jerry Garcia Hank Marvin Shawn Lane
Joe Satriani Al Di Meola Nuno Bettencourt
Matthias Jabs Ted Nugent Steve Lynch
Paul Gilbert Robben Ford Yngwie Malmsteen
Phil Keaggy Jan Akkerman Eric Johnson
Reb Beach Michael Angelo Batio Vito Bratta
Richie Kotzen Jason Becker George Lynch
Richie Sambora Slash Vinnie Moore
Rory Gallagher Tony MacAlpine Billy Gibbons
Steve Hackett Joe Messina Robert White
Steve Stevens Vivian Campbell Dave Mustaine
Steve Vai Gary Moore John Petrucci
Zakk Wylde Django Reinhard Warren DeMartini


I can't possibly list em' all nice and tidy, so here is the rest of them that deserve to be mentioned !

Did I forget one that you would like to see mentioned ? let me know

Guitarists are listed by first name :

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  • Andy Summers (The Police, session work, solo)
  • Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)
  • Alvin Lee (Ten Years After)
  • Adrian Belew (King Crimson, solo)
  • Alex Skolnick (Testament, Savatage, solo)
  • Anthony Phillips (Genesis, solo)
  • Andrew Latimer (Camel)
  • Andy Timmons (Danger Danger, solo)
  • Al McKay (Earth Wind & Fire,
    Charlie Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band)
  • Andy LaRocque (King Diamond, Death)
  • Adam Jones (Tool)
  • Akira Takasaki (Loudness)
  • Alex Chilton (The Box Tops, Big Star)
  • Allen Collins/Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • Ace Frehley (Kiss)
  • Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom)
  • Albert King
  • Allan Holdsworth
  • Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith
  • Albert Lee
  • André Olbrich (Blind Guardian)
  • Adrian Vandenberg


  • Buckethead (solo, Praxis)
  • Buddy Holly (solo)
  • Brad Nowell (Sublime)
  • Bobby Womack (session work, solo)
  • Big Jim Sullivan (session work)
  • Bill Nelson (Be Bop Deluxe, solo)
  • Bruce Cockburn
  • Bill Steer (Napalm Death, Carcass)
  • Buzz Feiten (session work, Butterfield Blues Band, Rascals)
  • Bob Bogle (Ventures)
  • Billy Duffy (The Cult)
  • Brad Gillis (Night Ranger)
  • Bernard Sumner (Joy Division, New Order)
  • Bernie Tormé (Gillan, solo)
  • Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones)
  • Brian Setzer
  • Bob Mould (Hüsker Dü, Sugar)
  • Bernard Butler (Suede, The Tears, solo)
  • Bruce Watson (Big Country)
  • Brett Garsed (John Farnham, Nelson, solo)
  • Billy Zoom (X)
  • Bruce Kulick (Kiss, sessions)
  • Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins)
  • Bernie Watson (Cyril Davies & the R&B All-Stars,
    John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers)
  • Brendt Allman (Shadow Gallery)
  • Bob Marley
  • Brent Mason
  • Buddy Guy


  • Carl Verheyen (session work, Supertramp, Carl Verheyen Band)
  • Curtis Mayfield (Impressions, solo)
  • Chris Impellitteri (Impellitteri)
  • Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot)
  • Corey Beaulieu (Trivium)
  • Carl Perkins (solo)
  • Chips Moman (session work)
  • Chris DeGarmo (Queensryche)
  • Clem Clempson (Humble Pie, Colosseum)
  • Criss Oliva (Savatage)
  • Chuck Schuldiner (Death)
  • Chris Poland (Megadeth, OHM)
  • Chris Rea (solo)
  • Claudio Sanchez/Travis Stever (Coheed & Cambria)
  • Carl Hogan
  • Chet Atkins


  • Dean Parks (session work)
  • Dave Murray (Iron Maiden)
  • David Williams (session work)
  • Dennis Budimir (session work)
  • Dennis Coffey (session work)
  • Duane Eddy (solo)
  • Derek Trucks (The Allman Brothers Band, Frogwings, Derek Trucks Band)
  • Dimebag Darrell (Pantera)
  • Dave Davies/Ray Davies (The Kinks)
  • Dick Wagner (Frost, Velvet Underground, Alice Cooper)
  • David T Walker (session work, Dreams Come True)
  • Davey Johnstone (Elton John, Alice Cooper, Meat Loaf)
  • Danny Cedrone (Bill Haley & His Comets)
  • Danny Kortchmar (session work, the City)
  • Dr Know (Bad Brains)
  • Dave Mason (Traffic, Fleetwood Mac, session work)
  • Dave Meniketti (Y&T)
  • Don Wilson (Ventures)
  • Don Felder (The Eagles)
  • Dave Edmunds (solo, session work)
  • Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad, Devin Townsend Project)
  • Dave Hlubek/Steve Holland/Duane Roland (Molly Hatchet)
  • Doug Aldrich (Dio, Whitesnake)
  • Dave "The Snake" Sabo (Skid Row)
  • Domenic Troiano (The Guess Who, The James Gang)
  • David Allan "Ted" Turner/Andy Powell (Wishbone Ash)
  • D. Boon (Minutemen)
  • Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (Blue Öyster Cult)
  • Dann Huff (Giant, session work)
  • Dave Peverett (Foghat)
  • Dave Beegle
  • Dan Spitz (Anthrax)


  • Eric Gales (solo)
  • Elliott Randall (session work)
  • Ernie Isley (Isley Brothers)
  • East Bay Ray (Dead Kennedys)
  • Edmund Darris (Pleasure Groove)
  • Eddie Phillips (Creation)
  • Eddie Cochran (solo)
  • Eddie Hazel (Funkadelic, solo)
  • Earl Hooker
  • Eric Bell (Thin Lizzy)


  • Freddie Stewart (Sly & the Family Stone)
  • Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah)
  • Franny Beecher (Bill Haley & His Comets)
  • Francis Rossi (Status Quo)
  • Frank Gambale
  • Fred Frith
  • "Fast" Eddie Clarke (Motörhead, Fastway)
  • Francis Dunnery (It Bites, solo)
  • Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush)
  • Frank Hannon (Tesla)
  • Floyd McDaniel
  • Freddie King


  • Glenn Schwartz (James Gang, Pacific Gas & Electric,
    The All Saved Freak Band)
  • Glen Buxton (Alice Cooper)
  • Gary Green (Gentle Giant)
  • Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest)
  • Gary Hoey (solo)
  • Guthrie Govan (Asia, Erotic Cakes, The Fellowship, solo)
  • Greg Ginn (Black Flag)
  • Greg Howe (solo, session work)
  • Glen Burtnik (Styx, sessions)
  • Graham Coxon (Blur)
  • Gary Richrath (REO Speedwagon)
  • Glenn Branca


  • Hank Shermann/Michael Denner (Mercyful Fate)
  • Hughie Thomasson/Henry Paul/Billy Jones (The Outlaws)
  • Henry Garza (Los Lonely Boys)
  • Hillel Slovak (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • Hank Garland


  • Ian Mackaye/Guy Picciotto (Fugazi)
  • Izzy Stradlin (Guns N' Roses)
  • Ike Turner (Ike & Tina Turner Revue, solo, session work)
  • Ian Crichton (Saga)


  • Jimmy Johnson (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section)
  • Jay Jay French/Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister)
  • Joe Stump (solo)
  • Jack White (The White Stripes)
  • Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic, Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends)
  • Jeff Watson (Night Ranger)
  • J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.)
  • Jim Peterik/Frankie Sullivan (Survivor)
  • Jonsi Birgisson (Sigur Ros)
  • John Christ (Danzig)
  • Jeff Carlisi/Don Barnes (.38 Special)
  • Jon Drenning/Ben Jackson (Crimson Glory)
  • John Mitchell (Arena, It Bites)
  • Junior Brown
  • John Martyn
  • Jimmy Nolen (The J.B.'s, Johnny Otis Band, Maceo & All the King's Men)
  • Johnny Farina (Santo & Johnny)
  • John Norum (Europe, Dokken, solo)
  • Jake Cinninger & Brendan Bayliss (Umphrey's McGee)
  • Jeff Hanneman/Kerry King (Slayer)
  • Jani Liimatainen (Sonata Arctica)
  • James Murphy (Death, Obituary)
  • Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues)
  • Jeff Healey
  • Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)
  • John Sykes (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy)
  • Jerry Miller (Moby Grape)
  • Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (Venom)
  • Jim Matheos (Fates Warning, OSI)
  • Jorge Santana (Malo)
  • James Hetfield/Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
  • Johnny Marr (The Smiths)
  • Johnny Ramone (The Ramones)
  • John Cipollina (Quicksilver Messenger Service)
  • John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival, solo)
  • Joe Perry/Brad Whitford (Aerosmith)
  • Jukka Tolonen (Tasavallan Presidentti, solo)
  • John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • John Squire (Stone Roses)
  • Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers)
  • John Jorgenson (session work, Hellecasters, Desert Rose Band)
  • Jerry Donahue (session work, Hellecasters, Fairport Convention)
  • Jonny Greenwood/Ed O'Brien (Radiohead)
  • Johnny Thunders (The New York Dolls, The Heartbreakers)
  • James Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers)
  • Joe Santiago/Frank Black (Pixies)
  • John Mayer (solo)
  • John 5 (Marilyn Manson)
  • James Blood Ulmer
  • Junior Barnard
  • Johnny Hiland
  • John McLaughlin
  • Johnny Guitar Watson
  • Joe Bonamassa
  • Joey Tafolla (Jag Panzer, solo)


  • Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
  • Kim Mitchell (Max Webster, solo)
  • Kee Marcello (Europe)
  • Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown)
  • Kerry Livgren (Kansas)
  • Keith Levene (Public Image Ltd)
  • K.K. Downing (Judas Priest)
  • Kai Hansen (Helloween, Gamma Ray)
  • Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine)
  • Kevin Peek (Sky, session work)
  • Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)
  • Kiko Loureiro (Angra, solo)
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd


  • Lenny Kravitz (solo)
  • Leo Nocentelli (Meters)
  • Lonnie Mack (solo, session work)
  • Leslie West (Mountain)
  • Lowman Pauling (The 5 Royales)
  • Larry Lalonde (Primus, Possessed)
  • Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac)
  • Luca Turilli (Rhapsody, solo)
  • Lou Reed & Sterling Morrison (Velvet Underground)
  • Larry "Rhino" Rheinhart (Captain Beyond, Iron Butterfly)
  • Les Paul
  • Larry Coryell
  • Larry Carlton


  • Michael Weikath (Helloween)
  • Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad)
  • Mikael Åkerfeldt/Peter Lindgren (Opeth)
  • Mick Box (Uriah Heep)
  • Mark Tremonti (Creed, Alter Bridge)
  • Matt Heafy (Trivium)
  • Marc Ribot
  • Mick Jones (The Clash)
  • Michael Wilton (Queensryche)
  • Muhammed Suicmez (Necrophagist)
  • Manny Charlton (Nazareth)
  • Mike Campbell (The Heartbreakers, Dirty Knobs)
  • Michael Landau (session work, Raging Honkies, Michael Landau Group)
  • Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike & the Mechanics)
  • Marv Tarplin (Miracles)
  • Mick Abrahams (Jethro Tull, Blodwyn Pig, This Was)
  • Martin Barre (Jethro Tull)
  • Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe)
  • Mark Reale (Riot)
  • Mick Jones (Foreigner, sessions)
  • Michael Hampton (Parliament, Funkadelic)
  • Michael Lee Firkins (solo)
  • Marc Bolan (T-Rex)
  • Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones)
  • Mick Ronson (David Bowie)
  • Mickey Baker (session work, Mickey & Sylvia)
  • Michael Romeo (Symphony X)
  • Miller Anderson (Savoy Brown, Miller Anderson Band, Keef Hartley Band)
  • Mike McCready (Pearl Jam)
  • Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen, solo)
  • Matt Bellamy (Muse)
  • Michael Sembello (session work, solo)
  • Michael Thompson (session work)
  • Mick Ralphs (Mott The Hoople, Bad Company)
  • Mike Einziger (Incubus)
  • Mads Eriksen (solo)
  • Marcus Siepen (Blind Guardian)
  • Mike Bloomfiel
  • Mark Briody/Chris Broderick (Jag Panzer)


  • Nils Lofgren (Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, solo)
  • Neal Schon (Santana, Journey)
  • Nile Rodgers (Chic)
  • Noel Gallagher (Oasis)


  • Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (The Mars Volta)
  • Ollie Halsall (Patto, Tempest, Kevin Ayers)


  • Paul Kossoff (Free)
  • Peter Frampton (Humble Pie, solo)
  • Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music)
  • Paul Jackson Jr (session work)
  • Peter Buck (R.E.M.)
  • Pops Staples (Staples Singers)
  • Papoose Nelson (Fats Domino, Professor Longhair)
  • Peter "Guitar" Lewis (Johnny Otis)
  • Pat Smear (Germs, Nirvana, Foo Fighters)
  • Peter Banks (Yes, Empire)
  • Paul Burlison (Johnny Burnette & The Rock & Roll Trio)
  • Peter Tosh
  • Prince (solo)
  • Peter Green
  • Phil Collen (Def Leppard)



  • Robin Trower (Procol Harum, solo)
  • Ronnie Montrose (Montrose)
  • Randy Bachman (The Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
  • Ron Thal (Bumblefoot, Guns N' Roses, solo)
    Rik Emmett (Triumph, solo)
  • Ray Gomez (session work, solo)
  • Rick Derringer (McCoys, Edgar Winter, solo, session work)
  • Ric Ocasek/Elliot Easton (The Cars)
  • Robert Ward (Ohio Players)
  • Rene Hall (session work, B.Bumble & the Stingers)
  • Ray Fenwick (Syndicats, Ian Gillan Band)
  • Roye Albrighton (Nektar)
  • Randy California (Spirit)
  • Rudolph Schenker (Scorpions)
  • Ronnie Wood (The Faces, The Rolling Stones)
  • Rick Parfitt (Status Quo)
  • Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick)
  • Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic, solo)
  • Ry Cooder
  • Robert Quine (Lou Reed, John Zorn, Tom Waits, Brian Eno, session work)
  • Reggie Young (session work, Bill Black Combo)
  • Roger McGuinn (The Byrds)
  • Robbie Robertson (The Band)
  • Ron Asheton (The Stooges)
  • Rod Price (Foghat)
  • Rusty Cooley (Outworld, solo)
  • Ross The Boss (Manowar)
  • Richard Thompson


  • Steve Lukather (Toto, session work)
  • Scott Gorham/Brian Robertson (Thin Lizzy)
  • Steve Hillage (Gong, solo)
  • Steve Rothery (Marillion)
  • Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield, CSN, solo)
  • Syd Barrett* (Pink Floyd, solo)
  • Sugarfoot Bonner (Ohio Players)
  • Steve "Deacon" Hunter (Velvet Underground, Alice Cooper, session work)
  • Salman Ahmad (Junoon)
  • Steve Winwood (session work, solo)
  • Steve Miller (Steve Miller Band)
  • Scott Ian (Anthrax)
  • Steve Jones (The Sex Pistols)
  • Scotti Hill (Skid Row)
  • Snowy White
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  • Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam, Mother Love Bone, Green River)
  • Stevie Salas (sessions)
  • Snooks Eaglin
  • Sonny Sharrock
  • Steve Clark (Def Leppard)


  • Terry Kath (Chicago)
  • Thurston Moore / Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth)
  • Tommy Bolin (Deep Purple, session work, solo)
  • Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave)
  • Tom Verlaine/Richard Lloyd (Television)
  • Trey Anastasio (Phish)
  • Travis Wammack (session work, solo)
  • Ty Tabor (King's X)
  • Tim Pierce (session work)
  • Tommy Tedesco (session work)
  • Teenie Hodges (Al Green, Hi Rhythm Section)
  • Thomas McClary (Commodores)
  • Todd Rundgren (solo, Utopia)
  • Tom Johnston (The Doobie Brothers)
  • Trevor Rabin (Yes)
  • Trey Spruance (Mr Bungle)
  • Tom Scholz (Boston)
  • Tom Johnston (The Doobie Brothers)
  • Tony Hicks (The Hollies)
  • Timo Tolkki (Stratovarius)
  • Toy Caldwell (Marshall Tucker Band)
  • Trey Azagthoth (Morbid Angel)
  • Thomas Youngblood (Kamelot)
  • Tommy Emmanuel
  • Thomas Blug (solo)
  • Tommy Shaw (Styx, Damn Yankess, solo)
  • T. J. Helmerich (sessions, solo)



  • Vivian Campell
  • Vernon Reid


  • Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band, Govt Mule)
  • Will Ray (session work, Hellecasters)
  • Waddy Wachtel (session work)
  • Wah-Wah Watson (session work)
  • Wild Jimmy Spruill (session work)
  • Wayne Kramer (MC5)
  • Walter Trout
  • Wolf Hoffmann (Accept)




  • Zoot Horn Rollo (Captain Beefheart's Magic Band)
  • Zacky Vengeance/Synyster Gates (Avenged Sevenfold)

    Some Great Females :

  • Lita Ford
  • Nancy Wilson
  • Donita Sparks
  • Kelley Deal
  • Carrie Brownstein
  • Poison Ivy
  • Ruyter Suys
  • The Great Kat
  • Marnie Stern
  • Orianthi
  • Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck, solo)