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Top 100 guitarists REVEALED.
"My Influences," a list by Gary Eisenbraun.

I've recently seen a LOT of top guitarist lists. This made me think: who would MY top 100 guitarists be? This was TOUGH, because there are a LOT of ways to be a GREAT guitarist. To weigh those different ways against each other, ...  Needless to say, I did the BEST I could. It's not always about guitar chops. More than anything, it is about INTENT. Soulfulness, expressiveness, making the song better (sometimes at the expense of one's chops) ...all of these things went into the decision. And all of these guitar players have impacted my life. Each player has an individual style and sound. The guitarists at the upper reaches of the chart can put a chill down my spine. BTW: if someone on my list is higher than you think they should be.... I urge you to dig deep into their catalog. Without further ado... here are my top 100 guitar players (plus 13 honorable mentions).

  • Honorable Mention: Les Paul, Doug MacLeod, Django Reinhardt, Lee Ritenour, Junior Kimbrough, Pat Metheny, Zakk Wylde, Andy Summers, George Thorogood, John Fogerty, Andy Timmons, Trevor Rabin, Lightnin' Hopkins, Otis Rush, Ian Moore
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  • 100. John Scofield
  • 99. George Benson
  • 98. Lonnie Mack
  • 97. Anders Osborne
  • 96. Jimmy Vaughan
  • 95. Mato Nanji
  • 94. George Lynch
  • 93. Tony MacAlpine
  • 92. John Petrucci
  • 91.Jeff Lang
  • 90. Kenny Wayne Shepherd
  • 89. Son House
  • 88. Richard Thompson
  • 87. Taj Mahal
  • 86. Jack White
  • 85. Audley Freed
  • 84. Luther Allison
  • 83. The Edge
  • 82. Billy Gibbons
  • 81. Vernon Reid
  • 80. Jeff Healey
  • 79. Doyle Bramhall II
  • 78. Guthrie Govan
  • 77. Robben Ford
  • 76. Keb' Mo
  • 75. Ronnie Earl
  • 74. Ritchie Kotzen
  • 73. Freddie King
  • 72. Steve Cropper
  • 71. Brad Whitford
  • 70. Mick Taylor
  • 69. Elmore James
  • 68. Gary Clark Jr.
  • 67. Jonny Lang
  • 66. John Lee Hooker
  • 65. Albert Collins
  • 64. Wes Montgomery
  • 63. Hubert Sumlin
  • 62. Marc Ford
  • 61. Bonnie Raitt
  • 60. Rory Gallagher
  • 59. Neal Schon
  • 58. Michael Schenker
  • 57. George Harrison
  • 56. Dickie Betts
  • 55. Lindsay Buckingham
  • 54. Joe Walsh
  • 53. Neil Young
  • 52. Randy Rhodes
  • 51. Muddy Waters
  • 50. Slash
  • 49. Johnny Winter
  • 48. Rik Emmett
  • 47. Brian May
  • 46. Alex Lifeson
  • 45. Mike Campbell
  • 44. Rich Robinson
  • 43. Steve Morse
  • 42. Steve Lukather
  • 41. Luther Dickinson
  • 40. Brian Setzer
  • 39. Mark Knopfler
  • 38. Sonny Landreth
  • 37. Steve Howe

posted: Sept. 28, 2012.
revised: Apr. 17, 2014
revised: May 15, 2014
revised: Mar. 29, 2016

 

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