Guitar is one of the most favored instruments that exist in the world. It is not an easy to task to become a professional guitar player, in fact it takes years of practice and perseverance to take the skills to the optimum level. The world has produced an ample of guitar players over the time, but some have revolutionized the society with their popularity and skills. They have served as idols for many aspiring musicians and youth. Music became life for them and their life became music.
Here are some of the top 10 guitarists of the world:
1. Jimi Hendrix:
Born on November 27, 1942, Jimi Hendrix needs no introduction. He is undoubtedly the most followed guitarist that the music industry has ever produced. He died at a young age of 28, but by then he had already influenced millions of youth by his music and even today, he inspires many musicians all around the world. His guitar chords were mostly inspired by American Rock and Roll and electric blues. He usually employed amplifiers in order to elevate the sound of music from his guitar.
He was a pioneer in inventing the use of wah wah pedal in the rock world. In his short career, Jimi Hendrix won many music awards in his short spanned career. He was inducted into the UK music hall of fame in the year 2005. Moreover, his albums namely, “Are you Experienced”, “Axis: Bold as Love” and “Electric Ladyland” have been named as one of the top 100 albums of all time by the popular music magazine, Rolling stones. Jimi Hendrix is the best guitar player ever and sixth greatest artists of all time.
2. Jimmy Page:
If there is an artist that comes in conversations about guitarists after Jimi Hendrix, it’s Jimmy Page. The first name sounds similar but both these artists are differentiated by the genre of music they were into. Jimmy Page was born on 9 January, 1944. He was English by origin and also wrote the songs that he recorded. The Rock band Led Zeppelin had its nerves in Jimmy Page as he was the lead guitarist for the band and also the lead member of the band.
He started his career as a studio musician in London and by the end of 1960’s, he gained much popularity across London and people paid to see him play. In the year 1968, he founded Led Zeppelin and since then there was no looking back. He is considered to be one of the most influential artists of all time. In Rolling stone’s list of top guitarists of all time, Jimmy Page bagged the third spot. The way he changed chords was incomparable and according to many veteran guitarists, no other guitarist in the world has ever played guitar in the way Jimmy Page did.
Saul Hudson, popularly known as Slash is a legend. He revolutionized the music world with his performance skills. Known for his rounded hat and alternative hairstyle, Slash was the lead guitarist of the popular band, “Guns and Roses”. He started on a nominal level but gained tremendous popularity in 80’s with his skills.
He has released solo albums over the time like Slash, Apocalyotic Love and others which have gained great popularity across Europe and US. He is critically acclaimed artist and many music experts have fallen for his performance in concerts. Rolling stones has placed Slash on the 65th number in their list of “Top 100 guitarists of all time”. His guitar solos also received critical acclaim and the song “November Rain” ranked out 6th on the Rolling stone’s list of ‘Top 100 Greatest Guitar solos”.
4. Eddie Van Halen:
Eddie Van Halen was born on January 26, 1955 in Holland. He has since been living in America. He is a very well known musician, songwriter and producer. Van Halen is the band that he led. His genre of music was hard rock and the music experts consider his music to be a game changer in his times.
In the rolling Stones’ Magazine, Eddie Van Halen ranked 8th in the list of top guitarists of all time. Not only this, his hall of fame was huge and Guitar World’s magazine credited him with the world’s greatest guitarists of all time.
5. Eric Clapton:
Eric Clapton was born on 30 March 1945 and he is of English descent. He is popularly known in the music world as one of the most reputed song artists of all time. He has influenced many generations and keeps doing so in a great zeal. Rolling stones has ranked this artist on the second position in the list of top 100 guitarists of all time. He also ranked fourth in the gibson’s list of top 50 guitarists of all time. He has done collaborations with Bob Marley and other great artists of all time. It was the credibility of his talent that helped him get 17 Grammy awards.
This is one of the highest by any musician. He was also awarded CBE at the Buckingham Palace for outstanding service to the music clan. Eric Clapton is very popularly known across the world and there is a strong reason why he stands at the fifth position in our list of Best guitarists of all time.
6. Synyster Gates:
He is one of the youngest guitarists in our list. Born on 7 July 1981, Synyster Gates is usually known as Syn (his stage name) is an Amercian guitarist. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the group, “Avenged Sevenfold”. He has collaborated with many artists in his short spanned career. He is known for his unique style of play and many veteran artists have spoken loud of this artists. Because of snazzy looks, this artist is very popular among the ladies.
His strengths include the use of black and silver pinstripes while performing on the guitar. The popularity of this artist is rising with every day and there is no doubt in saying that he will go on to become one of the world’s best guitarist with time to come.
7. Kirk Hammett:
Kirk Lee Hammett was born on 18 November, 1962 and is the lead guitarist in the heavy metal band “Metallica”. The band had been formed ages ago and Kirk has been a part of the band ever since. He is known to be a very simple guitarist. Before working with Metallica, Kirk was playing guitar for the band, Exodus. After getting associated with Metallica, this young guitarist has never looked back.
The credit of the success of Metallica as a band shall be given to Kirk for improvising his chords and providing portentous guitar music to the songs. He has also contributed a couple of songs to the band. He ranked 11th in the rolling stone’s list of top 100 guitarists of all times.
8. David Gilmour:
David Gilmour is an English musician born in 1946. He has enjoyed the legacy as a songwriter, singer, guitarist and a music instrumentalist. He was always known for improvising with the different chords in the same song. He joined the band Pink Floyd, which was known to work on the genre “Progressive Rock”. This band has sold over 250 million records in their entire run worldwide.
This group was intensively popular in the US and the fan following of Pink Floyd in the US is worth watching. The role of David Gilmour has been huge in the success of Pink Floyd. He ranked 14th in the rolling stone’s list of top 100 guitarists of all time.
9. Brian May:
Brian May is another English Musician who is popularly known to be the lead guitarist of the band, Queen. He has always used a home-made guitar which he has termed as “Red Special”.
Brian May was known for his incredible performances on the stage. He ranked 26th on the rolling stone’s list of top 100 guitar artists of all time. Brian May was usually known for his unusual and handsome looks and had a great female following.
10. Joe Satriani:
Joe Satriani is an American guitarist who has been nominated a lot of times for the Grammy award. He is one of the most respected and well known guitar artists of all time. Satriani possesses a very interesting history where he was recruited by the well known celebrity “Mick Jagger” into his band.
In his entire spanned career, he has collaborated with many artists and has always earned a reputation of someone the band could rely on, in terms of on stage performance. Joe Satriani is a well known name in the US and other countries of the world.