Favourite Guitarists

This discussion was inspired by the recent article about our 3 favourite female singers.

Because it was impossible for me to pick just three female vocalists ( I love women singers), I will not put a limit as to how many you wish to vote for. I limited myself to a dozen. However, if you list more that 50 I will seriously question your decision making skills.

In no particular order, except for Rory at number one.

1. Rory Gallagher

2. Peter Green

3. Roy Buchanan

4. Joe Bonamassa

5. David Gimour

6. Slash

7. Johnny Winter

8. Duane Allman

9. Stevie Ray Vaughn

10. Mark Knopfler

11. Glen Campbell

12. Guthrie Govan



Not any order (and who says you have to be ancient to be a great, influential musician):

Alex Lifeson

David Gilmore

Pete Townshend

David Gilmour

Mark Knopfler

Geddy Lee

Nils Lofgren



Plenty more could go on either of these lists.


Steve Hackett
Steve Hillage
Steve Howe
Robert Fripp
Franco Mussida (Italian prog great)
Gabriel Federow and James Mac Gaw (from Magma)
Fred Frith (from avant-prog band, Henry Cow)


Allan Holdsworth
John McLaughlin
Mary Halvorson
Alex Machacek
Ralph Towner
Pat Metheny
Frank Gambale
Steve Morse
Terje Rypdal

Metal (progressive and technical):

Paul Marsvidal (Cynic)
Daniel Goldenlow (Pain of Salvation)
Ron Jarzombek (Spastic Ink, and Blotted Science)
Robby Bacca (The Contortionist)
Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders)
Acle Kahney (Tesseract)