Top 10 Best Guitarists of All Time

As simple as the guitar looks to the eye, getting around to even just playing a few chords can be a daunting and time-consuming affair. That’s why today we choose to celebrate best guitarists of all time; for their commitment and passion for the musical instrument. We don’t know how they went on to become all time guitarists but we sure know it took a lot of hard work, time, resilience, aggressiveness, confidence, a series of failures, you name it. So without further adieu, here is the list of greatest guitarists from around the world.

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10. David Gilmour

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The number 10 position on the list of all time guitarists goes to David Gilmour, the English multi-talented musician born in the years of 1940s. His achievements speak for him everywhere he goes. Since the time he joined Pink Floyd rock band as a guitarist, the band gained tremendous success in the international world. Apart from David’s outstanding work in the band, he has become a force to be reckoned with as a solo artist.

9. Pete Townshend

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Pete Townshend was born a year before David in the British capital of London. He joined The Who band as a lead guitarist although he can play a variety of musical instruments, write songs and do back up. The success of the band landed him on the list of best guitarists of all time albeit his skill makes him stand out from the crowd. Apart from playing the guitar so innovatively and skillfully, Pete can also play the violin, keyboard, accordion, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, bass guitar, mandolin, synthesizer and drums.

8. Eddie Van Halen

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Also known as Eddie Lodewijk Van Halen, this guy is among the greatest guitarists of all time. He was born in the Netherlands but later moved to America where his fame never stopped spreading. Rolling Stones has mentioned his name severally on its top 10 list of all time guitarists. He founded the band Van Halen of which he was a lead guitarist and an occasional keyboardist. His father must have been his inspiration since we know he played the piano, saxophone and clarinet.

7. Chuck Berry

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This is yet another great name in the music industry especially musical instruments. Chuck was born in 1926 and is known to be among the pioneers of “Rock n’ Roll” music. His hits still find favorites in the times we live in regardless of the year they were produced. As a talented and witty American, his skill is described as timeless, creative, unique and electric amongst other attributes. This is the precise reason he features on this list of best guitarists of all time.

6. B.B. King

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B.B. King needs very little explanation as to why he makes home to this list of all time guitarists. He was the American king of blues whose name appeared on the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He was fortunate to live between the years of 1925 and 2015; a life that many agree was full in the sense of the word. He was an electric guitar player, song writer, blues singer and music producer.

5. Jeff Beck

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The moment you play The Yardbirds with Eric Clampton and Jimmy Page, your name certainly makes it home to greatest guitarists to ever walk the face of earth. Jeff Beck did just that and showed off great prowess on playing his rock guitar. He hails from England but his fame is all over the world. He mainly plays instrumentals on many genres such as jazz fusion, hard rock, blues rock and electronic.

4. Keith Richards

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Keith Richards was one of the founding members of the Rolling Stones band. That description alone is enough to show you the kind of talent we are talking about here. He plays the guitar like no one has ever done before. He also writes amazing songs some of which have been playing over and over again as the years pass by. The Rolling Stones Magazine has repeatedly mentioned his name in the list of top 10 best guitarists of all time; he is just a total wonder.

3. Eric Clapton

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Third on the list of amazing guitarists is none other than the English, highly influential musician by the name of Eric Clapton. He is the only human being to have had his name appear thrice on “The Rock n’ Roll” Hall of Fame. Both Gibson’s and Rolling Stones have placed him in the top positions on the list of greatest guitarists.

2. Jimmy Page

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Jimmy Page is a brilliant English guitar player, song writer and producer born in 1944. He co-founded Led Zeppelin the Band which became a worldwide phenomenon. He also played with the Yardbirds for some years before forming this band. Jimmy played complex, varied and creative pieces that wowed everyone during his performances which is why he is considered as one of the all time guitarists ever.

1. Jimi Hendrix

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Jimi Hendrix has been described by “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music”; no wonder he had to occupy first position on this list of greatest guitarists of all time. His mainstream career lasted for only four years but the impact went on and on. He played the electric guitar like he was born to; which is perhaps a true thing.

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