My All-time Favorite Guitarists List
This is not a "The Best Guitarists In The World Ever List" just my own list of personal favorites so don't jump because somebody isn't here who you think should be, many of the world's finest players won't be here anyway because I'm not a Jazz or Classical fan.
The list is in no particular order except for RB as my personal number 1.
My personal all-time favorite guitarist is the 'Dark One' himself Richie Blackmore, being a huge fan of the classic Deep Purple line-up of Gillan/Blackmore/Paice/Lord/Glover I really do love his solo widdling during this period.
I was mortified when DP broke up but it didn't take long for Richie to get back in action with Rainbow, sadly not a patch on DP, but he put together a few good tunes, before he turned into a minstrel!... a sad loss to the world of Rock!
In case you are too young to know, he was the original bassist from The Who. I have never seen anyone play the bass as well as he could, his performances were simply mesmerising, a total master of the bass guitar.
From Black Sabbath, not a technically brilliant player by any means, especially since he lost the top off a playing finger, but he came up with some fantastic classic riffs for Ozzy and Sabbath, deserves his place on any list for his contribution to Heavy Rock music.
Seems to like himself a lot, but a fantastic speed player and metal-classical shredder.
Needs no introduction, he took playing the electric guitar to a level nobody has ever matched before or since. Personally I prefer his groove playing than his crazy use of the whammy bar. Sadly died before I ever got to see him play live.
I'm a big fan of Delta blues and RJ was definitely the king in my view, I just cannot figure out how he went from being so bad a guitarist they would only let him play the harmonica in his local band, from being the greatest Delta blues player of all time in just a few short years. He died aged 26.
In my opinion technically the best player of all time, I'm not a fan of the musical output from his solo career, but I marvel at his incredible fretboard skills. For a Guitar God he seems like a very nice, down-to-Earth guy too.
Others may disagree, but for me Gary Moore was one of the best Blues players the UK has ever produced, with more sustain than a vibrator fitted with Duracells! fantastic electric Bluesman.
Carved out his own style with his latin rythms, a superb guitarist with a fantastic sound all his own, and his string bends were extra-terrestial, think of the longest note you have ever heard, double it and you are still nowhere near
From the group Ten Years After, very much forgotten by many, he shouldn't be, he's a fantastic player.
Stevie Ray Vaughn
I just love the playing style of SRV, a wonderful Texas Blues player, like most brilliant artists sadly lost to us before his time.
Youngsters have probably never heard of Django Rheinhart, a self-taught Jazz/Swing guitarist born in 1910. Considering he could only use two of his fingers properly, the other two being partially paralysed after a fire, his solo playing and chord work is breathtaking. Take some time and check out some of his playing on YT
From Racer X, one of my favorite shredders, with soloing that will melt your face off!
Manitas De Plata
Incredible Flamenco player, check out his skill for yourself.
Of the Allman Brothers band, truly great slide player.
Lead guitarist with the greatest live-playing band ever, Led Zep. He went a long way from playing skiffle in his teens! great player.
There are so many great electric blues players, too many to include on my list, so I chose Buddy Guy in this case.
aka Sam John Hopkins, another early electric blues player of some considerable talent.