Top 9 Greatest Classic Rock Guitarists of All Time!
95.9 The Hawk has brought together a panel of experts to debate and choose the Top 9 (because we’re 95.9 The Hawk) of the Greatest Classic Rock Guitarists of All Time.
Here is the list from our panel of experts.
#9 – Stevie Ray Vaughn: Vaughan’s fiery playing style and bluesy licks helped revitalize the blues genre in the 1980s. He was known for his powerful tone and virtuoso technique, and his influence can still be heard in the playing of many guitarists today.
#8 – Ritchie Blackmore: As the lead guitarist of Deep Purple, Blackmore helped define the sound of heavy metal. He is known for his powerful riffs and fast, technical playing style.
#7 -Duane Allman: As the founder of the Allman Brothers Band, Duane Allman helped define the sound of southern rock. He was known for his slide guitar playing and his ability to seaml essly blend blues and rock influences.
#6 – David Gilmour: Gilmour’s melodic and emotive playing style has helped make Pink Floyd one of the most successful and influential bands in rock history. He is known for his use of delay and other effects to create a distinctive sound.
#5 – Carlos Santana: With his distinctive Latin-influenced sound and soulful playing style, Carlos Santana is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. He has won multiple Grammy Awards for his playing and has collaborated with a wide range of artists over the years.
#4 – Eddie Van Halen: Known for his innovative playing style and use of tapping, Eddie Van Halen was the lead guitarist for the band Van Halen and is widely regarded as one of the most influential guitarists in rock history.
#3 – Jimmy Page: As the lead guitarist of Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page helped define the sound of hard rock and heavy metal. He is known for his powerful riffs and intricate solos, as well as his use of double-necked guitars.
#2 – Eric Clapton: Clapton’s distinctive blues-inspired playing style and powerful solos have earned him a place among the greatest guitarists of all time. He has played with many bands and artists, including Cream, The Yardbirds, and Derek and the Dominos.
#1 – Jimi Hendrix: Hendrix is widely regarded as one of the most innovative and creative guitarists of all time. His use of distortion and feedback helped define the sound of psychedelic rock.