There are many legends in music, but there’s always something badass about guitarists. The silky smooth finger movement, the sophisticated melodies, even the pose, it’s almost unfair that they hog all the spotlight!
In this article, we’ll go through some of the greatest guitarists ever.
1. Eddie Van Halen
Unanimously known for his involvement with Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, along with his brothers Alex Van Halen and Wolfgang Van Halen, were introduced to the world of music when they approached the age of six. Although Van Halen couldn’t read music, he caught on by watching and learning.
2. Jimmy Page
The Led Zeppelin guitarist first came across a guitar when he was 12 years old. He found the guitar inside the house that they were relocating to. Elvis Presley and Scotty Moore are some of his influences.
3. Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix is quite possibly the greatest guitarist of all time. He was one of the first guitarists to employ amplifier feedback as a style. He was also the first artist to make full use of stereophonic phasing in his recordings. He influenced many guitarists of his time such as Slash.
Lead guitarist of the iconic Guns ‘n’ Roses, Slash’s stature as a modern great is ever increasing. He has even made three solo albums; Apocalyptic Love, World on Fire and Slash.
5. Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton is a three-time hall of famer, an honour that he doesn’t share with anybody else. Clapton was inducted initially as a solo artist, and later twice for being a member of the bands, Yardbirds and Cream.
6. Angus Young
Angus Young is the co-founder of the iconic Australian band AC/DC. A hall of famer himself along with his fellow band members, his tryst with music was when he started playing a six-string banjo after dropping out of school at the age of 15.
7. Kirk Hammett
Kirk Hammett joined Metallica in the year 1983 after forming and naming Exodus. As a child, Hammett was drawn to the horror genre, and it wasn’t long before he started saving up for horror magazine. After listening to the music of Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin among others, he began saving up for music magazines instead.
8. David Gilmour
A prominent figure of the legendary Pink Floyd, David Gilmour was ushered into the world of music after being encouraged by his parents. He bought his first single ever in 1954. It was Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock”. After hearing works by Elvis Presley, he decided to try his hand at playing the guitar.
9. Stevie Ray Vaughan
Stevie Ray Vaughan dropped out of school in the year 1971 and played with many bands after moving to Austin. The Blues Foundation in the year 1984 named him Entertainer of the Year as well as the Blues Instrumentalist of the Year.
10. Dimebag Darrell
Dimebag Darrell was the co-founder of bands such as Pantera and Damageplan. He co-founded Damageplan with Vinnie Paul, his brother.