Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Greatest Guitarists [VIDEO]
The first thing I think when I see the title is who was the best at simply picking up a guitar and making it do wickedly cool things.
That title, hands down, from this vantage point, belongs to one Stephen Ray Vaughan (see video below - please).
But alas, on Rolling Stone's recently released 100 Greatest Guitarist of All Time list (updated from 2003), the late Stevie Ray lands outside the top 10, coming in at #12.
Don't get me wrong, I don't see a name on here that doesn't belong one way or another. And it's open to everyone's interpretation.
But do we really believe Eddie Van Halen isn't as good as Keith Richards, Jeff Beck (well maybe they got that one right) or Chuck Berry?
David Gilmour over Carlos Santana?
Buddy Guy and Angus not cracking the top twenty?
I'll stop now.
Well, one more: Kurt Cobain tops Dimebag Darrell???
The list was determined by a panel of music experts and top guitar players that included Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello, Metallica's Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains, the Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, Blink-182's Tom DeLonge and others.
Top 100 Guitarists of All Time (2011 version):
8.Eddie Van Halen
12.Stevie Ray Vaughan
35.John Lee Hooker
100. Lindsey Buckingham