The Top 5 Legendary Guitarists Ever
For the uninitiated, a guitarist is a person who has the expertise to play with the beautiful strings of the guitar. These guitarists play different variants of the musical instrument like bass, classical, electric and acoustic guitars. Over the years, there have been a few legendary guitarists who stood out from the rest of the crowd – their showmanship, speed and most importantly, skill marked them as experts. These legend makers are still renowned in the world of music for their flamboyant skills and worshiped by millions of rock enthusiasts. Here is a list of the top 5 legendary guitarists ever. If you don’t agree with the list, please feel free to add you own personal favorites in the comments.
5. Jimmy Page – Led Zepplin
You have got to admit it! You often feel like slow dancing to the mellifluous strains of ‘Stairway To Heaven’. Jimmy Page’s playing has influenced innumerable guitarists of today. The famous rock band, Led Zepplin, immortalized Rock and Roll blending mandolins, banjos and acoustic guitars while retaining the gritty image of a rock band. In the Rock and Roll hall of fame, Page’s mind boggling guitar riffs are forever etched.
4. B. B. King (Riley B. King)
The famous American blues guitarist is renowned for his expressive guitar playing and singing skills. He was ranked 3 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “100 greatest guitarists of all time”. He was the pioneer of a sophisticated solo style that was based on shimmering vibrato and fluid string bending which hugely influenced many electric blues guitarists who followed the great legend.
3. David Gilmour – Pink Floyd
Gilmour is best known for his haunting guitar scores for Pink Floyd. This “replacement” guitarist surpassed the numerous expectations and aided in shaping a unique sound for Pink Floyd. One thing is guaranteed! You may expect your hairs at the back of your neck to stand whenever you hear his solo acts. Many guitar players have been brought to tears unwillingly whenever they played ‘Comfortably Numb’. His style was simply mystical and esoteric!
2. Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix has made a special place in the heart and mind of countless music enthusiasts. He was an alchemist before he made his mark as a guitarist. He is renowned for many things. The famous grit of the solo in ‘Voodoo Child’, the irresistible chord embellishments on ‘Little Wing’ and his cover of the Dylan song ‘All Along The Watchtower’ have established him as one of the legendary guitarists of all times!
The final countdown melts down to the winner of the top 5 legendary guitarists ever, and it is none other than the remarkable guitarist, Robert Johnson.
1. Robert Johnson
Also famously known as Bobby Jo, he is undoubtedly the number one legendary guitarist ever witnessed in the world of music. Every artist is virtually influenced by his sheer guitar prowess. Having spent his early childhood in Mississippi Delta, his life is rife with allegory and myths. His compositions are full of mysticism and folklore as he dealt with death and devil. His groundbreaking guitar playing and haunting voice add to the element of mysticism.
The other remarkable guitarists who have made their presence felt in the world of music are Slash, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Brian May (Queen), John Mayer and Bryan Adams. They have immortalized their names in the hearts and minds of countless music lovers.