Best guitarist from 1960's,1970's,1980's and 1990's

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  1. AromiErotici
    Who gets your vote for the best, most influential and innovative player in each decade? Add someone if they should be there.

    Jeff Beck


    Van Halen
    Alex Lifeson
    Steve Morse
    Jimmy Page
    Pete Townsend
    Adrian Belew
    Angus Young
    Michael Schenker
    Allan Holdsworth
    Peter Frampton
    Kerry Livgren
    Ronnie Montrose
    Leslie West
    Tom Scholtz
    Frank Marino


    Y. Malmsteen
    Steve Vai
    Joe Satriani
    Steve Morse
    George Lynch
    Allan Holdsworth
    Eric Johnson
    Stevie Ray Vaughn
    Gary Moore
    Mark Knopler
    Paul Gilbert
    Phil Keaggy
    Jake E. Lee
    Chris Impelliteri
    Jason Becker
    Joe Walsh
    Neil Schon


    Chris Poland
    John Petrucci
    Greg Howe
    Joe Satriani
    Joe Stump
    George Bellas
    Matthias Ecklund
    Kenny Wayne Shepherd
    Michael Angelo Batio
    Neil Zaza
    Rusty Cooley
    Tony McAlpine
    Theodore Ziras
    Vinnie Moore
    Dimebag Darrel
  2. Sunnyfunny
    Whoooo, interesting list! This is in my most humble, non-technical opinion.

    1960s Clapton

    70s Jimmy Page, due to the double neck, violin bow, and the fact that I completely dig Zeppelin. Lifeson seems forever in his bandmates' shadows, thanks for giving him love : )

    80s SRV gets my sentimental vote (the guy could play with his TOES!) but I understand he couldn't actually read music.

    90s Johnny Lang.
  3. urgetopurge
    I think that Duane Allman deserves to be among those ranks. He's probably one of the most underrated guitarists in rock.
  4. AromiErotici
    You are absolutely correct about Allman. Best slide player ever in my book. I'm sure there's quite a few that were omitted from the list unintentionally. Good save urge......
  5. urgetopurge
    Ok, after some time actually thinking, I have come up with my list

    60's - Hendrix. He was just able to mix blues into "rock" in ways that Slowhand and Beck couldn't. I regret that my parents did not meet each other sooner... Haha

    70's - Townsend. Revolutionized guitar method and technique. Thats all I can say. (and I absolutely agree with Sunnyfunny about Lifeson).

    80's - Very good era in rock/hard rock. A lot of good instrumentalists in this decade but the title of king would have to go to Satriani. Just a master of the guitar. I'm sure that he is underrated because he didn't have a "band band".

    90's - Now I know my decision here will be criticized but I would have to say Buckethead. His avant-garde technique is something that was never heard of. If you look at my previous picks, they were really all revolutionary and brought new "stuff" to the world of rock. I would say that Buckethead fits into this category perfectly.
  6. anais
    60's - Hendrix
    70's - Pete Townsend, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton
    80's - Steve Vai, Jeff Beck, Yngwie Malmsteen
    90's - Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Dimebag Darrell (Pantera), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave),
  7. Andyjreid
    60's Hendrix
    70's Eddie Van Halen
    80's Paul Gilbert, I'd also like to add the much underrated Dave Mustaine in here (so much better than Kirk)
    90's Probably Dime althought when it comes to innovation you can't go far wrong with Tom Morello (early 90's) and Wes Borland (late 90's)
  8. DarwinHoel
    Eric Clapton
    Jeff Beck
    Steve Howie
    The Edge
    Dave Matthews
    Jeff Becks new stuff - Ground breaking!
  9. Koi-Sashuu
    Eric Clapton
    Jimi Hendrix

    Eric Clapton
    David Gilmour
    Stevie Ray Vaughan

    David Gilmour
    Stevie Ray Vaughan
    Brian May

    David Gilmour

    Eric Clapton
    Brian May
    David Gilmour

    David Gilmour
    Eric Clapton
  10. Francolino
    Frank Zappa!!!!
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