My Favorite Guitarists

Here are some of my favorite guitarists. Being fast is not something I care about… I’ve always liked guitarists who play with feel more than finger tapping.


Roger McGuinn, Byrds – He will not rip off lightning licks but he plays the Rickenbacker 12 string like no one else. I like the tone and his understated style.

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Neil Young – This may seem like an odd choice but when Neil plays the electric guitar…anything that can happen will. He plays by feel and feedback and God bless him for that.

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Brian May, Queen– You can hum his solos. One of the most melodic lead guitar players I’ve ever heard.

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Pete Townsend, Who – The king of the power chord. Pete does not have blinding speed but every note he plays is for a purpose.

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Keith Richards, Stones – The Human Riff… When Keith found G tuning the Stones sound changed forever and it may have been the key to their longevity.

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George Harrison, Beatles – After the Beatles, he reinvented himself into a great slide guitar player. Guitar players are still trying to find that tone. He had a great touch and taste in whatever he played.

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Buddy Guy – For electric blues and the tone he gets Buddy Guy is the man. Below is a picture of Buddy at the Festival Express playing a great version of Money.

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Jimi Hendrix – Like Keith Moon…many musicians have tried to copy him but none have. It is controlled chaos but I like it.

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Chuck Berry – Rock and roll owes a lot to him…he has been copied more than anyone.

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Scotty Moore, Elvis – The guitar player backing Elvis on his great 50s hits. Keith Richards said of Moore… Everyone else wanted to be Elvis, I wanted to be Scotty.

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Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Peter Green, Lindsey Buckingham, BB King, Joe Walsh, Jimmy Page






Author: badfinger20

Guitar, Bass, song writer,

34 thoughts on “My Favorite Guitarists”

      1. Yea the one mistake I made was not placing a certain number…I could have made this post 3 pages long. So many I missed …I thought about doing drummers next

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  1. Pretty solid list!! My personal list would perhaps add in Mark Knopfler and maybe Phil Manzanera, but can’t disagree with any of your choices although I will admit, I have never been a fan of Jimi… I know that puts me in a distinct minority but while he could do some crazy things with the guitar, it never really sounded very musical to me. Clapton’s supposedly picked Prince as the best and the Purple One could play pretty well too!

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  2. I know you couldn’t list them all. I like all of your choices. Some of my favorites are Prince, Mike McCready (Prince), Jack White, and the guitarist for Midnight Oil (don’t know his name, but he’s awesome).

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    1. Yep I should have put a cap on it…I could have carried on forever…doing drummers tomorrow with a cap lol. All the ones you mentioned are great… One thing the post did was make me realize that Neil Young is one of my favorites…he is awesome.

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  3. Love your list! Every musician will have different names of course, delighted to share many of yours. I’ve started to think about my own!! Now if can only finish the greatest songs ever written post…i’ll start on a best guitarists post…might take some time

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    1. I’ll be looking forward to your post. Thanks for reading it… You know it’s hard not to leave some off…there are so many guitar players…tomorrow I’ll put the drummers more in order.


    1. I grew up in the 80s but I never got into his style of playing with the finger tapping. That doesn’t mean he’s not great of course…Just not one of my favorites.


      1. I like Slash…I don’t like that little sh** Axl Rose but I really like Slash. He is a great guitar player. He is raw and does play with feel.
        I’m compiling my favorite bass players right now…


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