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 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

45 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…


  4. Hendrix, Richards and Berry are on my short list as well. Possibly, Neil Young if only for the solo in “Down by the River.” How brilliant is that solo? Fantastic. To that list I would add Meredith Brooks, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Ron Isley, Prince, Mike Campbell and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Now as for the last spot…it’s between Neil Young and Mick Ronson. I would lean toward Ronson, if only for the intro into Rebel, Rebel, but guess what? He didn’t write or originally perform that lick…That was David Bowie that came up with that perfectly clear diamond, so I’m going with Neil Young.

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    1. You know I thought I would get bad feedback on Young being there. He is not a technical guitar player…but I love his feel. He is so exciting…agree with the Neil’s solo on Down By The River…breathtaking…he is always on the brinking of messing up but he doesnt…he pulls it back from ruin. All the ones you mentioned I agree….great guitar players…. I’m just glad you didn’t mention…Van Halen…I know he is good but he bores me.
      I know McGuinn is like a…WHAT? choice but as far as me…I was heavily influenced by him….I wanted to be Roger…his solo in Eight Miles High on the 12 string is something else.
      Love Campbell and Prince….and Ronson…his tone was great.

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      1. No. I don’t think Roger McGuinn is out of his depth here at all. When I think jingle, jangle guitars I think of The Byrds, THEN The Beatles. Ask me which band I like more and…well, it’s a no brainer, but this is just me, I think McGuinn may be a better guitarist than George Harrison.

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      2. His mastery on the 12 string is something. I’ve only got to see him once and I stayed around hoping to meet him…I never do that…didn’t get to though. It was at the fairgrounds in the late 80s. Roger was the king of jangly.
        George reinvented himself as a slide player…he didn’t play slide with the Beatles and that is about all he played solo.

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      3. Yeah…Now I’m going to tell you something that’s going to freak you out…My husband and I met Rodger McGuinn at that very same concert. 1989, I believe. He was a very decent guy. Not super friendly , but just classy. Well mannered.
        My husband was the promotion crew chief at The Fox radio station. It was his responsibility to get the stage assembled and struck for that concert-I think J.J Jackson was there and Steppenwolf, maybe? Yeah, I think so.
        Anyway, I had to go get Roger McGuinn’s beer. Shiner Bock, it was.
        My husband had to assemble a crew to set up the stage and tear it down. That was brutal work. I watched them do it. They got paid jack you know what. I was surprised that 90% of them stayed and saw the job through. Me? I’d be out of there. Just sayin’…

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      4. That is crazy! I just looked up the ticket… I wonder if it was postponed from an earlier date? It was 8-21-88… I thought it was 89 also… Atlantic Rhythm Section with Roger opening.
        I don’t ever remember him coming any other time. The price was… 1.05

        I know that had to be a hard job.
        That is really cool that you got to meet him. I walked near the stage waiting but lost my nerve.

        Pam it’s a small world.

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      5. I can’t remember the others… it very well could have been.. I was hot though I do remember that.
        The only time I think I saw Steppenwolf was at a Carl P Mayfield carload concert… but that day I’m not sure.
        It does seem like someone else was there

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  5. Oh, Hendrix and Peter Green are something else – out of this world, really. Brilliant!

    Have you heard Stevie Ray Vaughan? He’s gone now, but he was great. Listen to him covering Voodoo Chile (slight return):

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    1. Yes I am covering one of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s songs this weekend…Willy The Wimp… His guitar playing was out of this world. He was so aggressive but spot on in his approach.

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