Hendrix Voted Greatest Guitarist


Rock icon Jimi Hendrix has been voted the greatest guitarist of all time in a poll by a leading European guitar magazine Tuesday.

The legendary American rocker, famed for his searing performances on his trademark Fender Stratocaster, blew away the competition in the survey published in Total Guitar magazine’s 100th issue Tuesday.

Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page trailed Hendrix in second place, while Eric “Slowhand” Clapton earned a third place spot.

More than 400 guitarists were nominated in the survey of nearly 800 readers and celebrities who were asked to list their five favorite choices by post or e-mail. The magazine published the top 100 selections.

Predictably, most of the chart toppers hailed from rock’s giant bands of the 1960s and 1970s.

“These guys may not be ‘cool’ by any music critic’s viewpoint, but they are genuinely the fastest, loudest, most exciting players in rock-and roll,” editor Scott Rowley said in a statement.

Other top 10 big guns were Queen’s Brian May at No. 5 and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour in eighth place, both of whom were beaten by Slash from Guns N’ Roses, who ranked fourth.

Among younger guitarists, Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine was ranked 13th, followed in 14th place by the late Kurt Cobain from 1990s grunge godfathers Nirvana.

Not one female guitarist was ranked among the top 100, with only one woman — Tracy Chapman — nominated among 440 names.

Rowley noted the list included a substantial number of nu-metal players, to whom he attributed the renewed interest in guitar playing.

“These are some of the loudest and fastest players in the world. They eat indie bands for breakfast. It’s like grunge and Britpop never happened,” he said.

Courtesy of Reuters