Top Ten Solo-Guitar Versions of “The Star Spangled Banner”

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The Star Spangled Banner by SlashHappy 4th of July, everyone! In honor of today’s independence day, I think it’s fitting to share some videos of, what I would consider, some of the greatest guitar players to ever perform “The Star Spangled Banner“.

Included in this column is Steve Vai’s particularly shred-awesome version of the song, Zakk Wylde‘s gritty version, and Eric Johnson’s fluid version — we can’t forget the versions by Dave Mustaine and Slash. Those are some great shredders, but lets not forget some of the classics such as Stevie Ray Vaughan (using a slide!) — and of course, there’s the master of them all, Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock.

So I figured adding more solo-versions to this column, the better! I could’ve kept on going, but I think ten versions of the same song pretty much gets the point across, and this represents a great mix of versions and styles from shred, metal, bass and blues.

Feel free to compare and comment!

Happy 4th Gear-Vault readers!

ZAKK WYLDE

SLASH

DAVE MUSTAINE

NEAL SCHON

TED NUGENT

STEVE VAI

ERIC JOHNSON

CLIFF BURTON

STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN

JIMI HENDRIX


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