Jimi Hendrix was given the top spot — According to the readers of Time Magazine, Jimi Hendrix was voted the greatest electric guitar player of all time, and honestly, I can’t say that I disagree. He’s influenced so many great guitarists in his short time here in this world, that I’m not sure anyone could disagree…
But you are more than welcome to in the comment box below!
Music critic Josh Tyrangiel compiled a list of his top ten best guitarists, which included legends such as Eric Clatopn, Jimmy Page, Chuck Berry and BB King.
Jimi Hendrix was given the top spot on the strength of his unique fusion of genres such as rock, blues and psychedelia.
“No-one wielded a guitar with as much charisma,” Mr Tyrangiel commented.
Hendrix, who died from a drug overdose in 1970, was followed in the list by former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, who was described as a “remarkably precise player”. While, blues guitarist, B.B. King took the #3 spot.
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was also included in the top ten, mainly because he has written more memorable electric guitar riffs “than anyone else in rock ‘n’ roll“. Mr Tyrangiel highlighted the hook to (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction as a good example of this, along with the riffs to, Gimme Shelter, Jumpin’ Jack Flash and Start Me Up.
Rare Jimi Hendrix Purple Haze Video
You have to love the way Hendrix plays his right-handed guitar upside-down so fluidly. He didn’t started playing like when he first started learning how to play guitar, yet today we look at that as one of his signature, and unique, trademarks.
Time Magazine’s Top Ten Guitarists:
01. Jimi Hendrix
03. B.B. King
04. Keith Richards
05. Eric Clapton
06. Jimmy Page
07. Chuck Berry
08. Les Paul
09. Yngwie Malmsteen
If you’re not crazy about Time Magazine’s Top 10, then check out Gear-Vault’s Top 20. And if you like to fight, check out the Fight Club: Jimi Hendrix vs. Stevie Ray Vaughn — my vote goes to Hendrix winning that fight!