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Top 10 Solo guitarists

14 March 2009 by: Justin Gareau 3 Comments


The radio was a great invention for music. Today we can listen to all types of music anytime. Some of that great music can feature some pretty darn good musicians like Jimmy Page (Led Zepplein) or Slash (Saul Hudson, Velvet Revolver, formerly of Gun’s N’ Roses). However some great music has been written by some really great musicians, but their hits may never even hit the air waves. I decided to round up a list of my top ten players who have made a living, being a solo guitarist.

10. Shawn Lane

9. Monte Montgomery

8. Phil Keaggy

7. Jason Becker

6. Chet Atkins

5. Paul Gilbert

4. Yngwie Malmsteen

3. Joe Satriani

2. Steve Vai

1. Eric Johnson

Here are some players that didn’t make the list because they were either already popular because of being in a band or because they were technically labelled a group:

Jimi Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
Stevie Ray Vaughan (Double Trouble)
Mark Knopfler (Dire Straights)
Eric Clapton (Cream, Derek and the Dominoes)

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  • SomeGuy said:

    No Rory Gallagher?!

  • Michael said:

    Guthrie Govan didnt make it 🙁

  • Yea said:

    Satriani is in Chickenfoot so since SRV Hendrix an Clapton didn’t make the list he shouldn’t be on there

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