The Mount Rushmore of: Guitar

12Jul08

This is one of those subjects that is already well documented in terms of the greatest of all-time.  But The Mount Rushmore Of… is more about influence than prowess.  Here’s my list:

  1. Jimi Hendrix – He’s been #1 on every list I’ve ever looked at including the Rolling Stone Top 100 Guitarists of All-time.
  2. B.B. King – The Blues is all about the guitar and if anyone owns the Blues, it’s B. B. King.  Personally, he’s my favorite artist on this list and let’s face it, B.B. King has probably, single-handedly kept the Blues alive in the last 20 years.
  3. Chuck Berry – First off, he the invented Rock ‘n Roll guitar sound.  Second, he’s from St. Louis.  Third, when he got in the restaurant business, he put peep holes in the wall of the women’s restroom.
  4. The final choice comes down to Eddie Van Halen, Keith Richards, or Jimmy Page and I go with Page.  I give Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin most of the credit for re-defining Rock music in the late 60’s and 70’s and influencing the music that followed for the next 20-25 years.  I like the Rolling Stones more, but I think Led Zep is more influential and Jimmy Page’s guitar had a lot to do with that.

Honorable Mentions: Eric Clapton, Robert Johnson, Eddie Van Halen, Keith Richards, Bo Diddley

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7 Responses to “The Mount Rushmore of: Guitar”

  1. 1 hey now

    let’s not forget Stevie Ray Vaughan & Kirk Hammett of Metallica. Maybe not on Rushmore, but most definitely in honorable mention. I’m not a big fan of Keith Richards.

  2. Here! Here! I can agree with that!

    Good One

    Gilbert C

  3. That’s a pretty good foursome. David Gilmour is clearly not going to make your Mt. Rushmore…or even the honorable mentions, but he seems to be the most underrated guitarist in all of rock.

  4. SVR

    And where’s the love for the slide?

    Sonny Landreth gives you that and more.

  5. 5 josh

    1. Django Reinhardt- 2 fingers on his left hand. Unbelievable.
    2. Stevie Ray Vaughn – he does little wing better than Hendrix.
    3. Tony rice- best jazz/bluegrass guitar player ever.
    4. Michael hedges- played the guitar unlike anyone ever has.

  6. 6 Neal

    All good points here. I really wanted to include someone of from the world of Slide Guitar or Pedal Steel. I found out that Alvino Rey is known as the father of the Pedal Steel, but Lloyd Maines would go on my Mount Rushmore since he’s the best I’ve ever seen and I’ve had the pleasure of recording several commercial and radio jingles with him.

  7. 7 Peter

    Led Zeppelin definitely, but how about Mark Knopfler?


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