Six Guitar Gods

Friday, March 01, 2013

Rock has many Guitar Gods. Those guys who are usually stage right of the lead singer (except for Jimi Hendrix, the ultimate Guitar God). Mysterious wizards of musical processes, making a six stringed instrument moan and groan and amaze the assembled disciples.

My list today in no way reflects my top 6 favorite Guitar Gods. Those of you that know that I am a unabashed RUSH fan will note my exclusion of Alex Lifeson, who is a Guitar God, but sadly didn’t make my list today. There are other’s that didn’t make the list, but I had only six slots. So sorry to Joe Perry, Chuck Berry, BB King, Peter Frampton, Brian May, etc.

This list is also lacking any women. For that I apologize. To be honest, I couldn't think of any woman lead guitar players, which is probably incredibly sexist on my part. If you have any women or other guitar players you think should be on this list, leave a comment.

  1. All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix; Jimi’s cover of Dylan’s song has become the definitive version of this song. For Jimi I could of picked any song from his catalog, but this is my favorite.
  2. Layla - Derek and the Dominoes; Two Guitar Gods for the price of one. Eric Clapton and Duane Allman, shred this one. Their twin guitars give this song and angst and an urgency that is unparalleled in Guita God history.
  3. Eruption - Van Halen; Eddie was my first Guitar God. Hearing Eruption for the first time blew me away. I had never heard anything like it. I was lucky enough to see Van Halen in his prime (1980) and it is one of my most treasured concert memories.
  4. Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin; Jimmy Page was the consummate Guitar God. He was stylish and ripped his way through Zeppelin’s blues inspired heavy metal. My second Guitar God, he always amazes me.
  5. Statesboro Blues - The Allman Brothers Band; Duane Allman is consistently under-rated for his guitar chops. That may due to his small catalog. Duane was a Guitar God of the first order and left us way to soon.
  6. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-V) - Pink Floyd; If you really stop and listen to Pink Floyd, you begin to realize how important David Gilmour is to their sound. His guitar frequently sets the mood for the ambitious music that is Floyd.


  1. Gasp! No Edge? No Carlos Santana?
    And as for women: Gasp! No Nancy Wilson?
    And you loved Joan Jett in the 80's-
    Carlos Santana loves Orianthi though I'll admit I don't know her sound. Also, Chrissie Hynde plays lead, I think, or is that rhythm?

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