Hot on the heels of Rolling Stone‘s perplexing and muddled “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” Guitar World has issued a saner listing of greats. Their article, “30 on 30: The Greatest Guitarists Picked by the Greatest Guitarists” gets it better. Leave it to a guitar publication to please a bitchy guitarist, I suppose.

The 30 panelists make some predictable choices: Eddie Van Halen cites Eric Clapton, Joe Satriani cites Jimi Hendrix, etc. And then there are some interesting surprises, such as Steve Vai’s take on Brian May:

He’s probably one of the top identifiable guitar players, even more so than Beck, Page and Clapton.His contribution to orchestrated guitars is unprecedented. There was nothing like it before him. To me, it was like when Edward Van Halen came along and reshaped the sound of electric guitar. That’s what I heard in Brian May’s playing.

And Mick Mars’ praise of Alvin Lee:

Alvin brought a real explosive side to the blues. Some people said they couldn’t handle it, but I thought he was great.

Alex Skolnick raves about Jimmy Herring, as did Doug Morrison right here on Pointy. Time to really dig into him.

Read the entire set of 30 at GW.

Right here.

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