Guitar World Magazine Names ‘Greatest Guitarist of All Time’

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Eddie Van Halen has been named as the greatest guitarist of all time by Guitar World magazine.

Eddie, who formed the band Van Halen in 1972 came out on top in a contest voted for by readers of Guitar World magazine to beat talents like Brian May and Jimi Hendrix to the number one spot.

Queen’s guitarist, Brian May, came second in the ‘100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time’ in the knock-out tournament pitting the musicians against each other.

Check out the top 10 are below and some other honorable mentions in the top 50 include: The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards (40), Eric Clapton (28), and former Guns N’ Roses’ member Slash. You can see out the full list at

The Guitar World Magazine Readers’ Top 10 Greatest Guitarists of All Time:

1. Eddie Van Halen
2. Brian May
3. Alex Lifeson
4. Jimi Hendrix
5. Joe Satriani
6. Jimmy Page
7. Tony Iommi
8. Steve Ray Vaughan
9. Dimebag Darrell Abbott
10. Steve Vai


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