Since we’ve done ten guitarists, I thought I’d crunch some numbers and give you an update on the figures and see if you agree. Here’s the rankings so far, click on the names for more info or if you want to vote.

1. Jimi Hendrix82.81%
2. Alex Lifeson77.20 %
3. Gary Moore77.05%
4. Brian May76.52%
5. Jimmy Page75.94%
6. Angus Young 74.98%
7. Ritchie Blackmore72.17%
8. Tony Iommi69.38%
9. Mark Knopfler67.09%
10. Keith Richards61.00%
David GilmourUp Next

And here’s a breakdown of the categories:

Top 3 Soloists :

  1. Jimi Hendrix
  2. Gary Moore
  3. Brian May

Top 3 Chords/Rhythm:

  1. Alex Lifeson
  2. Brian May
  3. Tony Iommi

Top 3 Most Innovative

  1. Jimi Hendrix
  2. Jimmy Page
  3. Alex Lifeson

Top 3 Most Versatile

  1. Alex Lifeson
  2. Jimi Hendrix
  3. Gary Moore

Top 3 On Stage Charisma

  1. Jimi Hendrix
  2. Angus Young
  3. Jimmy Page

Top 3 Off Stage Shinanigans

  1. Keith Richards
  2. Jimi Hendrix
  3. Jimmy Page

Top 3 Skwiggles Popularity

  1. Angus Young
  2. Gary Moore
  3. Ritchie Blackmore

Let me know in the comments below what you think of the rankings and if you think they’re accurate. Or if you haven’t voted yet, feel free to click on whoever you want to vote for in the table at the top.

If your favourite isn’t on there, they’ll be coming soon.

Have a great weekend.

Take care and all the best,


Best Guitarist Update – 31 May 24

4 thoughts on “Best Guitarist Update – 31 May 24

  • May 31, 2024 at 5:15 pm

    What about Adrian Vandenburg of Whitesnake or Martin Barre from Jethro Tull, Joe Bonnamassa, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Justin Hayward,

  • June 1, 2024 at 4:31 pm

    Very surprised that Alex Lifeson doesn’t appear in your listing for off stage shenanigans, I actually remember reading once that he was actually arrested and jailed for dancing on tables whilst “somewhat over exuberated” in a bar in his native Canada. It was maybe ten years ago, possibly earlier than that, I remember reading an interview with him in Classic Rock magazine, in which he spoke of his experience, he was still very angry over his treatment. Can’t actually remember what caused his arrest, I don’t remember reading the issue which covered the actual news, so no idea if it was simply a case of somebody getting a bit carried away after a good session on the ale, or if the police in question realised who he was and basically arrested him because of that, but I do know he was far from sorry about it all

    • Ian Young
      June 3, 2024 at 10:49 am

      Lerxst the Somewhat Over Exuberated, new nickname. The good voters at Skwiggles didn’t think Alex had done enough throwing of tellys through windows, so didn’t make the top 3 🙂


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