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total guitarDavid Gilmour named one of greatest guitarists
Pink Floyd frontman #8 in reader poll

The readers of Total Guitar magazine have named Pink Floyd's David Gilmour the 8th greatest guitarist of all time.

The U.K. magazine celebrated its 100th issue on Aug. 6 by publishing the results of a readers' poll, which invited people to submit their top five picks for the list. Jimi Hendrix earned the top slot in the survey, followed by Jimmy Page at #2, and Eric Clapton at #3.

The magazine's call for votes asked readers to submit, "The players who encouraged you to play in the first place, the people you'd most like to emulate, the guitarists who helped make up your style and blew your mind in the process."

"What's nice about it is that it's not some music critic's opinion of the best guitarists," editor Scott Rowley told the BBC. "These guys might not be cool by any music critic's viewpoint, but they genuinely are the fastest, loudest, most exciting players in rock and roll."

The top 20 of the list are:

  1. Jimi Hendrix
  2. Jimmy Page
  3. Eric Clapton
  4. Slash
  5. Brian May
  6. Joe Satriani (soloist)
  7. Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
  8. David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
  9. Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
  10. Steve Vai (soloist)
  11. Carlos Santana (Santana)
  12. James Hetfield (Metallica)
  13. Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine)
  14. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
  15. Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)
  16. Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne)
  17. Gary Moore (Thin Lizzy, others)
  18. Jeff Beck (Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group)
  19. Stevie Ray Vaughan (Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble)
  20. Angus Young (AC/DC)

(Posted: Aug. 8, 2002)

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