Rock legend JIMI HENDRIX has been voted the greatest guitarist of all time in a poll of readers of UK music magazine Total Guitar. LED ZEPPELIN's Jimmy Page came in at number two, while former CREAM member-turned-soloist Eric Clapton landed at three. Also appearing in the Top 20 are Slash (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), Eddie Van Halen, Kirk Hammett (METALLICA), James Hetfield (METALLICA), Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and Angus Young (AC/DC), among others.
Magazine editor Scott Rowley said the poll showed his readers were impressed by true talent rather than image.
"What's nice about it is that it's not some music critic's opinion of the best guitarists.
"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."
Here are the Top 20 greatest guitarists of all time, as selected by the readers of Total Guitar:
01. Jimi Hendrix
02. Jimmy Page
03. Eric Clapton
05. Brian May
06. Joe Satriani
07. Eddie Van Halen (VAN HALEN)
08. Dave Gilmour (PINK FLOYD)
09. 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
18. Jeff Beck (YARDBIRDS, JEFF BECK GROUP)
19. Stevie Ray Vaughan (STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN AND DOUBLE TROUBLE)
20. Angus Young (AC/DC)