Posted: 24 September, 2014
One of the best guitarists of our time votes for his favourite 12.
Slash photo: Getty Images
While talking to one of the great lead guitarists of our time, our man Slash gave Esquire Magazine an amazing list of his Top 12 Guitarists.
It's an amazing list spanning a different decades and genres of rock and you can really see the influence of these guys in his playing. See the list below (in no particular order).
Slash's new album 'World on Fire' is out now.
Slash's Top 12 Guitarists
"He was the pioneer for electric lead guitar. Even the guys before him — like Clapton and Beck and all that — but the thing about Jimi is he came along and he was definitely the primal wild man, shit coming out of his pores."
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Joe Walsh - The Eagles
"From way before he was in the Eagles, when he was in the James Gang and even in the Eagles, he's just got such an understated but great, nasty way of playing."
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Pete Townshend - The Who
"He's not even a lead guitar player, really. Or doesn't consider himself as such. But he had a big impact on me from day one. When I was living in England as a kid, my dad's favorite band out of all the British bands was the Who."
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"He's one of the guitar players I got turned on to at a pretty young age. Nobody else I knew was really too hip to him, at least in Hollywood."
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"With all the great blues guitar players I'm aware of and have grown up with over the years, B.B. and Albert were the two guys I most identified with from a phrasing point of view and from a choice of notes and certain kinds of sounds."
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Mick Taylor - The Rolling Stones
"...the period that Mick Taylor was in the band, as far as lead guitar was concerned, that was my favorite Stones period. That was very much the background of my youth."
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Billy Gibbons - ZZ Top
"As far as me identifying with a certain tone and a certain style of putting notes together, he's got so much soul. And he's got such a great guitar sound."
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Jimmy Page - Led Zeppelin
"...the sound of "Whole Lotta Love," that introduction where the guitar comes in and then the bass and the drums and everything, was definitely the most primal and most sleazy, sexy kind of thing that I'd ever heard up to that point."
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"...Jeff Beck to me is hands-down probably the best lead guitar of all time."
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Joe Perry & Brad Whitford - Aerosmith
"...Joe and Brad, those two guys just have always personified rock guitar to me, and the kind of phrasing and attitude and aggression that appealed to me when I was just picking up the guitar."
Video: YouTube / Aerosmith Argentina
via Esquire Magazine