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JIMMY PAGE, JIMI HENDRIX, EDDIE VAN HALEN, STEVE VAI Among 'Chop Shop''s Top Guitarists - Dec. 17, 2008 Envision Radio Networks' "Chop Shop" guitar show has announced "The Chop Shop's Top 100 Most Complete Guitar Players of All Time", a newly published list of the all-time greatest guitar players. Program host Steve Black (WRIF-FM) assembled a panel of music industry experts to help choose the list featuring 100 of the most revered guitar players crossing multiple genres. Rock legend Eric Clapton, English rock guitarist Jeff Beck, blues legend Muddy Waters, PEARL JAM guitarist Mike McCready, and Dave Murray and Adrian Smith of IRON MAIDEN are a few of the highlights on "The Chop Shop's Top 100 Most Complete Guitar Players of All Time". Each guitarist was graded in nine areas including technical ability, influence on the music industry, songwriting, signature sound, longevity, and four other categories. The complete list with video and judging criteria is available now at

"Chop Shop" host Steve Black comments, "I love the complete angle we took with this list, and the depth of the details we used during the grading process." Black continues, "This is the best top 100 list I've ever seen."

The "Chop Shop" and "Chop Shop Classic" feature weekly updates on bands and tours, web exclusive content, and special guests all while playing 10 songs an hour. Both versions are two hours in length and contain two feature interviews as well as the exclusive "Chop Shop Hall of Fame" feature, where such guests as Ted Nugent, Brian May, Leslie West, and hundreds others pay tribute to guitar legends Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Angus Young, Slash and more.

"The Chop Shop's Top 100 Most Complete Guitar Players of All Time":

01. Jimmy Page 87.94
02. Jimi Hendrix 84.92
03. Eddie Van Halen 84.81
04. David Gilmour 82.72
05. Keith Richards 82.48
06. Pete Townshend 80.66
07. Steve Vai 79.74
08. Les Paul 78.61
09. Angus Young 78.56
10. Jeff Beck 77.77
11. Stevie Ray Vaughan 75.86
12. Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH) 74.67
13. Eric Clapton 74.62
14. James Hetfield (METALLICA) 73.62
15. Ritchie Blackmore (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE 72.61
17. Frank Zappa 71.57
18. George Harrison 71.49
19. Randy Rhoads (OZZY OSBOURNE) 70.89
20. Ted Nugent 70.83
21. Dave Murray/Adrian Smith (IRON MAIDEN) 70.72
22. Carlos Santana 70.44
23. Steve Lukather (TOTO) 70.41
24. Joe Satriani 69.71
25. Chuck Berry 69.53
26. Kirk Hammett (METALLICA) 69.48
27. Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE) 68.73
28. Brian May (QUEEN) 67.57
29. Alex Lifeson (RUSH) 67.51
30. Billy Gibbons (ZZ TOP) 67.45
31. Malcolm Young (AC/DC) 66.56
32. Joe Perry (AEROSMITH) 65.60
33. Joe Walsh (EAGLES, JAMES GANG) 63.44
34. B.B. King 63.30
35. Kurt Cobain (NIRVANA) 63.17
36. Dimebag Darrell Abbott (PANTERA) 62.55
37. Neal Schon (JOURNEY) 62.45
38. John Lennon 62.44
39. Mark Knopfler (DIRE STRAITS) 62.43
40. Dickey Betts (ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND) 60.47
41. Tom Scholz (BOSTON) 60.42
41. Robby Krieger (DOORS) 60.42
43. Buddy Guy 60.38
44. Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE) 60.37
45. The Edge (U2) 60.34
46. Gary Rossington/Allen Collins (LYNYRD SKYNYRD) 59.49
47. Glenn Tipton/K.K. Downing (JUDAS PRIEST) 58.64
48. Peter Frampton 58.59
49. Mick Mars (MÖTLEY CRÜE) 58.34
50. Steve Howe (YES, ASIA) 57.36
51. John Frusciante (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) 55.46
52. Brad Whitford (AEROSMITH) 55.45
53. Scotty Moore (ELVIS PRESLEY, RICK NELSON) 55.35
54. Rik Emmett (TRIUMPH) 54.58
55. Yngwie Malmsteen 54.56
56. Leslie West (MOUNTAIN) 54.50
57. Dean DeLeo (STONE TEMPLE PILOTS) 54.46
58. Ace Frehley (KISS) 54.38
59. Bo Diddley 54.37
60. Muddy Waters 54.36
62. Gary Moore (THIN LIZZY) 53.55
63. Paul Gilbert (MR. BIG, RACER X) 53.51
64. George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB) 53.41
65. Adam Jones (TOOL) 53.20
66. Robin Trower 52.62
67. Michael Schenker (UFO, MSG) 52.52
67. Johnny Winter 52.52
69. Michael Hedges 52.40
70. Robert Johnson 52.36
71. Dave Mustaine (MEGADETH) 52.34
72. Warren DiMartini (RATT) 51.49
73. Dave Davies (THE KINKS) 51.36
74. Nuno Bettencourt (EXTREME) 50.52
75. Mark Tremonti (CREED, ALTER BRIDGE) 50.40
76. Dan Donegan (DISTURBED) 50.39
77. Warren Haynes (ALLMAN BROTHERS, GOVT. MULE) 50.36
77. Matthias Jabbs (SCORPIONS) 50.36
79. Freddie King 50.33
80. Chris DeGarmo/Michael Wilton (QUEENSRŸCHE) 50.28
81. Neil Young 50.23
81. Steve Cropper 50.23
83. Frank Marino (MAHOGANY RUSH) 49.51
84. Ty Tabor (KING'S X) 49.46
85. Eric Johnson 49.44
86. Mike McCready (PEARL JAM) 49.34
87. Steve Miller 49.33
88. John Fogerty 49.26
89. John Sykes (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE) 49.20
90. Vivian Campbell (DEF LEPPARD) 48.41
91. Dick Wagner (ALICE COOPER) 48.40
91. Kim Thayil (SOUNDGARDEN) 48.40
93. Jerry Cantrell (ALICE IN CHAINS) 48.28
94. Glen Buxton (ALICE COOPER) 47.55
95. Rick Nielsen (CHEAP TRICK) 47.44
96. Rod Price (FOGHAT) 47.41
97. Frank Hannon (TESLA) 47.38
97. Buckethead (GUNS N' ROSES) 47.38
99. Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL) 47.36
100. Trevor Rabin (YES) 47.36 To report any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, please send an e-mail to [email protected] with pertinent details. Anyone posting such material will be immediately and permanently banned. IP addresses are recorded to aid us in enforcing these conditions. COMMENT |
posted by : BecauseIDontSayIt...
12/17/2008 6:47:17 AM
These lists should always be titled something like "100 FAVOURITE Guitarists", not "complete" or "best"...they never have anything to do with skill (with exception of course).

James Hetfield is awesome but "complete"? Not sure about that...

posted by : BecauseIDontSayIt...
12/17/2008 6:57:02 AM
just read the criteria...perhaps I was too harsh.

posted by : Pod
12/17/2008 7:11:53 AM
Obviously "influence on the music industry" was ranked as much more important than actual playing ability, which it really should be about.

COMMENT | Page #1 ? Over Hendrix ??
posted by : Get up and make it work
12/17/2008 7:13:49 AM
Please. Watch the whole Led Zep set at Live Aid on Youtube. Tragically sloppy. To vote Page over the Master is ridiculously insane. He only got votes because of the pending Sans Plant tour, $cab Zeppelin.

posted by : strident
12/17/2008 7:25:31 AM
Would've liked to see Zappa, Brian May Eric Johnson higher, but what can ya do? A great list otherwise.

Oh, and Page is good, but not THAT good. Seriously.

posted by : DeadSkin Mask
12/17/2008 8:01:45 AM

WHERE IN THE FUCK IS DUANE ALLMAN????!?!?!?!?!?!?????!?!?!?!

Is this a Sick Joke?

posted by : steve_oz_49
12/17/2008 8:07:12 AM
Kurt Cobain at #35????????????????????

For me the top 10 or so can be argued and debated and there will never be a set answer. The thought that Jerry Cantrell just made this list when there are so many bands that try to emulate his sound is just nuts to me.

posted by : DarkyDan
12/17/2008 8:08:04 AM
35. Kurt Cobain (NIRVANA) 63.17
36. Dimebag Darrell Abbott (PANTERA) 62.55

posted by : Brother Maynard
12/17/2008 8:22:07 AM
And as always there are a few notable missing maestros and some that don't deserve to be there.


posted by : DeadSkin Mask
12/17/2008 8:26:39 AM
"influence on the music industry, songwriting, signature sound, longevity"

If this is what they are judging, surely Bob Dylan should be on the list? He would score 100% in each catagory.

posted by : spirit76
12/17/2008 8:35:07 AM
Well...any list like this is bound to be subjective to some degree, but having said that:

--Hetfield and Hammett definitely deserve their places. Kirk is a terrific soloist, he's written some of the most memorable solos in the past 25 years or so. Hetfield actually *is* a great all-around player; most everything on their albums is him, save the solos.

--Dave Mustaine's position on this list is criminal. He's better than Hetfield and Hammett combined.

--Dime deserves a big bump up, and not because he's dead. He's way better than Kurt Cobain, at any rate. He's actually better than Eddie Van Halen, in my opinion. Maybe better than Hendrix, too.

--Nuno Bettencourt? I mean, "More Than Words" was a really nice, memorable acoustic riff and all. But seriously....

--Jerry Cantrell is also placed way too low. Wherever Ace Frehley is, Jerry should be right behind him. Ace was a big influence on Jerry, and it shows. Had Ace come of age in the 90's rather than the 70's, it might have been the other way around. Very similar styles. Jerry was more grunge than Kurt Cobain, really. And at the very least, he's better than Dean DeLeo.

--And it's already been said, but Page at the top of a list anymore is cliche'. Very good guitarist, but overrated these days due to the Zeppelin Cult. David Gilmour is a more memorable player.

COMMENT | Deadskin Mask
posted by : Dutchguy
12/17/2008 8:41:26 AM
Duane Allman is indeed a shameful omission, as is the heir of the riffmasterthrone: Kirk Windstein. Good to see some bluesmusicians in the list, but where are the jazzcats, like Tuck Andress, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian and Grant Green?

Nice list, though. Cool to see some people acknowledged, like Michael Hedges, Ty Tabor and Steve Cropper.

COMMENT | What.............
posted by : red shark
12/17/2008 8:44:28 AM
35. Kurt Cobain
45. The Edge

84. Ty Tabor

Most Complete??? HAHA!!! Highly doubt that.

COMMENT | Where is Johnny Ramone
posted by : LIZARDKING027
12/17/2008 8:47:23 AM
Using the criteria they are giving (not just technical ability)Johnny Ramone should be on this list.

posted by : spirit76
12/17/2008 8:52:21 AM
Agreed on Johnny Ramone. And if Nuno Bettencourt and Vivian Campbell make the list, then really so should Kenny Hickey(Type O Negative)

COMMENT | Good list
posted by : Gondor
12/17/2008 9:08:28 AM
Interesting -- I'd like to add Ulrich 'Uli Jon' Roth to the list.

posted by : Holy Outlaw
12/17/2008 9:19:06 AM
I still don't understand why these lists are news.

posted by : SCAMBOOGERY
12/17/2008 9:24:01 AM
Where in the heck is Vinnie Moore? Matias Eklundh? Tony Macalpine? Michael Lee Firkins? Marty Friedman? Jason Becker? C/mon!

Mick Mars? Curt Cobain? and jimmy page at #1 is laughable.

posted by : RiotAct666
12/17/2008 9:30:07 AM
Good list.

posted by : RiotAct666
12/17/2008 9:33:58 AM
Where is Rocky George , Tommy Bolin

COMMENT | Keith richards
posted by : JRSPON
12/17/2008 9:44:26 AM
WTF - i could see him at # 223 in the top 300, but #5, thats fu--ed up.

posted by : tenplex
12/17/2008 9:46:35 AM
That was a pretty crappy list.

And to be honest, Steve Vai shouldn't be so high. He just followed techniques already established and didn't really influence too many people. Having him in the top 10 just proved complete bullshit to this list. Who are these "music industry experts"?

And the list is certainly against bands that jam live, like jazz, fusion, and rock. Oh wait, that's right, they don't sell millions of albums, so therefore must not be good. Bullshit list.

COMMENT | Complete?
posted by : ALTXRules
12/17/2008 9:53:39 AM
Not really.. Obviously there's no consideration of the jazzers and the country pickers or we'd see Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny, Danny Gatton, and probably the most "complete" guitarist on the planet... Brent Mason!

COMMENT | Cool list
posted by : le.dieu
12/17/2008 10:19:00 AM
I'm happy to see Frank Zappa, John Fogerty, Frank Hannon on there...

Dave Mustaine should be higher, Cobain lower but it's a cool list if you consider the criterias.

I think the reason Page is before Hendrix is songwriting.

COMMENT | Obviously not on ability alone.
posted by : Jack Bauer
12/17/2008 10:25:08 AM
It it was on skill alone, BucketHead would be top 10, if not #1.

Hammett should also be higher. His solos are just great.

Cobain is not a lead guitar player. It that's the case, then where is Billy Corigan? Come on.

Mike McCready is the single most underrated guitar player in the history of rock music. If you have any question, listen to the Temple of the Dog album. I think his biggest problem is Eddie Vedder. If Pearl Jam would go back to making good, solid, rock tunes instead of writing anti-war/anti-George Bush songs, then they would get back on the charts and Mike McCready would get more exposure. Quit worrying about a "cause" and go back to letting McCready cut loose like he does on Yellow Ledbetter and on many of his "Black" solos.

COMMENT | Regarding Vai being that high on the list
posted by : sixstringmonk
12/17/2008 10:27:01 AM
In the guitar player community he is extremely influential. Also, like Zappa, he's been very influential to others when it comes to operating within the music business.

To the general public, Vai's greatest (or worst depending on your opinion) to modern guitar is the 7 string guitar. Also, the design of the Ibanez Jem has been very influential. Among other things, it was one of the first (if not the first) guitar to go into mass production with an H-S-H pickup configuration.

COMMENT | Fuck this List
posted by : IllShredYourMom
12/17/2008 10:41:05 AM
This list is ridiculous. You're gonna put James Hetfield over Brian May? I mean, lets just compare:

James is clearly a great songwriter and an excellent rhythm player, but better than Brian May? You can't even argue he has had more longevity, success, or influence! I mean, Queen is one of the best selling bands of all time and May is 10 times the guitarist.

Who also groups the Maiden axeman as one person? I could write a 10 page essay on this retardedness but I'll spare my brain and your eyes.

posted by : JRSPON
12/17/2008 10:47:33 AM
The voters for this must be the same idiots that vote for the rock n roll hall of fame...

posted by : Arsenal Champions 2003-4
12/17/2008 11:01:48 AM
The greatest English guitar player ever - between 1966-1971 he could blow away EVERY guitar player on this crap list.

posted by : slayerman
12/17/2008 11:05:19 AM
For Christ's sake !!! I would like to know who was the uneducated,ignorant, bastard who forgot to add STEVE MORSE, and PACO DE LUCIA in a 100 most complete guitar players list.
What the fuck is doing there Kurt Cobain,Buckethead,Dean DeLeo,Tom Morello,Mark Tremonti.

Please be my guest;;=related;=related

COMMENT | Nonsense list...
posted by : Van Hendrix
12/17/2008 11:54:25 AM
The order is completely wrong...
Why Jimmy Page? He used to be a genius, but he was already over in 1980. Can't think about longevity in his case.
Besides it, are Keith Richards and Angus Young more complete than Zappa? The only criteria in the list is "influence on music industry".
Sorry for my english.

posted by : UnemployedAgain
12/17/2008 12:03:03 PM
They put a lot of old guitarists in, I'm surprised they didn't put Chet Atkins on the list. Better than Scotty Moore, that's for sure.

posted by : conquer--all
12/17/2008 12:18:10 PM

These lists are pointless.

posted by : rufus_creampie
12/17/2008 12:49:20 PM
Sooooooooo............ we've got the guitarists from Creed and Disturbed on here.......... and no jazz greats? "Complete"? Think not.

posted by : Screaming Beaver
12/17/2008 12:59:02 PM
Alex Sckolnick at least has to be considered...

COMMENT | stop me begore i laff again
posted by : bumbarf
12/17/2008 1:00:46 PM
okay, it's only a few spots, but mick mars charts higher than ace frehley? but at least paul stanley didn't make it. he might get in at around 160 or something! (well, that's if my next door neighbour gets in at very happy that townshend charted so high. (and right on for alex lifeson, i'd have put him in the top twenty

posted by : Neil Young's Cocaine Booger
12/17/2008 1:06:27 PM
Steve Black isn't the most popular DJ here in Detroit and he showed the rest of you all why.

I disliked him when he was on Z-Rock, The Bear and even now on the Riff

posted by : matthalen
12/17/2008 1:10:33 PM
I will agree with some of the posters before me that any "greatest guitarist list" is just opinion regardless of criteria. There are just to many variables and intangables involved. That being said, how Edward Van Halen, the most influential rock guitarist of all time, is not #1 based on the criteria they have used to compile this list is beyond me. I challenge you to listen to any guitar solo in any rock or metal song post 1978 and tell me that guitarist WASN'T influenced by EVH or copied a technique or lick that was pioneered by EVH. Directly or indirectly, ALL rock and metal guitarists were influenced by Edward Van Halen. Who else, other than maybe Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Paige (who are questionably but somewhat understandably above him on this list) can that be said about?

WTF omissions to the list:

John Petrucci
Allan Holdsworth

Why the f**k are they on this list:

Keith Richards (the guy has been legally dead for 30 years)
Anus Young (he only knows like 4 chords)
Malcolm Young (Knows the same 4 chords as his brother)
Kurt Cobain (doesn't even know as many chords as the Young brothers)
The Edge (Everything he plays is so distorted with effects you really have no idea what he's playing)
Mick Mars (the guy is alledgadly alive, yet somehow has rigamortis, and plays like it)
Neil Young (if this was a top 100 most violent strummers, he would fit in)
Rick Nielsen (if this was a biggest goofy guitar collection list, he would fit in)

posted by : stevensrangers
12/17/2008 1:10:39 PM

COMMENT | ghey
posted by : cthulu666
12/17/2008 1:18:09 PM

nigel tufnel is the best

COMMENT | More omissions
posted by : matthalen
12/17/2008 1:20:24 PM
Addition to the WTF omissions to the list:

Chet Atkins
Alex Sckolnic (not sure of the spelling)
Duane Allman

COMMENT | More omissions
posted by : xantann
12/17/2008 1:27:02 PM
ummmm Ronni Le'Tekro??

COMMENT | What about Chuck Schuldiner
posted by : spaceace316
12/17/2008 2:06:32 PM
The guy is a phenom and should be in the top ten he fucking created death metal for fuck sake. These list are always bullshit and Mikael from opeth, and devin townsend come on these journalist do no research what so ever they look at lists from past years and switch a couple positions. And Hetfield over Dime please, dime could play metallica better then metallica can play metallica watch dime vision he shreads that shit and he fucking sings it at the same time. P.S. radio dj's are not experts on music they are experts on singles. All they play by Pantera on the wrif is cfh and walk nothing after vulger the radio sucks and these guys should not have a voice in who is the best.

posted by : otis360
12/17/2008 2:11:35 PM

steve vai: way to fucking high

keith richards: about right

dimebag: way to low

posted by : fullshred
12/17/2008 3:57:34 PM
Scotty Moore, Dean DeLeo, Adam Jones, Rod Price, Kurt Cobain, John Frusciante, Freedy King, Kim Thayil, or even Ace Frehley??

Howabout Uli Jon Roth, Michael Angelo Batio, Vinnie Moore, Chris Impellitteri, Shawn Lane, Vinnie Vincent, Reb Beach, John Petrucci, Allan Holdsworth, John Mc Laughlin, Al DiMeola?

Should I continue? lol

posted by : slunky
12/17/2008 9:08:36 PM
nobody on that list would go toes with the BUCKET, he would make them look like a silly joke!

COMMENT | fullshred
posted by : Dutchguy
12/18/2008 6:48:26 AM
Instead of only listening to the genre you obviously took your name from, try other types of music. Scotty Moore did more for rock than Michael Angelo Batio (who?). Research!

Glad some people are showing some love for Chet Atkins. The man is a fingerpicking god.

COMMENT | Ha ha ha!
posted by : Mascot
12/21/2008 9:27:37 AM
Mick Mars! Hahahahahahahahaha! Can that guy even TUNE a guitar, let alone play the fucking thing? No.

Mick Ralphs is where???

COMMENT | Duo's?
posted by : badrep
12/23/2008 12:41:57 AM
If they are going to add DUAL COMPLETE guitar players then Scott Gorham/Brian Robertson were definitely missed.

COMMENT | one name leaps to mind
posted by : DRAVEN
1/2/2009 3:05:40 PM
Criss Oliva....

COMMENT | What the...?
posted by : K_teh_thrasher
2/1/2009 6:39:10 PM
Kirk Hammett should be higher. Jimmy Page better than Hendrix? What a joke. And why the hell is Buckethead so low? He's a beast. Jimi Hendrix would be destroyed by Buckethead's awsomeness. But yeah it's a good list. Don't know why you'd put the Iron Maiden guitarists as one but anyway. Dave Mustaine is NOT more complete than Hetfeild and Hammett simply due to the fact that he doesn't (or hasn't yet) made albums like Load, ReLoad or the complation (soz can't think of how to spell it) like Metallica. Not that I liked these albums (I thought they were boring) but still they showed another side to the thrashy, heavy 80's Metallica.

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