This week, Gibson.com is revealing (cue the fanfare), The Top 50 Guitarists. Of. All. Time. Starting Monday morning, we have been counting down some of the best rock, blues, jazz, metal, classical and country players in music history.
The list was voted on by quite a consortium, including us Editorial folks at Gibson Towers (maybe you saw Editorial Director Michael Wright’s Top 25 submission, our talented and knowledgeable Gibson.com correspondents, some famous guitarists (including members of Iggy & The Stooges and The Black Crowes) and you, the readers.
Thousands of readers participated in our poll and all of you had a voice in the final tally. Wait, actually that’s not true. Some of you had no voice, because some of you made some really stupid picks.
Before you turn into an angry mob, hear me out. I’m not complaining about taste here. I’ll leave it to you readers to argue Joe Pass vs. Joe Perry. I’m talking about truly idiotic picks.
For instance, three of you voted for “Me.” Now, as much as I appreciate the support, I really can’t claim to be a better player than, say, Lonnie Donegan. Poor Lonnie. Not one single vote. I guess skiffle is dead, after all.
Of course, by voting for “Me,” you could have been referring to you. This is also incorrect, unless your name is James Patrick Page. Then you might have a case.
In any event, “Me” edged out another unlikely candidate by a single vote. Actress Gabourey Sidibe received a whopping two picks. Yes, the girl from Precious got two votes. Until getting the results of the reader’s poll, I was unaware of Ms. Sidibe’s six-string prowess. She certainly must be better than Peter Buck (1 vote) or Charlie Sexton (1 vote). Thanks for educating all of us.
And then there was the reader who used his/her vote to forecast the future. Some time-traveling guitar fan voted for “162722777,” providing us with a portal to a time when humans will all be referred to by serial number. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to seeing Mr. 1672722777 (or 16, as I like to call him) shred like his life depended on it. Because, in the future, it just might. Hopefully, he can find Neo in time to save humanity.
Well, before we’re all condemned to an existence as mere pistons in a human factory, enjoy debating Gibson.com’s Top 50 Guitarists of All Time.
International Editor/The One