How to Define the Top 10 Greatest Guitarists of all time?
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Question: What makes Hendrix's sound absolutely unique?
Answer: He was left handed and played a right handed Strat upside down which altered the strings tension with the higher strings farther up. This, along with adjusting which strings were closest to the each pickup magnet, allowed for a less twangy sound and altered subtle overtones. Strings don't have to be pulled as tight and are easier to bend, crucial for songs like "All along the Watchtower."
Jimi Hendrix, 1967, by Linda McCartney / National Portrait Gallery,
gift of the photographer
What’s more, musicians will (or at least modern musicians have the opportunity to) learn about their niche area through metadata analysis and find out what makes the fans tick, so that they can pick up on this connection between music maker and listener. As such, how can you really be sure that the person playing the drums, strumming on the guitar or singing the song on your favourite album is actually feeling the music in the magical way we’d like to think they are?
PHOTOS: Gary Miller (Eric Johnson), Michael Putland (David Gilmour)
One of the founding and leading members of the famous band Led Zeppelin is naturally third on our list of the top 10 best guitarists on the planet.
Known as “The Wizard,” Page is a guitarist like no other, playing with a violin bow on his famous Gibson, alternating blues and rock with joy and passion.
Word Music precursor, the Mexican-born Santana has inspired numerous artists around the world.
Named “The Pope” of rock with Latino vibes, he’s a genius guitarist who discovered the magic formula by skillfully merging rock, blues, samba, and percussions, along with other guitar styles.
His obsession with sound and his personal playing technique with The Rolling Stones (thanks to his 5-string guitar with open tuning in G) ranks him as one of the greatest rhythmic guitarists of all time. Though not necessary one of the technical greats, his chord-playing conveys so much emotion it’s as if the guitar is singing the notes.
Brian May rose to rock super-stardom as the lead guitarist of Queen. He’s also earned advanced degrees in physics and is a devoted animal welfare advocate.
PHOTOS: Keith Richards, Brian May