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Survey: What are the 5 greatest guitarists and drummers?

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1. Jimi Hendrix

2. Duane Allman

3. Stevie Ray Vaughan

4. BB King

5. Joe Walsh


1. Ginger Baker

2. Neil Peart

3. John Bonham

4. Buddy Rich

5. Mitch Mitchell

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1. John Bonham

2. Ginger Baker

3. Mitch Mitchell

4. Carl Palmer

5. Neil Pearl



1a. Jimmy Page

1b. Jimi Hendrix

3. Stevie Ray Vaughn

4. Michael Schenker

5. Alvin Lee

Edited by Amstel

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My favourites at the moment:-


1. John Mclaughlin

2. Jimi Hendrix

3. Jimmy Page

4. Allan Holdsworth

5. Joe Walsh (pre-Eagles)



1. John Bonham

2. Elvin Jones

3. Tony Williams

4. Bill Bruford

5. Bernard Purdie

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Guitarist :

1 Hendrix

2 Stevie ray vaughan

3 BB king

4 Jimmy Page

5 Jorma Kaukonen


Drummer :

1 Bonham

2 Mitch michell

3 Buddy Rich

4 Keith Moon

5 Ian Paice

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Posted (edited)

In no particular order...


Jimmy Page

Dave Mustaine

Devin Townsend

Mikael Akerfeldt/Peter Lindgren - maybe it's cheating to sneak two in, but I don't know offhand who plays what solo, I just know I love their work together.

Jack White


John Bonham

Keith Moon

Dave Lombardo

Martin Lopez

Bill Ward

Edit: I suppose these are more my favorites than who I consider the greatest.

Edited by Balthazor

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John Bonham

Buddy Rich  (of course, once we delve into jazz there are many others such as Max Roach, Gene Krupa, Philly Joe Jones, etc.)

Bill Bruford

Barriemore Barlow (of Jethro Tull)

Alan White or Nick Mason    A note about Alan White.  When he joined Yes in 1972 he had a very short time to learn their set list up through Close to the Edge.  That is amazing.  Then he went on to create his own work in their subsequent albums like Tales from Topographic Oceans, Relayer, Going for the One.

This list does not include but should include other amazing drummers like the Motown session players, the Funk Brothers, and Clyde Stubblefield who revolutionized drumming with James Brown.

And what about Alphonse Mouzon who Bonzo listened to?  That is what is so difficult about these types of lists. 


Too many to list and too subjective to list a top five.  Depends on what I am listening to.  More difficult that choosing 5 drummers.  The only thing for sure is that Page is my favorite guitarist.  Whenever I get into someone else like Blackmore, Steve Howe, David Gilmour, Leo Kottke, Martin Barre, Santana, Django, etc etc etc I always realize Page is my favorite when I get back to Zeppelin 

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