You have GOT to be kidding me, I consider the two biggest jokes of this list to be John Frusciante and The Edge of U2. I feel sorry for John sometimes, to see him play live and really fighting to get out some decent sounding notes, it's pathetic. Listen to his playing on the song californiacation, half the notes he hit are dead notes, I think it's one of the most horrible solos ever played by a guitarist of a major rock act.
Since we all agree completely that this list is a frickin' joke, let's make our own all time top ten
I'll begin with:
1. Yngwie malmsteen (Mostly for his tone, vibrato and sense of melody, but also for his virtuoso technique, wich btw tends to be really overused,but there's simply not a living musician that can take a few notes and make them sound so heartaching as he can
2. Steve Vai
3. Joe Satriani
4. Paul Gilbert (The most adaptive guitarist in the scene!)
5. Nicolo Paganini (Mainly a violinist, but after trying to play alot of paganini classical guitar pieces, and I realize I'm so far away from doing it right, I think VERY few guitarists of today can do what he did)
6. Eddie van Halen (together with malmsteen and hendrix, by far the most influential electric guitarists)
7. Jeff Beck
8. Ritchie Blackmore (It disturbs me to see him less and less mentioned nowadays, he was one of the first to really break away from the pentatonic, probably responsible for the neoclassical hysteria of the 80's)
9. Rhandy Rhoads
10. Göran Söllscher (again, a classical guitarist, but this dude plays lightning licks on a nylon stringed guitar with just two of the fingers of his right hand instead of a pick, and is soloist in the purest essence of the word)
What disturbs me is that there is noone on the list born in the 70's or later (ok, so paganini is, but 18th century doesn't count!
), wich indicates a strong stagnation of godly players. Am I the only one to see that guitarists that started playing this decade VERY seldomly practises hard?
Nough said, now it's your turn!