Vote Over - Guitarists

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After five weeks of online voting to whittle our long-list down to three the winner has been announced following the I'm in a Rock'n'Roll Band live show phone vote.

Winner Best Guitarist

Jimi Hendrix

Arguably the inventor of rock'n'roll electric guitar. Jimi Hendrix wins the public vote.

Jimi Hendrix - BBC artist page

Who Made It - Short List

Jimi Hendrix

The most respected and influential electric guitarist ever, bar none.

Jimi Hendrix - BBC artist page

Jimmy Page

The axe-man behind Led Zep, the image of Jimmy and Robert Plant giving it their all is one of the most iconic in rock.

Johnny Marr - BBC artist page


Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist. The riff to Sweet Child O' Mine must be one of the most well known in the world.

Slash - BBC artist page

Who Didn't Make It - Long List

Jeff Beck

The man often called 'the guitarist's guitarist', and one time member of The Yardbirds. With an incredibly diverse solo career, versatile is his middle name.

Jeff Beck - BBC artist page

Matt Bellamy

The guitarist who made prog respectable again, helping to confirm Muse as one of world's most exciting live band along the way.

Matt Bellamy - BBC artist page

Eric Clapton

He might not quite be a god, but he sure knows how to spank that plank! Helped define the power trio with Cream.

Eric Clapton - BBC artist page

Graham Coxon

Blur's guitarist, and a solo artist in his own right - Graham is regarded by his peers as one of the most gifted guitarists of his generation.

Graham Coxon - BBC artist page

Johnny Marr

Marr's musicality provided a brooding and intricate backdrop to Morrissey's lyrical insights, and he continues to be a gun for hire, most recently with Modest Mouse and The Cribs.

Johnny Marr - BBC artist page

Pete Townshend

The Who's guitarist and songwriter, famed for his 'windmill' playing action and in younger years smashing his guitar up at the end of a performance. A Punk in Mod clothing.

Pete Townshend - BBC artist page

Jack White

This man has the blues! His stripped-down analogue sound has helped rock music re-find its roots in the digital age.

Jack White - BBC artist page

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