Choosing the most famous guitarists in the world is obviously very subjective and alot would depend on what type of guitarists a person is talking about. For example, the list could include classical guitarists, Spanish guitarists or electric guitarists. However, this list will only include what many consider the most famous electric guitarists in recent years. You may agree or disagree with the list but I am sure that you will appreciate the talent of each of these amazing guitarists.
The first, and perhaps the most famous, of all guitarists is Jimi Hendrix. Jimi Hendrix was born in 1942 and died in 1970. He was an American songwriter, singer, and rock guitarist. Even though his mainstream career only spanned for 4 short years, he is widely recognized as perhaps the most influential electric guitarist of popular music. He is also recognized as the 20th century’s most celebrated musician. The Hall of Fame for Rock and Roll notes that he is without a doubt the number one choice for rock music’s greatest instrumentalist.
Jimmy Page is a another famous rock ‘n roll guitarist. His success came as the founder and guitarist of the rock band Led Zeppelin. He was an English songwriter, musician, and record producer who achieved incredible international success. Along with Jimmy Page you would have to include Eddie Van Halen. He was a Dutch- American musician, producer, and songwriter. He is best known as the co-founder of the band Van Halen and as its lead guitarist.
Of course, you would need to include Eric Clapton in this list. Eric Clapton is a singer, songwriter, and rock and blues guitarist. He is one of the only 3 time inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame include 1) as a solo artist, 2) as a member of the band Cream, and 3) as a member of the band Yardbirds.
Stevie Ray Vaughan was torn in 1954 and was also a famous American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. Even though his career only spanned 7 years, he still is widely considered to be one of the most influential guitarists for both the revival of blues and in the history of music.
Some other notable guitarists who also may be considered to be among the most famous include David Gilmour, Kirk Hammett, Angus Young, Slash from Guns N’ Roses, Tony Iommi, Randy Rhoads, and Dimebag Darrell.