BBC Music' Axe Factor, Best Guitarist or Popular Guitarist List ?

The latest news just spreads on the net, stating about a new best guitarists list created by BBC 6 called the Axe Factor. Well, much like it's X-Factor show, the list looks pretty much of a popularity list of guitar players rather than best rock guitarist in the past 30 years??? The list amazingly put John Frusciante as the top player, not that I don't like John, but in what terms does he can be consider the best guitar player?

Not only that, seeing all the list, I kinda feel that not many should make it on the top 10, Prince well he was amazing and inspirational, but the other 9? Slash could be there, but honestly there were other rock guitarist better than him especially in terms of guitar skills. However, the former Guns N' Roses guitarist does have a say and could make it base on his inspirational act at his time at GNR. Out of those two, the list were pretty much of a weird and bias list as not many of them are technically an amazing guitar players.

Here is the Axe Factor Best Guitarist List:

"Axe Factor" Top 10:

01. John Frusciante (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS)
02. Slash (GUNS N' ROSES)
03. Matt Bellamy (MUSE)
04. Johnny Marr (THE SMITHS)
06. Kirk Hammett (METALLICA)
07. Jonny Greenwood (RADIOHEAD)
08. Prince
09. Jack White (WHITE STRIPES)
10. Peter Buck (REM)
a completely unpopular list for true guitar heads out there

It is so frustrating in seeing this kind of pool or list where, popular people only recognize today's pop band band's guitar players and just list them as the based based on pretty much because they knew them. In 30 years of time there were so many great guitarist that deserve a spot there, from the combination of inspiration and technique or purely based on guitar playing skills. It's weird at time seeing people listing best guitar players, where some of the guitarist can't even play all the techniques in playing guitar. This BBC list is another, shameful list on how people doesn't really now real musicians out there, people that dedicate their life in praticing and mastering their instruments. I'm not gonna make a list on whose the best, but there are many names that can be counted without even the need in listing them as great guitar players doesn't need to compete, all you should see is their ability and quality in playing their instruments.

Here are some of the names that I think Best Rock Guitar players in the last 30 years that you should check out :
Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Marty Friedman, Kee Marcello, Paul Gilbert, Richie Kotzen, Jason Becker, Prince, Nuno Bettencourt, Steve Morse, Reb Beach, Dave Mustaine, Slash, Kiko Loureiro, George Lynch, Jason Becker, John Petrucci just to name a few, there's so many that I urge you to list them out yourself, instead of reading to some pool that would probably put a question mark in your head, and also and the quality of guitar players to be considered as the best!

written by Dewa Nugraha


  1. Ok i kinda agree, but John Frusciante i do believe is deserving of the #1 guitarist in 30 years, the rest of the this list like you said is questionable to me.

  2. Well you have to give credit to all those guitarists on that list for their songwriting and sheer impact on the mass population (they get their recognition for a reason).. I'd agree about EVH, but VH's 2 best albums (in my opinion) were in 78 and 79. His stuff in the 80's was still lightyears ahead of that Muse guitarist though. Slash could've also been #1, but I have enough respect for John Frusciante that he's also deserving of it.

  3. ragazzi, toglietevi le fette di prosciutto dalle orecchie e trasferitele molto rapidamente sopra gli occhi.........impariamo ad ascoltare(non sentire!!!!!!!.capito) per comprendere ciò che ci viene detto, non ha parole "!!ovviamente"

  4. Sorry, list is crap. Frusciate deserves #1 without a doubt but Slash is in no way shape or form a better guitar player than Tom Morello or Jack White who deserve the 2 & 3 spots, respectively.

  5. and buckethead ???


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