Strat talk really truly final greatest guitarists of all time poll as conducted by me !

GOAT guitarist

  • Jimi Hendrix

    Votes: 43 23.1%
  • Jimmy Page

    Votes: 11 5.9%
  • Richie Blackmore

    Votes: 4 2.2%
  • Frank Zappa

    Votes: 3 1.6%
  • Andress Segovia

    Votes: 6 3.2%
  • Julian Bream

    Votes: 1 0.5%
  • Pat Metheny

    Votes: 1 0.5%
  • Jim Hall

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Wes Montgomery

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • John McLaughlin

    Votes: 5 2.7%
  • Carlos Santana

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Matt Bellamy

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • East Bay Ray

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Vernon Reid

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Jeff Beck

    Votes: 11 5.9%
  • Michael Hedges

    Votes: 1 0.5%
  • BB King

    Votes: 2 1.1%
  • Albert King

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Al Di Meola

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • John Mayer

    Votes: 2 1.1%
  • Bucket Head

    Votes: 1 0.5%
  • Yngwie Malmsteen

    Votes: 1 0.5%
  • Roy Clark

    Votes: 2 1.1%
  • Chet Atkins

    Votes: 12 6.5%
  • Chuck Berry

    Votes: 1 0.5%
  • John Lennon

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Vince Gill

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • David Gilmour

    Votes: 13 7.0%
  • Merle Travis

    Votes: 1 0.5%
  • Mathias Jabs

    Votes: 1 0.5%
  • Uli Roth

    Votes: 1 0.5%
  • Michael Schenker

    Votes: 2 1.1%
  • Rudolf Schenker

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Duane Allman

    Votes: 5 2.7%
  • Dickie Betts

    Votes: 1 0.5%
  • Jerry Garcia

    Votes: 2 1.1%
  • Johnny Ramone

    Votes: 1 0.5%
  • Muriel Anderson

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Rosetta Tharp

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other, write in

    Votes: 52 28.0%

  • Total voters


Senior Stratmaster
Jan 31, 2011
Hey, I choose ST members :p Too many to mention but some I consider my mentors and have helped me grow as a player and person.....

@heltershelton @sam_in_cali @fezz parka @simoncroft @Mouse @Ebidis @Antstrat @3bolt79 @Thrup'ny Bit

...and I'm totally brain fogging right now, who's that Tony guy from Texas? is it? Or some other state? Won Blues competitions, is a guitar player for his main source of income - that guy. He's on my list too....

And probably 50 other ST members....
Tony Sims!


Strat-Talk Member
May 19, 2015
London, UK
No Knopfler? Shirley you jest.

Agreed -- and I was pretty disappointed to see that it took until page 6 (!!) for this to even be questioned...!

To be honest, polls like this rarely serve a purpose as there will be far too many great players not included.

Given the wide variety of musical and playing styles, I just don't think it's possible to narrow this down to one single "greatest of all time." There are many great players, not all of whom are easily comparable.

Musical styles, technical approaches to playing, instruments and other gear, recording techniques... all have evolved massively over the last 100 years. What would Robert Johnson have done with a Strat and and Dumble amps? What would Django have done with a Les Paul, a pedal board and multi-tracking?

I'm always very interested to discover new music and new players that I don't know enough about or hadn't even heard of before -- but I really don't see the point of GOAT polls.


Strat-Talk Member
So many choices, yet the best is not up there. Peter Green. Even BB King thought his tone was other worldly. Before the shock treatments. After that he was just another guitarist. Also, EC should be on the list. His contributions to the world of guitar are historic.

Builder 2010

Strat-Talk Member
Aug 22, 2020
Louisville, KY
Steve Howe
Trevor Rabin
James Burton
Walter Becker
Eric Clapton
Mark Knopfler
James Herrington
Joe Walsh
Peter Frampton
David Gilmour
Robin Trower
Buddy Guy
BB King
Chuck Berry
Eric Johnson

My list of the best is at least ten, possibly 20. All depends on what kind of music I'm into.


Gold Supporting Member
Jun 8, 2020
There is a great deal of difference in greatest of all time guitarists and most influential guitarist of all time. Some of the people on the list are average at best, but were very influential. I think a poll like this is meaningless and should be listed by categories of music. You can't really compare great rock and blues players to the great Jazz players, most of the jazz players could play about anything the blues and rock players could, but not the other way around, with exceptions, of course. And Yngwie Malmsteen on a list with Johnny Ramone? comparison, but both have their place in music history.