Looking back to the 60’s and 70’s the world seemed full of guitar heroes we had Page, Clapton, Hendrix, Richards to name just a few – the names from this period have gone on to dominate the guitar over the last 30 years

Whilst everyone needs inspiration, we think the great guitarists from the 1960’s and 70’s have had enough plaudits and it’s time to find an all new generation of guitar heroes – but who are they and which bands will they come from: Has anyone from the modern generation got the staying power to be talked about in 20 years time? Hear we take a punt on 10 modern guitar heroes – that we think can stand toe to toe with some of the all time greats.

1/ The Edge – U2

He may be Mr Effects for many but you can’t help but admire the man for using a delay pedal and turning it into a signature tone – been around for 25 years – and has an array of the best vintage guitars you’ll ever see taken on any world tour.

2/ Jack White – The White Stripes

Odd Vintage riffs – played with gutso – sparse – raw tones played on fantastic tunes – punk blues? We’re not sure but we like it!

3/ John Mayer

Controversial choice? Pop hero turns blues enthusiast – how many times have we heard that – well with Continuum we think he means it – sure he’s got the chops – he’s performed with Clapton to name but one vintage hero– but does he have the staying power?

4/ John Frusciante – Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Red Hot Chilli Peppers will go down as one of this periods best bands – Frusciante’s playing all funky and punky remains a high point – Under the Bridge as the new stairway to heaven anyone?

5/ Jonny Buckland – Coldplay

People either love or loath Coldplay – however theirs no escaping it they are the next U2 and will no doubt dominate adult rock for the next x years and as such Buckland will be at the heart of it.

6/ Noel Gallagher – Oasis

With the release of the Oasis best of Gallagher emphasized his role of 90’s guitar superhero with tracks such as Wonderwall and Don’t look back in Anger setting the foundations for brit pop. No doubt influenced by the Beatles but to call Gallagher a one-trick pony would be a disservice – made semi acoustics cool again.

7/ Dave Keuning – the Killers

Having recently emerged – the Vegas band “the Killers” have it all – power hooks, crunchy rhythm and a firm grip on the zeitgeist. How long will they last? Who’s to know but enjoy it while it does.

8/ Kirk Hammet – Metallica

An inspiration to many up and coming metal players – trained by Satriani – and still hitting the high notes of a career that’s spanned over 20 years. Career highlights including anything from their Black Album – a rare guitarist that’s as good live as they are on record.

9/ Slash

Killer riffs – great tone and instantly identifiable image – had it all with Guns and Roses and with Velvet Revolver proved that it was still there in abundance.

10/ Billie Joe Armstrong – Green Day

Well if anyone embodies modern power-punk it’s green day – and as it’s lynch pin Armstrong has a meaty raw rhythm tone to back up the bands raucous energy whilst his choice of a Les Paul Junior shows fine taste!

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