The Greatest Rock Guitarists of the 1970s Bands/Musicians

The Greatest Rock Guitarists of the 1970s

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List Criteria: Please rank these guitar players based only on their performances in the 1970s.

Alright, rock music lovers: Your time has come. This is a list of '70s guitarists - the greatest rock guitar players of the 1970s - voted on by people who live and breathe classic rock. Your job is to rank the great guitarists of the 70s listed here, based on their performance during that decade only. Consider what each of these guitarists brought to the bands that they performed with. Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour: all famous rock guitarists of the '70s that heightened the sound and reputation of every band they played with. Now rank these famous rock guitarists and vote for your favorites!
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    Deep Purple, Rainbow
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    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock, + more
    • Albums: Take It!, Rock Profile, Volume One, Ritchie Blackmore/Blackmore's Night - Golden Collection 2000, Rock Profile, + more
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
    • Labels: Pony Canyon, SPV, Edel AG, Spinefarm Records, Tetragrammaton Records, + more
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    Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Rock Guitarists of the 1970s
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    The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, The Honeydrippers, The Firm, Coverdale/Page, Page & Plant, solo
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    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal, Rock and roll, Jazz, + more
    • Albums: Coverdale/Page, Come With Me, Live at the Greek, Don’t Send Me No Flowers, Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks, + more
    • Nationality: England
    • Labels: Atlantic Records, Geffen Records, Mercury, Fontana Records, Swan Song Records
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    David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Rock Guitarists of the 1970s
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    Pink Floyd, solo
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    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock, + more
    • Albums: On an Island, David Gilmour, Remember That Night, About Face, Live in Gdańsk, + more
    • Nationality: England
    • Labels: Sony Records, Harvest Records, EMI, Sony Music Entertainment, Columbia, + more
    • Career Began: Cambridge, United Kingdom
  4. 4
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    Black Sabbath
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    • Genres (Music): Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Jazz, Blues, + more
    • Albums: Fused, The 1996 DEP Sessions, Iommi, Eighth star
    • Nationality: England
    • Labels: Rhino Entertainment, I.R.S. Records, Warner Bros. Records
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    AC/DC
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    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal, Rock and roll, Hard rock
    • Nationality: Scotland, Australia
    • Labels: Atlantic Records, EMI, Albert Productions, Epic Records
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    Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Rock Guitarists of the 1970s
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    The Yardbirds, Cream, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Blind Faith, Derek & the Dominoes, solo
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    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae, Pop rock, Soft rock, + more
    • Albums: 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim, Journeyman, Tears in Heaven, + more
    • Nationality: England
    • Labels: RSO Records, ATCO Records, Deram Records, Polydor Records, Reprise Records, + more
    • Career Began: London, United Kingdom
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    Jeff Beck is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Rock Guitarists of the 1970s
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    The Yardbirds, The Honeydrippers, solo
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    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock, Electronic dance music, Jazz fusion, + more
    • Albums: Truth, Blow by Blow, Wired, You Had It Coming, Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop, + more
    • Nationality: England
    • Labels: EMI, Epic Records
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    Queen, solo
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    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock, Progressive rock, Glam rock, + more
    • Albums: Red Special, The Adventures of Pinocchio: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Live at the Brixton Academy, Star Fleet Project, Furia, + more
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
    • Labels: Parlophone, Hollywood Records
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