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The Greatest Rock Guitarists of the 1970s 

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Updated June 13, 2018 21.7k votes 2.8k voters 78.2k views 84 items

List Rules Vote up the guitarists who killed it in the '70s based solely on that decade.

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!
Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 1 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

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

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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 2 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

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

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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

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

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Brian May is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Rock Guitarists of the 1970s
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Queen, solo

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, England

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