The Greatest Rock Guitarists of the 1970s

Over 4.3K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Greatest Rock Guitarists of the 1970s
Voting 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!
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  • Jimmy Page
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    2,091 VOTES
    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
    • Albums: Coverdale/Page, Come With Me, Live at the Greek, Don’t Send Me No Flowers, Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks
    • Nationality: England
    2,091 votes
  • Eddie Van Halen
    Photo: user uploaded image
    1,352 VOTES
    • Genres (Music): Popular music, Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal
    • Nationality: Netherlands, Indonesia, United States of America
    1,352 votes
  • David Gilmour
    Photo: Jo Hale / Getty Images
    1,654 VOTES
    Pink Floyd, solo
    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock
    • Albums: On an Island, David Gilmour, Remember That Night, About Face, Live in Gdańsk
    • Nationality: England
    1,654 votes
  • Eric Clapton
    Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Fair use
    1,644 VOTES
    The Yardbirds, Cream, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Blind Faith, Derek & the Dominoes, solo
    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae, Pop rock, Soft rock
    • Albums: 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim, Journeyman, Tears in Heaven
    • Nationality: England
    1,644 votes
  • Jeff Beck
    Photo: Dave J Hogan / Getty Images
    1,239 VOTES
    The Yardbirds, The Honeydrippers, solo
    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock, Electronic dance music, Jazz fusion
    • Albums: Truth, Blow by Blow, Wired, You Had It Coming, Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop
    • Nationality: England
    1,239 votes
  • Carlos Santana
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    1,229 VOTES
    Santana, solo
    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock
    • Albums: Legacy Edition, Eat at Whitey's, The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper, Legendary Latin Rock Tracks, Bring 'Em In
    • Nationality: United States of America, Mexico
    1,229 votes