1. EDDIE VAN HALEN
Inventor of the modern heavy rock technique. Enough said.
2. RANDY RHOADS
Cut down in his prime. Sounded like three people.
3. JIMMY PAGE
Writer, player producer. Led Zep were phenomenal.
4. STEVE VAI
At his best when working to the discipline of a Dave Lee Roth song. Watching him play a heart-shaped guitar with a neck on the left and right two-handed was unrepeatable.
5. JEFF HEALEY
Blind and now dead. A blues great. Invented the on-the-lap technique.
6. BRIAN ROBERSTON
Made the classic Thin Lizzy twin-harmony sound.
7. JOE PERRY
The engine of Aerosmith. Better than Keef by miles.
8. MICHAEL SCHENKER
Mad but brilliant German, and the best ambassador for the Flying V.
9. FRANCIS DUNNERY
The muse of It Bites. One of the fastest, especially on the Chapman stick.
10. ROBIN TROWER
The White Hendrix? Phenomenal technique and control.