The 10 Best Gibson Les Paul Guitarists Of All Time

Here's the top ten, as voted by you.   23-Nov-12

4. Eric Clapton

Derek is as well known for his Strat playing as he is for his Les Paul playing, but when you've had a career as distinguished as Eric Clapton's, you can pretty much get away with it.

Again, as with Slash, we would have predicted a place in the top five for Eric, and you voted him in at number four. Rolling Stone magazine recently put him in at number two in their list of the greatest guitarists of all time, just behind Jimi Hendrix at number one.

But Eric Clapton's sustained success throughout the sixties and right up to present day (with a new tour next year) shows that his candle has shone as brightly as any other guitarist out there, and his music has stood the test of time.

He's played in incarnations of the Yardbirds, Cream, Derek and the Dominoes, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, as well as playing on records by the likes of the Beatles

 

Giorgio Gomelsky, manager for the Yardbirds, coined the sarcastic term 'Slowhand' to describe Clapton's incredibly quick playing. At that time, alongside Jeff Beck he was widely considered to be one of the best guitarists outside of the jazz fraternity. 

He's a worthy player on any list of top 10 guitarists, and helped transform the blues-rock movement of the 60s into the classic rock and hard rock movements of the 70s.

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rfurtkamp    Said...

Should be "sight" not "site."

Delete this at will!

24-Nov-12 03:04 PM


Amped Bot    Said...

Thanks Robert! Have subbed this now :)

25-Nov-12 06:36 AM


ANtonA    Said...

No Randy Rhoads? I agree with some such as Slash and Jimmy, but to put some of them above Randy is a disgrace... (unless this is players who only played Gibsons, Randy had a Jackson as well)

25-Nov-12 08:07 AM


Amped Bot    Said...

Hi ANtonA!

This was a poll, voted for by readers, so everything you see on the list is done by popular vote.

If it helps, Randy came in at number 11!

25-Nov-12 08:11 AM


Sal Adelfio    Said...

Ah - I think the great Ace Frehley should have made it in the top 5, but as this was a voting pole, voters didn't agree. Great to see Les Paul in there-but clearly Clapton only briefly used the Les Paul. But Jimmy Page as #1 totally makes sence!

25-Nov-12 08:54 AM


rustee    Said...

what, no bonamassa? but fair enough about the rest and it was a poll so guess i should've voted but overall a good list

25-Nov-12 09:44 AM


Joey Ray Del    Said...

interesting list but Peter Green for me should be number 1

25-Nov-12 10:42 AM


Sui    Said...

Billy Gibbons .... Holy Grail???This is a travesty, readers poll or not!

26-Nov-12 03:33 PM


Joe Mowrey    Said...

I am very surprised that Mary Ford (his wife) wasn't voted in.....she could go lick for lick with Les but I guess I'm showing my age now. Thanks Gibson for a great web site !

14-Dec-12 07:38 AM


TN    Said...

Joe Perry??? Where's he?

26-Dec-12 12:33 AM


LucyGowen    Said...

Paul Kossof!!!!

04-Mar-13 04:50 PM


sickfender    Said...

Absolutely, positively crap. You people who "voted" this shit list are completely fucked. Clapton, on a les paul list? Really?

24-Mar-13 08:42 PM


JK    Said...

If your giving out About Clapton being on the list consider this:If Eric Clapton hadn't used a Les Paul on the Bluesbreakers album, do you think any one of those players,as fantastic as most of them are,would have started using one? They were very unpopular until thet album,so Claton deserves to be on this list

30-Apr-13 11:16 AM


ROD    Said...

WOW, ... Buckethead? Really? Of ALL TIME? I dont really see a lot of kids outr there trying to be BUCKETHEAD, .... but millions that have wanted to be Joe Perry, Ace Frehley, Peter Frampton etc.

19-Jun-13 03:16 PM


Rod    Said...

WOW, ... Buckethead? Really? Of ALL TIME? I dont really see a lot of kids outr there trying to be BUCKETHEAD, .... but millions that have wanted to be Joe Perry, Ace Frehley, Rod DiAngelo, Peter Frampton, Gary Richrath etc.

19-Jun-13 03:18 PM


G.G.    Said...

Gary Richrath

09-Dec-13 07:31 PM


Sixfinger    Said...

I really don't get it. Are these people really serious? The best Les Paul Player ever has to be The Reverend Billy Gibbons? And the most awesome album ever would have to be Tres Hombres. How Billy Gibbons is not mentioned especially when Clapton himself considers him so highly. There is a big difference between riffs licks and Tone. Gibbons is the Master of Tone and Taste and Less is More

22-Mar-14 02:53 PM


omar    Said...

Slash should be in a higher number!! ......eric clapton uses fender stratocaster n not les paul That much

26-Mar-14 04:44 PM


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