Poll: The Greatest Guitarist of All Time, Round 1 — Carlos Santana Vs. Robin Trower

by Josh Hart
Posted May 10, 2012 at 11:23am

Welcome to our first-ever Greatest Guitarist poll, where 128 guitarists go head to head, round by round, in a bracketed format, all to crown your choice for the Greatest Guitarist of All Time.

We filled 124 of 128 slots with the names of a host of incredible guitarists (dead and living) — players chosen for their technical ability as well as their importance and creativity, not to mention how influential they've been. We asked you to vote in the final four names, which you did. Now the 128 slots are filled, and we're deep into Round 1.

You might come across one or two interesting style matchups in this poll, which may lead some of you to wonder, "How do you compare a shred guitarist to a blues guitarist?" Aside from how good a player is at his or her given style, here are some things to take into consideration:

Influence: Who inspired more kids to beg their parents for a guitar for Christmas? Who inspired a wave of copycats?
Chops/Versatility: Is the guitarist in question a one-trick pony or a master of many styles?
Body of Work: Who had the more consistent career? Who has played on more classic albums?
Creativity: Who pioneered new techniques? Who sounds the most radically different from what came before them?

You can check out full results via our regularly updated bracket here.

Round 1 — Today's Match

Today, the Latin-infused blues stylings of Carlos Santana goes up against the atmospheric, Hendrix-inspired psychedelia of Robin Trower. Which guitar great will move on to Round 2? Vote now!

Readers Poll: The Greatest Guitarist of All Time — Santana Vs. Trower

Wednesday's matchup saw Warren Haynes (79.68%) defeat Ted Nugent (20.32%). View the full bracket.


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