52 guitarists—the summary and the apology

For over three years now I’ve been trying my best to put together an annual list which I cleverly called the 52 series. It started with 52 guitars, followed by 52 amplifiers, 52 pedals and this year’s 52 guitarists. Last year I struggled to keep up with the weekly posts and this year is off to a very bad start as well. I will not go into the details of why, but I sadly need to admit defeat at this stage and recognise that I am not going to be able to further commit to the weekly article series.

The series stops today.

As mentioned in an earlier post, the 52 guitarists list itself had been written, I just needed to write about each entry weekly—something I can no longer do. So, the best I can do is share with you now the entire list as it would have played out during the year. For those who were reading these with me, I thank you for your feedback to date and hope to see you around on Twitter. My Facebook page is going to close down as well—it is also something I can no longer commit to.

I have no idea what this website will become, but it will be updated a lot less frequently for a while until I can dedicate the time this site needs to remain relevant. Hopefully in time I’ll work out a way to get my mojo back.

As the first sixteen articles were already written and posted, I will link to those completed articles below. The rest will just be the names as they were intended on being written. As was stated at the end of each existing article, “This is not a top guitarists list and there is no significance in the order the guitarists are placed in the list. This is simply a collection of guitarists that have been influential to me.”

One thing I will add to that though, is that the final five actually are my top five favourite guitarists. Surprise! To make that easier to understand, I’ll restate that at the end of the page in a traditional top five list format.

52 guitarists

  1. Ace Frehley
  2. Eddie Van Halen
  3. Dave Murray
  4. Adam Jones
  5. Wes Borland
  6. Tommy Emmanuel
  7. Marty Friedman
  8. Tony Iommi
  9. Angus Young
  10. Kirk Hammett
  11. Billy Corgan
  12. Scott Ian
  13. Daron Malakian
  14. Brian May
  15. Prince
  16. Joe Satriani
  17. Gary Moore
  18. Jimi Hendrix
  19. Mark Knopfler
  20. Slash
  21. Dimebag Darrell
  22. Eric Clapton
  23. David Gilmour
  24. Jason Becker
  25. Tom Morello
  26. The Edge
  27. John Petrucci
  28. Yngwie Malmsteen
  29. Mark Tremonti
  30. Michael Angelo Batio
  31. Orianthi
  32. Steve Vai
  33. Kurt Cobain
  34. Joe Perry
  35. Ritchie Blackmore
  36. Billy Gibbons
  37. Lindsay Buckingham
  38. James Root
  39. Jimmy Page
  40. Jake E Lee
  41. Jerry Cantrell
  42. Rob Chapman
  43. Rob Scallon
  44. Ryan Bruce
  45. Ola Englund
  46. Keith Merrow
  47. Zakk Wylde
  48. Dan Donegan
  49. James Hetfield
  50. John 5
  51. Randy Rhoads
  52. Dave Mustaine

As you can hopefully see, this list is fairly diverse. These guitarists all inspire me in different ways and for different reasons. Once again, this is not a list of the 52 greatest guitarists of all time. I don’t believe in such lists. This is a list of 52 guitarists who mean something to me.

I still wish I could see myself having the time to write all of the articles, explain my reasoning and share all of the video links with you. But these things take time, and that is time I don’t have.

The last five guitarists in that list though … They are my favourite five guitarists. Each for different reasons. As quickly and simply as possible though, the top five with reasons are:

  1. Dave Mustaine—Quite simply the most metal guitarist I’ve ever heard. This man sings, plays rhythm guitar and lead guitar all while staying true to his metal roots. He is the guitarist I admire more than any other.
  2. Randy Rhoads—Taken way too early, Randy Rhoads combined melody with metal in ways that still inspire modern day guitarists to do the same.
  3. John 5—It would be easier to state the things John 5 can’t do … because I can’t think of any. I assume Versatility is John’s middle name.
  4. James Hetfield—James’ work on Ride The Lightning alone makes him one of my all-time favourite guitarists. The man is metal.
  5. Dan Donegan—Quite simply one of my favourite riff-masters and most likely one of the most under-rated guitarists out there. As a rhythm guitarist I wish I had half of his technique and accuracy. This is who I’d love to play like consistently.

There you have it. Again, I apologise for my inability to see this through, but the real world is not allowing me to give these articles the time they require and deserve. If you can’t do something right, don’t do it at all. Thanks again for all the positivity this article series had brought me to date.

Rock on.

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