I know we all love Jerry and would put him at or near the top of our list but there's a lot of guys who are as good of a player as Jerry or better just in a different style.
Sorry to flame you here, but I am going to heartily disagree with you. THERE ARE NOT A LOT OF GUYS WHO ARE AS GOOD A PLAYER AS JERRY OR BETTER. If you think that Pete Townsend is a better player than Jerry, just watch that ROCKPLAST video, where Pete simply embarrasses himself trying to jam with Jerry. I could do way better.
Jimmy Page has not been seen in public for like all eternity, and must have done a least 3 tours with Led Zep, where they probably did a note for note rendition of the last concert. (Jerry on the other hand played like 4,000 shows) Check out the after midnight from 2-2-80 my latest fav
Hendrix was an amazing player not doubt, changed the way we do things, and what always amazed me about Hendrix was that he only played guitar for like 10 years. Got his first guitar at 15 and was dead at 25 (plus or minus I ain't no expert on hendrix)
Eddie Van Halen is/was a great player, but I am not that fond of the stuff he did with the band Van Halen.
Les Paul is IMHO the most influential electric guitar player of all time, INVENTED THE ELECTRIC GUITAR FOR *** SAKE, was an amazing guitar player, saw him up close and personal several times in NYC, met him, signed my freaking 72 deluxe, was a super nice guy, had his elbow fused in guitar playing position! Invented the mixing board, multi-track recorders and recording, the 8 track player, THE HUMBUCKING PICKUP! Pretty much everything in electric rock and roll music owes great homage to the Great Les Paul. He should be probably #1 on the list. Oh yeah, unlike Jimi Page, Les Paul played in pubic, every week until almost his death at 93 or whatever. You cannot pick up an electric guitar and not thank Les Paul. There is an incredible video called "Les Paul, He Changed the Music" Where BB King, Eddie Van Halen, David Gilmore, and others that I cannot recall, play in homage to Les and Les jams with some of them with no problem. Could sit in with the best of them, could have jammed with the Dead! Chuck Berry for instance is using Les's Humbucking pickups as is Jimi Page.
No credibility here with Jerry and Les not in the top 10.
There simply are not a lot of players that are better than Jerry. Although there are a lot of great players out there.
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