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10 Reasons Why Spin's List Of 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time Sucks time Have a look at the list. Don't forget to read the introductory paragraph. Look, I get it. SPIN is bored of the regular run of the mill Top 100 Guitarist lists because of the same damn names always being there and they want to focus on the best and most groundbreaking alternative and indie guitarists. I don't have a problem with that, but I just wish they had done a little homework. Even though SPIN are trying to be hip and alternative, they fail for not putting these 10 guys on the list.

Joey Santiago: Nominally speaking, the Pixies were a power-pop band, but in the process they redefined what pop-music meant. Yes, there were bubble-gummy melodies, but with a streak of unpredictable weirdness a mile wide and shards of guitar noise slashing through them every once in a while. To the uninitiated, Santiago?s seemingly free form expressions of noise may seem annoying and pointless, but take a step back and you?ll see that Santiago in many senses redefines what a guitar solo is.
7Freak Kitchen
Spanking Hour

Mathias "IA" Eklundh: IA?s work with Freak Kitchen is Progressive Metal in the truest sense of the word. What separates him from the usual run of the mill prog-metal virtuosos is his complete unpredictability, eschewment of convention and DIY attitude. From minute to minute you don?t know what you?re going to get with a song when IA is playing. Metal, Jazz, Pop, Comedy, Vibrating dildos; it?s all in a day?s work for IA.
6Faith No More
Angel Dust

Jim Martin / Trey Spruance Martin and Spruance get a shared spot for playing in the same band. The former?s work may have been more influential with Faith No More laying the funky template for Nu Metal while also taking detours into straight up thrash outs, but in many ways he was the most conventional cog in the machine, keeping Mike Patton?s weirdness grounded in Heavy Metal. Spruance?s work is more varied and his ability to keep up with Mike Patton?s schizophrenic musical ambition (both in Fantomas and FNM) should put him on any greatest alternative guitarist list while jumping from Metal to Jazz to Lounge ballads and back again.
5Red Hot Chili Peppers
Mother's Milk

Hillel Slovak / John Frusciante: Slovak and Frusciante also get a shared spot because it?s extremely hard to tell the two guitarists apart in RHCP?s earlier days, immediately before Slovak?s death and then after Frusciante joined the band as a teenage Slovak-worshipper. While Frusciante eventually found his own voice on the instrument and is mostly responsible for the growth and improvement in RHCP?s sound, the two guitarists shared a surprising ability to meld punk and funk with passion, understated aggression, and surprising dexterity. The organic grooves of the band might sound deceptively simple but don?t be fooled, the guitarists? fingers are not easy to emulate.

Page Hamilton: Page Hamilton isn?t so much a guitarist as a stone-carving sculptor and in his hands a guitar is not so much a musical instrument as it is a sledgehammer. While it is a hard task indeed to sit down with a Helmet record and listen to it from start to finish, Hamilton?s classical training and absolute refusal to tone down or compromise on the unrelenting aggression in his approach to the instrument is both unique and influential.
3Van Halen
Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen Regardless of how you feel about hair metal/glam metal/cock rock, you can?t deny that Eddie Van Halen was a true original. He may not have been the first to play lightning quick arpeggios or to use two-handed tapping, but he brought it to the forefront while still making damn catchy heavy metal. Love him or hate him, you can?t begrudge him for rewriting the rules on how to play the electric guitar just because hundreds, or thousands, of others decided to copy him verbatim. Eruption remains a rite of passage for any budding heavy metal guitarist more than 20 years on.
Sailing the Seas of Cheese

Larry LaLonde: Primus generally exists as a vehicle for Les Claypool?s weirdness, but LaLonde matches him quirk for quirk and while the usual rhythm-lead tropes of rock and roll are inverted, LaLonde is not a rhythm guitarist in the conventional sense. He may be playing in the background most of the time, and the genre the band plays may be (very) loosely defined as ?Funk?, but this is a kind of funk that no one else in the world plays and LaLonde?s ability to play off Claypool is a big part of the reason why.
1The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Are You Experienced

Jimi Hendrix: Look, this might be overdone well past the point of cliché, but there?s a reason that Jimi Hendrix is universally considered the greatest guitarist of all time. You can argue all you want that he was a blues guitarist, but nobody before him, or after him for that matter, quite played the blues like he did, though pretty much everyone tried. His credentials are impeccable having toured with various funk and jazz bands before making it big himself, but in addition to his considerable chops, he also pushed the boundaries of the electric guitar to extents that no one before him had even dreamed. He was Avant Garde before the term existed in rock music. His rendition of
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