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Australian Guitar magazine has compiled a comprehensive list of the 50 greatest guitar players in Australian history.  The magazine pooled a crack team of guitar-playin’ guitar-player lovers: Peter Hodgson, Andrew P Street and Craig White (plus a little input from the Australian Guitar editorial team) to put together what is believed to be the first ever comprehensive list of the 50 finest players.

The top 50 lists features players from genres ranging from classical and funk to metal core, rock, blues and roots.

“We’ve not assigned ourselves to one genre, or started checking passports or whether people know their Mixolydian scales or not – basically, if you’re a unique guitar player that spent a good stretch of your time Down Under, pushed the envelope and inspired others to do so, there’s every chance you’re on this list. We’re not ranking the first 40, simply because we’d prefer to bask in the glory of their work than try and compare apples and oranges. That said, we will give you a definitive top ten of the greats, you at least deserve that,” says Australian Guitar magazine editor Lachlan Marks.

Topping the list is AC/DC’s, Angus Young.

“Angus has the sort of skills that allow serious rock lovers to overlook the fact they’re being demonstrated by a tiny gurning man in his late-‘50s, dressed as a schoolboy,” says Andrew P Street. Fellow top-ten finalist Chris Cheney (The Living End) concurs. “Under the image is a supremely talented guitar player responsible for some of the most distinctive guitar riffs ever … he is one of the absolute all time greats. To me it’s like Hendrix, Page, Keith Richards, you know he’s one of those guys.”

Angus Young’s fellow Top Ten Australian Guitarists Of All Time are no less distinguished and include: Tommy Emmanuel; Ian Moss; Slava Grigoryan; Deniz Tek and Chris Cheney.

Australian Guitar Magazine’s Definitive Top Ten Australian Guitarists of All Time

  1. Angus Young (ACDC)
  2. Tommy Emmanuel
  3. Ian Moss (Cold Chisel)
  4. Chris Cheney (The Living End)
  5. Rick Brewster (The Angels)
  6. Slava Grigoryan (Slava Grigoryan)
  7. Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman, The Visitors)
  8. Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil)
  9. Lobby Loyde (Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs)
  10. Ross Hannaford (Daddy Cool)

11 to 40 (not ranked)

Malcolm Young (ACDC)

Adalita (Magic Dirt)

Marty Willson-Piper

Mick Harvey (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds & Grinderman)

Tim Rogers (You Am I)

Rowland S Howard (Boys Next Door, Birthday Party)

Ed Kuepper (The Saints, Laughing Clowns, Black Ticket Day)

Spencer P Jones (The Johnnys, Beasts of Bourbon, Spencer P Jones)

Gareth Liddiard (The Drones, Gareth Liddiard)

Brad Shepherd (The Hitmen, Hoodoo Gurus, The Monarchs)

John Butler (John Butler Trio)

Jeff Lang (Jeff Lang and Chris Whitney)

Kim Salmon (The Scientists, Beasts of Bourbon)

Ash Naylor (Even, Rail)

Tom Lyncolgn (The Nation Blue)

Paul Dempsey (Something for Kate, Paul Demspey)

Jim Skiathitis (The Atlantics)

Blackie (The Hard Ons)

Billy Thorpe (Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs)

Dutch Tilders (Dutch Tilders)

Orem Ambarchi (Orem Ambarchi)

Dave Hole (Dave Hole)

Kevin Borich (Kevin Borich)

Charlie Owen (The New Christs, Beasts of Bourbon, The Divinyls, Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses)

Pete Wells (Rose Tattoo)

Frank Gambale (Chick Corea Electrik Band)

Brett Garsed (John Farnham, Nelson, TJ Helmerich)

Diesel (Mark Lizotte) (Diesel, Johnny Diesel and the Injectors)

Daniel Johns (Silverchair)

Darren Middleton (Powderfinger)

John Williams (John Williams)

Jona Weinhofen (I Killed The Prom Queen)

Joe Robinson (Joe Robinson)

Michael Fix (Michael Fix)

Orianthi (Orianthi)

Phil Emmanuel (Phil Emmanuel)

Keith Urban (Keith Urban)

C W Stoneking (C W Stoneking)

Lloyd Spiegel (LLoy Spiegel)

Geoff Achison (The Souldiggers)

This list was compiled for the May 2012 issue of Australian Guitar.