Rolling Stone’s New Guitar Gods

by Woody on February 20, 2007

Rolling Stone Cover

In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, they outlined the new guitar gods of our generation. Gracing the cover are John Frusciante, Derek Trucks and no other than John Mayer. Mayer can certainly play the guitar. By no means I am saying he is not worthy of being on the list. I just have a tough time taking him serious.

Many nights, I come home from work and my wife will be watching one of the TV rags such as E News and/or Access Hollywood. Routinely Mayer is on regarding his “relationship” with Jessica Simpson. Maybe it’s just the music snob in me but I have a tough time placing the “guitar god” tag on him when he is so immersed in pop culture and the most newsworthy aspect of his life is who he is screwing.

Anyway, David Fricke did round out the list with a pretty diverse crowd. While it wouldn’t be my twenty, it does show he put some thought and effort into it, unlike that lame 100 Greatest solos list. Here’s the rest of the mentions:

Nels Cline, Wilco
Luther Dickinson, North Mississippi Allstars
Chuck Garvey & Al Schnier, moe.
Warren Haynes, Allman Bros/ Govt Mule
Jim James & Carl Broemel, My Morning Jacket
Adam Jones, Tool
Kaki King
Mike McGready & Stone Gossard, Pearl Jam
Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine/ Audioslave
Ed O’Brien & Johnny Greenwood, Radiohead
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Mars Volta
Matt Pike, Sleep and High On Fire
Jack White, White Stripes

The one name that stood out as a glaring omission was Doug Martsch of Built To Spill. One that I think will be on there in a year or so is Parker Griggs of Radio Moscow. Anybody else think of a glaring omission?

{ 65 comments… read them below or add one }

jobin December 9, 2010 at 6:42 pm

derek tucks is god… chuck is satan.
… jimmy herring was a big omission.

Mantonat December 24, 2010 at 4:49 am

Prove it.

binesean February 25, 2011 at 6:22 am

I think the photographer mistook Mayer for Frusciante when he put Mayer in the middle.

phobia170 March 5, 2011 at 11:50 pm

i just bought this issue of rolling stones.pretty good.i agree that jimmy herring was a big omission.

UM yeaaaa March 10, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Get real rolling stone. Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss for sure. talk about face melting riffs and spot on improv.

Leenot March 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Eric Krasno lettuce soulive

Keng May 22, 2011 at 10:55 am

There’s no doubt about it, Mayer is shown a lot in pop culture but if you’ve seen the man play the blues with the guitar legends themselves, you have to hand it to him–no one else plays the legends themselves as much as Mayer does. Not even the two who was mentioned with Mayer in the article.

Moore D May 25, 2011 at 6:12 pm

well hell yea….how can you leave jake cinninger off this list….obviously rolling stone has never seen umphrey’s mcgee because they would have had their face melted, on any given night…..you could also argue trey anastasio…but i don’t think trey is even as good as jake, i mean the man can play any genre of music

Pamela July 9, 2011 at 12:55 am

Hello, I’m Pamela. I’m trying to find a magazine that featured John Frusciante He talked about when he was a kid he went to an Indian get together and heard some guitar playing and he thought that it sounded like two people were playing the guitar. He also talked about playing under the bridge song and was influenced by Jimmy Hendrix. I know it was realeased after 2006. Would you know which one is it? Thanks

Mukhya September 26, 2011 at 6:14 am

John mayers the fucking man.” Where the light is” John Mayer trio shows it all. Awesome Mayer . Ure my biggest inspiration rock on..

Jerry Grillo October 19, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Old news by now, and it’s easy to play Monday morning lead guitarist, but yeah, a list like this without Jimmy Herring is an incomplete list.

Justin November 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Hello. Trey Anastasio of Phish is an obvious ommision.

Spence October 17, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Tosin Abasi anyone?

Abhradeep February 13, 2013 at 5:40 am

Where the hell is Synyster Gates nd Alexi Laiho -.- ???

ASF May 30, 2013 at 8:11 pm

John Butler belongs in the list as well

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