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John Frusciante voted best guitarist of past 30 years

John Frusciante

Story by Jack Foley

FORMER Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante has been voted the best guitarist of the past 30 years in a new poll by BBC 6 Music.

The musician, who left the group in 2008, beat Guns n’ Roses star Slash, Muse’s Matt Bellamy and Johnny Marr of The Smiths to the top spot.

An estimated 30,000 people took part in the online poll, which also included the likes of Prince and REM’s Peter Buck at the expense of Noel Gallagher, U2’s The Edge and The White Stripes’ Jack White.

Commenting on the result, 6 Music breakfast host Shaun Keaveny said of Frusciante: “His range, from minimalist melody lines, through choppy Hendrixian chord voicings all the way up to 11 with wailing metal tinged blues, gives him the edge over many in the list. For that I salute him.”

Frusciante released his tenth solo album last year and is also part of the band Swahili Blonde with Duran Duran bassist John Taylor and vocalist Nicole Turley.

Second placed Slash is releasing his debut solo album later this year, featuring contributions from Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, Dave Grohl, Kid Rock and Fergie from Black Eyed Peas.

The Top 10, as voted for from 40 contenders, is…

1) John Frusciante – Red Hot Chili Peppers
2) Slash – Guns n’ Roses
3) Matt Bellamy – Muse
4) Johnny Marr – The Smiths
5) Tom Morello – Rage Against The Machine
6) Kirk Hammett – Metallica
7) Jonny Greenwood – Radiohead
8) Prince
9) Jack White – White Stripes
10) Peter Buck – REM