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Frusciante tops 'axe factor' poll

Published 09/04/2010 | 22:47

John Frusciante was crowned the greatest guitarist of the past 30 years
John Frusciante was crowned the greatest guitarist of the past 30 years

Red Hot Chili Peppers star John Frusciante has beaten figures such as Johnny Marr and Jack White to be crowned the greatest guitarist of the past 30 years.

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The prodigious player, who first found fame when he was 18 and has a solo career as a sideline, was declared finger-picking good in a listener poll by BBC station 6 Music.

The top ten guitarists were announced during the station's Steve Lamacq show which was co-hosted by breakfast show presenter Shaun Keaveny.

Keaveny said of Frusciante: "His range, from minimalist melody lines, through choppy Hendrixian chord voicings, all the way up to eleven with wailing metal tinged blues, gives him the edge over many in the list. For that I salute him."

Runner-up in the "Axe Factor" list of post-punk greats was British-born star Slash who rose to fame with rock giants Guns N'Roses.

Other guitarists who made the list were Muse's Matt Bellamy, Johnny Marr of The Smiths, Tom Morello from Rage Against The Machine, Metallica's Kirk Hammett, Radiohead star Jonny Greenwood, Prince, White Stripes' Jack White and REM star Peter Buck.

More than 30,000 listeners to the station voted from a choice of 40 top strummers.

BBC 6 Music, which is threatened with closure under the corporation's strategic review, is helping budding musicians with online guitar tutorials from presenters Huey Morgan and Tom Robinson at www.bbc.co.uk/6music.

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