SLASH, TOM MORELLO, KIRK HAMMETT Among Best Rock Guitarists

According to BBC News, former RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS guitarist John Frusciante has been voted the best guitarist of the past 30 years.

Frusciante, 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.

Some 30,000 people took part in BBC 6 Music's "Axe Factor" online poll.

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."

Slash, who came second, is releasing his debut solo album, featuring contributions from Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, Dave Grohl, Kid Rock and Fergie from BLACK EYED PEAS.

"All the guys who I consider guitar legends are the pioneers of electric guitar, rock 'n' roll guitar and blues guitar as well," he said recently. "So I'm still struggling to keep up. I definitely don't put myself in the legend category."

"Axe Factor" Top 10:

01. John Frusciante (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS)
02. Slash (GUNS N' ROSES)
03. Matt Bellamy (MUSE)
04. Johnny Marr (THE SMITHS)
05. Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE)
06. Kirk Hammett (METALLICA)
07. Jonny Greenwood (RADIOHEAD)
08. Prince
09. Jack White (WHITE STRIPES)
10. Peter Buck (REM)

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