The world's greatest rock guitarists

Legendary British guitarist Jeff Beck has passed away at the age of 78

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12/01/23 | StarsInsider

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Jeff Beck, considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time, has died at the age of 78. A two-time inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Beck played with all the greats throughout his lengthy and distinguished career. Dubbed the 'Six-stringed warrior' by Jimmy Page, he was revered for redefining guitar music in the 1960s. Beck rose to fame playing with the Yardbirds before forming the Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart. Over the years he won the Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance six times and is remembered for legendary performances alongside the likes of Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and David Bowie. He interacted with nearly every rock legend of the 20th century at one point or another, and his passing is sorely mourned by the music industry.

His former bandmate Sir Rod Stewart posted a tribute to Beck on Twitter, saying, "He was one of the few guitarists that when playing live would actually listen to me sing and respond. Jeff, you were the greatest, my man. Thank you for everything. RIP." Sir Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones wrote that he was "one of the greatest guitar players in the world," while Queen's Sir Bryan May described him as "the absolute pinnacle of guitar playing" and a "damn fine human being."

Beck's death was announced on social media in a statement from his family that read, "it is with deep and profound sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck’s passing. After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he peacefully passed away yesterday. His family ask for privacy while they process this tremendous loss." He died on January 10, 2023. 

Indeed, he was one of a select group of guitarists whose creative clout and amazing technical ability has inspired thousands to pick up the instrument and learn to play. But who else can strike such a resonating chord with rock music fans?

Click through the following gallery and take a look at some of the world's most influential guitarists.

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