Guitar Girl'd: Top 12 Hot Male Guitar Players for 2012
Can you believe it’s been a year since the Guitar Girl’d column was born?
To celebrate, I thought it only fitting to resurrect my favorite column of the last 52 weeks: my list of the top 10 hot male guitar players.
Yep, last year when I broke this concept, I admit I was a bit perturbed by all those lists of hot female guitarists … with the word “hot” not defining their scathing performance skills. Oh no!
Little did I know I’d be back for another installment of my version of this little game -- and this time with 12 instead of 10 guys (It is 2012, after all).
“Tell us the criteria,” you cry. “What are the rules? How does one appear on such a prestigious, yet beefcakey list?” Alas, the rules are mine and mine alone. Completely arbitrary. Subject to female vagaries. You got it: It’s whatever turns me on at the time. Strikes my fancy. Catches my eye.
So in the photo gallery below, dear reader, is my completely self-indulgent list of 12 hot guys who, oh yeah, also play guitar!! Did I miss your fave? Don’t whine! Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Laura B. Whitmore is a singer/songwriter based in the San Francisco bay area. A veteran music industry marketer, she has spent over two decades doing marketing, PR and artist relations for several guitar-related brands including Marshall and VOX. Her company, Mad Sun Marketing, represents 65amps, Dean Markley, Agile Partners, Guitar World and many more. Laura was instrumental in the launch of the Guitar World Lick of the Day app. She is the co-producer of the Women's Music Summit and the lead singer for the rock band, Summer Music Project. More at mad-sun.com.
Personally, Slash is a little too hairy for my taste. But so many of my friends think he’s hot, that I think he deserves a bonus mention here. I do admit he has maintained a pretty buff bod, so that works! And his new album rocks! MORE INFO: slashonline.com
11. Ben Bruce of Asking Alexandria
The colorful Ben Bruce embodies rock ‘n’ roll excess. Wine, women, song, and lots of other little nasties as well. But admit it, those piercing eyes are hot! MORE INFO: askingalexandriaofficial.com
10. Chris Traynor of Bush
Traynor is hot in that “homeless Jesus” sort of way. Sure he does crazy stuff to that mustache. That just gives us a clue he’s not afraid to be fun. And fun can be HOT! MORE INFO: bushofficial.com Traynor of Bush on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Photo by Joseph Llanes.
09. Kenny Wayne Shepherd
I had the privilege of producing a press conference for the Guitar World Lick of the Day app that KWS participated in. Wow. Amazing guitar chops, the NICEST guy on the planet, and also still HOT. Sigh. Can’t help it. He’s back from last year! MORE INFO: kennywayneshepherd.net. Photo by Mark Seliger.
08. Tosin Abasi of Animals as Leaders
Have you seen him smoke that 8-string guitar? Wow! Add his smokin’ good looks and we’ve got the whole package. Sigh. MORE INFO: prostheticrecords.com
07. Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys
Super smooth vocals with some right on guitar skills, Turner is hot in that cute young man sorta way. Mmmmm. Touring with The Black Keys now! MORE INFO: arcticmonkeys.com
06. Doug Aldrich of Whitesnake
I can’t help it. Doug comes back from last year in one more repeat performance on my list! He’s just so hot…and nice! MORE INFO: dougaldrich.com
05. Jason Mraz
He can play. He can sing. He can write some of the most amazing lyrics on the planet. And wow, he’s hot, too. Now that’s a guy that’s got it going on! MORE INFO: jasonmraz.com
04. Jimmy Page
Thirty years ago I thought Jimmy Page was pretty hot. Guess what…? Thirty years later he still is…in that elder statesman rock god sorta way. I’m totally digging the white hair, too. He’s still got it. MORE INFO: jimmypage.com
03. Johnny Depp
Now that I saw Depp play guitar at the Golden Gods awards, I can officially put him on my hot male guitarists list. He rocked pretty hard, so don’t boo him. Yes.
02. Rodrigo Sánchez of Rodrigo y Gabriela
Flying fingers, fierce looks and hot Latin blood. Yep. That’ll do. And the magic he makes with fellow guitarist Gabriela Quintero is nothing short of miraculous. MORE INFO: rodgab.com
01. Ben King of The Yardbirds
Ben King is the new KING! And that’s the 2012 version of The Yardbirds to you. One of my favorite shows of the year. The 21st century version of this classic band is really incredible to see live. Hot guitar. Hot band. Sweaty hot. Hot, hot, hot. Oh, did I say HOT??!! MORE INFO: theyardbirds.com Photo: Ross Halfin