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AC/DC's Angus Young Tops Australian Poll for Best Aussie Guitarist

Eternal schoolboy Angus Young is still at the head of the class.

Readers of Australian Guitar Magazine recently named the AC/DC axeman the best Australian guitarist of all time.

The poll, which the Sydney Morning Herald calls "a highly scientific survey of Australia's musical terrain," was put together by three Australian guitar-playing music writers, including frequent contributor Peter Hodgson.

The report says they troubled themselves less with the guitarists' origins (Young was born in Scotland, for instance), genre and gender (only two women made the original list of 50 players) than with what sounds awesome.

Here are the top-10 vote-getters:

  • 01. Angus Young
  • 02. Tommy Emmanuel
  • 03. Ian Moss of Cold Chisel
  • 04. Chris Cheney of The Living End
  • 05. Rick Brewster of The Angels
  • 06. Slava Grigoryan
  • 07. Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman, The Visitors)
  • 08. Jim Moginie of Midnight Oil
  • 09. Lobby Loyde (Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs)
  • 10. Ross Hannaford of Daddy Cool.

A bit closer to home, Young recently beat out Ace Frehley in a Round 1 matchup in's ongoing Greatest Guitarist of All Time poll. In today's blues-themed Round 1 bout, Albert King squares off with B.B. King. Vote here!

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.