“Beck, Clapton and Page are okay. But they’re no better than Jim McCarty from Cactus and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels”: Ted Nugent weighs in on top guitarist lists and the unsung heroes who deserve more recognition

Ted Nugent (L) and Jason Hartless perform during his Adios Mofo 2023 Tour at Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre on August 11, 2023 in Sterling Heights, Michigan
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Ted Nugent has given his take on Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck, and why he thinks they may be slightly overrated.

“Beck, Clapton, and Page are okay. The Yardbirds were intensely influential to any guitarist who's ever lived. But they're no Jimi Hendrix or Eddie Van Halen,” he told Forbes in a new interview, before shedding light on who he thinks deserves more recognition.

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Janelle Borg

Janelle is a staff writer at GuitarWorld.com. After a long stint in classical music, Janelle discovered the joys of playing guitar in dingy venues at the age of 13 and has never looked back. Janelle has written extensively about the intersection of music and technology, and how this is shaping the future of the music industry. She also had the pleasure of interviewing Dream Wife, K.Flay, Yīn Yīn, and Black Honey, among others. When she's not writing, you'll find her creating layers of delicious audio lasagna with her art-rock/psych-punk band ĠENN.