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Elle Salutes 12 Greatest Female Electric Guitarists

In honor of the release of rockumentary "It Might Get Loud" -- which features the likes of Jack White, The Edge and Jimmy Page -- Elle Magazine has issued a list of the 12 Greatest Female Electric Guitarists. The article namechecks Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Nancy Wilson, Jennifer Batten, Donita Sparks, Kelley Deal, Carrie Brownstein, Poison Ivy, Ruyter Suys, The Great Kat, Marnie Stern and Orianthi.


When explaining why members of the fairer sex are often overlooked for their guitar work, Deal had her own theory. "I think we do exist," she asserts, "but in a different capacity. Guys really like to hear themselves talk. Women guitarists seem more song-oriented. What they choose to play contributes to making the song better, not just riffing all over it. It’s a deeper relationship." []

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Carrie Brownstein
Donita Parks
Jack White
Jennifer Batten
Jimmy Page
Joan Jett
Kelley Deal
Lita Ford
Marnie Stern
Nancy Wilson
Poison Ivy
Ruyter Suys
The Edge
The Great Kat

Kelley Deal? really? she couldn't even play guitar when she joined the Breeders.

no one knows who Sylvia Juncosa is, but she plays well enough to back up entitling a song as 'lick my pussy, eddie van halen.'

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If Rolling Stone can list Johnny Ramone, Elle can list Kelly Deal.

Happy to see Marnie Stern on these lists (Venus Zine put her on a similar list earlier I think).

Carrie Brownstein would get my vote for best album guitar work by a female for Dig Me Out. There isn't a bad guitar track anywhere on that album.

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I used to love watching Carrie Brownstein on stage. Great player.

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glad to see some marnie recognition as well!

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the best female guitarist I ever saw in concert was april lawson of ramatam, It was like hearing jim hendrix but in a female body.

russ curnew

Liz Melendez is an amazing electric guitar player!!! she is a singer/song writer, musician, amazing stage performer. She has been described as a female version of Stevie Ray Vaughn and Eric Clapton.


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