Ted Nugent was asked to name the greatest guitarist of all time, during a conversation with Bushnell,
Below, Ted mentions his favourite guitarists:
“There are so many miracle workers on the guitar, and I’ve jammed with the best. I got to jam with B.B. King. I played bass with Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley.
“I got to jam with Steve Winwood. I played with Stevie Ray Vaughan. I jammed with Eddie Van Halen and Billy Gibbons. I’ve been on stage with Aerosmith, with Brad [Whitford] and Joe [Perry].
“I’ve been on stage with Heart and played with those guys. I jammed for an hour with John Entwistle at the NAMM show in California years ago. I played with Brian May. There’s so many gifted virtuosos.
“Derek St. Holmes, who was with me for years, is one of the greatest guitar players that ever lived. Rickey Medlocke, who was with Blackfoot, created incredible music with Blackfoot and now with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Tommy Shaw, my fellow Damn Yankee, is just an unbelievable guitar virtuoso.
“So I’ve really been to the mountain top. I know that the founding fathers – Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Duane Eddy, Lonnie Mack – these guys invented this stuff, so we owe them everything.
“There’s just so many unbelievably-impacting, musically stimulating adventurous guitar masters out there. I’ve already named – I don’t know, what have I named? 40 of ’em. There are so many that I revere them all.
“Dave Amato with REO Speedwagon. Dave Amato played with me on the ‘Little Miss Dangerous’ tour and the ‘Penetrator’ tour.
“And people might not know the name Dave Amato, but what he plays with REO Speedwagon is as good as any guitar playing on the planet. And I revere and admire those guys.”