Rock music has had a bumper 2017. This year, fans of the hard stuff were treated to tours from rock’s greatest and an axe-laden haul of incredible new albums. A brief look at the diversity of guitarists shortlisted in this category gives an indication of just how peachy this year in rock was.
From new contenders to the rock throne, to rock guitar icons still playing right at the top of their game, which lord of the riff gets your vote this year?
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Last year's winner: Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge)
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