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Guitar Greats: Billy Gibbons

If there's one fact you need to know about Billy Gibbons that helps prove his greatness, it's that he was one of Jimi Hendrix's favorite guitarists.

Of course, the entire ZZ Top catalog is likely more than enough to show why he's so revered.  Add his November 2015 solo release Perfectamundo where he delves into Cuban influences, and you can understand why Gibbons' 40+ year career has had legs for days.

 

Billy Gibbons performing at a ZZ Top in Concert at the Chattanooga Municipal Auditorium - circa October 1973 at Chattanooga Municipal Auditorium in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

 

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top during ZZ Top in Concert at the Macon Coliseum - April 10, 1974 at Macon Coliseum in Macon, Georgia.

 

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top during ZZ Top in Concert at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta - September 13, 1975 at Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Billy Gibbons performing live onstage, playing Gibson Les Paul guitar during the 1980s.

 

Billy Gibbons performing live onstage at Monsters Of Rock stop in Donnington park in the UK in the '80s.

 

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top playing the band's trademark revolving 'fluffy' Gibson Explorer guitar on stage at Wembley Arena on October 20th, 1986 in London, England.

 

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top performs at the San Jose Arena on May 26, 1994 in San Jose California.

 

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top performs on stage in Melbourne Park on April 26th 2000 in Melbourne, Australia.

 

ZZ Top, with Billy Gibbons, performs on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at the NBC Studios on November 6, 2003 in Burbank, California.

 

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top onstage during the rehearsals for the Buck Owens tribute at the Academy of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 22, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Billy Gibbons and ZZ Top perform as part of 'Jacks First Show' at Arco Arena on August 21, 2007 in Sacramento, California.

 

Singer and guitarist Billy Gibbons of the US Hardrock band 'ZZ Top' performs live during a concert at the Neuer Lustgarten on July 12, 2008 in Potsdam, Germany.

 

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top performs on stage on the second day of the three day F1 Rocks Singapore concert at Fort Canning Park on September 25, 2009 in Singapore

 

 

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top performs at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on October 2, 2010 in Irvine, California.

 

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top performs during the first annual La Grange Fest at The Backyard on October 22, 2011 in Austin, Texas

 

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top performs onstage at This Tent during day 2 of the 2013 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 14, 2013 in Manchester, Tennessee.

 

Billy Gibbons of the band ZZ Top performs after the unveiling of a bust of former Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel in Statuary Hall at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, November 19, 2014.

 

 

Billy Gibbons (R) of ZZ Top performs on stage during a concert in the Azkena Rock Festival in the northern Spanish Basque city of Vitoria on June 20, 2015.

 

Billy Gibbons signs a Gibson Guitar to give as a gift to Roky Erickson at 'Roky Erickson's Ice Cream Social' during the South By Southwest Music Festival on March 20, 2015 in Austin, Texas.