Best Australian Guitarists


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The Top Ten

Angus Young
this guy is the only aussie guitarist I really know lol


Angus is the best
Let There Be Rock!

2Tommy Emmanuel
This is not a matter of opinion. For skill and guitar mastery, composition and technique, not to mention just serious ability, Tommy Emmanuel is chosen as the very best in the world every time.

Of course, if one loves to see someone sweat and play music more with his hair than his hands, then Young is your guy.
As a technician and all round skill to play all genres of music, he rates as one of the best if not the best. Constantly overlooked on Guitarists Lists due to his lack of exposure (not being in a Band or a Singer/Guitarist), not because of his ability and talent.
A conduit through which genius and technique meet. He plays as if he's a participant in something forming in front of himself and not the sole provider that we know he is. Is genuinely joyous in what his ears purvey to him and so too are the rest of us. Cher.
While I do agree Angus Young would be up there I think Angus would have trouble playing like Tommy but I don't think Tommy would have any trouble playing like Angus if he wanted to (Not jumping about, just Style)

3Chris Cheney
I'm good mates with chris I would go around his house and have a jam with him what you guys have seen is nothing yet he has shown me some licks to play and they are too hard for me to play laugh out loud
I wish chris and emma didn't move to LA I miss them
Rock on chris you are the best
Chris Cheney us the master of all styles in my opinion. He can play every thing from heavy fat rock riffs to country twang And every thing in-between
His song closing in is one of the most advanced aussie guitar masterpieces I have ever heard.

4Ian Moss
Moss's guitar work, electric, and acoustic (his Six Strings CD is quite breathtaking) is second to none in terms of Aussie guitarists, in my view. The fact that his musical talent is not so well known outside of Australia is the rest of the rock music world's loss.
Ian Moss is talented to a crazy level, he was perfect as a musician. The sound he achieved was always fantastic and his stage presence was just amazing. The way he moved and the amount of passion he showed while playing is so intense.
There's no question in my mind that Mossy is up there with the better-known guitar greats. Distinctive style, whether on electric or acoustic, alone/with Chisel, lead breaks/solo or rhythm playing. A rare gem.

5Jim Moginie
So complex in his writing it takes someone of equal brilliance to play. Jim and martin rotsey an amazing combination

6Andrew Stockdale
Where Eagles Have Been solo is one of the best I've heard. And don't get me started on Back Round.


7Tim Rogers

8Cameron Muncey

9John Butler

10Mark Seymour

The Contenders

11Malcolm Young
the driving force behind AC/DC



13Tim Farriss

14Smokin' Joe Robinson
A great Tommy Emmanuel inspired fingerpicker who has the whole world in his hands

15Jeff Lang
Its spelt ling but regardless, he's still a fantastic guitarist

16Frank Gambale

17Keith Urban

18Paul Kelly

19Murray Cook

20Stuart MacLeod

21Josh Cunningham

22Ray Beadle
Saw him at Byron recently... Very enjoyable

23Harvey James

24Kirk Pengilly

25Phil Emmanuel
Just as good as his brother.

26Phil Manning
Still got it... Never lost it. Byron Bay was set alight. Go Phil

27Daniel Johns
Silverchair's Lead singer and guitarist is amazing

28John Brewster

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