Top Ten Best Effects Guitarists

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1Matt BellamyMatthew James "Matt" Bellamy is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and compose most famous for being the main vocalist in alternative rock band Muse.

Bellamy pushes effects to a whole new level. Muse conveys so much power, energy and emotion each time they perform a riff or a solo live, even one that they've played a thousand times before. That's why Bellamy is my favorite guitarist, because he figuratively (and sometimes literally) throws his guitar over the top of the barrier of what a guitar is supposed to sound like.

The funny thing is, his favourite guitarist as a child was in fact, Tom Morello. Obviously the knowledge has rubbed off on him, with solos in the songs 'Supermassive Black Hole' and 'Thoughts of a Dying Atheist'. - lilbullet111

New born, supermassive black hole, plug in baby, knights, listen to HARRP & all the live performances of muse

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2Tom MorelloThomas Morello is an American musician, singer-songwriter and political activist. He is best known for his tenure with the band Rage Against the Machine and then with Audioslave.

This is a man that knows his stuff. He doesn't just play a pentatonic scale for every solo or riff that he does. He experiments and uses the, as he says, happy accidents that occur during rehearsal and practice. - lilbullet111

Just plain godly, him and Tim can do some seriously wild stuff.

If morello is ever over taken then this list should be deleted, bellamy is good but muse would even be around if it wasnt for rage or morello, best guitarist ever in my opinion!

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3The Edge

The man behind the music of one of the most influential bands of all time, The Edge can play. Best known for his echo effects, this guitarist is pretty awesome. - lilbullet111

Never uses the same effect twice. - rocker1796

4David GilmourDavid Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer.

For David Gilmour, it was a test. A test to see how many pedals he could fit into one effects unit. When he plays, it's a trip to the dark side of the moon for us. - lilbullet111

5Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.

Just remember that this is the best effects guitarists, not guitarists. This man was a pro of pyrotechnics and full-on sonic freakouts. Just listen to his rendition of 'The Star Spangled Banner'. - lilbullet111

6Joe Satriani

Four words for you. 'Surfing with the Alien'. Just listening to that track shows you his amazing capabilites with effects, like his scream by pushing the pickups while manouvering the whammy bar. - lilbullet111

Like lilbullet111 wrote, just hear his masterpiece "Surfing with the Alien". If you hear it and you still don't think he deserves the best place, go and listen to many other of his songs, he uses really good effects!
By the way, I respect that Tom Morello is in fist place because he always makes strange and awesome effects while playing - rock2metal

7Eddie Van HalenEdward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.

Eddie Van Halen makes guitar effects that will make your hair stand up and give you goosebumps
Eddie should be #1

8Jeff BeckGeoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck is an English rock guitarist. He is one of the three noted guitarists to have played with The Yardbirds.

Sure, he doesn't use that many effects, but I'm going to put him in here for his expert use of the whammy bar. The amazing thing is, he could manouvere it fantastically and it seemed that his guitar didn't even go out of tune! - lilbullet111

9Jack White

King of distortion in my opinion. This man knows how to mix crazy heavy sounds with blues and feel. And his great use of octave pedals for 'Seven Nation Army' just makes him known worldwide. - lilbullet111

10Thurston Moore

He's done the things on guitar no on else ever thought about. And this was starting in the early 80s! Take that, Tom Morello! (I do respect both guitarists, though)

Tom Morello seems to have taken tons of the noises Thurston made at least a year before he did. Thurston ROCKS. If you don't thing he's the best, then you obviously don't know who started it all. (it's Thurston! )

Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore bring the word 'Sonic' to a whole new level. It's truly amazing how far you can take technical abilties these days. And man he knows how to scream. - lilbullet111

The Contenders

11Kirk HammettKirk Lee Hammett is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus.

WAAH! WAH! Yeah, this guy can do a lot of good solos without the wah pedal but with it he can do awesome things like enter sandman ore don't tread on me!

12John FruscianteJohn Anthony Frusciante is an American guitarist, singer, producer and composer.He is best known for his time with the Funk Rock California based band the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
13Kurt CobainKurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, he started the grunge band Nirvana. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.

I'd say that this legend is the knig of the quiet-loud contast, notable in songs 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' and 'Lithium'. - lilbullet111

14Jonny GreenwoodJonathan Richard Guy, professionally known as Johnny Greenwood is an English musician and composer, mostly known for his role as the one of the lead guitarists and main keyboardist of the English alternative rock band Radiohead.

Tom Morello and Jimi Hendrix definitely deserve a high place on this list, but where is Jonny? Seriously this guy puts so much psychedelic emotion and touch in his melody with the nuances of his fx, listen to the guitars on 'Paranoid Android' and 'Subterranean Homesick Alien' to name a few!

15Synyster GatesBrian Elwin Haner, Jr., better known by his stage name Synyster Gates or simply Syn, is an American musician, best known for being the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Avenged Sevenfold.

Pure clean picking and all the notes are touched. And the slides, pull ups and etc are just very awesome

16BucketheadBrian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.V1 Comment
17Mike Einziger
18Brian Welch
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