Best Rhythm Guitarists


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61Richard Z. Krupse

He can write creative simple and aggressive guitar riffs. He is also a great singer check out the band Emigrate his side project band.

62Andy Summers

His work with The Police, a band that represented a new take on the idea of bass/drums/guitar trio in rock, was, arguably, the most innovative rhythm guitar playier of the last 30 (or so) years. - Brooklar

63Jerry CantrellJerry Fulton Cantrell Jr. is an American musician who is best known as the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and main songwriter for the rock band Alice in Chains.

Creative player in a sea of sameness. He is really a good musician

64Steve Lukather

Again, people just don't understand music theory like this guy. He could play 90% of their muted distortion with his testicles

This guys not a rhythm guitarist! He's an all around great guitarist! Seriously underrated, and definitally in my personal top 20 guitar players list!

65Pata (Tomoaki Ishizuka)

Why is Pata number 52?! He should be in top ten or top 5. How dare you put PATA at number 52!

He should be higher than this. At least he should be in the top 8. Those solos he played with hide are amazing. Sometimes he even plays solo himself. Hide and pata are best dou guitarist..

66Willie Adler

Lamb of gods rhythms are crazy! And by the way zacky from a7x can barely play... Just saying

67Richie Havens

Known as a "folk musician", anyone who ever heard Havens strumming his Guild acoustic guitar, in his heyday, with his unorthodox alternate tunings, and use of right hand thumb for fretting, knows that Richie was a rhythm monster. No less a jazz guitar giant than Jim Hall sites Havens as a favorite. - Brooklar

I saw Richie live. He beat the hell out of that guitar with unorthodox rhythms and playing style - broke like six strings, lol!

69Dexter HollandBryan Keith "Dexter" Holland is an American musician and molecular biology graduate student, best known as the singer, rhythm guitarist, and primary songwriter for the punk rock band The Offspring.

Seriously. Listen to The Offspring. Specifically

70Eric Peterson

He smokes Hetfield, in my not so humble opinion

71Max CavaleraMassimiliano Antonio "Max" Cavalera is a Brazillian singer, guitarist, and songwriter who currently plays in heavy metal bands Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, and Killer Be Killed.

His rythms in Sepultura are mindblowing, and he's a great thrash metal singer, that's why arise is the best album ever.

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72Phil Sgrosso

With Phil As I Lay Dying is incomplete...

73George Lincoln D'Costa

Best rhythm guitarist of Bangladesh

74Pat SmearGeorg Albert Ruthenber, professionally known as Pat Smear was the rhythm guitarist for the Grunge band Nirvana, and the Post-grunge band Foo Fighters..
75Gabriela Quintero

No-one does rhythm like she does

76Steve Cropper

How can Steve "the colonel" Cropper be in 73. Definitely Top 20 material. Underrated as hell. One great and groundbreaking guitarist with a real musical sense

Stax records soul man and all those hits plus he is a nice guy. Should be on the top of your list.

77Wilko Johnson

Truly awesome British rhythm guitarist so underrated

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79Kirk 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.

Kirk is the lead guitarist for Metallica, while James Hetfield is the actual rhythm guitarist.

Nope, I don't think he is good at rhythm guitar. Well personally I don't like his solos. I like Jame's solos and riffs more than his. - zxm

80Marten HagstromMårten Hagström, (born 27 April 1971) is the rhythm guitarist for the Swedish experimental metal band Meshuggah. Hagström, along with his bandmate Fredrik Thordendal, was rated #35 by Guitar World as the top 100 greatest heavy metal guitarist of all-time.

Simply the best... God among insects.

Can't believe that Marten isn't on the list! He also grooves and does some of the most complex, and technical metal rhythm guitar playing. Meshuggah's album obZen is proof of this.

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