Best Technical Guitarist

copkiller

Yeah now we all know there is a Greatest Guitarists Ever List, but a lot of them are not very technical compared to some other guys. Vote for the best technical guitar player. Who“s technique is awesome? Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

1
Tomo Milicevic
Everyone who voted for this guy has clearly never sean a 30 seconds to mars tab compared to a megadeth tab or maybe they've never even heard a technically proficient guitarist because this is just beyond wrong

2John Petrucci
Other than John Petrucci and Steve Vai, this is a horrible list. No way that the guitarist for 30 seconds to mars should even be here, or the guy from muse. Van Halen was good BACK THEN. I could name 10 dudes who blow these guys out of the water easy. Kirk should not be above Dime, and I don't think herman deserves to be here because he basically only plays the same major scale and taps a lot.

This is just a bad list.
I've never heard of tomo milicevic, so I won't say anything about him, but petrucci not only plays fast, he uses the right techniques at the right time. His well placed arpeggios and screaming pinch harmonics add that extra bit to his songs. He also does all this while changing time signatures every couple bars
Who the hell is Tomo Milicevic compared to him? He is just very popular and no matter what the question is his fans vote for him. That is just wrong, only because he has lots of fans doesn't mean he is the best guitarist. Try looking at John Petrucci's solo's and Tomo's solos and just admit it
[Newest]Best melodic solos ever

3Matt Bellemy
Morello/Hammet/Bellemy certainly do not belong in this list and in my humble opinion Paul Gilbert beats them without touching his guitar.

4Buckethead
People who would put Matt Bellemy up there obviously have no knowledge of the guitar what so ever.
obvious choice is obvious. Matt Bellamy's good too. Who's Tomo Millicevic with 47. 3 votes? Oh and Tom Morello should be in the top 5. TECHNICAL GUITARIST!

AymanKabir

How are Tomo and Matt more technically proficient than this ultra prolific (13 albums in a single year) man?

5Steve Vai
People often pick guitarist from their favorites bands and while they might be a good guitarist, technically they often are not even close to Steve Vai and I am certainly not a Vai fan. I have my own favorites but this is about being technical wether you the music like it or not. Steve Vai is in control of his instrument but what he actually does might not always be clear to everybody, his amazing skills go by unnoticed.
Technique is about control of one's instrument; this is about playing precisely as well as quickly. And in songs like 'Tender Surrender' and 'Call it Sleep' Vai's ability to control every tiny noise of his instrument is mind-blowing. And this is still technique, rather than musicianship or artistry or whatever.
Saw Steve Vai, Joe Satriani & John Petrucci live in a G3 concert. Steve Vai could play whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted with ease.

John Petrucci was very good but was obviously putting a lot of effort into things. Joe Satriani was a step up from Petrucci - just a pity that the guys he had in his band were just like background noise.

6Kirk Hammett

7Eddie Van Halen
All right, whomever thinks that Eddie isn't the most technically proficient guitarist ever is an Ass. Rolling stone even ranked him no.2 after Hendrix saying and I quote "Eddie is the most technically proficient Guitarist that ever lived, but hendrix had much, much more soul!. "

His technical innovations are unrivaled;
He revolutionized tapping, used a power drill at the beginning of the song "Poundcake", and used the tuning dials on the guitar not only to adjust but used them in the Instrumental "Cathedral" to sound like a synthesizer. He also had his guitars made of chainsaw parts, and other weird shit not normally used giving him that unique sound that no matter if you can pick like him, or play as fat as him. You will never duplicate his playing. EVER!.
Eddie Van Halen is the best technical guitarist of all time. He can do things that only a few others can do. Steve Vai is right up there with him, but Eddie gets the crown by a nose.
Greatest guitarist of all time. Most influential.

8Joe Satriani
This is a music theory encyclopedia...He's forgotten more chords and scales than the rest of this list put together - that said... I don't think his feel can match several of these guys but the list is for TECHNICAL players
He is best Guitarist with greatest Sound, greatest technique and greatest melody. He is the Guitarist of Guitarist. Every Songs from him has its own taste. You can listen his song to lern technik and also just to relax. Even people with no musical Talent like his songs.
How can Satriani not be in the top ten? another crappy list

vinzomo


9Tom Morello
Not technically a virtuoso, but his lack of playing scales at extremely fast speeds is replaced by using his instrument in a way no other guitarist has. He used every noise producing facet of his instrument in a ways that weren't just unique but fit in perfectly with his compositions. His riffs are also unsurpassed by anyone except perhaps Nuno Bettercourt. Listened to Tomo Milicevic and Matt Bellemy who are in the top three. They shouldn't even be listed in the top million. I know guys who sit in their bedroom with higher guitar virtuosity and talent than those two players. The rest on the list can be subjectively argued as amazing guitarists. Kirk Hammetts solos were pretty hacky though. Amazing riffage though. This lists voting should be directed at musicians only, otherwise it's just a popularity contest of what band you like best..

10Dimebag Darrell
I agree... The ability that he had to use harmonics make a guitar squeal was amazing.
Just cover some of his song and you will understand!

The Contenders

11Herman Li

12Synyster Gates

13Yngwie Malmsteen
Ygnwie Malmsteen is easily as technical as the majority of the people on this list and is only really NEAR equaled by the likes Of John petrucci, Ron Jarzombek, Joe satriani, Chris boderick (although chris is much lower on this list) and Fredrik Thordendal (depending on which song. )

The only guitarist on this list who actually plays more complex pieces of music (and only for brief moments.. usually less than 1 minute at A time. ) is MUHAMMAD SUICMEZ.

How Ygnwie Malmsteen is behind SYNYSTER GATES is completely beyond me.

I'm not saying he should top the list either... nor is he my favourite guitarst (that would be someone like Christian Meunzer, Jari maenpaa or something along these lines. ) but he most certainly deserves to be above at least 99% of the players on this list.

I'm also shocked that kirk and dimebag even got A mention on this list, sure you could argue they make great music but neither of them play anything as complex as your average MODERN metal band (half of the metalcore and deathcore bands these days even play wildly more complex material. )

Really JASON BECKER didn't get A mention on this list? Nor JEFF LOOMIS.

technicalbrutaldeath

How is this guy not at the top!?!
Yngwie was the pioneer of modern technical guitar playing and the neo-classical movement. He influenced many amazing players and remains one of the greatest guitarists ever.
1. Skwisgaar Skwigelf
2. Yngwie
3. Petrucci
4. Vai
5. Paul Gilbert
6. Satch
7. Buckethead
8. Friedman
9. Dimebag
10. Chuck Schuldiner

14Zakk Wylde

15Dave Mustaine
Well I've seen guys that are just as technical as mustaine but no one more technical (ever heard a song called rattlehead? Or maybe this day we fight? ) but in addition to this he also does vocals which I've never seen the other ultra technical guitarists do so I'll pick mustaine. Also I feel it's worth mentioning that I haven't seen anyone surpass him in any level of guitar playing ability (not just technical ability) but there are tons of guys who are as good as him in most or al areas but they don't do vocals. Although I'll admit that I'm biased because megadeth us my favourite band and I don't play guitar so I might be mistaken. But I'm stil going with mustaine.

16Ron Jarzombek
He is the most unbelievably awesome guitarist ever. He has written an album with 45 songs, which can be played from any song and still sound great, and sounds like one 45 minute song if played from the start. He has written an album of songs synchronised to scenes from movies. And, he writes everything in twelve tone, a really complicated system of playing instruments. Listen to 'Cretaceous Chasm' by Blotted Science and you will know what I mean...
This dude must be the most incredibly, unbelievably, inhumanly technical guitarist ever. He synchronises his guitar with scenes from movies and cartoons (see 'A Wild Hare by Spastic Ink- synchronised to Bambi, or 'Cereal Mouse' by the same band) He writes loads of stuff in 12 tone, which is one of the most difficult ways of writing, and he does this thing where he assigns notes to letters of the alphabet and spells out words, like his name for example. The songs still sound amazing after all this!
This guy is so talented I swear he isn't even human...

17Guthrie Govan
Guthrie at 18 and '30 seconds from Mars' guitarist at number 1. This is quite possibly the most hilarious list I have EVER seen. Anyone who honestly believes this list needs a serious psychological intervention.

18Tosin Abasi
The only reason this guy isn't number one is that he isn't particularly well know. Google 'Animals As Leaders' and listen to a song or two. He is one of the most, insanely, ridiculously technical guitarists ever, along with Jeff Loomis and Ron Jarzombek.
SIMPLY REDICULOUS, ABSOLUTELY RETARDED

19George Lynch
Master of octaves (especially the gothic octave), classical chromatics, and legato techniques. Marty Friedman #2.

20Mikael Akerfeldt

21Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal

22Muhammed SuiƧmez
My gosh! This guy is THE most technical guitarist that ever stepped earth! He made one album by himself and played guitar on Necrophagist 's Epitaph... Like a boss. People should appreciate the master skills of Mr. Muhammad Suicmez.
#27? Are you kidding me? This guy on everyone else on this list. The complexity of his riffs, the amazing tone and lightening fast precision of his solos, paired with his inhuman consistency (I challenge you to find a mistake in any live show he's ever played)... he is technically unparalleled. Then again, if you leave anything up to popular vote, you're going to get a popularity contest I suppose.

23Nuno Bettencourt
He isn't the best technically, maybe on rhythms and soloing he is really good too, so yes he is really cool

24Shawn Lane
No one had the TOTAL package like this guy. He had top end speed, pin point accuracy, perfect tone, insane melodic lines and not to mention his unbelievable ability to pick every note while doing insane stretches at high speeds. Just listen to the solo at the end of Get you back.
This make me take a herb up now...

25Chris Broderick
Kirk hammett is not good technical guitarist a great technical guitarist is Broderick he's not my favorite but in technical view he almost beat anyone Petrucci is another great technical guitarist My favorite guitarist is Mustaine I don't vote for him so stop putting Hammett and Synyster Emo
Chris broderick must be at top 5, just hear
This is about the best technical guitarist not best guitarist, you guys must see chrisĀ' shred or his mozart cover then you can vote and stop voting for dave mustain or kilk hammelt

26Michael Romeo

27Ritchie Blackmore

28Paul Gilbert
I admit I can't believe that Paul wasn't part of the best list until now. He's amongst the best out there, both in technique and song-writing

29Steve, Righ?

30Arjen Anthony Lucassen

31Alvin Lee

32Marty Friedman
Believe me tommo milicevic can't play the solo from tornado of souls, hangar 18. And another god guitarist who deserves to be in top 10 is Jimmy page Led zeppelin. His solo in stairway to heaven is regarded as the best solo and the hardest to play along with eddie van halen's solo in eruption.

33Alexi Laiho

34Joe Stump

35Andy Timmons

36Doug Aldrich
He's awesome he has played with Dio and now with Whitesnake and he is Awesome!

37Jason Becker
Best and most technical guitarist ever

38Steve Lukather

39John Frusciante

40Rory Gallagher

41Richie Sambora

42Slash

43Marc Seal
Amazing guitar player. His CD's are great and he is awesome in concert!
Great guitar player. Love his show, The Ultimate Guitar Show on Cox T.V.!

44Brad Paisley

45Keith Urban

46Fredrik Thordendal
This man needed to be in the list! He deserves to be in the top ten lists! Listen to Vanished, Sane, and Soul Burn. The main reason to listen to the great technicality of Meshuggah.

47Andy James
This guy is a machine.

48Jason Dsouza
Kickass guitarist.. Shredder. N good melodies

49Angel Vivaldi
Because he is another solo shredder who is highly skilled at playing guitar.

50Paco de Lucia
Plays the most technical style of music the best of anyone

51Al Di Meola

52John McLaughlin

53Christopher Parkening

54George Gaytan
This guy is incredible, best unknown guitarist ever

55Jeff Loomis

56Jimi Hendrix
He might not be the most technical but he was still technical

57Joe Bonamassa

58Chuck Schuldiner

59Rodrigo Sanchez

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Updated Saturday, October 25, 2014


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