Greatest 21st Century Guitarists


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Synyster Gates
His string work is phenomenal, his solos are gripping, he shreds like no other and no Avenged song would be nearly as phenomenal without him.
Synyster Gates is one of the most talented musical geniuses of the last 30 years.
This is the best guitar player I have ever seen. I am now doing him on my guitar class project. Awesome!
He is the best guitaris I've ever see

2Matthew Bellamy
Bellamy was ranked #19 on Gigwise's list of The 50 Greatest Guitarists Ever
. Total Guitar readers voted Bellamy #29 on a list of the Top 100 Guitarists of All Time. Bellamy's riff from "Plug In Baby" was #13 in Total Guitar's poll of the Top 100 Riffs of All Time

Bellamy named "Guitarist of the Decade" and proclaimed to be "the Hendrix of his generation"
Watch him live. He puts on a show like no-one else, strutting around the stage, owning every member of the audience. There's a reason Muse are the best live band of today.
Hey... I came from outer space and from the year 3013 and we are still listening to muse.. About lead guitarist and singer matt?... Man... He is way better than many successful guitarist.. Even rolling stone magazine honored him with the title of best guitarist of 21st century... And the way and variety of guitars matt uses... Hez the guitarist of your futute guys! :D
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3Brian Welch

4James Shaffer

5Frank Iero

6Matthew Tuck

heart burst into fire was great!

Bullet for my valentine sucks it is the worst band ever their voices are like girls and I think they don't even know how to tune their guitars

7Jason Mraz
Jason Mraz is just amazing at everything from singing to playing his guitar you should vote for him because he is the best!

8Josh Homme

9Richard Z. Kruspe
most original guitarist of this time. cool guy and great guitar play
One badass guitar player who proves you don't have to be fast to be the best.
Mein Herz brennt is The Song

10Jamie Cook

The Contenders

11Michael Joseph Keneally

Thunder Horse is The Song

12Terry Roadcase

13Jonny Greenwood

14Steve Brown

Dynasty Damnation is The Song

15Alexi Laiho
The most amazing guitar work out of any band I've ever heard has come from Children of Bodom. I just can't get enough!
Children of bodom is one of my favourite bands now. Listen to "Was it worth it" or "Needled 24/7" and you will definitely agree!
Alexi laiho is the best... No one can be compared to him... He is god... He is king!

16John Gallagher

Shepherds Commandment is The Song

17Christopher Bradley

18Rob Barrett

19St. Vincent

20John Mayer
Its not just what he plays, but it's the way that he plays it. His style is one-of-a-kind and his solos, especially live, make him the best in the business. This guy is the new Hendrix, and in 20 years or so, he'll too have legendary status.
His guitar playing is mind blowingly good! Could listen to him just playing guitar for hours it would never get old! Can't wait for his new album this year!
He is a real genius. Incredible guitar player. A true musician. He can literall y make out with the guitar and god knows how he compose those finger twisting melodies which soung very good. He is even better on a live performance

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21Jake Pitts
He can play solos and chords he hopefully will one day be listened to not just by 12 year old girls

22Jack Johnson

23Mark Tremonti
What is wrong with everybody?! Perhaps they are unfamiliar with Mark's guitaring but he shreds the axe better than anyone else this century except, perhaps, Synyster Gates. Mark is a great guitarist and his solo on "Blackbird" by Alter Bridge may be the best solo of the 21st century.

24Dan Donegan

25Robb Flynn

26John Frusciante
John Frusciante is an absolute musical genius. His work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers is fantastic, but I think his solo stuff is the decisive factor, that he's the best guitarist of 21st century.
I don't know which song is the best of him, because all of them are great, but if you want to hear real guitar songs listen to "Before The Beginning", "Murderes", "Central" or "Another" from his band project Ataxia with Josh Klinghoffer. Listen to "Niandra LaDes And Usually Just A T-Shirt"... Fantastic.
John frusciante is the best. And so are the rhcp
The 21st century Hendrix.

27Jack White
My top 5 would be:
Jack white,
Brad delson,
Synster gates,
Matthew Bellamy,
John frusciante...

But Jack white wins by a great margin with all others... He's the one who defined some greatest guitar riffs and solos...

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