Greatest 21st Century Guitarists

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1Synyster 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.

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 can never get enough credit and respect

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2Matthew 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.

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.

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"

Muse have all the skill and flare of any 20th century band. While they're not my favourite band of all time, Muse are definitely the only actual BAND worth listening too from 2000 on.

Just amazing!

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3Brian Welch
4James Shaffer
5Frank IeroFrank Anthony Iero, Jr. is a musician who was the rhythm guitarist and backup vocalist of the alternative rock band My Chemical Romance as well as the vocalist of the post-hardcore band Leathermouth and electronic-hardcore act Death Spells.

Proves that short people rock the hardest!

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6Matthew TuckMatthew "Matt" Tuck is a Welsh musician. He is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist in the Welsh heavy metal band Bullet for My Valentine.

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

Bullet For My Valentine one of the best bands... Matt's voice is great,playing guitar so amazing...he's My favorite guitarist with Richard Z. Kruspe

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

Josh has great versatility playing on drums in EODM and keyboard and singing in QOTSA but its his guitar skills that really demonstrate the musician he is!

9John 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.

he's the best... the best among all of them... he's the best, leave out all the rest,... the guy got the voice ti make your booty go... the guy got the music to make your booty go... the got the crowd of his fans to make your booty go straight... love him

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!

John should be at the top.

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10John 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.

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.

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11Richard Z. Kruspe

most original guitarist of this time. cool guy and great guitar play

Richard Z Kruspe, you can't dislike his guitar skills, I just don't see anyone that could do that.

One badass guitar player who proves you don't have to be fast to be the best.

I can't stop listening to him play. He's absolutely amazing.

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12Jamie Cook
13Michael Joseph Keneally

Thunder Horse is The Song -

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.

This guy can play the guitar like nobody else! His aggressive play style is woven into Radiohead's songs seamlessly. Every solo and every riff is a defining part of the song, and he can really improve the sound of music. He even plays the guitar with a viola bow.

The best guitarist on the best band of the last 15-20 years should be higher than 14

Incredible guitar player. I have never seen anything like him. ever!

15Terry Roadcase
16Alexi Laiho

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!

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!

Alexi laiho is the best... No one can be compared to him... He is god... He is king!

17Steve Brown

Dynasty Damnation is The Song -

18Christopher Bradley
19John Gallagher

Shepherds Commandment is The Song -

20St. VincentAnne Erin "Annie" Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.

She's an underrated guitarist, her skills on guitar are amazing, she's dynamic and she's got a Jimi Hendrix thing when she's playing it. She's so young and has so much potential, search the guitar solo of Rattlesnake or Your lips are red.

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