Greatest 21st Century Guitarists

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The Top Ten

1
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
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.
[Newest]Some of his best work can be heard in Psycho.

3Brian Welch

4James Shaffer

5Frank Iero
Proves that short people rock the hardest!
Oh my days this list is so wrong

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
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!

10John 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.

The Contenders

11Richard 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


12Jamie Cook

13Michael Joseph Keneally
Thunder Horse is The Song


14Jonny Greenwood
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


18John Gallagher
Shepherds Commandment is The Song


19Christopher Bradley

20Rob Barrett

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