Greatest Electric Guitarists

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1Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix was an American guitarist and singer. He's cited as one of the greatest guitarists to ever live. Hendrix was the member of "The Jimi Hendrix Experience" and all albums were succesful.

Shouldn't even be questioned. Ever hear of 'Voodoo Child'? Yeah, that was recorded in one take. & almost entirely improvised. & it's the greatest recording of an electric guitar being played EVER. & this isn't from some idiot who just listens to a lot of music, I play the guitar and have done a lot of reading and I know a few of your favorite guitarists would agree with me.

The best, if you look at it objectivley. Hendrix came along in the sixties and revolutionised the instrument like no other. A great live improviser, he also wrote amazing songs, and has inspired just about anyone who has picked up a guitar since. - Floods

Without Hendrix, you wouldn't have any of the electric guitarists on this list. Shredding, feedback and loads of other little techniques on the guitar wouldn't be used as frequently. This man did more for the guitar in a three album career than Synyster Gates will ever, ever do

Best guitarist ever

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2Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi)

Eddie Van Halen has Speed & Technique...
But Richie Sambora has EVERYTHING! He deserves to be the 1st! - Nirmal1991USA

Listen to Dry County solo... End of comment.

Sambora is a great guitarist that performs great stage act. He can play guitar while being a backed vocals. He is also a good songwriter.

He must be the first

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3Eddie Van Halen

He has surely got to be one of the greatest electric guitar players ever. He has everything. Some people just think he is fast, but it is his precision and technique. I have gotta be honest, Hendrix should be at the top.

Awe-inspiring, almost God-like riffs. Eruption is what made me a music fan in the first place. This man is just amazing.

eruption... Count the dots... Once I heard it... it left me speechless for this long - ballaboi17

God-like riffs

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4Jimmy PageJames Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

What the hell!?!? Jimmy page is the greatest guitarist ever! And this is coming from a guy who has listened to many many types of music... Page is one of the reasons I fell in love Led zeppelin... From Hendrix to Vaughan to Clapton to slash to Johnson to sambora to gilmour to Santana nobody mesmerised me more than page did... He made his guitar TALK. Phhff, bucket head? Gimme a rest! Just give a listen to Achilles last stand or any song from led zeppelin 1, 2, 4, HOTH or Physical Graffiti. In my view all of the albums led zeppelin had produced rocked! Page forever!

#8 Some people need to start listening to more music than Justin Beiber! It is shameful that Page is this low. If you are 20 or under please go listen to some Led Zeppelin music and come back and then vote.

Are young insane? Jimmy #11? I really need more information why Jimmy in #11..

Sheer brilliant

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5Eric Clapton

This list can't be taken seriously with Eric Clapton not even listed. What a joke. This list is based on popularity or perhaps record sales, not talent.

Great composer and even best playing guitar.

Just listen to Layla. It's all you need to do

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6Yngwie Malmsteen

Guitarists like satriani and vai kneel before the feet of Malmsteen and his awsome power over the guitar.. just TRY and match his fretting speed and precision.. you'll be trying for the rest of your life.

Icarus' Dream Suite Op.4... Enough said

Words other then genius couldn't describe him A #1

He is the Greatest

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Greatest riffs and solos look at Art of life. - TD17

8Ritchie BlackmoreRichard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, who began his career as a session musician as a member of the instrumental band The Outlaws and as a backing musician of pop singers such as Glenda Collins, Heinz, Screaming Lord Sutch and Neil Christian.

Greatest electric guitarist ever. He has the style that no one can beat. Just listen to Mistreated from Deep Purple and his early songs with Rainbow. He has the riffs that make our soul fly away.

He has the technique, speed and the soul... He is I think the top rock guitarist with a classical touch.

He can do it all hands down the greatest of time wether you love or hate him!

I agree he is the best lead guitarist.

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9Slash (Saul Hudson)

He is possibly the greatest guitarist ever! Listen to Sweet Child o Mine, Estranged, or November Rain... Slash should absolutely be higher up on this list!

Slash has a great ability in improvisation and all his solos are complex and are based in not only pentatonic scales but in scales which the melody is written. For this and more reasons, Slash should be placed in higher number!

Slash should be much higher on this list. Hendrix should be #1, Slash should be #2 and Eric Clapton #3. All of these guys are great guitarists but Hendrix, Slash and Clapton are in a totally different league.

Should definitely be at least number 2

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10Carlos SantanaCarlos Santana audio is a Mexican and American musician who first became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin American music.

For someone who has been playing guitar LONGER than some of these punks have been alive - listeners should give "Moonflower" a listen...

No weaknesses, his extended play albums in his early years were beyond reproach! Never loses sight of the rhythm, his interplay has depth, and his mastery of sound is superb! In top 5, for sure

Who has a better mix of tone and phrasing? Nobody

This list is by deaf and crazy people. Pure B.S.

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The Newcomers

?DJ Ashba

He's surely one of the best. This guy played with Guns N Roses but he joined Nikki Sixx's band (Sixx: A.M.).If you listen to his solos in Rise and Live Forever, you'll understand why he's on this list.

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11Synyster Gates

6th PLACE?! some people should get brains and listen to afterlife! SO FAST PACED! I say he is an expert at chugging and all of that and in afterlife, his guitar can make cool screaming sounds and I call synyster gates fans "synners" and he's got a great sense of humor and a beautiful voice!

Syn should be higher up
List should be
1. Slash
2. Jimi Hendrix
3. Stevie Ray Vaughan
4. Synyster Gates
After that, I don't really care. But any person with an actual brain for music knows that Slash, Jimi and Stevie need to be at the top of the list. Come on. Syn is the best of the modern guitar players. That's why he should be 4th, behind the greats.

At least Syn is in the Top ten.. It proves that some people have heard his solos and watched his live performances..! I Never say that he is the Greatest Electric guitarist.. Because Its all About Generation.. Slash, Jimi, Kirk, Randy R.. Etc They were the best in that Generation.. MASTERS..
:D

I think he should be first.

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12David GilmourDavid Jon Gilmour, CBE, is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer.

Of course the most talented and creative guitarist in the World. Guitarists like Slash can give stunts but cannot be such creative like Gilmour. I don't know why people cannot understand and like silly stunts rather than real talent. A layman can listen to the guitar solos of Echoes, Dogs, Coming BAck to Life, Comfortably Numb, Time... Of Pink Floyd and they will easily know his vast talent. Gilmour must be ranked higher.

Should be higher, and I wish he was. Pink Floyd are my favourite band, and David Gilmour's guitar solos can be matched by few, if any. Gilmour is famous for his bluesy, slow style that puts the emphasis on phrasing rather than technique. - Floods

What goes through this guys head into his strings nobody can duplicate. He makes it sing, whine and howl with matchless precision and beauty. To have him ranked this low is ridiculous.

Paints a picture with the guitar! Truly awesome!

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13Randy RhoadsRandall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot.

One of the greatest guitarists of all time... Randy Rhoads. Just listen to what the other guy said and Diary of a Madman... - ch153

He is the best guitarist ever, but got lost in the mist of time because of the tragic plane accident. R. I. P Randy Rhoads. - patrickfitzpatrick

The best guitarist of all time just listen to Crazy Train and Mr. Crowley.

RANDY RIP one if the best

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14Frank ZappaFrank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.

I would rank him second next to Hendrix, or maybe even first. He's a musical genius, none else would ever dare to play his solos.

As good as Jimi Hendrix but often overlooked.

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15Stevie Ray Vaughan

He can be seriously fast but has also got some slow but skilled songs such as lenny, and by my opinion has been one of the most skilled and influential guitarists of all time. RIP

Hardly anyone can play like him. Most People that can play Hendrix songs or any song that is considered difficult to play can't play Cold Shot or Pride and Joy the way Stevie does

GOD. The best blues guitarist an live player ever. Nothing more eneds to be said. - Floods

Love Stevie Ray wish he was still here

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16Jeff BeckGeoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck is an English rock guitarist. He is one of the three noted guitarists to have played with The Yardbirds.

Jeff Beck paved the way for heavy metal with the 1968 album 'Truth', and virtuoso instumental music with 1974s 'Blow By Blow'. Beck isn't the most talented songwriter, and some would say that he's wilfully underachieved, but he's one of the best guitarists ever, period. - Floods

If you were to ask all of the guitarists on the top 20, Jeff beck would be crowned number one. His technique and tone is like no other. He makes the guitar sing and was the first to ever be in that realm.

I was in (7th grade) math class and I was talking to the math teacher about music. And she didn't know Jeff Beck! That's crazy to me, I've been a fan since I was 6, which is 1/2 of my life. Lol

As per clapton beck is the best

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17Brian MayBrian Harold May, CBE is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.

People don't realize his geniality and playing style, he's up there with Hendrix, Van Halen and jimmy paige

Brian in my opinion is the best. his solo in bohemian rhapsody was absolutely amazing. not to even mention all his other solos in killer queen, play the game, somebody to love, one vision, who wants to live forever, we will rock you, I want it all, you are just amazing may.

Go Bri! You ROCK!
Brian May-----total amazing genius! Very underrated, just like QUEEN, the most awesome band on the planet!
Dr. Brian May-------absolutely brilliant, in so many ways, just like QUEEN!
Queen is so much more than just their hits. Their lesser known songs are all gorgeous gems, a treasure trove of sheer ecstasy!
Love you, Freddie, Brian, Roger, & John! You guys are the best of the best!

18BucketheadBrian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.

Yes, he wears a KFC bucket on his head and a Michael Myers mask on his face, but he's a genius. Buckethead (real name Brian Carroll) plays every style, from country to death metal. Albums like 'Monsters and Robots' and 'Population Override' are must-haves for any aspiring guitarists, and instrumentals like 'Nottingham Lace' and 'Too Many Humans' take some beating. - Floods

Buckethead would be Top 5 easy if he were more mainstream. The man can play anything and make it his own. If you're interested, I'd give "Nottingham Lace", "Final Wars", "Big Sur Moon", "Population Override", and "Soothsayer" a try just to get an idea of what I'm talking about. The sky is the limit from there.

No doubt, Buckethead is genius. Musician. Benediction.
Thank you Buckethead!

I can say same words for Jimmy Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Al Di Meola, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour and for a many more guitar giants and this words will be truth for every one of them.
There is no measure for the talent!
You can measure and compare mediocrity, but how you can compare the uniqueness?

All you can see in the charts is trendy people. Some of them are talented presenters, some of them are good musicians, some of them are great musicians and very few of them are genius.

19Joe Bonamassa

Great to see a continuation of guitarist greats, he is awesome!

We thought that Eric Clapton was the man until we heard Joe Bonamassa. He is incredible.

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20Steve Vai

The most technical electric guitarist...ever. Steve Vai may not be as flash as the likes of John Petrucci and Paul Gilbert, but when he does go flat-out, he's untouchable. Vai has mastered every technique imaginable, but still has soul. 'Passion and Warfare' and 'The Ultra Zone' are must haves. - Floods

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