Greatest Electric Guitarists


The Top TenXW

1Jimi Hendrix

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.

Jimi Hendrix All Along the Watchtower is the most insync guitar song ever made Amazing sounds each tune perfectly following one after the other
Jimi Hendrix is just like Bruce Lee he's the greatest and with the technology given of his time he perfected the sound of the guitar more than any guitarists today

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

Really over rate, it s a hype

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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.

They even had to put what band he was in to make sure people know who he is... come on people! Anyone who says this guy is #1 over Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, And Jimi Hendrix is insane/Doesn't know what their talking about. Everyone knows that "Richie Sambora" Doesn't compare to Jimi Hendrix! This list is good, But VERY out of order... (Joe Perry at #95 and Richie Sambora at #1)...

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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

Eddie is without a doubt the greatest electric guitarist that ever lived! Period.

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4Jimmy Page

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..

He is the best!

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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.

Clapton Clapton Clapton!
The best of the best.

Great composer and even best playing guitar.

Better than bon jovi

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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

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

8Ritchie Blackmore

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!

play the guitar so low..
and always perform great awesome solo with a nice style of Rock !

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.

He was number 1

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10Synyster Gates

Atleast 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..

But Comparing to that Generation we need something better or better change. So By far SYNYSTER is one of the greatest guitarists of all times.. & Brandon Jacobs from the band MUTINY WITHIN, Herman li, Mark tremonti, Alexi Wildchild.. etc these guys have MORE TALENT than those oldies.. BUT I LOVE THEM TOO THATS WHY I TOLD SYN IS ONE OF MY FAVS...

Synyster soloes - Bat country, Beast and the harlot, Afterlife, Almost easy, So far away, Seize the day, Nightmare, Scream, Second heartbeat.. etc

Ok let me tell you, Pick any song from AVENGED SEVENFOLD [all albums] And just listen.. Thats what a great guitarist should be.. not one or two solos...! Amazing musical talent should be there to make & Write good music..!
Thats why I gave my vote to SYN... ! - skt

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.

I think he should be first.

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The Contenders

11Carlos Santana

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

Who has a better mix of tone and phrasing? Nobody

He should in the top 10 and if you don't belive me get his song into the night

12David Gilmour

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

Of the living.. He is the best and seasoned guitarist there is hands down.

At 12?! He deserves top 5...true master of 6 strings

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13Randy Rhoads

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 Zappa

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.

Frank had it great player-composer- and a great sense pf humor

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

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

He never played a song the same way twice - vwade8

He was the Greatest Guitarist in my opinion.

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16Jeff Beck

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

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

Most tasteful control with good feel.

As per clapton beck is the best

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17Brian May

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!


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.

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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.

One of the greatest. Period!

Better than the rest. He is my favorite now.

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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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