Greatest Living Guitarists

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21Tom MorelloThomas Morello is an American musician, singer-songwriter and political activist. He is best known for his tenure with the band Rage Against the Machine and then with Audioslave.

Nobody can make sounds with a guitar like Tom Morello, the best bar none.

22Tommy Emmanuel

No one else on this list can do what this man can do. He is the greatest guitar player alive today and probably the best ever. Watch him live I beg you and you will agree.

Hands down better then any guitarist I have ever seen I'm dead serious.. You guys are blind to a side of music I wish you have seem... YOUTUBE HIM! Classical gas

Sorry but I have to say Tommy is indeed the best ever... ASK Chet Atkins who he puts at number one? HE CAN DO IT ALL LADS.

Put him number one and that's all there is to say after you listen.

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23Joe Bonamassa

JOE BONAMASSA? Are you kidding me? This guy travels ALL OVER THE WORLD, plays at Albert Hall, does HIS band thing, tours with BCC, and he ONLY HAS A FAN BASE ON FACEBOOK OF ONLY 256 PEOPLE. THAT, folks, should tell you something. Yeah, he's good, but if you read his whining, crying, bitching session on Facebook after AGAIN not even getting a nod for a Grammy for the umpteenth time, well, then you would see why no one wants to give the guy a second look. His Daddy spent the money on getting him 'taught', then spent MORE money on 'pimping him' to the public eye as a kid, paid BB King to set in with him (yeah, this is the facts behind the story that his 'followers' don't share with the rest of you), and NOW, he travels around different venues WITH THE SAME SMALL GROUPS OF FANS following him like he is the next Messiah. It's ridiculous. Joe Bonamassa? NOT EVEN CLOSE... Maybe that's why only (1%) of ALL OF THOSE VOTING even 'voted' for the guy... Yeah, that would be about 256 people, oddly ...more - StratKat

Joe has 2 million 183,000 Facebook likes numb nuts. First of all, you have no idea how Clapton, SRV or any of the greats got to where they got and are. Yes Joe's dad created a path for him, what great anybody didn't. Tiger Woods, the Jacksons and so on had parent (s) that promoted and encouraged. Joe spends the majority of his life on the road entertaining and filling auditoriums. Isn't that truly what its all about? He is smart, he is a very large fish in a small pond. That is the way todays music business works. Outside of the Rap gender, making in blues and rock and roll is next to impossible. He has truly carved a notch in stone to be one of the greatest guitar tenders ever to be reckoned with. Trust me, the others have whined about this and that, only difference is, they didn't have social media to be exposed. He is one of the greatest players of all time and his creativity and excellence keeps evolving. Get used to him, he is not stopping!

After seeing Joe play live at the Palace Theater in Columbus, Ohio, I feel his ability and versatility are on a par with Clapton. Eric's voice is better.

I'm a guitar player and Joe is king

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24Brian MayBrian Harold May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.

Has a 2 PHD's in mathematiques and physics, is an astrophysisist and wrote "We will Rock You" How much greater can you get?!

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25Lindsey BuckinghamLindsey Adams Buckingham is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and producer, best known as lead guitarist and one of the vocalists of the musical group Fleetwood Mac from 1975 to 1987, and then 1997 to the present day.
26James HetfieldJames Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

He's just so bloody clean with everything he does. Enough said.

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27Synyster 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.

If they played more popular music he would be recognized as one of the best in the world he is so talented.

No one sounds like sinister gates, right now the best guitarist on earth

28Monte Montgomery
29Joe Satriani

This poll should be about their ability to play the guitar not their popularity. Sat and Vai should really be in the top 5 and not Slash and Hammet

I can't believe so many people haven't got a clue about the guitar. Joe and vai should be 1-2 without question.

Beck, Vai, and Satriani are the greatest guitarist's I have ever seen play in person, Slash and Eddie Van Halen can be their roadies

His skill is pretty unmatched. This proves this is mostly a popularity contest not based on skill

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30Richie SamboraRichard Stephen "Richie" Sambora is an American rock guitarist, producer, singer and songwriter who was the lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi for 30 years.

Oh Yes! The Greatest Guitarist of All-Time!

31Matt 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.

Best live act award winning performer twice must e in top ten matt is new gen. Guitarist he play live with lots of energy he just rocked stadium...0

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32Billy CorganWilliam Patrick "Billy" Corgan Jr. is an American musician, songwriter, producer, television writer, poet, and professional wrestling promoter best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and sole permanent member of The Smashing Pumpkins.

Corgan could definitely be higher than 13. I think he must get overlooked because people think of him as the singer of the Smashing pumpkins. But he could write some killer riffs (Bullet With Butterfly Wings, Where Boys Fear to Tread) and he could play some killer solos (Soma, Geek USA, Starla)

Heavy, melodic, psychedelic; he can do it all. A truly underrated guitarist.

33Zakk WyldeZakk Wylde is an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor who is best known as the former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, and founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society.

Wow what an understatement, obviously most of these voters have never seen any of these people actually play. Top 10 lifetime in skill!

Without a doubt one of the greatest current guitarists...key word is current.

34Dave MustaineDavid Scott "Dave" Mustaine was born September 13, 1961. He is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. He is best known as the co-founder, guitarist, and lead singer of the American thrash metal band Megadeth, and well known as the original lead guitarist for the American heavy metal ...read more.

In addition song writer and composer, not good singer. awesome guitarist.

35Guthrie Govan

Technically one of the best of all time - proficient in all aspects of his playing, and also plays with real feeling; seldom found among modern shredders. In my opinion the best guitarist on the planet.

The most technically accomplished guitar player on the planet

He is better than anyone on this list, simply the best electric guitarist I've ever heard

36Alexi Laiho

He is now good player, but he will be better when realize that speed in playing is only surfice and deep level is in composition. Alexi should focus to develope his songwriter skills and and write more versatile pieces.

Great skill should focus more on melody than just speed though

37Steve VaiSteven Siro "Steve" Vai is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer, born and raised on Long Island, New York.

Absolute legend on guitar no one can beat him and joe satriani

38Ted Nugent

Are you kidding? Listen to 'Stranglehold' - he's awesome! - genihanna

39I Wayan Balawan
40Stanley Jordan
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