Greatest Rock Guitarists of All Time


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41PrincePrince Rogers Nelson was born on June 7, 1958, and died on April 21st, 2016. he was a music legend from the 80s up until his death, best known for songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry".

Unmatched player. Best guitar player of all time. If you look at quotes from fellow guitar players like Clapton, Slash, Santana etc...

Awesome guitarist-a virtuoso. Should be number 1

42John 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.

There is no way this guy is not in the top 5. He is Unreal probably the best in the world

Awesome guitarist who deserves the top 5.

Dude I just can't believe this... one of the most versetile and dedicated guitarists of all time on 46? Just listen to Californication, Scar Tissue, Can't stop, Snow, Dani California, Wet Sand, The Zephyr Song, n Under the Bridge and you will come to know what I am trying to say

43Brad Delson

Its just so unfair... He deserves 2 be in top 10ns :'(

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44Robert Fripp

No one sounds like Fripp and Fripp sounds like no one.

45Al Di Meola
46Matthew 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.

Listen to Plug in Baby, Stockholm Syndrome and Reapers. That's enough to show how much of a great technical guitarist he is.

Matt is a superb guitarist, I have no idea why he's so low down on the list?

47James 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.

Hetfield is the best guitarist ever! Just listen to any Metallica song and you'll know what I'm talking about!

Well, I think Hetfield is a better guitarist than Hammett. - Nintendonix

48Joe WalshJoseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh is an American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.

Should be in the top ten at least!

Definitely should be in top 20 at least

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49Joe PerryAnthony Joseph "Joe" Perry is the lead guitarist, backing and occasional lead vocalist, and contributing songwriter for the American rock band Aerosmith.

He makes the music of aerosmith without him the group almost disappeared and he deserves almost top 5

He's really underrated. Just listen to any song of Aerosmith's Rocks or Toys In The Attic and you know what I'm talking about.
by the way, 90s Aerosmith sucks, so don't try that.

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50Buck Dharma

Saw this guy live and was absolutely astonished by his work. Blue Ouster Cult will always be rock legends, and it's thanks to Buck Dharma and his lightning fast guitar skills.

Buck was my primary guitar influence growing up in the 70's. Very unique style and sound. Very underrated. Glad to see him on this list.

Don't Fear the Reaper! Thanks for the savage work Buck

51John McLaughlin
52Duane AllmanHoward Duane Allman was an American guitarist, session musician, and co-founder and leader of the Allman Brothers Band until his death in a motorcycle crash in 1971, when he was 24 years old.

One of the greatest sounds of the guitar. Duane Allman didn't have a lot of time to accomplish his career due to his early death in 1971. Even with his short years he was still a guitar legend.

Look at his circle of influence in short period of time he was here... Clapton, George Harrison etc.

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53Yngwie MalmsteenYngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.

This guy is the best guitarist in the world no one will ever come close to his ability not even Hendrix

Best ever! Fastest, the most talented, playing and composing, not only electric but acoustic

Mr. "Neo Classical, Guitarist, Revolutionarist" anyone?! Anyone who doesn't add him on the Top 10 of this list along with Steve Vai simply just can't relate to these masters music. SAD... Bring them up!

54Johnny RamoneJohn William Cummings, better known by his stage name Johnny Ramone, was an American guitarist and songwriter, best known for being the guitarist for the punk rock band the Ramones.
55Noel GallagherNoel Thomas David Gallagher is an English musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He served as the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the rock band Oasis.
56Frank 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.

Amazing guitarist! Puts everything he has, then a little bit more into every performance.

57Tak Matsumoto
58Carlos 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.

Be serious. I have been listening to this guy for 45 years, & it's hard to imagine him standing behind all of these other guys. He's just too good.

Carlos is rated way to low. He should be in the top ten

Santana #53? Are you crazy?
Ok, is a rock list... but if we are talking about guitars this is one of the top of this list.

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59Richie 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.

Are you kidding me? What hell is this?... Richie on 50? That's joke

Should be a lot higher... very underrated in my opinion

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60Bruce Dickinson - Iron MaidenPaul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.V1 Comment
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