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His guitar really amazing...
he can make a really beautiful melody...
I love all of his song... He is the best composer & Guitarist ever...
OAA, his guitar is incridible amazing! his melody is so awesome! GO KEN!
Ken is The Best Guitarrist In The World, and composer, is a lovely person
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AOI is THE BEST GUITARIST ALL OVER THE WORLD from THE BEST BAND ALL OVER THE WORLD. He's better than anyone. He can't be beaten. He's AOI.
He is a guitarist from The GazettE, second best only to Uruha
Aoi from the GazettE, you are amazing guitarist! He composed beautiful music in uncertain sense and shiroki yuutsu. He also nice and cheerful person.
Go for AOI SUPERSTAR!
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How come chuck norris isn't first?
His Pinched Harmonics make dormant volcano's come alive.
WHAT I can't believe that Glenn number 50 he is so under rated the way he plays solos is amazing my favorite guitarist ( 2nd place is Jimi Page)
I love glenns guitar playing. He is the reason why I started to play guitar. His solos are very intenive and melodic and his guitar playing and kk s of course are unbelievable. In my opinion judas priest is the greatest metal band of all time.
The Glen (and KK too) are a few of the most underrated guitarists in history as they both have mastered the fretboard and blaze up and down it like Metal Gods, thus solidifying that oh-so sinister authentic sound that is Judas PriestMore comments about Glenn Tipton
He is an excellent artist! I love him, and I know that he can play every song! Obviously Pauli must be in the number one, no 44 place! But I hope all his fans vote for him! Also when he plays in live the guitar is like magic!
GUITAR GOD! Pauli has a lot of talent
Needs to be in top 10
Hei! Here is a very fanatic of The Rasmus and I say Pauli is the best guitarist in the world! His guitarsolos are so magical and cool! I don't know a guitarist who is better then him.More comments about Pauli Rantasalmi
Highly underrated. This guy was the pinacle progressive rock guitarist. Recommend people listen carefully to early genesis records
A true jack-of-all-trades.Could go from tapping runs(1971,who else did this is 71!)to Segovia style classical to frantic squeals and squonks(pun intended)in the space of eight minutes.Highly underrated because band he was in didn,t get big in America until after he left.And when Hackett left, Genesis was never the same band.
He played a Hokada guitar/synthesizer...unbelievable ghostly sounds...especially hits hard in concert !!
I concur with the previous comments, and If you really appreciate rock/blues guitar look into it's history. Maybe it's only other guitarists who really appreciate him. Long live this King
It's sinful and blasphemous that Albert King did not make the top 100. But like Robert Johnson's ranking, time will adjust all things. In 50 years, 98% of the people in the top 150 won't be known.
that this man isnt even in your top 100 is a joke
Buddy Guy is my favorit of all of them. The man is just AWSOME. I myself play guitar I concider myself as a blues guitarist. I wish I could play as good as him. But I'm working on it. Buddy plays his fenders real well I own 2 fenders a tel and a strat my dream is to have my strat signed by him.
First off Buddy Guy has inspired many of the greats such as SRV, he is also better than joe perry who is on the first list and bb king. bb king is more of a singer. I would have him at around number 5
Saw him live in '97 incredible show. A legend of guitar. Should be top tenMore comments about Buddy Guy
Seriously, all the talk of innovation, technique, etc in defense of old musicians who laid the foundation but can not touch what Tosin does. He plays 8 stings for goodness sakes! Everyone else on this list would have a hard time mastering 7 with the exception of Vai.
Tosin Abasi is possibly one of the greatest guitarists alive right now. Definitely brings all of Animals As Leaders together. Although all of his songs are instrumentals the notes speak for itself. He may be Meshuggah inspired (don't get me wrong, Meshuggah is great) but he definitely has his own flavor.
Are you kidding? 431? This man is a musical genius. Animals As Leaders, and TRAM... Mick Jagger isn't even a guitarist and he Is higher up on this list. Slash is mediocre, but with Tosin Abasi at 431 he has no place even on it.
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Hizaki's not only really talented, but how many times have you seen a man play such solos in a Rococo-esque dress and not mess up? His riffs are melodic, soothing, yet have so much power and feel to it.
Go to Youtube and search for History of the Other Side, Ascendead Master and Desert Apple, just to name a few.
This guy is insane good creating fantastic original melodies and his technical ability is great.
I love guitar & I respect many on these pages but I must vote for the one that changed me. I will never be the same after hearing him play. No one else has ever done this to me before so the honor goes to Hizaki. There are many talented guitarists here with many different styles but it all seems like child's play after you hear Hizaki. He can do it all if he really wanted to I am positive that this is true.More comments about Hizaki
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Teru is not one of the best guitarist on the Earth, he IS the best guitarist! He plays with emotion, and when you listen a music he has composed, you understand his feelings and what is the message he want to pass. When I'm listening to "For You", I'm almost crying and when it's "Flowery", a lot of energy flow in my veins!
Teru is my favourite guitarist for all of that and also because he plays very fast and he's very cool, nice and listening to the public. Thank you Teru!
Teru has an amazing and unique sweep picking technique and can play extremely fast.
He improved a lot during the last years.
I my opinion he's the best guitarist in the world!
Teru is amazing, he plays with emotion. His technique is wonderful.
He is a great person too and his songs are sweet and powerful...
I cannot believe that No one has mentioned this man. He is and Has been one of the best and most innovative Musicians on earth. Pick up I.O.U. and give it a Listen. This record is a quarter century old and is STILL ahead of it's time. HellaGood stuff.
lol 153 my ass. number 1 all the way... I can not believe he is this far down the list. I guess if you don't know music it makes sense.
I have been blessed to see a true MASTER of his instrument. You will never see any tribute band or have any one cover his songs(good luck). I would put him against anyone, his dedication to the instrument is second to none! This is coming from a drummer, no less...More comments about Allan Holdsworth
Every time I listen his solos I am like a crazy man!
For him I playing now guitar, he playing on my favorite band HIM... I don't have words to talk for him he is the best!
Daniel 4 ever!
Ah Linde, to see you here is wonderful, but to see you so low in the list saddens my heart. You have shown us some of the potential that lies within you ready to burst in screams through your guitar, not only with HIM but on your own as well.
LINDE! LINDE! LINDE! LINDE! LINDE! LINDE!
LINDE ROCKS! Spread the word here HIMsters and Daniel Lioneye fans! Get more people voting for Linde!
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