Best Guitarists Ever

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201Trey Anastasio

It's a complete joke that Trey is not mentioned in the entire first 136 greatest guitarists on the list. He is well revered as being a prodigy in the mold of Hendrix, Santana, Jerry Garcia, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck (amazingly also not on this ridiculous list) : all his biggest influences. Trey can shred, play beautiful melodic rhythms, and rock hard with fat tone and immaculate phrasing. He is known for his innovative effects creativity-employing two tube screamers, phrase sampling and other looping effects, rotary simulations, flanger, compression/sustain, and many others. There has never been a guitarist who could so easily play blues, Jazz, prog-rock, hard rock, pop, accoustic, and classical. He is also an amazing composer and at the same time one of the greatest improviser. Nothig he can't do basically.

This is way too low on the list for Trey, but I know what happened. People hate Phish. Many have never even listened to Phish, but know a few Phish-heads, and it ruins everything by communicating their adoration for Trey and company in terms that is Emotional, but not musical. So when a non-fan (or even an actual fan like me) here's why people think Trey is great, it often sounds moronic. Not from everyone, but the stereotypes out there are ruining our rep.

Had to vote because Trey is better than most of the people ahead of him on this unbelievable list. Maybe some of these guys are better than Trey on band nerd technical aspects, but I agree with the first comment, Trey just rocks!

Trey is a god...you people are high

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202Rik Emmett

How quickly people forget. So very sad that this guitarist isn't getting the recognition he deserves. Do yourself a favor and listen to a few Triumph albums. He's not the lead guitarist, he's the only guitarist in the band.

Rik at #96? He's mastered rock, jazz, and classical guitar, and he's at #96? He was the only guitarist in the power trio Triumph. I've lost all faith in the people voting here.

He represents every single skills that almost the rest of guitarists doesn't have and especially on the classical skills that I don't think others guitarist who plays rocks can match with Rik.

None better at the microphone and playing lead guitar! His vocals are only outdone by his guitar playing, and that says a lot. He is only the founding member of the #2 band in Canadian history.

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203Jake E. Lee

I can't believe Jake's not even on the list. The man who replaced Randy Rhoads in Ozzy's band, Jake is an amazing guitarist... He wrote some of Ozzy's best songs... And don't get me started on Badlands, that was some hot stuff! Could play very fast or with much "feeling". Should at least be in the top 25!

Listen to his work with Badlands as well... stunning. Ozzy would have been in a lot of trouble had he not met Jake after Randy's passing. THE BEST guitarist Ozzy ever shared a stage with. Every performance was solid. Look up some old live clips. He was for real.

Stage presence, speed, feeling, moves, no one can touch this guy

Best guitarist Ozzy had. Hands down

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204Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

The brains behind the Mars Volta. He is an incredible guitarist. Most people probably don't know who he is but if you know of the Mars Volta then you know what I'm talking about!

Hands down the best guitarist of the past five years... Just see him live and you'll know

He is one of the only guitarists who can balance sound and performance perfectly.

Very unique sound. Together with Tom Morello my favorite guitarists - Mindo

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205Kim Thayil, Soundgarden

Even Rolling Stone put him as one of the 100 Greatest ever. That should tell you something.

Should be at least in the top 100. This guy is so overlooked, his playing is amazing. His solos with Soundgarden are epic!

I grew up listening to Thayil's awesome solos, and not just Black Hole Sun either. I listened to whole albums. RS put him dead last in the 100 Greatest Guitarists, and I really think he deserves much better. - NuMetalManiak

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206Daniel Linde

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!

What?... why isn't Linde in top 10?... Linde is the best guitarist ever!... I know Slash is really great too.. but... LINDE IS THE BEST!... VOTE FOR LINDE GUYS!

He's the best guitarist, he gives his soul while playing. he did great job for all that years working with HIM. so every Him fan loves him very much.

A guitar-god. So much feeling in all his solos and riffs. Should be higher up on this list!

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207Doug AldrichDoug Aldrich, is a Los Angeles-based hard rock guitarist. He founded the band Burning Rain with Keith St.
208Joe Stump

A true master of neoclassical shredding, he mixes killer riffs in classic hard rock style, amazing and unforgetabble slow tunes and a superfast picking technique to make amazing guitarsongs such as Bullet Train. He also writes more emotional and slow paced stuff like his song The Beacon. Check him out.

209Duff McKaganMichael Andrew "Duff" McKagan is an American musician, singer, songwriter and author. He is best known for his twelve-year tenure as the bass guitarist of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. McKagan rejoined the band in 2016, following ...read more.
210Christopher Thorn
211Sam Totman

A great guitarist. Its unfortunate that Sam seems to live in the shadow of Herman Li, he is the majority song writer of dragonforce and underrated compared to Herman. Once again a great guitar player

Alongside Herman Li, he has created a lot of good songs and makes good sounds experimenting with his instrument with Herman

This dude right here can play as good drunk as he can sober which is both awesome and amazing this guy deserves better...

He plays so insanely fast, his solos are amazing, and he just is so talented

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212Tim Mahoney

He's so versatile. He can lay down a heavy punk riff, a funky jam, a reggae melodic gem. His solos sound masterful. People must consider him as a great guitar player. - Lemonjelo

If anything, 311's guitarists make their music listenable for me. The riffs in songs like Down and Beautiful Disaster show that he can drive the songs. - NuMetalManiak

213Jake Pitts

Jake's skillful playing is the biggest reason I like the BVB. His technique is out of this world and he deserves to be recognized a lot more.

How come Jake Pitts has a low ranking.. He deserves a better rank than this.. Besides he really is a skillful guitarist.. BVB ARMY FOREVER!

2nd best guitarist after Jimi Hendrix Black veil brides are the best!

HOW IS JAKE 213?!?!? It just doesn't make sense.

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214Mike McCready

Mike is an extremely underrated guitarist of the 90's. If you sit and listen to a couple of Pearl Jam records and even the Above record by Mad Season. You'll see how amazing he is. He's has many influences from Stevie Ray Vaughan all the way to Ace Frehley. Every time I hear him play, I'm floored every time. He surprises me with something new that I've never heard before. As a guitarist myself, He's my biggest inspiration. Go listen to Ten, If you don't wanna do that.. Listen to Yellow Ledbetter or November Hotel by Mad Season. I guarantee your jaw will fall to the floor. He is the greatest guitarist of my generation.

Mike McCready is the single greatest grunge, and in fact 90's alternative rock guitarists. On top of being truly gifted in studio recordings, he, and all of the other band members can pretty much play any of their songs, and almost any cover, on the fly, and still sound amazing too. How can Kurt Cobain and Jerry Cantrell get to enjoy spots over 100 places up while Mike McCready and Marc Bolan sit down here? - Therevengewedge

Another grunge guitarist, and by far the other best one. I can recognize his solos from Pearl Jam's Alive to Temple of the Dog's Wooden Jesus. He was in BOTH big grunge side projects, and did some awesome solos in both of them. 187 is too far down on the list and he deserves more than this. - NuMetalManiak

How is James Hetfield, a rhythm guitarist ahead of Mike McCready. This list isn't the best guitarists, it's the most famous guitarists.

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215Neil Zaza

Melodic, amazing technique, and style. Amazing melodies. He has fun and is satisfied and confident about his own guitar playing and loves his music. Energetic, happy, and fun on stage. Best songs- I'm alright, melodia, fargo, purple rain (instrumental cover of prince's song) - johnathanburton

The most original and innovative players on the planet

216Nick Hipa

The best metalcore guitarist, his solos on An Ocean Between Us and The Powerless Rise are a masterpiece. And he isn't only fast, he's very creative and skillful.

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217Rick Nielsen

Nielsen is a very underrated guitarist, but he's also a musician's musician. Nobody can write quirky tunes like Rick and nobody can copy his style--though several have tried. Slash has said Rick Nielsen is one of his favorite guitarists and if that's not a big enough endorsement, John Lennon, who Rick played on his final LP "Double Fantasy" was memorized by Rick's playing so much that he said Rick was better than God himself, Eric Clapton. I think the reason Rick doesn't get the props he so richly deserves is because of his zany and wacky image.

Seriously it's a crime he's this low and now talent hacks like Synster Gates is way ahead. Do these morons know that Rick is self-taught and was once called by the late John Lennon one of the best guitarists he ever worked with? And that Lennon said he was better than Clapton? And that Slash has said many times Rick is one of his favorites and the best? Nielsen drives Cheap Trick, and it's a cryin' shame he and the band aren't truly appreciated by the masses.

The man has over 200 guitars and he knows how to play them all and efficiently. Probably the most underappreciated and underrated guitarist on the list. He's also a great songwriter for one of America's foremost bands. Rock on Rick from Rockford, Ill.

The most entertaining guitarist ever.

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218Marc Bolan

How the hell is he not in the top ten (along with mick ronson and johnny ramone) his guitar playing kicked the complete ass of other people up their like prince and Kevin Jonas! Just listen to live songs such as Jeepster, Get it on, Buick Mackane, and Jewel, as well as others! RIP the great Marc Bolan!

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219Pata, X-Japan
220Fredrik Thordendal

Frederik Thordendal alongside Mårten Hagström are some of the best guitarists around. If you've ever listened to Meshuggah (even if you don't like them) they make most guitarists nowadays look like children when it comes to perplexity. Meshuggah does border almost genius-level on the lines of guitar. Seriously, fusing Jazz with extreme metal? It works.

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