Best Guitarists Ever

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241Jason Combs
242Terry Kath

Terry was absolutely brilliant. His style, tone, and improvisation skills are unique. You can feel his heart ooze from every note he played. In my opinion, he is one of the greatest guitarists overlooked by the general public. His greatness was overshadowed by the full sound of a 7 (or 8) piece band. His biggest fans, and those who appreciate his uniqueness, are other musicians. RIP Terry.

Terry had the voice of Ray Charles and played guitar like Hendrix. Very soulful and funky. He was great at combining rock/jazz at a time when no one was doing that. Prime cuts: Make Me Smile, 25 or 6 24, Takin It On Uptown... Definitely Rocks most underrated guitarist.

No doubt, there are several guitarists on this list that are worthy of a top ten rating, depending on what rocks your world. I could listen to Terry's studio solo on "25 or 6 to 4" over and over-fantastic! Too bad they usually cut it out on commercial radio. But, there is so much more he put on wax before he died; "It Better End Soon", for example.

So good most underrated

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243Elliott Smith

Look at the tempo and picking patterns. I believe he is very UNDER RATED.

244Jason Becker

Not only are his skills godlike, his music is great too! Unlike EVERY OTHER Shredder out there (Except Marty Friedman, who is another one of my favorites)! If he didn't have ALS, he would rule the world... Listen to his solo album 'Perpetual Burn' if you don't believe me, or if you're too lazy, search "Jason Becker serrana" on YouTube...

Awesome! All I can say is search this guy on YouTube. Listen to him with your eyes closed then experience watching him. It is crazy, he is truly amazing his technique is one very few can mimic. So Jason should be in the top ten. Listen to Perpetual Burn. Higher or just Google him and listen to his music. You will not be disappointed

Billie Joe, Kurt Cobain are you nuts or something. Jason Becker is easily one of the greatest metal guitarist of all time. Listen to altitude. That songs had so much emotions that even 1000000 slashs can't match. Great changes but they just added to the beauty of the song. Really his body wasn't much supportive otherwise he could have easily been next to Hendrix. He has done so much at such an early age and then stopped, and that's quite unfortunate, that we imagine that Beethoven or Vivaldi is playing the instrument.

Jason was great...

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245Wes BorlandWesley Louden "Wes" Borland is an American rock musician and artist. He is best known as the current guitarist and backing vocalist of the nu metal band Limp Bizkit and as the lead vocalist of the industrial rock band Black Light Burns.

Most creative and most energy around today.

Best of chords and create his own unique fingering style of play ("Sour", "Rearranged")

The best Limp Bizkit guitarist ever. I like his wicked sounding, rather than the newer guitarist on the band.

Wes is really GOOD! I mean he can create diverse sounds with his guitar, he sounds better than traditional guitarists who try to show off their speed or techinality!

What! At least put him in the top 30!

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246James Christian 'Munky' Shaffer

Munky is so inspiring, and songs he's making are awesome... KoRn is awesome! - `Co

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247Kaoru

Kaoru's the best guitarist I've ever heard... Die is amazing but Kaoru is just a bit better... Kaoru should really be top of this list... No one can compose songs the way he does... I think it's just because the Western side are so ignorant that people like the ones mentioned are here... He's the best!

I don't know of any other guitarist who could come up with such unusual, gorgeous and emotionally bright parts in his songs. The sounds of his guitar just a shot in my heart from the first solos I've heard.

KAORU'S an awesome leader and guitarist!.. He is a beautiful composer as well and loves his band members

Dir en grey totally rocks! Kaoru is so, so talented!

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248Robin Trower

Trower is the guitar god. The best guitarist in history. I've seen all of the greats and Trower tops them all. His sentivity, note selection, emotion, power, sense of psychedelic mysticism, jazz-like improvizations and most of all his songwriting. Trower always wrote mature songs unlike the teenage anthems of his contemporaries. Trower was and still is the greatest of all time - bar none.

Was a legendary 70's guitar soloist with many hit albums including the best rock album, "Bridge of Sighs". Incredibly fast overtones and sweet licks, surely one of the best guitarists ever.

Jimi Hendricks even said he thought Trower was better then he was. If you have never listen to him before, you have got to here him and then he should be put in the top 2. The best and hardist working guitarist ever.

Too Rolling Stoned is a masterpiece, one of many written and performed by Robin Trower. Songs for a Dreamer should make anyone who has ever picked up a guitar hungry for more. Robin Trower is amazing.

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249Kyle Gass

He is doing comedy yeah, but MAN he is a good guitarist.

KG should be higher he can flat out play some of his riffs are amazing... Underrated

Tenacious D. is fun, mostly because of brilliant songwriting from this guy.

250ElvisElvis Presley was a American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.

This is so wrong elvis is the king of rock and roll

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251Andy Mckee

He's a guitar orchestra on his own. 6 strings + 10 fingers = A million sweet melodies all at once! He's one of those great guitarists who have a great mastery of the instrument it's as if the guitar was invented just for his hands. It always amazes me that 1 guitar could make all those sounds at once. I believe Andy Mckee should be #1 on this list because he proves that you don't need electric guitar effects to sound good. Hell he even uses alternate tunings for each song giving them their own unique chord progression. NOW that's a great guitarist. One who can push the instrument to it's musical limits. Just listen to Drifting, Ebon Coast and Common Ground. You'll definitely love the guy.

252Adam JonesAdam Thomas Jones (born January 15, 1965) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning American musician and visual artist, best known for his position as the guitarist for Tool.

Wow it is absolutely sickening that Adam Jones isn't even in the top 20. This man is an absolute genius when it comes to guitar. People are so close minded and think all talent in playing guitar lies in the complexity. All the other guitar players on this list wouldn't compare to the creativity of tones and improvisations this man makes. Not to mention his visual arts as well. I bet 99% of the voters on here aren't even aware of his impact on movies such as Jurassic Park, Batman Returns, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Edward Scissorhands, Predator 2, A Nightmare On Elmstreet: The Dream Child and The Dream Master, Ghostbusters II, and Pet Cemetery as a member of the art department. As a guitar player I am amazed by this man

I guess no one here listens to Tool, because if you do, and you know anything about music, you should be able to appreciate and love the ART behind Adam Jones' playing. He is my #2 behind Hendrix, I am just amazed that he's not even in the top 100, what!

This guy is a genius. Fantastic riffs, spellbinding solos and full effort into Every. Single. Song. I honestly don't think he's the best but he's dozens better than 120. - arbeZameniC

How just HOW is he this low...

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253Mick Taylor

The heart and soul of The Rolling Stones for 5 brillant years. Listen to his solo on Time Waits For No One, a stunningly beautiful coda to his career with those geezers. Also one of the best slide guitarist around, check out All Down The Line! His vibrato on Love In Vain, off the live Get Your Ya Ya's Out LP, is exquisite! On his first solo release, simply titled Mick Taylor, he expands his turf to include fusion and does an excellent job. Broken Hands rocks harder than anything the Stones have done since his departure and Alabama contains more great slide guitar. Give him a listen!

Mick Taylor is at the three best guitarists of the 70s along Page and Blackmore and at least at the 10 best of history. And his also by far the most underrated guitarists. Just listen Sway, Time Waits For No One, Love in Vain, Dancing with Mr D, Wild Horses, and the live versions of Gimme Shelter, Jumping Jack Flash, Street Fighting Man, Satisfaction

I often wonder what the Stones would have done if Taylor had stayed. His solo on Love In Vain from the 72 U.S. tour movie "Ladies and Gentlemen" says it all... The other solo work I love to listen to is on "Can't you hear me knocking" from Sticky Fingers. Smooth.

Big mistake should be in top 10

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254Orianthi

I have seen Orianthi perform several times over the past year in extremely intimate settings. I have been following her career since her appearance with Alice Cooper on American Idol. Her appearance on AI blew my mind because I had no idea who she was at the time. I did some video research and was convinced this was the one to watch. What I like most about Orianthi is watching her grow as an artist. Anyone who has ever seen her jam knows she can shred. What many might not realize is how good she is complementing other outstanding musicians on stage. Watching her and Jimmy Z tearing it up at the Whiskey was a highlight. But what sometimes gets lost in the conversation is her ability to go from shredder to one of the most soulful players I have ever seen. Whether tearing it up or slowing it down as she does on How Do You Sleep, the lady knows what she is doing - and doing it with feeling - and doing it well! While there are so many great guitarists on this list, Orianthi is my pick.

Steve Vai's protege who can keep up with all of the guys in this list, but isn't taken seriously just because she's a girl. We need more girls playing guitar.

Her guitar shredding was awesome in Sadda Haq by AR Rahman. I've seen clips of her performing on stage with MJ too and she was able to perform the beat it guitar bit quite well.

Orianthi! Amazing guitarist! Unbelievable talent! - KimMia90

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255Graham Coxon

The lead guitarist of blur is one of the greatest fender52 players ever. His guitar playing is a trademark. He is inventive and never sounds like anyone else. His guitar playing is known through out England and the world

He has so many amazing solos and pieces in blur songs, is truly amazing, why isn't he further up? He is the best guitarist of the last 20 years

Too underrated. Really would change music, if people would care. - logblobo

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256Jason Hook

Should be moved up to number one. 5FDP. Look him up to see what you think. Metal. Enjoy!

257FleaMichael Peter Balzary (born October 16, 1962), better known by his stage name Flea, is an Australian-born American musician, best known as the bassist, a co-founding member, and one of the composers of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers with whom he was inducted in 2012 into the Rock and Roll Hall ...read more.

Flea? Keep your head up you know where and smoke more dope you tool.

I'm just surprised Flea is so under-appreciated.

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258Dave Meniketti

You should listen to his version on "Loan Me a Dime" He is so much better than many of the losers with higher numbers!

Just seen in Italy, at a rock festival near Como...Just Amazing, miles higher than most of the artists listed here.

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259Hiroto (Alice Nine)
260Chad KroegerChad Robert Kroeger is a Canadian musician and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Canadian rock band, Nickelback.

Chads Very Talented At whatever he does Guitar, Sing he's underrated I'd say - Curti2594

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