Best Guitarists Ever

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301Pepe Smith

Living legend in Philippine Rock and Roll, from the early days of martial law to present! Pinoy rock would not be the same without him!

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302Steve Rothery

As a lyrical guitarist he ranks pretty close to Gilmour, whose style he emulates. Has a listen to the solo of "Sugar Mice", or his delicate placement in "Neverland" to understand his gift of adding to the whole rather than being the rampant ego out front.

Seen Steve 6 times live, still so into what he is doing. Such masterful harmonics and fretwork. Solos appear effortless and haunting hear the solo in the Great Escape and the arrangement in Fantastic Place.

Steve Rothery has a style that is all his own... Fluid, unconventional and completely mesmerizing.. I saw them in Connecticut in '04 and was amazed at the style he has.
His use of effects and minimalization allow not only what he plays, but what he doesn't play, to add to the overall effect of Marillion's performances.
His guitar work is undeniably some of the best ever and I will forever be a fan.

303Don Felder

Don Felder is absolutely in the top ten and the American public agree since "Hotel California" is their anthem and a legendary classic. Who can forget the guitar duet with Joe Walsh. Fingers Felder plays the guitar as though it is part of him and wrote fabulous music. It is sublime and melodic and actually means something whereas so many of the others just made a noise.

I think that Don Felder should be in the top 10. Listen to the riffs of Hotel California and one of these nights. Most if the guys in the top 10 listed made only noise, but Felder made the guitar talk with soul

The piece at the end of hotel California from the hell freezes over album beats all the rest in terms of solo guitaring pieces in its classical content. There cannot be anybody greater according to me. - ajoybehera

Shaking my head on this one. Shame on you all for overlooking such a talented man. One of rock's all time anthems "Hotel California" was penned and orchestrated by Don Felder.

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304Steve Clark

Steve Clark is so missed. He was a beautiful man who had a beautiful and you hear and see it in how he played guitar. Can't believe he is so far down on the list. Maybe people aren't looking at the names that are ahead of him, he deserves to be in the top 10 in my opinion.

Steve clark is better than richie blackmore and also he was called the riff master

Not only is henricks over rated but slash is so over rated watch him on you tube he mess's up so bad, a song he has played so many times he is out of it. Steve never played that bad, but yet he is so under rated what a shame people do not know what real music is

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305Nils Lofgren

The real deal. Intricate riffs with such melodies! Springsteen is blessed.

Very underrated guitarist. How can Justin Bieber be on the list and Nils Lofgren not be on the list?

Both electric and acoustic stunning! Should be a lot higher

Very underrated guitarist, should be a lot higher.

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306Jan Akkerman

Probably the most versatile musician I know, playing the lute as well as the classical guitar, He is the only guitarist I know to be playing every possible style without losing his own signature. Where other great guitarist can be copied and have a lot of clones around the world, Jan is so unique that I never heard anyone playing as beautiful as he does. One of the pioneers of fusion guitar, Zappa said about him that there were only two great guitarists in the world, He and Jan Akkerman. His modesty is something you see only with the greatest musicians. He only does it for the music and still goes on, playing a lot of concerts. Amazing.

Jan Akkerman has it all. He knows the instrument so well, that he has the ability to always play new variations live without thinking too hard about it. He also shows a huge amount of modesty, which I think is important, and he's a brilliant composer (he wrote the main riff for hocus pocus).

He should be in the top ten along with other great players like Steve Hackett and Steve Howe. I think the only prog rock guitarist that isn't underrated is Gilmour, but the rest need all the help they can get.

Akkerman's talent, technique and experimentation over a 40+ year career are substantial. Best remembered as the lead guitarist for Dutch rock band Focus in the early 1970's, he never received the commerical acclaim that many others on this list achieved. Consequently, he seats well below his deserved ranking. In addition to you-tube, those interested should check out his website.

Extremely versatile guitarist, playing notes and scales very few people can even begin to imagine. I love his music.

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307Danny Gatton

How is Danny Gatton not included? He is fluent in every genre of guitar playing. I am aware that most of these types of lists are popularity contest, or if you have am hits but anybody reading this please listen to Danny Gatton.

YouTube Danny Gatton and then vote for him. There is no guitarist alive who could play like him. Gatton was the master of the Telecaster! He could play Jazz, Blues, Rock and Classical in one phrase, used few effects and was all talent.

He could play ANYTHING. "The humbler" nickname fits.

Fabulous guitar player who left us too soon! He played with great phrasing and melody, just an incomparable guitarist.

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308Andrew Latimer

I could not understand why he has not been posted to this list, interesting.. Emotion pours from his solos.. Slow but easy, as great as Gilmour but for me he is better. Also he feels what he plays even cries while playing.. Musical genius indeed.

No one transmits his feelings through his guitar to his audience like him

As a rock lead guitarist I wonder how anyone could get better than Andy. Tasteful, great melodic lines, incredible intonation and bendings. Absolutely underrated. Very versatile and creative. I appreciate his work very much.

Just listen to Camel. He is one of the greatest, but unfortunately underrated. Top #40 material at least!

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309Hillel Slovak

My favorite guitarist of all time. Despite the fact that I didn't even really like the kind of music the Peppers made at the time, his guitar playing was just amazing and it is a shame he had to go the way he did...

"0%" - that's just painful... - Maplestrip

He is so underrated. He taught Flea, the greatest bassist ever, how to play bass. And He was probably Frusciante's biggest influence. Without him there would be no Red Hot Chili Peppers.R.I.P. - RHCPfan

Original red hot chili peppers guitarist, played with such great expression and red hot bone crunching mayhem funkiness

I think everybody would know him now, if he wouldn't be dead

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310Corey Beaulieu

Guys really? Have you heard any of his solo's? Him and Matt Heafy (also of trivium) need to be at least in the top 20 on this list. Maybe not so much Heafy, but I urge you, URGE you to listen to the solo from "Gunshot To The Head Of Tripidation" or "Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr" or "Like Light To The Flies, " just about any of there songs is hands-down PROOF, he is one of the best guitarists out there today. I'm telling you, he's an absolutely amazing shredder, and once you listen to him you'll believe it too. So show Trivium some love (which no one seems to do these days) and give corey some votes.

Corey beaulieu and mathew heafy are rocks if you her there solo you will be crazy because ha has amazing solos like ; pull harder on the stings of your martyr. vote for him please

I'm in disbelief he isn't on this list at least in the top 100. listen to some of his solos, like from "A Gunshot to the Head of Tripidation" or "Like Light To The Flies" or "Pull Harder On the Strings of Your Martyr" and argue with me that he doesn't deserve to be on this list, there's no way. - mike2fristick

He is ability is epic

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311Bob MarleyRobert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.

He is one the best reggae guitarist also he rote I shot the sheriff that Eric Clapton tweaked

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312John SykesJohn James Sykes is an English rock guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter who has played with Streetfighter, Tygers of Pan Tang, John Sloman's Badlands, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, and Blue Murder.

No one can shred like Sykes. Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake and the very underrated Blue Murder all have numerous moments of brilliance from him. If you want to hear Sykes at his best - pick up Bad Boy Live - pure genius!

This guy made the final thin lizzy album thunder and lightning out of this world and he then when on to remake whitesnakes still of the night

This guy must be at the top 50 at least

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313Bill Theocharidis

He's technique is unparalleled

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314Greg Allman

You must have him confused with somebody else! Get Real!

Creator of the two greatest guitar solo's ever (stormy monday)

I can not believe the hacks you have above this man. He died very young but that is no exscuse

Duane is the one who was known for his excellence on the guitar and who died in a motorcycle accident in 1971. Gregg is Duane's older brother who recently retired from touring and mostly played the keyboards. He was famous for more than one thing including on of the top rated voices but the great guitar player in the band after Duane was Dickie Betts whom I haven't seen listed. Gregg is also famous to more than fans for his marriage to Cher many, many years ago. Initially, they were both going to go into the dental field. I love trivia!

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315Nick Wheeler

Wow this guy can really bring it, his solos are just simply amazing, and he can either play soft rock or just rock out! - klopju

316Mick Jones
317Ichiro Cipher Takigawa

CIPHER is one of the most influential guitarists and one of the best in Japan. he created bands with tetsu kikuchi called BODy and CRAZE. - ronluna

Sugizo (luna sea guitarist), dir en grey guitarists idolizes cipher - ronluna

One of the most influential guitarist in Japan - ronluna

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318Michael Nesmith

Mike should be on this list. He was very innovative and wrote some of the Monkee's best tunes. He really showed his talent on the song "Valerie. " He plays very complex lines, very fast, Hendrix, Page, Beck and Clapton couldn't play that good. Hendrix's first tour was with the Monkees, and there's no doubt that Hendrix must have stole most of what he knew from Mike.. Every one knows Hendrix had ripped off a lot of things Pete Townsend had already done. Mike showed Hendrix the technical side of playing, but Hendrix still couldn't keep up. Thanks Mike Nesmith for giving us a future as rock guitarists, before you, they all sounded like Buddy Holly. - hellgod

Not as good as other like Hendrix, Clapton, Harrison, Berry or Page. But certainly had his own style, Hendrix admired Nesmith and Nesmith admired back.
Amazing player (Tapioca Tundra and What Am I Doing Hangin' Around), great composer (Listen To The Band, Tapioca Tundra and Daily Nightly) and wonderful singer (Listen To The Band, You Just May Be The One and Don't Call On Me)
If there was a musician that could compare to Lennon or Dylan, then it was Michael Blessing.
Not to mention his solo work. Joann is beatiful. He is one of the most important persons of the 1900's and he doesn't get enough attentiom.

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319Tiny Tim

Does belong on any guitar playing list, he was awful!

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320Christofer Drew Ingle
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