Best Guitarists Ever
The Contenders: Page 7
He is the god of guitar, Noel the Son of Rock & Roll Music, every sound is different from another..
Legendary guitarist and song writer, second best to the Beatles...
He is the greatest Guitarist in the world, I love his legendary solos and his Songwriting for Oasis! PUSH!
What is this prat doing on the list? NO.V 7 Comments
He should be in the top ten guitarists. I mean just listen to his solos, especially the free bird one. Anyone who has a bit of common sense will boost him up.
Honestly, how is this man never featured in top 100 guitarist lists, when his most famous solo is frequently rated in the top three? He may not be a shreader, but his solos had energy, power behind them, and were not just some scales thrown together in a manner in which you can't even hear the individual notes. This man does not "Shread" at all, he actually plays.
Honestly should be in the top five. He is never voted in any lists but is truly one of the best that ever lived. A lot better than Jimmie Hendrix in my humble opinion.
What a great guitarist and the best live band ever lynyrd skynyrd fly on Ronnie and his Freebirds!V 8 Comments
As Bob Dylan elogized "There's no way to measure his greatness or magnitude as a person or as a player. I don't think eulogizing will do him justice. He was that great - much more than a superb musician with an uncanny ear and dexterity. He is the very spirit personified of whatever is muddy river country at its core and screams up into the spheres. He really had no equal. To me he wasn't only a musician and friend, he was more like a big brother who taught and showed me more than he'll ever know. There are a lot of spaces and advances between the Carter Family, Buddy Holly and, say, Ornette Coleman, a lot of universes, but he filled them all without being a member of any school. His playing was moody, awesome, sophisticated, hypnotic and subtle. There's no way to convey the loss. It just digs down really deep."
Garcia has as much grace in his playing as any guitarist, and his ability to defy conventional boundaries between rock, blues, folk, and bluegrass should put him no doubt in the top ten. He has unlimited talent, and who else could play for 2 hours straight without ever ceasing to create one new, mesmerizing riff after another. A true genius who apparently deserves more respect. This list is ridiculous.
Seriously. Seriously... I really don't know what to say. There is no such thing as artists, only art. We can be instruments ourselves and that is the closest we can get. This man was a telephone line to the great operator. His tones are amazing. I'm pretty sure he ate rainbows for breakfast.
Wow don't know how your rating system works but who the F is Buckethead. Jerry has inspired legions of players and delighted millions of fans for 40 years to put him on the list at 132 just totally hurts your credibility and insults a legendary musician. Not to pick on Buckethead because there are a number of musicians that have done nothing compared to Jerry's body of work in Rock, Folk and Bluegrass. Who has transcended music the way Jerry has.V 19 Comments
He was Elvis Presley's first lead guitarist. He was the best rockabilly man in his day. His riffs in That's Alright Mama were legendary.
Scotty Moore was great. He was part of Elvis Presley's backing band. He was a big reason why Elvis was so influential and great. - RamblesV 1 Comment
His first solo in "You Against You" is face melting, wild, and eargasmic!V 2 Comments
Alvin Lee plays tremendously fast and accurate (good tone). Let's not forget his performance with Ten Years After and the the amazing middle section of the song riff on I'd Love To Change The World. Alvin Lee and Ten Years After made history playing at Woodstock. - ekos
Not just speed but feeling, variety, composition, originality. He could really get you lost in his melodies. The best guitarist ever by far. Completely underrated.
Just the insane transitions in "I'm Going Home" are enough, but don't forget "Woodchopper's Ball" and their version of "Good Mornin' Little Schoolgirl". Kick Ass.
Alvin Lee is in the greatest top ten of all time. Amazing guitarist...V 10 Comments
There is something special about this guy. His head is totally into his music and it has been since he was a child. Unlike other music savants, he seems to channel all of his energy and talent into "growing" in his work. I was able to see many of the amazing guitarists in the 60's and 70's and I'm not sure how anyone can vote for anyone but their own personal favorite. But I believe, if it were possible, to get all the greatest guitarists on a stage at the same time (playing in their prime) Joe very likely might be the last man standing. He's not even 40 and he's been playing professionally for over 30 years. And with his attitude and love for his work, more and more people are going to discover this huge treasure and gift to the world. If you get to know him, You'll love him.
I would say this number will change as people get to see this man play he is every bit as good as Page or Beck...
Joe is the best that I have ever seen or heard. I started listening to all types of music in the mid-50's, especially blues -based guitar starting with Robert Johnson until now. Joe embodies all that is past and present with a unique sound that is unmatched. Each note has a purpose within the songs he plays, some slow, some fast, and each remembered. Albert King, Hendrix, Clapton, and Santana come close, but at this point in time, Joe is the best. Check out the song "The Great Flood" if you don't believe me. It will bring tears to your eyes.
Joe bonamassa has to be the best blues and overall Guitarist and Soloist, his side projects in Black Country communion show his skills are not limited to blues alone but Rock and metal. HIs solos are blistering in speed and technical ability When I am asked who are the best... Its Satriani and Bonamassa, most rock guitarist do not compare. Its not about a few solos on an album here and there Bonamassa performs almost every day all over the world and his corpass of material is staggering. I suggest you listen to some of the albums he has out The other commentator is correct. Hendrix King Clapton Santana, are close, but not as superior as Joe Bonamassa, IN every note he plays,
Just saw him in Melbourne Australia - Brilliant!V 64 Comments
Kerry, Dimebag and Wylde should all be in the top 3. But ill be nice and say top 10. You can't have a list of greatest guitarists without them... People don't know what it takes to play the intricate stuff like what these guys play.
Dude this guy should be #1, along side with Jeff Hanneman
No one can match his solos along with Jeff Hanneman
Kerry King should at least be in the top ten, as he is the best guitarist in the world.V 1 Comment
The best in Spanish and flamenco music
Just look for it in YouTube
It's the best one we ever had in Spain
Perfect technique, full of passion; many others can play as fast as he does but the pack is not full but Paco's is.
Nothing more to say.
I see you have a bunch of 12 year olds voting who can play rock star. Paco de Lucia is far better than Slash or Hendrix, of course if you've never heard him play, than you don't know. Do yourself a favor and look him up on you tube. - sloank68
Many many good guitarists. But it seem people vote for what they know, naturally, but when you know Paco, you know you're listening to one of the greatest guitarist ever.V 25 Comments
If you think Dave Grohl is a bad guitarist listen to and watch the ending of "Razor" in the "Skin and Bones" live album.
140? Your kidding me right, listen to Everlong, The Pretender, Long road to Ruin and Learn to Fly then decide
Over 260 million dollars from Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age, and Foo Fighters
Better drummer, mediocre guitarist at best...V 9 Comments
Mick may not be the best guitarist on this list, yet there isn't much like him out there. He is definitely a master when it comes to good riffs. He doesn't solo to much but when he does you can hear clear, fast, intense and sometimes even expressive solos. I just think he is terribly under rated even though he isn't the very best he is one of my favorite guitar players. - Slipknotismax
I know a lot of people don't like slipknot, but just listen to the riffs on "The Heretic Anthem" and his solo on "Sulfur". I honestly think that Mick should be a bit higher in the list. I mean seriously? Billie Joe Armstrong is not better than Mick, no way.
Slipknot rocks and so does mick. He's probably one of the greatest guitarists in our day and should definitely be in the top ten, at least, if not NO. 1 itself...
Of course he's the best. If you want sound like him. You need to be himV 16 Comments
Pick up any one of his albums /disks, or listen to some steely dan. No one comparesV 1 Comment
I know not everyone agrees with me when I say he's the best guitar player ever, but you have to at least acknowledge that he deserves a better place here, jonny is one of the most creative guitar players ever and for me he's definitely the best all around musician ever
I don't know how can anyone could be so ignorant! He's a legend. Lead guitarist of one of the greatest bands today, RADIOHEAD... He's just so innovative... And my inspiration to become a good guitarist
Easily in the top 10 of active artists. Dude did the soundtrack for there will be blood. Enough said
He's better than all other guitarists on this list, in songs like my iron lung, paranoid android, and even reckoner, his style varies in each song, but still he does it perfectly and with passion, he's the best and yet the most underrated guitarists of all timeV 16 Comments
Incredible fine notes, a really master of sound
In 1996, Cropper was named "the greatest living guitar player" by Britain's Mojo magazine. When asked what he thought of Cropper, the guitarist Keith Richards said, "Perfect, man. "
"At this time Cropper's fame was not limited to the United States. The Beatles favoured Cropper's playing, and his production on Otis Redding records. John Lennon and Paul McCartney made tentative plans to record in Memphis, and to work with the guitarist. "
Rolling Stone lists him (Cropper) 36th on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
... And he's a relation. Need I say more? Look him up...
Do you guy watch with your eyes or assV 4 Comments
In my opinion, he is one of the best riff-writers. Take a look at them
I think he's really gifted musician! He's got a lot of energy, power in his riffs and solos...
Lead guitarist of Rammstein. don't let the bands image make you overlook him. He has great skills, with a style that is unmistakable!
Herr Kruspe is one of the best guitarists I've ever heard. Listen to his solos and you will understand what I mean!
He's just as good as Paul but he's more badass while Paul is funnier. I voted RZK because he has more votes lol and I prefer his style a bitV 8 Comments
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