Best Guitarists Ever

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161Jared Leto

Jared is just AWESOME! One of the most popular and succesfull guitarists in the world! I just love him!

He may have captured the limelight with his acting and antics and I'm betting he is a good guy but I think there are many listed behind and in front of that are better.

162Bon JoviBon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's ...read more.

Uh Bon Jovi is a band not a guitarist

Why the hell Bon Jovi isn't on The Top 100? Freaks vote here!

They are amazing, they have best composition...

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163Ronnie Wood

This guy is the ultimate professional, hey negrita, Rons audition on black and blue album for the stones won me. What a worthy advisory to the sweet licks of Mick Taylor!

Nobody can say that Ronnie is not a very good harp player, he puts life and soul into his work and has done for many years, great respect for the Stones and Ronnie has played a huge part in the many hits of theirs for a long time, should be higher up this list.
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164Johnny CashJohn R. "Johnny" Cash was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide.

Very good guitarist of his genre.

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165KK. Downing

The other side of the Twin-Axes-Attack lead of Judas Priest! He has done some of the wildest and greatest solo in the heavy Metal history! He's one of the most underrated lead guitarist in the whole world!

The wildest guitar player ever. The Sinner, Victim of Changes - I don't need to continue the list. He is also the master of Floyd Rose!

Glenn and KK as a team are the ultimate twin attack

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166Mikey Cross
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168Matt Roberts
169Mick Mars

Amazingly underrated as a guitarist. Just because he's in Motley Crue does not mean he can't run the stings like the Guitar God he is. Think about this: almost all those guitar notes on the albums are from him. He covers double duty as both rhythm and lead. This is from a man who is being slowly mangled by a severe form of arthritis to the point he's had hip replacement surgery, then got onstage and went to work on a massive tour. Show me another modern rock/metal guitarist with that kind of dedication.

Mick is a true rock God. He is underrated because he makes it look so effortless. In spite of a crippling disease he can get up on that stage and play like the best of them. I saw him with Motley Crue this past summer and it was the best concert experience of my life. Watching and listening to MIck play just blew me away. He is beyond amazing.

He should be much, MUCH, higher on the list. He gets on stage no matter how much pain his disease causes him, For 33 years (Almost 34) He's always been the only guitarist for Motley. Not only does he perform in front of 50,000 people pretty much everyday, but he makes it look easy. Mick Mars is an inspiration to me, Yes Eddie Van Halen, Slash, And Kirk Hammet are good guitarists, But Mick Mars is the greatest in the world to me.

He has been through so, much in his life. But that never stop him from doing what he love. Playing guitar.

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170Phil Keaggy

Phil Keaggy is simply the greatest guitarist that nobody has ever heard of.

Due, no doubt, to his religious convictions. People speak of shredding, blistering speed, technique, soulfulness, finger-picking... Keaggy possesses them *all*. His versatility, and ability to pick up new styles and techniques, is astounding: for example, we know of the E-bow. And yes, Keaggy has his own demo of it on YouTube. But I remember seeing him live in concert performing that piece... Back in 1980. Who else had *heard* of an E-bow back then, let alone mastered it? He was doing volume swells (with his little finger on the volume knob, no external effects or pedals) back in the early 1970's; and he has mastered the acoustic as well, from the Michael Hedges finger-tapping to intricate finger-picking and harmonics. His most recent foray is into the extensive use of looping live in concert using the JamMan, literally creating his own accompanying soundtrack while on the fly.

Saw Phil play a solo gig for a small crowd at a high school about 10 years ago. He laid down his own backing tracks as he went, building it into a concert BY HIMSELF. I have NEVER seen ANYBODY play guitar like Phil. You have to see it to believe it. An hour and a half of the most amazing stuff I have EVER seen. He is in a class by himself. No wonder Hendrix thought Keaggy was the best guitarist in the world.

He's probably overlooked because he is a Christian artist/family man instead of a party animal flailing about on stage with big hair and leather tights.

Definitely #1 guitarist in my books. Brian May #2

If you didn't vote Phil Keaggy as the best guitarist, it is probably because you have never heard him. He is the only current living guitar MASTER. This means he can play every style at top level (blues, jazz, rock, acoustic, flamenco, celtic, etc). In pure skills, no one comes even close. I encourage anyone to listen to the album "acoustic sketches" "jammed" and even his older albums with glass harp from the early 70's such as "live from carnegie hall. "

Greatest I have ever seen, amazing!

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171Izzy StradlinJeffrey Dean Isbell, better known by his stage name Izzy Stradlin, is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter.

Izzy Stradlin wrote a lot of riffs, solo's and songs in general for Guns N' Roses and he wrote some kick-ass riffs solo as well. The man deserves more credit for what he has done. Most people think they mostly hear slash while listening to G N' R but it was actually Izzy who wrote and played the guitar parts. Don't get me wrong, I love slash's work as well but I think Izzy's work is just not recognized enough. The combination of the two was divine!

This guy is the most underrated guitarist of all time, it's a shame because he has so much more talent then Slash.

Izzy isn't no Slash that's for sure but the main riff for Mr. Brownstone ALL
IZZY! More recognition is in place!

172Frank Marino

Phenomenal abilities and techniques. Yet, never gets in the way of his musical visions, just propels it all forward, him, and Rory Gallagher, the best two I ever saw in my life.

Been playing to audiences for a long time now, dropping jaws to the floor every time. No one ever leaves his concerts the same as they went in. Playing with the soul and fire most could only dream of. Check out the double CD 'REAL LIVE'. Amazing!

People don't know who he is, only reason he's not in the Top 10.

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173Vernon Reid

Living Colour is amazing

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174Trace Bundy

Check out Trace Bundy, he definitely deserves a place on this site

175Jim RootJames Donald "Jim" Root, also known by his number #4, is an American musician known for being the rhythm/lead guitarist for the heavy metal band Slipknot, and the former lead guitarist for alternative metal band Stone Sour.

I can't believe he's at 500, he is an excellent guitarist, he has some amazing solos. A totally underrated guitar player in my opinion.

Great at improvising great solo's and plays with finesse every time I see him perform

From Slipknot and Stone Sour I think this guy is one of the best of all time!

He's already on the list under the name James Root

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176Simon Neil

Not known for normal 'middle eight' solos. Far from it. If you like your guitar music hard, soft, intricate and offbeat this is the man. And all this whilst singing. Very talented guy and a must see live.

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177Phil Demmel

Machine Head! Hello? Okay, so not as good as Hendrix, Slash or even Hetfield but let's be honest here. IT'S MACHINE HEAD! Demmel is the person who performed an amazing solo for Halo off the Blackening album. Have you heard that bloody solo?! IT IS AMAZING! Then his guitaring for be Still and Know, A Farwell To Arms, Locust and I Am Hell. They're heavy stuff. And I Am Hell... CHRIST! Have you heard the speed! That's quick! And also MH covered Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden), The Sentinel (Judas Preist) and, oh yeah, Battery (Metallica). So he AT LEAST desreves a Top 10 spot for doing that but also being able to play quick whilst making sure you can hear the damn notes!

178Jeff WatersJeff Waters (born February 13, 1966) is a Canadian metal musician and founder of the metal band Annihilator . He's best known as the guitarist for Annihilator, appreciated for his fast riffs and solos . Waters is also the primary songwriter in the band . Very often he has taken on the role of lead singer, ...read more.

So underrated. Jeff is a great guitarist and to this day writes great songs with energizing riffs.

Such a versatile thrash guitarist. Deserves top 30

One of the best ever - heavy yet melodic riffs and solos. Awesome! - Metal_Treasure

179Zoltan Bathory

Yes! Five Finger Death Punch's guitarist is on here! He shreds real well. - NuMetalManiak

180Brian JonesLewis Brian Hopkin Jones was an English musician, the founder and the original leader of the Rolling Stones.V4 Comments
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