Top Ten Most Underrated Guitaristscopkiller I've seen a lot of bad guitarists on the top and great guys way down. So here are the most underrated guitar players.
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Seriously. Richie Sambora IS the most underrated guitarist. This needs to change in this poll. He is one of the most important Guitar players of our time.
The best guitarest you could ever find! He can do anything with his guitar! Listen to any song and you can tell instantly that is a Richie Sambora riff!
There are no words to describe this extraordinary guitarist: musician, singer, songwriter... He did everything, now also a designer :) His main gift is simplicity, spontaneity, joy, knowing how to put into play constantly and he showed with the latest solo album! A complete artist, a sensitive soul!
Of the most underrated guitarists of all times... He has a beautiful touch on the guitar and most of his solo songs are beautiful. Moreover, he has a wonderful and powerful voice (seriously, listen to Father Time, Undiscovered Soul, The Answer...) and he is a complete artist!V36 Comments
This legend defines what a real guitarist is. Why the hell does some guy from R.E.M. rank higher than the Lord of the Strings? Gary Moore could play ANY style of music, adding better character to songs than the original. For example, "Walking By Myself", "Stormy Monday"... The list goes on. And who can forget the album that defines rock ballads "Corridors Of Power", and what about the 40 second sustain of "Parisienne Walkways" at Blues Alive? SMELL THE ROSES YOU LOT!
Unbelievably good guitarist, could play anything from blues to heavy rock RIP Gary
Very Underrated. From His time with Thin Lizzy to his solo work, you will love his music. Listen To Still Got The Blues and The Boys Are Back In Town and you'll fall in love.
Gary is epic. By the way how is Gilmour underrated as everyone raises him to high heaven. No doubt a great guitarist, but not underrated in every respect.V3 Comments
This guy is absolutely incredible! In 2011 Rolling Stone ranked him 14th best all-time, which is better that 82nd back in 2003, but for me that still doesn't give him justice. His guitar sound is unlike anything I've ever heard, he was the guitarist for Pink Floyd, definitely one of the greatest bands of all time, and he also has a great singing voice. Some of his greatest solos are "Comfortably Numb, " "Money, " and "Time. " "Comfortably Numb" might as well be the single greatest guitar solo ever recorded. Pink Floyd rules!
David Gilmour's riffs are incredible. Nothing can comprehend to it and there certainly won't be anyone that can copy or replace him. If you wanna hear some of his solo's I personally recommend watching comfortably numb on the pulse disk (1994), Marooned on bootlegging the bootleggers, high hopes, On the turning away (also an inspirational song.) those are only a few.
Very, very underrated. He is one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Comfortably Numb is the greatest solo of all time. It always gets my blood up. Brian May is overrated. Why is he on the list? He has never written a good solo in his life. David Gilmour from Pink Floyd is in another league.
He's always in the Top 10 on the Best Guitarists Ever list. why the hell does he need to be on this one? - ameentheguitarist23V8 Comments
Al Di Meola is an absolute giant when placed next to other guitarists. Watching him play alongside John McLaughlin and Paco De Lucia will change how you view guitar.
If you don't think Brian May is an amazing guitarist then you're just plain ignorant to the guitar and music as a whole. Listen to "good company" by Queen and just guess at how many instruments you hear. I have ashed my girl friend, close friends I've had for a very long time and all of them come up with different lists of instruments. Its ALL bass, ukulele, drums and guitar. No flutes, penny whistles or anything. That last solo is 24 different guitar tracks layered over each other. I DARE anyone to name a guitarist that has layered 24 different guitar tracks together and made it sound this good.
He should be mentioned in the same company as Hendrix, Clapton, and for my money, the best ever, Van Halen. Just soaring solos and great musicianship.
Queen's complex musical setup was such that Brian, or for that matter so single individual, with the possible exception of Freddie, could really show their full potential to the audience. When he did though, he was terrific. And incredibly difficult to replicate. Elements on Brighton Rock or Bohemian Rhapsody are some of the best ever guitar works. Plus, a great human being, who preferred to remain in the background and let the master showman that Freddie was, take the limelight.
Where's Alex Lifeson on this list? - marmalade_skiesV10 Comments
Now you're talking! Yes, Steven Stills is VERY talented and a VERY underrated songwriter and guitarist. Brilliant musician, the heart of Buffalo Springfield and CSNY. Great solo albums, too. When Sambora can come up with a song to equal Love the One You're With, I'll consider the fact that he might be better. Right now, it isn't close.
People listen to CSN for the vocal harmonies, but forget the great music behind them. From "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" to "Woodstock" Stephen Stills' guitar has shredded the shroud of musical apathy, leading the way for the voices behind it.
Thank you. I went on this list to find Stills but I didn't think I would.V2 Comments
I would say Dave is probably the inspiration for much of what Kirk Hammett has done... If not the original composer of some of it. I totally disagree with Slash being number 1. Slash is a good guitarist, but he's judged more on popularity than his prowess... Dave Mustaine doesn't win the popularity vote against other guitarists (which is one of the reasons I like him even more) but has the raw talent and creativity that the rest lack.
Take a look at the top guitarist list Slash at no. 1? Kirk Hammett @ no. 5? Dave @ 41! He destroys them all
Dave mustaine is not only a shredder from hell but he has written some of the ickiest metal licks ever! And then he overcame some nerve damage only to shred once again! I'd also put Michael bloomfield and roy buchanan on the list.
Listen Holy Wars, Burnt Ice, The Killing Road, Lucretia and Ashes in Your Mouth and you'll know who is the master of solos...V4 Comments
Just saw Robin Trower perform at 71 years old. He was amazing, and I too have a hard time seeing the many guitarists on Rolling Stone's Top 100 that are good, but no where near as talented as Trower.
Amazing guitarist. He has been present and pertinent for years now yet he is still not regarded as highly as some others. Go listen to Bridge of Sighs, or go on YouTube and listen to some of his stuff.
It is interesting to listen to Robin Trower's great "Bridge of Sighs" album and not even see him listed in some top 100 greatest guitarists lists.
Robin Trower is the greatest blue rock guitarist in the world best live tone I have ever heardV3 Comments
In my opinion the greatest white Blues Rock guitarist ever. Check out his "Second Album" from Polydor. Then go to "Guitar on Fire" during his Atlantic time. Then go to any of his time with Alligator records.
Roy's speed, phrasing precision. Just extra-ordinary.
Just check out his 1975 live show at denver and you'll know
Best (lamb) chops ever. This guy rips - just grab yourself a copy of his album, Christo Redentor.
John is a good man he is very real. Every riff he do is so perfect to the bones like snow, can't stop, dani California, californication etc. He might not be the best guitarist technically but this man can do difficult riffs (jimmy page level) and you can see his diversity and emotion in every note. Few people know this man because he is so humble he don't like to be so famous. That makes him the most underrated and the best guitarist for me.
You have to be kidding! Frusciante is a musical genius! I've never seen someone so dedicated to music. Practicing for 10 hours a day as a kid and leaving the band due to stardom early on. He's humble, has a great work ethic, and is a guitar god. "Dani California" "can't stop" etc, don't unveil his true potential. Have you tried playing "snow? " His live stuff is amazing! He should be #1 I can write pages on why. Check out "don't forget me live la cigale" on YouTube. For those of you who appreciate fast guitar more than melodic here you go. Otherwise JF focuses on emotional, focused, slow solos that are not appreciated today which is a shame.
A great and emotional guitarist probably the best of this generation. Can play complex riffs with melody. Also one of the most prolific solo artists around 10 solo albums plus ataxia and appears on most mars Volta albums on lead guitar with Omar Rodriguez. Just loves playing music more than I can say for a lot of others.
I am hear because I am listening to "Blood Sugar..." and thinking, damn, this guy is amazing but he does not get his dues.V13 Comments
Just Hear what he is playing on the guitar and hear his great voice, he is incredible and no one can play the guitar like him and sing at the same time! in fact... he is the Best! AC/DC Rocks! and without him it wouldn't be the same! Fernando Mendoza
Just Hear what he is playing at the guitar and hear his great voice in all the chorus of the songs! Hes the best of what he do! AC/DC Rocks! and he is the brain of AC/DC!
He makes great rhythm work for ac/dc songs and accompanies angus in his solos, I think he is a bit underrated. Under
Malcolm is the best rythim guitarist in the whole world, he should be number one... High voltage rock'n roll!V1 Comment
I'm not so sure about guitar, but David Crosby should definitely be on the best singers list. Great voice, and great body of work from the Byrds to CSN to his solo stuff.
This man deserves more recognition. His solos and riffs are great.
He makes Alice in Chains the awesome band it is. - IronSabbathPriest
Jerry Cantrell wrote or co-wrote most of AIC's songs. Besides, his nasty guitar solos and riffs are unique to AIC. Who else sounds like them?
You can only be underrated if you can play with both technical skill and emotion, Dave Murray plays with those and much more. The only guitarist I think should be on this list above Dave, is Joe Satriani.
Dave is easily one of the 5 best guitarists of the world! and modest like nobody!
Every song of iron maiden have a great guitar sound. Their is no a weak guitar performance.
Dave Murray and adrian smith is the best tag team guitarists ever. Definitely underrated.
I wish more people knew the talent of Dave MurrayV9 Comments
Known mostly for creed where some of his best riffs were shown, he is always underrated and never given recognition for the complex simplicity of his guitar-work. Just give "My Own Prison" a listen and you will see.
Forget about Creed for a second and listen to his work with Alter Bridge. The solo from blackbird, brand new start, cry of Achilles, all amazing. Mark Tremonti is a guitar god who happen to come at the wrong time. If it would be the 80s Alter Bridge would be with the best of themV1 Comment
He was a VERY early guitarist in 30s and 40s even before Chuck Berry and is quite underrated.
Likely the best all-around guitarist ever. He could play it all - rock, jazz, blues, metal, folk, whatever. Sure, there are better guitarists in one style, but not all. Also a pioneer in special effects. His use of the Echoplex was mind blowing.
I love Spirit, and their sweet rock/jazz fusion. Jimmy, you stole it, just admit it.
greatest classic guitarist ever! LEARN TO RESPECT ALL GENRES NOT JUST ROCK AND METAL!
Seriously just check his solo albums and you will put him in the top ten best guitar players of the world and number one most underrated guitarist ever. No wonder he left Megadeth. I mean no offense to this legendary band wich is my 3rd favorite band, but I think he did his share with them and if he didn't leave we'd be missing so much good music from his solo albums. It's very rare to see a guitarist that versatile and being EXCELLENT in every style.
Marty has a style that is instantly recognizable... just listen to his solos on the albums "Dragon's Kiss", "Speed Metal Symphony", and "Rust In Peace" and you'll get the picture.
If You guys listen to his solo albums yiou will know that he is a living legand
Listen to tornado of souls...V3 Comments
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Top Remixes (4)
2. David Gilmour - Pink Floyd
3. Mark Tremonti
2. Richie Sambora
3. Dave Mustaine - Megadeth
2. Stephen Stills
3. Gary Moore
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