Top Ten Most Underrated Guitarists

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21Tom MorelloThomas Morello is an American musician, singer-songwriter and political activist. He is best known for his tenure with the band Rage Against the Machine and then with Audioslave.

MOST DEFINITELY TOM MORELLO! Yes, sure the guys at Rolling Stone Magazine for example recognize his skill and have in the top 30 of the top 100 greatest guitarists of all times, but as someone who plays guitar is has Tom Morello as his idol, I can tell you that most people I talk to either don't know who he is or know who he is only because I got them into Rage.

Why in the HELL is he on here? Tom Morello is one of the easiest recognized names in music by anyone who has the slightest clue about anything musical

Many people seem to think the effects do most of the work. To utilize a guitar the way he does even with effects is unlike anything I have ever seen or heard. To play like him takes awesome harmonics and unreal creativity. Tom geys my vote!

He's extremely innovative and experiments with many effects and styles to reach all new sounds Trying to match this guy, don't waste your time.

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22Adam Jones - ToolAdam 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.

He has this supernatural ability along with Maynard James Keenan to create an atmosphere that is so amazing yet not many can understand.

He has an almost supernatural ability aside Maynard James Keenan to create atmosphere, people just don't understand it.

23Randy California

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.

Definitely one of the top guitarists. An innovator and an inventor. Had one of the first versions of therimin built into his guitar. A fluid player who made everything look easy and a great harmonic sense.

24Paul Gilbert

Why even try and argue it? There aren't words to describe what he produces on guitar. Just listen and it argues itself

The Best imo but still the world is not ready for him yet.

ps: to correct the other comment paul rarelly Sweeps.. He uses String skipping the most.

technical perfection, maybe one of the most perfect sweep-picking guitarists ever

Best ever (tied with buckethead)

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25PrincePrince Rogers Nelson was born on June 7, 1958, and died on April 21st, 2016. he was a music legend from the 80s up until his death, best known for songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry".

Prince has a bad rep but that guy danced, sang, and played guitar in stage better than anyone else (dare I say it? ) EVER! He had so much energy I'd say he had even more energy than Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers! I don't care about which way he swings, he is one of the most underrated guitarists ever!

This is a great guitarist. Listen to Prince perform While My Guitar Gently Weeps with Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison. It's amazing

Dude the fact that he's not at the top of this list shows just how underrated he is. - Cheese567

Pure genius, played his heart out!

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26Andres Segovia

greatest classic guitarist ever! LEARN TO RESPECT ALL GENRES NOT JUST ROCK AND METAL!

27Jeff 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.

He is definitely one of the best guitarist in metal scene. And the most underrated guitarist. Listen to Annihilator's album and you'll know how good he is.

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30Charlie Christian

Charlie was the Father of the electric guitar. He could play lines in keys that were absolutely not guitaristic. Died way too soon...

31Jeff LoomisJeff Loomis is an American musician, best known for his role as lead guitarist in the progressive metal band Nevermore and death metal band Arch Enemy.
32Buck Dharma - Blue Oyster Cult

Buck's solo on the 8 minute live version of Veteran of the Psychic Wars (on Extraterrestrial Live, 1982) is a piece of badass cosmic wizardry. Also see his improvised instrumental, Buck's Boogie, on On Your Feet or On Your Knees (1975). He's Jerry Garcia meets Tony Iommi.

Buck Dharma has never received nearly enough recognition for not just his stellar, piercing riffs, but also for his overall musicianship, song writing ability and singing voice. It's a damn shame such a fantastically talent man has never received his due. His 1982 solo album, "Flat Out" further showcases the depth of his repetoire. CRIMINALLY UNDERRATED.

Absolutely one of the best, if not the best, guitarist period. His sound is signature, whether it being slow or lightening fast he is easily identified because of his unique style. Also a great song writer, he wrote most of the hits for BOC including "Don't fear the Reaper" and "Burning for You" (of course many more).

Hypnotic live performances. Claw-hammering studio solos. First time I heard his closing solo on "Dominance & Submission"(Secret Treaties, 1974), I haven't looked back.

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33Chuck SchuldinerCharles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck as the "Godfather ...read more.

The guy practically invented death metal. He is insanely talented and often overlooked. Just check out his work on The Sound if Perseverance and Symbolic and you'll see how awesome Chuck is.

34Peter Green
35Dickey Betts

People always forget that Dickey was the other half of a great twin lead guitar duo. He wouldn't have been in the band if he wasn't as good or better than Duane. Something that even Duane said.

Listen to "Jessica", Ramblin' Man, and "Blue Sky" and you will think he is one of the 50 greatest guitarists ever - greatesttop10s

Top class player, from the olden times, work a Stetson, shades and a 'stash. Excellent complete ability.

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36Rory GallagherWilliam Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues and rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bandleader.

Feeling and phrasing, seriously guys, listen to Rory Gallagher for the most amazing soulful playing of a strat that you will ever hear.
He opens your ears, mind and soul with every note.
The guitarist from Doctor Velvet band in Perth comes close but that's about it!

There is only three others guitarists that are as good as Rory. Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman and Robin Trower.

Rory Gallagher is thy underrated guitarist

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37The Edge

The Edge's use of effects and simple riffs are what make him a trailblazer in guitar playing. Coming from the 70s, an era where guitar playing was all about how much distortion you have or how fast you can shred on a guitar, he took a different road to introduce the 80s. His method to guitar playing wasnt to be known as a shredder or someone with insane solos, but it was to make his own unique sound and to make music with simple notation but with riffs that sound complicated.

Very well put. Yes, Edge is an underrated guitarist, probably because he doesn't go off on ten-minute solos. But his music doesn't call for that, he stays within the music and produces his own unique sound. A musical genius in his own right.

38Brent HindsBrent Hinds is an American guitarist/singer best known as a member of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, in which he shares guitar duties with Bill Kelliher and vocal duties with Troy Sanders and Brann Dailor.

This guy is horrible and he has the worst beard in metal. Take that Timmy

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39Zakk Wylde Zakk Wylde is an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor who is best known as the former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, and founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society.V2 Comments
40Steve Cropper
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