Best Australian Guitarists

The Top Ten

1 Angus Young Angus McKinnon Young is an Australian guitarist of Scottish origin, best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter and sole constant member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. When performing live he does his own version of Chuck Berry's "duck walk" and has also spun on his side while more.

this guy is the only aussie guitarist I really know lol

Angus is the best

Everybody else sucks, compared to Angus...

The Scotisch-Australian guitar legend. He should be and stay the number one.

2 Tommy Emmanuel William Thomas "Tommy" Emmanuel is an Australian guitarist, songwriter, and singer, best known for his complex fingerstyle technique, energetic performances, and the use of percussive effects on the guitar.

This is not a matter of opinion. For skill and guitar mastery, composition and technique, not to mention just serious ability, Tommy Emmanuel is chosen as the very best in the world every time.

Of course, if one loves to see someone sweat and play music more with his hair than his hands, then Young is your guy.

I listen to all kinds of guitar from classical through to screaming, raging metal guitar & also violin... and dobro. One guitarist constantly leaves me gob-smacked. Emmanuel. Such extraordinary skills! ! The comment is correct. It's not a matter of opinion. Emmanuel is a national treasure who continues to display skills well past the peak performing ages of other guitarists. I have been privileged to live in his lifetime. He is a reason for being alive. Thank you, Tommy.

As a technician and all round skill to play all genres of music, he rates as one of the best if not the best. Constantly overlooked on Guitarists Lists due to his lack of exposure (not being in a Band or a Singer/Guitarist), not because of his ability and talent.

A conduit through which genius and technique meet. He plays as if he's a participant in something forming in front of himself and not the sole provider that we know he is. Is genuinely joyous in what his ears purvey to him and so too are the rest of us. Cher.

3 Chris Cheney

I'm good mates with chris I would go around his house and have a jam with him what you guys have seen is nothing yet he has shown me some licks to play and they are too hard for me to play laugh out loud
I wish chris and emma didn't move to LA I miss them
Rock on chris you are the best

Chris Cheney us the master of all styles in my opinion. He can play every thing from heavy fat rock riffs to country twang And every thing in-between

His song closing in is one of the most advanced aussie guitar masterpieces I have ever heard.

This guy would dump on Angus Youngs chest!

4 Ian Moss

Moss's guitar work, electric, and acoustic (his Six Strings CD is quite breathtaking) is second to none in terms of Aussie guitarists, in my view. The fact that his musical talent is not so well known outside of Australia is the rest of the rock music world's loss.

Ian Moss is talented to a crazy level, he was perfect as a musician. The sound he achieved was always fantastic and his stage presence was just amazing. The way he moved and the amount of passion he showed while playing is so intense.

There's no question in my mind that Mossy is up there with the better-known guitar greats. Distinctive style, whether on electric or acoustic, alone/with Chisel, lead breaks/solo or rhythm playing. A rare gem.

He can rock it with the best of them and then captivate you with his soulful sound. Mossy is a true entertainer that should have been an international superstar.

5 Jim Moginie

So complex in his writing it takes someone of equal brilliance to play. Jim and martin rotsey an amazing combination

6 John Butler John Charles Wiltshire-Butler, professionally known as John Butler, is an Australian singer, songwriter, and music producer. He is the front man for the John Butler Trio, a roots and jam band, that formed in Fremantle, Western Australia in 1998.

I haven't seen anyone play guitar like him. His style is unique and versatile

7 Andrew Stockdale Andrew James Stockdale is an Australian rock musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, lead guitarist and only mainstay member of the rock band Wolfmother, which formed in 2000. In 2007, alongside his Wolfmother bandmates, he won 'Songwriter of the Year' at the APRA Awards.

Where Eagles Have Been solo is one of the best I've heard. And don't get me started on Back Round.

You are kidding

8 Murray Cook

Great guitarist who as inspired children from a young age to play guitar. The Wiggles show is the first exposure that many children have to music and instruments,

A really good guitarist

9 Tim Rogers
10 Malcolm Young Malcolm Mitchell Young was an Australian musician and songwriter, best known as a co-founder, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter for the hard rock band AC/DC.

the driving force behind AC/DC

The Contenders

11 Orianthi
12 Cameron Muncey
13 Mark Seymour
14 Tim Farriss
15 Smokin' Joe Robinson

A great Tommy Emmanuel inspired fingerpicker who has the whole world in his hands

16 Keith Urban Keith Lionel Urban is a New Zealand born Australian country musician. In 1991, he released a self-titled debut album and charted four singles in Australia before moving to the United States the following year.
17 Frank Gambale
18 Phil Emmanuel

Just as good as his brother.

19 Daniel Johns

Silverchair's Lead singer and guitarist is amazing

Excellent guitarist at such a young age

20 Jeff Lang

Its spelt ling but regardless, he's still a fantastic guitarist

21 Brett Garsed

John Farnham guitarist is amazing talented guitarist.. Garsed has been with Farnham Band since the massive Whispering Jack album.

22 Paul Kelly
23 Xavier Rudd
24 Deniz Tek

The "Iceman" has flown under the radar of most Australians

25 Brad Shepherd
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