Best Australian Guitarists


The Top Ten

1 Angus Young 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 - rockisgood132

Angus is the best

Let There Be Rock!

This guy is the 1 of all guitarist who can do it perfict

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2 Tommy Emmanuel Tommy Emmanuel

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. - Woulfe

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.

I have had the opportunity to see and hear Tommy Emmanuel play solo and with orchestral backup on several different occasions and I thoroughly enjoyed it each and every time. If he was in the area today I would drop everything and go see him. Truely a wonderful musician and guitarist.

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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.

By far the best

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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.


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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 Butler

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

7 Andrew Stockdale 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. - lilbullet111

You are kidding

8 Tim Rogers
9 Cameron Muncey
10 Mark Seymour

The Contenders

11 Orianthi
12 Smokin' Joe Robinson

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

13 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

14 Tim Farriss
15 Malcolm Young Malcolm Young

the driving force behind AC/DC - Dickey96

16 Frank Gambale
17 Keith Urban 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.
18 Jeff Lang

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

19 Daniel Johns

Silverchair's Lead singer and guitarist is amazing

20 Brett Garsed

John Farnham guitarist is amazing talented guitarist.. Garsed has been with Farnham Band since the massive Whispering Jack album. - Beards2017

21 Paul Kelly
22 Phil Emmanuel

Just as good as his brother.

23 Xavier Rudd
24 Deniz Tek

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

25 Stuart MacLeod
26 Josh Cunningham
27 Ray Beadle

Saw him at Byron recently... Very enjoyable

28 Harvey James
29 Kirk Pengilly
30 Phil Manning

Still got it... Never lost it. Byron Bay was set alight. Go Phil

31 John Brewster
32 Shane Watson Shane Watson Shane Robert Watson is a former Australian international cricketer and a former captain, who played all formats of the game.
33 Stuart Fraser
34 Michael Dolce
35 Pat Davern
36 Dave Brewer

Ex Elks and still a great guitar player

37 Brad Shepherd
38 Jeremy Oxley
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