Best Guitarists of the '00s

Here is the list of the best guitarist in the first decade dl new millennium (2000). A count based on Internet voting by others.

The Top Ten

John Mayer John Clayton Mayer is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayer attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, but disenrolled and moved to Atlanta in 1997 with Clay Cook. Together, they formed a short-lived two-man band called Lo-Fi Masters.

It's funny how I added him to the list hoping that he finally got some recognition for his talent and he became n1 on the list.
This guy is the heir of the blues masters of the past. You can hear a lot of Jimi Hendrix, SRV and BB King inflences in his playing, along with his own distinctive techniques and fingerstyle.
I highly suggest you to go check out his "Where the Light is: Live in L.A." album, one of his best performances.

One of the best guitarists I've ever seen hands down. I mean the guy plays at the Clapton crossroads festival every year and is always one of the feature acts. Don't believe me. Check out his solo for "Wait Until Tomorrow" by Hendrix off of Where the Light is live in los angeles or from the same concert the song "Neon" which is one of the most impressive acoustic sets I've had he pleasure of seeing. If those don't do it for you check out his version of "Voodoo Child" live at the Red Rocks amphitheater.

If anybody is gonna disregard this guy as one of the greatest of this generation because he made Your Body is a Wonderland, they're ignorant and blindly judging a musical genius. His guitar playing is unmatched by anybody this generation, and if you don't believe me, go and watch "Neon" from his Where the Light Is concert. Or hell, just watch the entire concert. It's on Youtube. You won't be disappointed

He makes his guitar speak words.
He may be known for his pip hits but his guitar playing is unsurpassable.
He is even headlining the Dead and Company

Jack White John Anthony "Jack" White is an American singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the duo The White Stripes, but has also had success in other bands and as a solo artist.

The best thing to happen to music, constant alternations which hold attention and bore even less sometimes than Metallica. Which phases and strikes this dumbfounded. Good going to both artists, just saying...perfect timing with Jack White in the least it feels.

Dis dude's gots those ninjas skills synyster gates wish he had... synyster mcpoopoo head is a jackwagon full a pansies wait, no a pansy full a jackwagons... joo need yo hearing checked gater

The dude unlike many this past decade, tried something dofferent as opposed to just plugging in his guitar and playing very loud.

Easy decision; I really don't feel like I need to form an argument for this.

Omar Rodriguez Lopez

At The Drive In started this young lads career in the mid 1990's and paved the guitar sounds of The Mars Volta. Omar was great long before the year of 2000. All great players on this list though.

Synyster Gates Brian Elwin Haner, Jr., better known by his stage name Synyster Gates or simply Syn, is an American musician, best known for being the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Avenged Sevenfold.

How the heck is John Mayer ranked above Synyster Gates? Have any of you heard his solos in Avenged Sevenfold's songs? His best one is definitely in Afterlife, followed closely by Welcome to the Family (but all of his solos are good. ) My favorite thing about his guitar playing is that he comes up with song ideas and then challenges himself to figure out how to play them. Bet the rest of these people on this list don't do that.

Are you kidding me? Synyster is ranked THIRD?! BEHIND MEDIOCRE ACTS LIKE JACK WHITE AND JOHN MAYER?! SERIOUSLY?! (As of July 9 2013) Some of the people voting on this list clearly haven't heard his solos in songs like Afterlife, Carry On, Bat Country, Nightmare, Not Ready to Die, and on countless others. This man will surely go down as one of the greatest electric guitarists who ever lived, mark my words.

Really? Jack White above both BucketHead and Synyster Gates? Absolutely absurd. While I can't argue against John Mayer because is an insane Guitarist, Synyster Gates is a professionally strained classical guitarist and BucketHead is just prolific in every way. Even Dave Mustaine said BucketHead has more talent than he and Slash combined. MUCH more.

Synyster Gates puts Jack White and John Mayer to shame with his heavy melodic guitar riffs and solos. You can observe his skills in almost all of Avenged Sevenfold's songs, especially Afterlife (Written by: Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan) where he shows off his extraordinary guitar skills.

Adam Dutkiewicz Adam Jonathan Dutkiewicz is an American musician, recording engineer, songwriter, and music producer, best known as the lead guitarist and backup vocalist from Massachusetts metalcore bands Killswitch Engage, Aftershock, and Times of Grace.
Buckethead Brian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.

Nobody but him can completely make solos like him off the spot. He plays alone and still makes his songs sound better than others

What!? This guy is damn better than the top three

Guy is a bot and can play anything.

Matthew Bellamy Matthew James "Matt" Bellamy is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and compose most famous for being the main vocalist in alternative rock band Muse.

He deserves a higher position. Plug in baby and unnatural selection are amazing.

Really? Where is he? He should easily be in the top 5, if not 3.

Ever heard of "Reapers" and "Animals" solos?

Why is he not at the top of the list?

Misha Mansoor
Adam Jones Adam 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.

Deserves the number one spot one of the best guitarists of all time.

John Frusciante John Anthony Frusciante is an American guitarist, singer, producer and composer.He is best known for his time with the Funk Rock California based band the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He was also part of the Mars Volta, Swahili Blonde, Ataxia and more.

Kind of ridiculous to have this kind of talent this low on a list where a guitar player was in his prime and considered the best. Obviously don't know what a true guitar player consists of and what they achieved. I've seen the chili peppers live about 8 times and 5 of those were with Frusciante, and let me tell you something, this guy is unbelievable. The man has the best improvisations I have ever seen, and his playing is so pure to his soul. Each note he plays, means something. I've seen many other guitar players live and the only other person who comes close to Frusciante live, is either Eddie Van Halen or Jimi himself, but other than that, I have never seen anyone come close to being what Frusciante is. Not saying he's the best, but he was definitely the best in the 2000's. Just watch Slane Castle 2003, Milan 2006, and La Cigale 2006, and you'll see what I am saying

There is no question that john is the best he has the best sound by far he has the most soul and the best energy out there listen to his live shows and you'll see

Keeps things simpleand beautiful, only to explode into Hendrix-like solos, not to mentioned some absolutely mindblowing live performances!

I love his music with the Chili Peppers and his solo work as well incredible muscian, singer, songwriter etc..

The Contenders

Dan Auerbach Daniel Quine "Dan" Auerbach is an American musician and record producer best known as the guitarist and vocalist for The Black Keys, a blues rock band from Akron, Ohio.

Love him. He's absolutely fantastic. He's part of the black keys, which is an awesome band as well. Just keeps improving

I love him.

Jonny Greenwood Jonathan Richard Guy, professionally known as Johnny Greenwood, is an English musician and composer mostly known for his role as the one of the lead guitarists and the main keyboardist of the English alternative rock band Radiohead.

The best guitarist of our times and he can play whatever he wants. He has a unique style of playing in strange and alternative climates and difficult chords and his style has given a big part of Radiohead's music identity. I'm a guitarist myself and in Jonny Greenwood's face (I'd rather say his fingers) I recognise a guitar master.

Very experimental playing, very weird for some, but actually pretty good.

Jonny Buckland

Maybe the most tasteful guitarist of the last decade. Really knows how to use restraint, but then sometimes wail. He plays exactly what any given Coldplay song needs to be perfect.

The greatest guitarist of the 2000's, no doubt. His guitar riffs are melodic and digs deep into the soul. Perfect.

Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt.

I would say Billie Joe's hay day as a guitarist was early 90s with Kerplunk and 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours (The Judge's Daughter is the best punk guitar solo of all time). Most people who dog on Billie Joe, particularly his guitar skills have never listened to pre Dookie material, or even pre American idiot. He's focused a lot more on lyrics and message within his songs within the new millennium, but he still can turn the most simple chord progressions into the most memorable pieces of punk. And can still kick out a machine-gun powered solo. Listen to Restless Heart Syndrome, Let Yourself Go, and Amanda.

EPIC! The best punk guitarist ever. He has helped me grow so much musically.

Billie Joe Armstrong is a good guitarist. He is a good music writer.
He is NOT the 12th best guitarist of the 2000s. He has no lead guitar skills.
#GetItRight

Best singer, guitarist, best band. enough said

Brad Paisley
Chris Shiflett

He's amazing guitar playing in best of you, stacked actors, bridge every song theve written! Just so amazing, I don't know another guitarist that does everything that well!

Daron Malakian Daron Vartan Malakian is an Armenian–American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He's best known as the main songwriter, guitarist, and co-vocalist for Armenian/American rock band System of a Down. After System of a Down's hiatus in 2006 he began to release music through ...read more.

hell yes

Josh Homme Joshua Michael Homme (born May 17, 1973) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. He is the founder and only continuous member of the rock band Queens of the Stone Age, in which he sings, plays guitar, as well as occasionally playing piano, drums, and bass. He also serves ...read more.

It's absurd that Josh is ranked this low. He is a genius writer and there's not a single person that can solo like him.

VERY underrated but so AMAZING! This ginger KICKS ASS!
Way better than Sinister Gates

By the way Billie Joel Armstrongs okay but Tim Armstrong is better

Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. When he was only 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. He was born 8th May 1977. He is known to be one of the greatest blues guitarists ever.

I have never even heard of the majority of the top ten...Joe should be much higher than this and Eric Clapton too...this list is a joke...lol.

Fantastic riff writer and blues guitarist. He is a little too self promoting with the pins and mugs and such, but I love his music. I think he should be much higher on this list.

Fantastic guitarist, even when he young he should have been on this list, the face of modern blues.

Joe bonamassa should be above jack white...

Mark Tremonti Mark Thomas Tremonti is an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock bands Creed and Alter Bridge.

His solos in Blackbird(2007), One Day Remains(2004), and Full Circle(2009) are amazing! His shredding power and amazing music-making Ability with Creed and Alter Bridge at least qualifies him to be top 5! People should listen to Creed and Alter Bridge more!

Wow. This is just sad... Has any one even heard his riffs from creed and alter bridge? And even his speed metal thrashing on his solo album. Tremonti is the best metal guitarist of our time, think about it who else would your be? Sysnter? Possibly... This is heartbreaking that he's last.

Kirk Hammett and Brian May on this list. Can you even read the damn title?
Plus, Billie Joe Armstrong is the 11th best guitarist of the 2000s? Are you all idiots?

How is this guy not higher? Apparently you haven't heard his solo in Alter Bridge's "Blackbird"

Mark Morton

He should be in top 3... He's one of the greatest guitarists of 2000s decade... If you don't belive, listen to his work in laid to rest, walk with me in hell, omerta, now you've got something to die for, black label, etc... Hell I can't name of all of them...

Damn! He should be in the top 3... Actually at number 1... His works are great and everyone knows it... Then what is he doing in no.27... Mark, go straight to number 1

Ed O'Brien Edward John "Ed" O'Brien is an English guitarist and member of the alternative rock band Radiohead. He makes extensive use of effects units to create atmospheric sounds and textures, and also provides backing vocals.
Nick Valensi

Listen to Reptilia, Modern Age and Under Cover of Darkness solos and you'll know he is the most rock n roll influenced guitarist of the last decade and a half.

I think him and the strokes very underrated and his guitar solos are awwesome

Ray Toro Raymond "Ray" Toro is an American musician who served as lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band My Chemical Romance until their split in 2013.

Not many people give him a lot of credit, mostly because he was part of My Chem (in my opinoin, a great and the best (creatively speaking) band of the 2000s. Along with Frank Iero, Ray is an excellent guitarist. If you want to hear him shred, check out songs like Dead! (which Toro has a amazing guitar solo on). I would suggest you listen to the albums the Black Parade and Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, where Toro really shines!

David The Edge Howell Evans

anyone who thinks Edge ain't a great guitarist have never heard Bullet The Blue Sky (ZOO TV live version) in their lives

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